Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Legacy of Faith

I woke up thinking about what kind of legacy I want to leave for my children.  Since God has promised them to me (and I cover that testimony of faith in His Blood), and has made me steward over many young souls in the interim, these kinds of thoughts occasionally fill my mind.

The song, "Find Us Faithful" pretty much fits the bill for me.  Remember it, sung in rich rendition by Steve Green?  I love that version.  Here are some of its lyrics:

"Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful! May the fire of our devotion light their way.  May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe and the lives we live inspire them to obey. Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful!"

(Music by Steve Green, 1988; Lyrics by Jon Mohr.)

That's exactly what my mother did for me.  The light of God burning within her breast kindled His flame in my heart and made me desire to live my life for Him.  I want that for my children also.  The fire that the Holy City Jerusalem ignites in my entire being whenever I think of it I want to burst in the hearts of my children as they follow Jesus behind me.  Dear God, please light that fire within them!  Please cause their breasts to burn with the Spirit of the Living God!  Who doesn't want that for their children?

Even though our Daddy doesn't govern the universe based on the Gregorian calendar, He does acknowledge its position in our lives and graciously considers our hearts concerning it.  So as 2013 dissolves into 2014, my friends, I challenge you to consider what kind of legacy in Jesus you want to leave for your children and for those God has assigned to your life as spiritual offspring.  Pray that His light burns within them and that they are inspired all the more to follow Him because of the lives of perseverance and obedient strength (powered by Jesus) we have lived in their sight.  It's a very serious matter, isn't it?

Let's listen again to the words of that beautiful song, "Find Us Faithful", and utter the prayer from our hearts that we will do exactly as the words say in leaving a Godly example for our children.  The legacy of a life lived for Jesus is the very best and highest gift any of us could possibly give them.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Daddy's Girl

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

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Love the Unlovable with Good Intent

God's heart is most-effectively demonstrated as tender and righteous in the lessons He teaches us while we're in the trenches of life, dealing with folks often characterized as "unlovable".  Everybody in the world knows these people, and everybody in the world has most likely been categorized by others as unlovable at one time or another.  The assessment is blatantly true of some and only perceived of others.  There are those thought to be unlovable, and those truly so - right?  Right.

But only God is capable of righteous assessments.  Moreover, once Jesus has advised us we're dealing with curmudgeons, He never leaves it there.  When we give the Lord an honest hearing, we will always hear Him ask us to love the unlovable; He never leaves that out... never.  To tell you the truth, thinking back on times I have been difficult and nearly impossible to love fills me with gratitude for His mercy.  Thank You, Jesus, for never leaving that out... for challenging us to yield to Your unconditional love and sincerely heap it on the heads of the unlovable curmudgeons out there.

A Good Story


I'm writing a bit of Christian fiction dealing with this very thing, friends.  It's somewhat simpler than life can be because at this point I'm allowing Holy Spirit to develop my chops in this area of storytelling.  But God is an accurate, powerful Teacher - and I'm a quick study!

The story is called "With Good Intent" and, in some ways, it mirrors my testimony of deliverance from many of life's discouragements.  It also addresses themes of loving the unlovable.  I love writing!

Please join me on Word Press as the story unfolds, my friends.  God willing, we'll walk through Daddy's faithfulness in the hearts of those challenged by life's trials, and we'll rejoice at their victories, together.

The Introduction and Chapter 1 are up for your enjoyment - and I thank you.

Daddy's Girl

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

Thursday, December 26, 2013

MILESTONES: Redemption

Before I returned to God at age 21, He told me I wouldn't live to see my 25th birthday if I didn't change my lifestyle. I remember how that warning stunned me.  Although I had backslidden for four years, I still believed in Him, knew He was real, and I recognized His voice through Holy Spirit's light still flickering within me.

I couldn't get rid of God... no one can.  I couldn't stop His pursuit of me, nor could I squelch His great love.  I tried - I failed.  I've never been so grateful for a truth in all of my life.

Abandoning the crutch of a gay lifestyle wasn't easy.  The flesh and the enemy fought hard to keep me down; I know all of you can relate to the struggle against recurring sin.  If it wasn't a pretty girl rubbing up against me in a grocery store checkout line (sinful, familiar spirits attract other sinful, familiar spirits), it was my own desire to masturbate to fill a perceived "need", or the constant rationalizing that since men were scum and didn't deserve forgiveness, I shouldn't align myself with forgiveness by returning to God.

Excuses.  Lies.  The world, the flesh, and the devil have a million of them.

Thankfully (what an understatement!) all the temptations and chiding and psycho-babble in the world couldn't quiet Holy Spirit's voice, soberly warning me of the certain end I would meet, and of the decision that was solely mine.  You won't live to see your 25th birthday if you don't change your lifestyle.  I just couldn't get it out of my head.

God's lifeline had been thrown out to me, friends, and it was not sinkable in the waters of sin. Homosexuality had no hold on the righteousness of God or His great love for me.  I could not stop the momentum of His floating ring of life as it drew nearer and nearer to me, completely unaffected by the stench and corruption the river of my sins produced.

Here it came... pursuing me... with God's love dripping all over it.  Steadily it floated, nearer and nearer... illuminated with perseverance, forgiveness, and strength.  God's very hand of reconciliation under-girded it as it approached, dividing debauchery's filthy waves like a sharp knife through flimsy paper.

I suppose I could have resisted - we always have that choice, you know.  But I was tired of fighting, even though I was angry.  I was mad at God and at men and at me.  I was hungry and thirsty and confused about living and afraid of dying.  I was in need, and I knew it.  Better said - I was in need of God, and I knew it.  Despite everything of the flesh battling within me, because of how I was raised I knew I needed God.

At some point and to some degree, we've all been there... haven't we?

So, by Holy Spirit's power, I returned to Jesus.  (Click here for the details.)

HALLELUJAH!  I became that 100th sheep God sought for until He found it!  He lovingly draped me over His shoulders and welcomed me back into the fold.  He brought me to His green pastures and nourished me with His strength and forgiveness and unceasing love.  He put His hands on me and filled me with power and security and tenderness.  Then He washed me - again - in His Blood...

...nothing can hold back the tears...

THANK YOU, JESUS for waiting, and pursuing, and saving.  THANK YOU, JESUS for loving me when I did not love myself.  THANK YOU for knowing my heart and letting that knowing be Your compass in wooing me back to Yourself (for, in my heart, I never left You).

Friends, not only did I make it to my 25th birthday, thanks to Christ Jesus I've now lived nearly 30 years on the other side of His redemptive renewal of my soul! That's a milestone of victory against the world, the flesh, and the devil - and a testimony of God's love I will never, ever forget.

Daddy's Girl


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

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Only God Knows Who You Are

Who are you?  Do you know?

I don't mean who do you think you are... I mean, who are you?  Do you know?

Seen through the eyes of the Lord, I've realized over the last two decades especially that only God holds the answer to that question for any of His creation.

We know (or at least think we do) what we like and what we're good at.  We know what makes us comfortable and uncomfortable, for the most part.  But, often, what we don't realize is that NONE of those things has anything to do with who we truly are.  The answer is a simple, glorious, stress-reliever, IMO.

We are children of God.  Honestly, it's that simple.  Those who know Jesus the Christ as Lord and Savior are children of God, period.  Who we are is summed up there.  Said just as simply in the form of encouragement and freedom:  because I belong to Jesus, I don't ever have to try to "be" anything or anyone but who I truly am in God - His blood-washed daughter.  What are the two greatest attributes of a son or daughter of God?  Trust and Obedience.

Everything else is HIS to accomplish in us by His Power.

Some might ask, what about the assignments you've been given by God?  The whole "pastor", "seer", "teacher" thing He's called you into?  Aren't you called to be these things in Jesus?

Legitimate questions, surely, and ones God will not mock or scorn.  To these questions, my answer is the same as Jesus' words to the disciples back in John 14:10 - 
"Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in Me?  The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father Who dwells in Me, HE does the works."
Through faith in Christ, we have become part of the Family of God.  The Father dwells in us, and we dwell in the Father.  Thank God.  We do not need to speak or operate in any way on our own authority (nor could we, effectively); rather, Daddy takes the reins and does all the operating Himself!  He affects all the operatives He's cultivated in me as "pastor", "teacher", and "seer" (just like He said He would)!  He fills my mouth with His wisdom and dwells in my hands and feet to lead me where I should go; He orchestrates Divine appointments and truly "directs my paths", Saints.  "HE does the works" and it is amazing!  I just trust Him and obey His directives to my spirit and, ultimately, REJOICE at what He has done!  It never fails!  Amen!

Free to "Be"


So, while Daddy sees to the "doing", we can revel in the "being"... in just "being" His sons and daughters, finding out what is His total heart's desire for all of us in that place.  It is a place of freedom and realization of purpose and meaning beyond fathoming, friends!

Surpassing anything we've ever imagined are the riches and wonders encompassing even the most minuscule revelation of His heart!  God's character revealed - in even the smallest increment our frailties can receive - renders all of eternity's benefit to our souls, forever!

Beloved, just cooperate with Daddy and keep saying YES to all of His directives; let HIM do the work He's assigned to your life as your spirit-man rises within you to trust and obey.  Pray about everything, and let His directives guide you; obey them with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength, turning your back on the chiding of the enemy or his attempts to shake God's confidence within you.

Ask Holy Spirit to set your heart on walking in increasingly greater revelation of the "child of God" Christ Jesus has made you.  Never fear, Daddy will reveal these truths to you the more time you spend with Him in repentance, praise, and worship with a yielded, honest heart.

Spend time at His feet, then on His lap, then at His Breast learning and hugging and squeezing and drawing from Him continually.  There's nothing He likes better than spending time with His kids with no performance, intellect, or pressures of any kind barring the way.  (The enemy does not want us to know that but, with all of my heart, I declare its truth!)

Quality time with Him is chiefly what Daddy asks of us, because indulging His desires draws from His Bosom the greater and deeper meaning of exactly who we are and what it's like to truly "be" a child of the Living God.  He wants that for each and every one of us.

Who could ask for anything more?

MERRY CHRISTMAS.  =0)

Daddy's Girl

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Vlog Post: "O, Holy Night"

 Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus, I pray you enjoy listening to this snippet of vocal fun and rejoicing in the celebration of our Lord and Savior's birth.  Of all the glorious carols of the season, "O, Holy Night" is my favorite.  Feel free to sing along and praise His Holy Name!


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God bless you all.

Love,
Daddy's Girl

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

Saturday, December 21, 2013

New Beginnings Indeed

The last three months of this year have taught me more about myself than I've ever known.  You know how those chefs on TV have to push themselves and their abilities to limits they didn't know they had?  Well, that's how it's been for me - increasingly since August - in the place of new beginnings Abba has designated for me.  I've discovered depths of strength and resilience within my spirit, soul, and body that I never knew were there, giving new meaning to this very familiar and true scripture verse:

"I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

Now I'm settling in to a new division of knowing my true self in Jesus, learning new things and infinitely new levels of what it means to have faith in God.  My God is already my Hero, but this is phenomenal revelation of His character and goodness and the lengths He will go to prove Himself faithful and kind and good to any individual willing to search these things out within His character and ways.  I cover all of my testimony with the Blood of Jesus, and I forbid the enemy any access to it, whatsoever.  (I love doing that.)

With this year ending and another coming into focus, I don't know exactly what awaits me.  I do know, however, that it will be part of Abba's plan for my life and nothing rolling off of His assembly line for me has ever been bad.  That's an understatement.

I love writing this blog for Abba, proclaiming His splendid name as "supremely awesome and infinitely unique and glorious," as Freddy Hayler would say.  I love sharing my true self and true feelings with all of you, and that will never change.  I never knew how liberating rendering testimony of God's goodness could be... vulnerability and transparency are our friends; Holy Spirit, through this blog, has taught me that.  The triune God has taught me many, many things and I'm still standing.

September, October, and November 2013 are months I will never forget.  Lord willing, I'll talk further and with more clarity in the months to come about why this year's ending has been so special. Looking to the hills from whence comes the help of our Father God is the only way to fly.

God bless all of you.

Daddy's Girl

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

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Expectations

I saw an episode of "The Honeymooners" recently where Alice and Trixie held their husbands hostage to stringent requirements regarding marriage dos and don'ts.  While I understood what the women were hoping for, before the end of the episode I felt kind of sorry for the guys in all truth.  Mainly because they were fighting a battle they couldn't win - against expectations.

A Life-Changing Analogy


Over the years, God has tendered me towards the hurtful players in my past with a simple but profound truth regarding the "e" word.  I have a secretarial (oops! excuse me... administrative) background - rife for the kind of analogy God drew to bring home His deliverance in my life.  One day, amid my frustration and anger with the latest victim of my stifling expectations, He spoke these words to my spirit,

"Sharon, think of (this person) like an empty file cabinet.  As you go to each drawer in them, you open it and you expect to find things like honor, kindness, consideration, and compassion but you don't find any of them.  Instead of getting angry, Sharon, think of the real reason behind why you don't find the things you're looking for...

... they've never been filed there.  The person you've perceived as having let you down hasn't really let you down at all.  They've just fallen prey to your enormous expectations based on standards which were filed in YOUR file cabinet, but not theirs.  They cannot give you what they do not have.

So have mercy... take pity on their void estate regarding the things of virtue you've been blessed to receive.  Respond in My tenderness and understanding, and not in anger and frustration.  Pray that they will allow My Spirit to finally place those files of love and compassion into their cabinet, so that you may draw from them.  Pray that I can use you as the example they need to reach out to receive these things.  After all, that's what was done for you, beloved.  When your mother and other loved ones asked Me to teach you, I opened your heart so that you could receive.  If you show mercy and pray for (this person), I can and will do the same for them.  Will you?"

My friends, all I could do was sit in silence (I think my mouth was open)... I was stunned.  God drew an analogy to which I absolutely related.  It was infallibly reasonable and true, and I understood its truth completely.  In its face, the only thing I could do was yield and ask for Daddy's forgiveness.  Well, there was something else I did...

I blessed His Holy Name and grew all the more in unshakable, total awe of Him and His everlasting Wisdom, Mercy, and Understanding.

I pray you'll do the same.

Daddy's Girl

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Our "Everything"

I want to share a word with you that Abba gave to me, and I pray you will all apply it to yourselves, for in it is His heart and will and desire for you all.  Amen.

God bless you.

"My dearest,

I love you.  I love you in strength, I love you in purity, I love you in wholeness, I love you in fullness, I love you in everything you need Me to be.  I love you in every place you need Me to be, I love you in every way you need Me to be.

And I will satisfy your desire, beloved.  I will satisfy your desire of Me in all these places of your mind, soul, body, and spirit, and every place you crave of Me I will fulfill.  I will fulfill.  I will fulfill every place, beloved, I promise.

For I can be your EVERYTHING.

I can be.  Only I can be, and I will be to you until the day you die and afterward, and afterward for eternity I will be to you EVERYTHING you need and desire of Me - and more... and more... and more... Amen.

Selah."
(Excerpted from the personal journals of Sharon Joy Gramling, 6-13-07)

Let His love sink into your spirit.  He loves you so!

Daddy's Girl

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

God Wins

When JOY sweeps me up, I'm all the better for it.

How about you?

Probably the hardest times to allow JOY to approach my door, knock on the door, and actually enter my dwelling are right after I've been wronged or mistreated by anyone - but especially someone I love.  At those particular times, my flesh doesn't want to see or hear from JOY... especially JOY.

How about you?

One thing is true about God my Heavenly Father, and that is He never forces His JOY down my throat.  He sets JOY before me, usually right next to the revenge my flesh desires to embrace, and Holy Spirit softly whispers... "Choose."

That ever happen to you?

Spiritual maturity in its highest form always takes that route, my friends. The final exam for whatever level of maturity we're on is bannered by a situation of, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."  Unconditional love is all about this.  I don't mind saying that, sometimes, I just sit before God and cry as I tell Him how unpleasant being unjustly wronged is.  Whenever I do, I also don't mind saying He doesn't laugh at me.  He could, you know... but He doesn't.  I already know He's been through everything I have ever been through, lightyears before I was born; but pain is still pain, isn't it?

"Yes," Daddy says, "pain is still pain."  And so He doesn't laugh at me.  Instead, He puts His arm around me and I begin to feel its power soaking into my shoulders, soothing me, relaxing me, and melting the frost from my heart.

That ever happen to you?

Thankfully, when Abba does all this in comforting me, I don't pull a "Jonah", even though I know what's coming.  Choosing to forgive and stay far from anger against God is Holy Spirit's doing, friends... that shield of protection is so necessary for me, because I'm just as human as the next girl when it comes to wanting the wrath of God to fall upon my enemies.  But God's Spirit doesn't talk to my humanity; rather, He talks to my spirit - the part won over long ago by Holy Spirit through faith in Christ Jesus - and His truths then penetrate my soul.  My flesh is subdued and brought into alignment and agreement with Abba's edicts and directives of love over my life... and I am filled with that same JOY I tried (in the flesh) to avoid.

God wins... and I pray that it always happens to you.

Amen.
Daddy's Girl

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

Saturday, December 14, 2013

On Rage and Outrage: Part Two

God never leaves us hanging, my friends; just as He says - seeking pays off with finding. Here's more on the discussion I began in Part One of this post.


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We would be toasted ash if God ever once decided to give us the punishment we deserve for our crimes against Him (and I'm assuring myself of this more than anyone); but God Himself has chosen the better way... the more excellent way.  As free-willed souls, He merely asks us to choose the same way so He can call us true sons and daughters, and we can righteously claim Him as Father.

If I choose Daddy's way, it means allowing Holy Spirit to speak Christ's words to my spirit every time I'm tempted to go ballistic; and then heeding His words above the persuasive shouts of fleshly entitlements.

To me, the most powerful truth of all is that the choice to FORGIVE disarms all entitlement - justified or otherwise.

Daddy turned aside from the right He had to destroy mankind and, instead, chose to save it.  From sparing the house of Noah to redeeming all of humanity through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, God put all rage and outrage aside.  For me, walking righteously in Him means genuinely choosing to do the same thing.  It does for you, too.

Let's pray. . .

[Merciful Father, thank You for talking me through this and every instance of challenge in the flesh. In Jesus' Name, I ask that You please forgive me for every time and place I have held offense and allowed it to manifest itself in rage and outrage. Lord, I turn my back on fleshly entitlements, self-justification, and all unrighteousness.

Father, I ask that Your truth penetrate the souls of everyone reading, that we all will submit to Your holiness in handling rage, outrage, and every other buffeting emotion. We give ourselves over to Obedience, Jesus; we choose Your way - please appropriate its power and operatives to us all. In Your precious Name we ask it.  Amen.]

Daddy's Girl


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

Friday, December 13, 2013

Don't Mention "Jesus" (A GSM Reblog)

Daddy's Girl doesn't normally post on Fridays, but I truly felt led to share this brief message (reblogged from the Glory Shield Ministries website) with you precious readers.  May you all be powerfully and abundantly blessed!

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(GSM, 12-8-13)
 
The Lord reminded me recently of how He once aided my confidence in witnessing to unbelievers by giving me a somewhat unusual directive which, in the end, truly blessed my heart.  Here's what He said:

[Paraphrasing]:  When telling the unsaved about Me, He said,
Don't even mention My Name.  If they don't like it, or are 'turned off' by the Name of Jesus, then just don't mention Me.

To say the least, at this juncture, a part of my spirit was wondering whether or not I was truly hearing from God... but, in my heart, I recognized His earnest voice and the command it took over my spirit every time He spoke.  I knew it was the Lord my God; so, I listened further.  He continued -
 
Instead, when you pray with them, address your prayers to the Spirit of Truth.  We all know that's Who I Am, for "Truth" is one of My Names, (but they don't have to be confronted with all of that).  If they are honestly seeking truth, they'll be content to call upon that Spirit; whether they know it's actually Me or not is not your responsibility to convey.

Saints, I thought that was absolutely fantastic!  God is so awesome!  His words greatly encouraged my heart, and I pray your confidence will rise to every occasion He presents you to pray with unbelievers in one of the most powerful of His Mighty Names.

We know the real  deal, don't we, y'all?  HALLELUJAH!  It's true!

"I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE; NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER,
BUT BY ME."  (John 14:6)

Daddy's Girl

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

Thursday, December 12, 2013

On Rage and Outrage: Part One

So much of rage is rooted in entitlement.  I've discovered that in my own life, through the Wisdom of Holy Spirit.  Entitlement and self-justification are bedfellows.  Indignation, once perverted, becomes outrage; also not good.
"...  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God." (James 1:19)
Ever fly off the handle about various things, repeatedly?  I have and, during the tirades, I've felt as if their object(s) absolutely deserved the abuse I was rendering. That's when Holy Spirit usually asks me, what is it of the wrath of God that you deserve?
 
Abba's wrath - were it to be levied upon me - would be totally righteous and not the feverishly unfounded hissy-fits I've so often perpetrated against others based solely upon my own views of offense.
 
But, before we go too far, I believe asking this question makes sense:
 
Does God recognize that there are reasons to be angry and that there is such a thing as "righteous indignation", as opposed to rage or outrage?  He most certainly does.  He makes no secret of the truth that He also gets angry.  However, there is a way to handle such depth of emotion according to His goodness.
“Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath..." (Eph. 4:26)
Loosed to fleshly ways, "wrath" per se oozes desires for revenge and retribution; retaliation also flows through its veins, and that's not mankind's jurisdiction, entitlement, or privilege.  To cool my jets, it also helps to remind myself that God says, "vengeance is Mine - I will repay." (Romans 12:19b)
 
But where does that leave us when we've been legitimately mistreated and - frankly - we're furious about it?  It leaves us where every happening in life does - at the point of decision.
 
It's pious and easy for us to blurt out these words of Joshua as he declares his allegiance to God, but it's another matter entirely to delve into the actual conduct defining that allegiance:
"... choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15)
Serving the Lord means doing what He says.  When it comes to people classified as our "enemies", what does God say we should do regarding them?  How are we to conduct and govern our true "house" (our being) before the Lord?
"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matt. 5:44-45) 
Talk about a flesh killer...!
 
What are we going to do with that when we're outraged and seeing red, my friends?  That's the true question and point of decision.  That's also what, Lord willing, we'll continue discussing on Saturday.
 
Daddy's Girl
 
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thank God for Wash 'N Wear!

Me, in black & white
I'm a simple person.  Not necessarily plain, but definitely simple (as in, uncomplicated).  Many things are black and white for me.  Being a "beaver" personality, for the most part, I stick to the script  without complications - you know what I mean?  For instance, instructions from God I try my best to follow to the letter without deviation; I'm not the type to improvise in those ways.

As with everything, my creativity is born of God and is plenteous, but I am used to His blessings befalling me with quiet intensity.  Daddy's "still waters" really do run deep, and that fascinates me endlessly.  I am riveted by walking into a silent room filled with His holy angels, approaching His Throne on bended knee, and seeing His arms open wide for me.  There's nothing better than glimpsing my Heavenly Father's face and welcoming smile.

Being Playfully Real. . .


I'm feeling kind of light minded in my thinking today regarding God's blessings.  The first thing that strikes me is how grateful I am for simplicity, as I've said.  More specifically, though, I am tremendously thankful for the "wash 'n wear" hair He's given me.  Yep, I'm not kidding.  (Like I've said - I'm not complicated.)

Wash 'n wear, from behind
The first and best reason I'm relieved to be crowned with soft, curly locks is that I am not a "glamour girl".  I know and love many women who delight in dressing up and balancing with grace on 5-inch heels; I'm not knocking any of that.  In truth, my own mother was a glamour girl, and you know how much I adore her.  As similar as we two have been, however, this is one place our similarities diverge.  :0)

Daddy knew this... and the beauty of it is that's completely okay.  I love that about Him; unity in diversity hallmarks His ways.

What About You?


How many times have you marveled at close families whose members are so radically different in personality, it makes you wonder how they could actually be related?  Their love for God is sometimes their only commonality, but it's the most important element.  That's what makes observing their uniqueness so much fun (at least for me).  Bouncy buoyant optimism in one - quiet, seriousness in another - a musical obsession in the third - and yet all from the same mother and father.  Absolutely fascinating, IMO. 

Only our God can do that, and only our God can make it totally okay.

What mesmerizes you about Daddy?  What qualities - physical, emotional, spiritual - are you most thankful that He's granted you?  Do you ever think about such things?  I do, and I enjoy sharing my thoughts of gratitude with all of you.

Also, I am immensely thankful for wash 'n wear hair!

Hope you're smiling.
Daddy's Girl

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

O, How I Love Him!

I remember how glad I was and how safe and reassured in Abba I felt when I read this verse of scripture:
"And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."  (1 Cor. 2:1-5)
Without God, I have no idea what I'm doing or how to communicate any of the blessings and abilities He's granted me.  Pointing men and women to myself would serve no purpose at all, my friends; the mere notion of it is ridiculous - laughably so.

My heart warms immediately and intensely to the graciousness of our God in granting us His ability to express our love for Him.  Think about that.  Even the very ability we possess to praise and extol His Holy Name comes from the power couched in His Bosom!  I love thinking of such things and letting the truth of His overwhelmingly generous and articulate heart of mercy overtake my eyes with tears.

Paul longed for his brothers and sisters to know Christ in the way that God the Father always intended.  So do I.

Sitting alone in my room, I'm actually among all the ministering and warring angels the Lord has assigned to me, and through Holy Spirit's power, they secure the time of intimacy we share by making the environs a living sanctuary for God and I to commune eagerly, lovingly, and passionately as He reveals His loving Breast to me.

In God's Breast is all of Wisdom and depth of Knowledge and Strength of Humility for us to embrace.  Beloved, splitting the atom is not what God is about.  He is not (and never will be) intellect-focused; rather, He is heart-focused, heart-centered, heart-invested.  Heart, Heart, Heart... that's what our God is - for He is Love.

My words are nothing without His holiness and anointing.  I ask Him, literally, to enable me to express my heart for Him and to receive the Godhead's heart for me in return, that we might communicate together, communing in holiness and strength - and that I might then be enabled by His power and strength to tell ALL THE WORLD about Him, and about how He had mercy on me, a sinner, and transformed me into a daughter and saint of the Most High God so that sin no longer has dominion over me.

Brothers and Sisters in Jesus, THAT'S what life is all about!  Not eloquent speech per se, or being able to define big words or cleverly turn phrases.  Life and blood and depth and meaning and purpose are about the power of God and His magnificent heart of love for us!

Nothing else in this life or any other matters; and I'm so glad about it!

My legs are trembling and strength of my own is frail.  In truth, the phrase, "the strength of man" is an oxymoron, dear friends.  How ridiculous to think that real strength originates  anywhere other than Daddy!  God understands my weakness and trembling and fear - and He bypasses it with His love.  His great love for me receives my heart's desire to tell the world about Him, and He infuses it with His power, and anointing, and strength.  He is ready and able and willing to receive your heart of love, too.

I just want to tell the world how great His love is for me and for them... and that I am nothing without Him.  He deserves SO much and SO many, my friends.  I am baptized in the Rivers of His Love every time I think about Him; His Heart fills me with His passionate goodness and strength.  I pray you, too, will be strengthened forever by His Love.


Like Paul, I have determined within myself not to know or focus upon anything but the Lord Jesus Christ and Him crucified, according to the magnificent purpose and plan of God.  For there is joy unspeakable in serving Him.  Amen!

Daddy's Girl

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

Saturday, December 7, 2013

God Remains Approachable

There were times in my walk with God that things would be going really well for many days, but then I would skip or miss a day or two... or three of spending intimate time with Him and feelings of guilt and condemnation would descend upon me like a bad storm.

Ever feel like that?

It took quite a while for me to realize - through His gentleness and wisdom - that God was not the source of any of those fleshly feelings.  Did He miss me and our time of intimate fellowship?  Certainly.  But being the God Who Understands the prodding and bondages of the flesh and how easily mankind is given over to them... and understanding and knowing how very much I had (and still have) to learn, He approached me in tenderness and spoke His heart to me:

“I Am not a ‘fair-weather’ God, I Am The God of All Strength in Wisdom, Justice, Tenderness and Peace – and I Love you unconditionally. My heart is that you would understand Me clearly when I say I hold no grudge[1] against you, (even when you sin).
             I have changed your heart, beloved. Even if your flesh tells you so, you will never not come to Me in your heart again.  I know the truth of what I have done to you in intimacy with Me; that’s why you’re coming to me right now and why you will come to Me always.
             Knock, and I will always be open to you, beloved.  How could I ask you to come into Me and not open the Doorway for you in opportunity and ability?  I Am the Doorway, and My heart is always open to you.  ALWAYS.

[1] Websters: “A strong, continued feeling of hostility or ill will against someone . . .”
 
 
The truth of Yahweh NOT being a fair-weather God is one of the most liberating, comforting, joyous realities I have ever encountered.  It has meant everything to my trust of His deliberate, unconditional, sustaining love for me - regardless of the condition of my heartKnowing He wasn't going to "be angry" at me for missing time with Him caused me to be more mindful of making time for our intimacy because I knew He wasn't about protocol, regime, or what seemed right or "religious" in my patterns or schedules.  God is about honestly and truly wanting to spend His time with me... with all of us.
 
Oh, my goodness, how that indelibly affected me for all the good in existence! It was so incredibly far removed from anything I had experienced from my earthly father, it caused me to realize that, in a way, I was actually "afraid" of Daddy.  I feared disapproval from Him the same way I did my earthly father... ever feel like that?
 
But the victoriously glorious truth is that Jehovah God is nothing like fathers of flesh, my friends!  I had to learn that, too; and He taught me so with persevering kindness and love.
 
He'll do the same for you.
 
Beloved, Abba wants to impart the truth to you that He is not angry with you but remains FOREVER approachable, accessible, and willing to share with you His heart of unceasing love.  My prayer is that you will open your heart to Him at all times, that He will convey this overcoming truth to your spirit, your soul, and every part of your life in Jesus' Name.  God bless you all.
 
Daddy's Girl
 
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)
 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Future: What Have You Decided to Do?

TBN Co-founder Paul F. Crouch's home-going last weekend struck a bell with me; the same bell that resounded within my spirit when I heard him say, joyfully, that the network's reach had finally covered the entire world.  I wasn't a bit surprised when Holy Spirit brought this marvelously familiar verse to mind:
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matthew 24:14)
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, ladies and gentlemen of the world - we are about to enter even more perilous times for those within whose hearts burns the Spirit of the Living God. 

What have you decided to do?

For those of you who are already saved and determined to follow Jesus, I know what will happen; you will do so through the end.  Some of you will be killed for your faith, some will remain to be caught up to meet our God in the air... but, in one way or another, ALL of us will be persecuted more severely than ever before the end.

With Daddy, there is never any "force" of our will or emotions.  Final decisions are always ours in terms of obedience to His directives; that's why I've asked the question, what have you decided to do?

The Best of
Those of you who don't know Christ as Savior and Lord are urged to honestly and soberly examine the general question-mark hanging over the future for yourselves, friends, and family as this world system creaks more rapidly and unstably to its end.

The truth is my prayers are with you that the merciful and powerful touch of God descends upon your lives as soon as possible, but He can't (won't) do that without your permission and cooperation.  Like my mother always told me, when the world system as we know it comes to an end, "you're going to need someone to plead your bond."

What did she mean by that?  She meant the truth of this verse, which I pray you allow the Lord to open to your understanding in all of its strength and honesty:
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (1 Tim. 2:5-6)
When I gave my heart to Jesus, I gained complete support of the Royal Bondsman - the only Person in the universe worthy to open the scroll of my life before the Father and show Him proof of my innocence and exoneration secured by the stains of His own blood across its pages.

HALLELUJAH!

I am blood-washed and secure in Jesus, my friends!  Don't you want the same?

Please let me pray for you...

[Merciful God Our Heavenly Father, in the Name of Christ Jesus I pray Your gentle hand of truth and conviction upon every soul reading who is yet unsaved.  Father, please wrap them softly in Your prayers of yielded confession of sin and repentance - as You have done with each and every one of us - that they will enter the ark of safety known always as Jesus Christ, to the saving of their souls.  Holy and Merciful God, please cleanse and deliver their lives from the bondage of sin and death, and grant Your new life to them with the utter assurance of support from the Royal Bondsman Who will plead their innocence and total exoneration before You through His shed blood, according to Your redemptive plan.

Father, thank You for providing every willing soul a way of escape from the eternal grip of death, through faith in Jesus the Christ.  In His Name we pray and thank You.  Amen.]

I bless the Lord for TBN and for the life of Paul Franklin Crouch, whose work in God is done.
"And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." (Rev. 14:13)

Amen.

Daddy's Girl

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