Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Onward in Christ, 2015


2014 has been another marvelous year and, by God's power, I'm pressing onward.

The Daddy's Girl blog has done exceptionally well in extolling the tender heart of God and feeding all of us with His extravagant love and truth.  This has been a year of God showing me what a miraculous training ground it's been to express His goodness around the world in writing for the past two years.  Now the Lord is moving me gently, but steadily, into offline ministry as well.

Writing has been a true joy of my life since girlhood, and that joy is only increasing.  The Glory Shield Ministries website and its outreaches will continue lending tender guidelines in knowledge, faith, and encouragements to the nations for as long as the Father allows.

I'm endeared to online and offline friends as God ushers me into the ever-changing ground of pastoring and all its benefits.  It is a challenging, enriching, fulfilling call, and the Lord's constant affirmations, goodness, and care are a priceless life-line to me.  The deeper I go, the safer I feel and the more His plan surrounds me.  I see my life from His vantage point, and I'm amazed at it all.  There is no point at which the Lord is not in complete control, y'all... and it's always been that way.  I'm staggeringly blessed and abundantly gratified that, indeed, Christ meets every need.

My love and prayers and heart go out to all of you as we enter the Gregorian calendar year of 2015.  Five is God's number for redemption, and many redemptive avenues taken in recent years will now reach their Divinely-appointed destinations in blessing right before our eyes.

Hallelujah!  Be encouraged.  =0)


Friends, with all of my heart, I wish Christ's love and continued blessings to you, and a very  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

For the Christian, What's "Normal"?

Intimate relationship is possible with the God of the universe and - within that intimacy - is life, peace, and all the rest of Holy Spirit's fruits.

"Normal" for the Christian in intimate relationship with the Godhead is not depression and turmoil or being downtrodden - did you know that?  It is not a life of constant ducking, dodging, and fearful avoidance of evil as one being chased without protection or defense. No, indeed!

Unrest and trouble and pain are surely the norm for the world system and all things "of" it, BUT... normalcy for the child of God devoted and delighted in regular, saturating oneness with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit... is PEACE.

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

"For He Himself is our Peace..." (Eph. 2:14a)

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." (Col. 3:15)

"Be anxious 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.  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - think (or meditate) on these things." (Phil. 4:6-8)

If your life is constantly fraught with inner turmoil, depression, destruction, confusion, resentment, weakness, rage, complaint, doubt, and pain there are issues within you being exposed which you need to humbly address with Daddy.  Don't blame the nature of "Christianity" for your dilemma, for that is unjust.

In His own words the Lord declares that the "yoke" of relationship in Him is easy and its "burden" (the execution of it) is light.  That's because we are not to be the burden-bearer - He is It is only when we put our focus on fleshly vices and enemy weaponry sent against us that our view of this truth is obstructed. Being too proud to admit that sorrows and confusion have overtaken us and triggered anger and constant questions about events we can't understand will block the free flow of God's peace within us, and blame-shifting will only cause those issues to froth and build to bursting inside us like an unattended, boiling water pot.

Children of the True and Living God are not meant to walk around with their heads constantly hanging between their shoulders!  The Lord TOOK ALL WORLDLY SUFFERING upon Himself on the cross and abolished all platform for inner anguish and self-destruction when He died on Calvary.  Remember?  He replaced our sinful, deathly state with His Righteousness so that  - IN HIM - we will have peace.

So what if the world around us is in turmoil and constant upheaval - we need not be if and when our minds are stayed on Him.  The world system is sinful and abysmally rebellious towards God; loathsome garbage and decay is all we will ever find in it!  But our God gives clear directives as to where our inner man should be at all times so we can be focused on Him and, therefore, maintained in His Peace.  God will make the way if we are only willing to yield obediently to His directives every time.

Beloved, if you're constantly struggling inwardly, there's a mirror you need to look into on bended knees in repentance, humbly confessing and releasing all that it shows you. Repent for taking on such weight in sorrow and complaint, and then release the torment and confusion from which Christ died to free you!  Cover yourselves in His Blood.  Once you yield all of your substance to Him, my friends, you will once more know genuine inner Peace and bask thankfully in the true normalcy of what it means to intimately belong to Abba.  That is His promise.

DADDY'S GIRL


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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Where is Your Mind?


"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:1-3)

One of the most important things I've learned through four decades of salvation is that every verse of God's word always holds MUCH more truth and wisdom than meets the eye.  This verse from Colossians is no exception.  There are some who enjoy jesting that too much thought on things above ruins the mind's ability to take care of earthly necessities.  I disagree.

Moreover, contemplating this verse opened my heart to Holy Spirit's further illumination of God's desire to transform our minds.  Indeed, I was shown that this verse actually lovingly urges us to allow Holy Spirit to link our minds - in all things - to God's perspective.  After all, the mind of Christ comes from "above", along with every other good and perfect gift from the Father, right? Turning away from earthly perspectives and allowing our minds to be joined to the mind of Christ at the right hand of Daddy will only cause us to view and discern all things through the character of God. Should we fear that? Beloved, are we to shy away from the constant governing and covering of Christ's mind active and living within us just because we live busy lives on the earth? Or because we fear being "heavenly minded" will intimidate, convict, and even drive away some?

It's the hard questions like these we'd better be asking and answering honestly, y'all. They're the questions God's Spirit is using to expose the true condition of our hearts, and they're basically summarized with one query in particular...

...where is your mind?

I genuinely believe that this scripture's powerful command - the same as any other voiced by the indomitable Spirit of the Living God - is absolutely reasonable, holy, and will prove downright efficacious to the lives of all those willing to obey it wholeheartedly, no matter the cost.  Are you such a person?  Where is your mind?

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Never Count God Out

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I woke up with this scene from Cecile B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments on my mind.  Those of you who love this film will remember the nameless old slave who was haplessly murdered by one of Pharaoh's taskmasters in the brick pits of Egypt.  By this time Moses had gone out among his people to look on their burdens, and the film depicts a conversation he has with the old slave just prior to his death.  I love the message put forth here, almost silently, about the everlasting faithfulness of God:

Old Man:  Thank you, my son, but death is better than bondage; for my days are ended, and my prayer... unanswered.

Moses:  What prayer, old man?

Old Man:  That before death closed my eyes I might behold "the Deliverer" who will lead all men to freedom.

With that last utterance, the old slave turns his head and dies.

The message coming across to all of you right now is beautiful, isn't it?  Behold the Faithfulness of God.  The everlasting faithfulness and mercy of God our Heavenly Father, regardless of all our human folly in doubt and unbelief.  For always remember...
"If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself." (2 Tim. 2:13)

Hallelujah.  Bless His Mighty Name forever.

As you all can see via this powerful depiction, the old man is looking directly into Moses' eyes and - though he is blinded by discouragement and unbelief - we can clearly see that God remained faithful to answer his prayer and show him "the Deliverer".

Holy Spirit never allows me to condemn this old man when I view this scene; rather, His power upon my lips always utters a prayer in humility, that I will never count God out in all the "scenes" of my life.  I'm just as human as anyone else, and I bless God for causing me to remember that just because my heart may fall to lows in faith and yield foolishly to discouragement doesn't mean God is unfaithful in the least.  Quite the contrary, Saints... our prayers uttered in faith all mean the world to Him; He counts and answers every one according to His plan and purpose for our lives.

So many times we look straight into the eyes of our blessing and do not know it.  It's happened to me, and I never want it to happen again.  I want to recognize the time of my visitation and praise God through my tears that He has heard my exact petition and answered my prayer, specifically.  Don't you?  He will do it, y'all, for He is faithful.  Never ever count Him out.

Let's pray...

[Merciful Father, thank You for being faithful to honor all prayers to You, uttered in faith.  Thank You for sealing our faithfulness with Your signet and directing Your Fount of Mercy to pour out Living Waters to cover our coffers for Your Name's sake, even if we grow faithless. You are amazing. In Christ's Name I ask that You cause us to know and recognize our times of visitation, that we will remain grateful and faithful and wise to understand, believe, and declare that You are the God Who hears and answers prayer. You are unwaveringly merciful, truthful, and gracious, and Your blessings are faithfully bestowed upon us always according to Your word.  Lord, we love You; in Jesus' Holy Name we pray.  Amen.]

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Praise: Count 'em Up!

This blog has been a singular blessing to my life, y'all.  Unless the Lord calls for its end (and I don't see why He would), Daddy's Girl will be around for many months and years to come.  Amen.


Since next week welcomes the holiday season, no new posts will appear here.  I pray all of you have a lovely Thanksgiving Day with family and friends;  God willing, I'm also looking forward to some great company and cooking.  =0)


To conclude the series this week, I thank my Abba for...
  • my intimate relationship with the Godhead.
  • continued life, health, and strength.
  • my best friend and twin sister, Lynette.
  • a year now of new beginnings, blessings, and territory.
  • my Google+, Twitter, and Word Press friends.
  • the thousands of lives touched by Glory Shield Ministries and the Daddy's Girl blog.
  • the magnificent lessons He's taught me about how to relate my testimony and message to Christ's Body.  So many times I didn't really know what I would say about what He'd placed on my heart, and Holy Spirit gently calmed and encouraged me by saying, "just tell your story."  It's what I've done joyously for the past two years, and God has filled my heart and mind with the words to bless, magnify, extol, and glorify His Holy Name and tender heart every time.  All any of us have to do is ask Him for the wisdom to write what we should and not write what we shouldn't; He does the rest, and the eloquence is His.
  • personal, "offline" pastoring and God's mega-affirmations and instructions in that area.  (Only God could make a pastor out of me, y'all!  His will be done!)
  • deliverance... always ongoing, deepening, and purifying.  Of late He has addressed the pain of childhood molestation issues I had never truly let Him touch until now. It was a giant "ugly" I pushed way down in my emotions, but God never lost sight of it.  His timing for the liberation of every area yielded to His tender, loving hands is perfect.  When we are willing, Abba can do more in a week to free us from festering bondage than can be accomplished in years of applying the world's "therapeutic" techniques. Who is like Him?
In Jesus' Name, I cover all my words and testimony of blessings/thanksgiving with the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth Who came in the flesh, and I forbid the enemy or his operatives any access to any of it at all.  Again, in Christ's Name, Amen.


For what are you most thankful, beloved?  There are so many blessings seen and unseen, known and unknown that the Godhead have granted us, it's challenging to know where to start.  But Holy Spirit will help you PRAISE HIM and THANK HIM and give Him the honor, glory, and heartfelt adulation from the very depths of your soul and spirit He so richly deserves... just ask Him!  Hallelujah! =0)


Be blessed, everyone, with a warm, safe, satisfying holiday in Jesus' Magnificent Name...
DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Praise: "This is Amazing Grace"

I believe the way thanksgiving to God fills a soul with bounding joy is brought forth most powerfully in song. I'm so glad and grateful to know that the Lord's Spirit is still affecting change in the hearts of millions (dare I say, billions) of young people throughout the earth based on their faith in His Name and their gratitude for His "amazing grace".


That brings me to today's song I'm delighted to showcase here which is, no doubt, familiar to every one of you and has been a favorite of mine for months.  It's by Phil Wickham, a young man whose life the Lord has touched with His saving grace and healing power.  You can look into this young man's eyes as he sings this hit song, "This Is Amazing Grace" and be washed with the genuine love he feels for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  I adore it when that happens; Holy Spirit will always identify those who belong to Abba... always... and this young man absolutely does.


His testimony includes having been healed of a throat malady and raised up again by the hand of God to sing for all that He's done for him.  My favorite line of this powerful, blessed, humble melody is, "Who brings our chaos back into order? Who makes the orphan a son and daughter? The King of Glory! The King above all kings!"


Hallelujah! I can identify with being rescued from the gutting impact of all those around me seeming to be "gone", leaving me what the world called an 'orphan' among the vast sea of unrighteousness sweeping over key members of my family when I was just a little girl.  Truly, GOD AND HIS MERCY didn't leave me fatherless!  He didn't leave me motherless when my precious mother departed this world for her place beside Him in holiness in Heaven's splendor.  Indeed, even the most loving, well-intentioned beings of family will one day leave us through the failings of the flesh and the curse of sin...


BUT NOT THE LORD!  Hallelujah, y'all!  Not the Lord!

"I Am He Who lives and was dead and, behold, I Am alive forevermore. Amen." (Rev. 1:18a)
"Because I live, you shall live also." (John 14:19b)
"For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'" (Heb. 13:5b)
 
Beloved, please enjoy "This is Amazing Grace" sung by brother Philip Wickham. I pray it blesses you and lifts your feet to dancing in glorious, joyful Praise to Daddy's Mighty Name!  Amen!







DADDY'S GIRL


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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Only Spiritually Discerned

One thing I notice constantly is that whenever anyone tries to grasp the spiritual things of God with fleshly intellect, they crash and burn.  Me included.  I learned this scripture the hard way, but now I know and stand by its truth:
"But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."  (1 Cor. 2:14)
I remember years ago God telling me that my (view of) "education" actually separated me from Him, because I used my brains as prideful protection back then to "buffer" me on every side.  Now, does that mean God didn't create the intellect?  Of course not.  What it does mean is that, through sin, God's intended use for the intellect has been corrupted.  The biggest problem with what I did is that, as I walled myself inside the fortress of those intellectual storehouses, I also walled out any possibility of the Truth of God penetrating my fort.  Boxed in with my own narrow scope of vision and comprehension I felt safe but, honestly, I was fearful and deprived of truth's fullness in beauty and benefit to my soul.

The intellect was created by God not only to "hold" truth, but to "KNOW" truth.  And please remember that JESUS CHRIST IS THE TRUTH of which I'm speaking - the only Truth there is.  It's two different things to hold a Bible in your hand and have Jesus in your heart.  One is holding, one is knowing.  The flesh is twitterpated by the gathering of knowledge... jingling all the sourballs of information in your head until it's ready to burst is a real turn-on for the flesh.  The fleshly intellect feeds on its ability to turn phrases and circuitously explore the brainiac regions of man-made conjecture turned fact.

Gag me.  :0\

The things of God are spiritually discerned, folks.  That means we have to be willing to leave the safe box of our puffed-up storage room of fleshly intellect to stand in the sunshine of humble, pure faith in God.  That's the only way we are going to know Him as His bride - in His bedchamber - as the Divine Husband He is.  Fleshly intellect only mars the supernatural splendor of God's garments.  Faith and man's definition of intellect don't mix.  They'll never mix because the flesh cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit... it'll never happen.

But God's got a supernatural intellect residing in our spirit-man which is empowered and controlled thoroughly by His Holy Spirit, and through that we are given power to believe and become the children of God.  Through that we are given His spiritual impartation of faith, where we can believe the things our natural eyes don't see; we can receive the Truth of God as "Spirit", and we can welcome His wisdom and revelatory knowledge into our hearts and minds without the presence of fleshly intellect or a PhD.

The intellect of God's spirit-man in us is first of all HUMBLE... knowing that God reveals things outside of our human realm and scope of comprehension, constantly.  The thought that God is wrong just because we can't understand Him exposes immense arrogance and pride.  The whole point is not to pull God down to our puny minds and limited understanding (which we pitifully deem "vast"); but rather to allow His Holy Spirit to elevate our understanding to the heights of His Divine desire to (mercifully) enlighten us with Truth.

Beloved, without Holy Spirit's enabling, WE CAN'T UNDERSTAND.  No matter how many Bibles we read or universities we attend, true reception and appropriation of the things of Abba always depends on whether or not we yield to the Spirit's understanding and not our own.

Whenever we try to grasp the knowledge of God and His Realm through our own understanding, human experience, and fleshly intellect we will crash and burn - period - and yet again we'll be denied opportunity to reach the higher heights and deeper depths of experience with the Godhead.

That's a pity I don't want, ever.  How about you?

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

God and Sneezing

Daily living often paints the most profound pictures and teaches the deepest lessons so reflective of the amazing heart of God.


I heard a daycare worker sneeze this morning, and I noted the delight of the children around her. I believe she sneezed twice, such that it caught the attention of the very little kids. Then, cleverly, she used their glee to joyful advantage and after her second sneeze exclaimed, "Oh, my goodness! What was in there?"  Everyone laughed.


This reminded me of God's conviction and cleansing of His children.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
How many times have you applied that truth to sneezing?  Yep... neither have I.  :0)
We're taught that God doesn't deal in condemnation, but rather conviction.  We've rehearsed the truth that condemnation's weaponry is brutal and accusatory, but Holy Spirit's gentle conviction simply says - "Not that way, this way," bringing us to what's been tagged an "Aha!" moment.


Enter the onomatopoeic link to sneezing.


"Aha!" mimics the involuntary breath we take just prior to being crumpled inside the powerful grip of a sneeze.  Then, what sound accompanies the release of all foreign matter?  Often a loud and forceful, "Choo!" Right? Much resembling the words, shoo and eschew, in my opinion.


Shoo: "To drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, (things), etc."
Eschew: "To abstain or keep away from; shun, avoid."


It just fits, y'all (and you've gotta love dictionary.com)!  I believe our Heavenly Father has drawn an analogy to beat all analogies of simple human function by linking His powerful, merciful, search-and-destroy mission of convicting and cleansing us of sin to the humble, helpful, and holy... sneeze.


HALLELUJAH!


In one animated swoop of evacuating expression, Daddy illustrates how He brings to us the "Aha!" of conviction, swiftly followed by the "shoo!" or "eschew!" power-wash of cleansing from sin!  Saints, I ask you... who is like unto our God?!  And who can even come close to creating His parabolic lessons shining light on His life-changing goodness and spotless ways?  Hiyah!  NO ONE, that's who!


So, beloved, the next time you sneeze try to remember to thank our God for His loving kindness and faithful forgiveness and cleansing of our souls and bodies from sin...


... and then always grab a tissue!  =0)


DADDY'S GIRL


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

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pity Their Unbelief

Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, all those who are in Christ are spirit beings.  While every human has a soul, through faith in Jesus Christ believers have received the destined awakening of their "spirit-man" and move throughout the realms of light and darkness under the protection, power, and leading of Almighty God.

While the flesh wants to either alter the "concept" of God or ignore Him altogether, spirits of Christians as well as the souls of humankind ALL know full well He exists and cannot be truthfully denied. Every breath we take is full of His mercy and presence; every spark of our brainwaves declares His Sovereignty and excellent work.

That's why there's a battle.

Smh at "unbelief"

Think of how ludicrous it is for atheists and unbelievers to put up such a fight against someone they truly believe isn't there! They strike at the air and vigorously enlist others to do so, contradicting with every blow their foolish declaration that there is no God.  Why lash out at "nothing" if you honestly, utterly, and sincerely believe "nothing" is there?  Moreover, if it truly is nothing, in the end, why should it matter if others believe it's "something"?  That's their issue, right? And even if they try to make it your issue - it's nothing, remember? So, shouldn't "nothing" be completely harmless and ineffective? Then why the infernal fuss about God? Why?

BECAUSE GOD IS REAL.  HE LIVES, and the enemy knows He lives. HE IS ALL-POWERFUL, and the enemy knows that, too.  Most important, ALL AUTHORITY in Heaven and Earth (and below the earth) has been given to JESUS THE CHRIST and none other; ALL JUDGEMENT has also been committed unto Him.  The enemy especially knows and fears this, but he doesn't want others to know and - at all costs - he doesn't want us "authority-wielding" Christians to realize how thoroughly we can mow him down in Jesus' Name!  Hallelujah!

Since God is a constant reality, and He is Sovereignly aware of our thoughts, emotions, movements, and choices there is no "getting around Him" short of blatant denial.  (Think about it:  Someone who doesn't exist need not be denied!)  Those who make that effort are shrieking volumes about the paltry condition of their hearts.

Merciful God

Let's apply this discernment to prayer for God's mercy to descend on the pain-filled, self-contradicting masses denying His existence.  After all, at one time we were numbered with the aching unsaved, but God and His mercy caused the piercing light of His Truth to bring life to our deadened existence.  Walking carcasses no more are we! But we are children of the Living God and walk in the light of His love because somebody cared enough to intercede for us, so the work that was done on the bloody cross of Christ could take hold of our lives for our eternal good.  Hiyah!


What if it still were you, beloved?  Wouldn't you want there to be enough unconditional love and hope within believers to extend to you a prayer of such rescue?  I would.

Let's face it... folks who skirt the issue of God's existence are full of fear.  They need prayer.  They need mercy.  THEY NEED JESUS.  But they are only going to get Him through God's power in those of us who believe.  God's compassion and persevering love of unbelievers at work within us is the greatest weaponry against the enemy.  Only the humble, merciful undertaking of prayer on their behalf will penetrate their souls with the saving knowledge of Jesus.  The ultimate choice of accepting or rejecting Him is theirs - but let's resolve today to pray them through to the point of decision.


As you are praying for their acceptance of the reality of good and evil, and of God's existence, and of Christ's loving sacrifice, think to yourself - where would I be if someone hadn't  prayed for me?

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Unfailing Arms": A Poem

If it hadn't been for the Lord, I would be dead and in hell right now.  All who know Christ have that same testimony, I reckon.

When I'm contemplative on my bed and wake up in the morning, still contemplative, a poem ensues. Today is no different (only this one doesn't rhyme), as my thoughts gather together to proclaim themselves gratefully to God.

Enjoy, dear ones... and God bless you!

"UNFAILING ARMS"

I sit safely on the soft shores of Daddy's Love because He has saved me from the sea of my trifles; I'm more trouble to myself, at times, than the enemy affords.

God breathes life back into lungs once heavy-laden with sorrow; the blanket of His rest has lifted downcast eyes.

I sit watching from safe shores all the benefits of "plenty"; all the fruits of His Great Love are now mine to enjoy.

He won't suffer memories to ripple their travail against the trusty banks of faithfulness that He has lodged in me; nor will He see my head bowed to fear.

I look down at choppy waters (raging angrily without me) from the high nest of the sanctuary in which He settles me.

The waves bounce and splash about, but they cannot touch me; I'm enveloped - resting warmly - in Christ's unfailing arms.

 
(Copyright © 2014 by Sharon Joy Palmer. All Rights Reserved.)



DADDY'S GIRL

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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Brief Overview

There are all kinds of ways to relate to people, and I am learning that as God courses me through discipling others.  God tailors His teaching and treatment of our ills to our personality bent... He has to, because so many of us receive Truth differently.

It's the same Truth - it's Jesus - but each person perceives and receives Jesus and information in general, differently.  It's like God relating to Mack as a woman (in The Shack) because Mack didn't have a positive relationship with his father.  God will also submit to our perceptions of Him as an "old" and almost "grandfatherly" figure, if that gives Him an inroad to our hearts.  Because once He has a way in, He can process our lives to eventually receive the fullest and most accurate accounting of His being we can handle.

That happened to me.

So lately I've been introduced to some more "new ways" of relating to people's hearts in Jesus - by His definitions and in ways indicative of His "Pastor" heart.  He's training me and giving me constant affirmations (MUCH needed) as I continue on His way.

People are wonderful and terrible, and I can see why He loves us so much.  The "terrible" stuff all happens for a reason.  No excuses, but definitely reasons for everything (my stuff included).  That tenders me to human existence in general and even softens my heart towards myself, which is so necessary.  Forgiveness is not only to be outstretched to others, but we are to bathe ourselves in the same sweet oils we release.  We desperately need it poured from our hearts upon our hearts, by God's awesome power.

New things and new ways are being introduced and absorbed; new assignments are being undertaken and granted 'His' success, and the adventure continues in Christ's Name. 

I'm enjoying it.

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More Truth on Deliverance

Sitting on my couch last night, I realized God had restored my joy.

There's been deliverance going on here for quite some time and, in its midst, the only place I find true relief is through praise and worship.  There was a lot of that going on in my home on Sunday, and it broke through the sobering, stilling effects of exposure.  When God allows the elements He wishes to deliver to surface in us, it can get ugly or very quiet or really teary for many days.  This time, for me, I was quiet and teary while I prayed and submitted to His hand upon me.

Exposure is our friend, and subsequent deliverance is the bridge to reaching ever-rising levels of freedom.  While we're here and submitted to God, that process won't end because there's just too much within each of us that needs delivering.

Yesterday, inside myself, I searched for an emotion that had been tormenting me... and I couldn't find it!  Later that night, I looked for the same emotion when I recognized what would have been a trigger for it... but it was gone.  In my heart, I laughed - and when I laughed, I felt pure joy overtake me, such as I hadn't felt since the last time I gave praise in total turning from my circumstances.  Actually, this joy was even greater than that, because the yucky stuff I turned my back on wasn't there anymore.  It was gone!  It had been taken away by the Father of Lights, in Whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning... and all that remained within me was light - His light and nothing else.  Amen.

Ah, deliverance is so worth it, my friends.  Exposure ain't pretty, but its "fishing" techniques are crucially necessary. You'll know by Holy Spirit when Abba is putting His finger on an issue in your life, beloved.  I encourage you to let your heart be exposed to the Father.  Let Him fish out the lies which form clots of hurt, wounding, misconception, and unrighteousness; then lift the deception and dross to His hands in His Name.  When you release them, He'll take them from you... and you will never, no never again be the same.

Hallelujah!

Blessing His Holy Name,
DADDY'S GIRL

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

Thursday, October 16, 2014

His Love Awaits...


You'll know Him when you find Him, my friends.

There is no sense of safety, security, and rest surrounding and embodying anything or anyone to the piercing, penetrating depth of God's Presence.  The caring, concern, and passion of His unfailing love will burn every ounce of your flesh to the ground.  Then, that same love will rebuild, renew, reform, transform, rescue, deliver, and heal your every sinew and your every mindset, belief system, and heart issue to wholeness, health, and healing.

There is none like our Beloved!  Glory to His Precious, Holy Name...!

And when you're desperately and genuinely seeking truth, you'll respond to Him with love - believe me - whether you think so or not, for what's inside of you is crying out for Him and Him only; nothing and no one else can satisfy.  Reach out to Him in sincerity today, dear ones, and you will be entrenched in His success.  Like His word says, you'll find Him when you seek Him with all your heart.  The One Who your soul loves is waiting...  Hallelujah!

Amen.
DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thoughts About Righteousness

Just because a path is well beaten doesn't make it the right one.

I've been thinking about that truism lately, and going over things in my mind and emotions like how well I've always gotten along with women (much more so than men), or even how much "easier" establishing relationships with men would be if I just agreed to fornicate.  The enemy would like nothing better than for my life in Christ to "give way" to the ways of the world and the lifestyles/activities that "seem normal" just because they're so prevalent.

No way, baby... not this girl.  By the grace of Almighty God our Heavenly Father, I am and always will be Daddy's girl, and satan's flunkies, trickeries, and lies have reached me too late.

Have I ever been tempted to return to homosexual life? Absolutely.  Have I ever been tempted to "go get myself a man" using "easy sex" as the lure (some will sleep with you if your body's warm) instead of living chastely before God? Yep.  I'm in no ivory tower, folks; but Daddy has promised to save me from the world, the flesh, the devil AND from my fleshly predilections for sin if I but ask Him.  Crying out for God's help works, y'all!  Holy Spirit will always help you run away from sin, and He'll hold open the door to Abba's "way of escape" if you simply allow it.

Many have been the times yucky memories and sinful thoughts have battered down my doors and taken me (temporarily) captive to sin.  Yes, it's true that I've given in to anger, lust, and debauchery in life.  Daddy is still working on anger issues within me regarding childhood molestation; His love comforts me still regarding the painful avenues of betrayal from friends and family along life's way.  With the aid of warfare prayers I turn my back on darts, attacks, assaults, and assignments demons undertake to deter me and those I love from God's anointed course, and I praise Daddy for His "keeping" power.
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." (Proverbs 14:34)
I've been thinking about that scriptural truth also.  Life isn't about beauty or fashion or race or creed; it's not about political office or money or social status.  It's about righteousness by God's definitions.  Period.  That's all it will ever truly be about, my friends.  So, it's up to me and you to sit down with Holy Spirit to talk about it.  The day I stop confessing sin or praising God for delivering me safely from it is the day I lose sight of His righteousness.

Constant communication with God is the impregnable key, because I don't maintain myself in righteousness or right-standing with Abba ... HE does!  He's the Chief Cornerstone controlling all the balance of my temple; all the plans, orchestrations, blessings, rescue missions, and maintenance operations of my heart, mind, will, and emotions are clutched safely in His hands.  That's the only way to live; set apart from the deadly machinations of this world and the enemy's divisive manipulations of it.  What seems normal to the world is sin and bondage in the eyes of God, dear ones.  Throughout life, I've had to realize that repeatedly.  It just isn't worth it to go chasing after folly and futility, beloved.

Keep your eyes on Jesus.  Yield to His tender instruction, constant affirmations, and keen discernment of your life's circumstances.  Steal away to His Peace.  If you open the door of your life to Him, He has promised to come in and put His power to delivering you from sin.  Trust Him, and turn away from the maddening crowds rushing over the land like the swells of a filthy tsunami.  Ask Holy Spirit to hold open your way of escape from sin, then flee from it with all your heart! You'll be so glad you did, and Daddy's rewards will follow you and maintain your coffers in humility, strength, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

Life isn't meant to be about constantly dodging sin, but about basking in the joy and greatness of Abba and the glory of His Holy Name resting, ruling, and abiding with you always. Amen. Righteousness will keep you in that state, beloved, but the choice to reach out for it, wear it as a garment, and turn your back on all of the world's ways... is yours.

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Always Look Up


I love the concentration of hands folded to the Lord.  I just do.

To me, these hands are earnestly entreating Him, but with a comfortable casualty I find attractive.  These hands know the Lord in terms of His love for them (and certainly the soul attached to them), so they're not pensive or formal, but respectful and grateful... lovingly approaching Him.  That's what God and our relationship with Him is all about, IMO.  "Today, dear Lord, these are the praises of You on my heart; today, dear sweet Lord, I will worship You as my Father; today, dear Lord, these are the concerns on my heart; and today, Merciful God, I say thank You."

For me with our God, that makes the world go around.

Not a "morning person"?  Meet with God daily whenever you can.  He'll accept you, not reject you.  Besides, every day and time we meet with the Lord is in its own way "the break of day" as His love shines refreshingly upon us to start again in the hours of life and living that await.  Make no mistake - meeting with Him just before sunrise is wise and absolutely awesome, but so is blessing Him with your presence as "the evening and the morning" become the next day.  Remember that God's new days actually start in what we call the evening (or sundown)...  that's an awesome understanding if the enemy tries to condemn you for not waking up at 4:30 a.m. every day.

Like me, you've probably done both, and also you've probably had seasons where you meet with Jesus morning, noon, and night to His utter delight.  Truthfully, saints... He just wants to meet with you - period - daily. I love it that His ears listen for the uniqueness of our voice. As the Psalmist indicates, looking up at Him when we pray is also an intimate plus; it's like making eye contact with someone we trust.  God knows where your eyes are at all times, but lifting a trusting head to Him (acknowledging Him as your only Source for help) genuinely melts His heart. I know it melts mine to realize His eyes are fixed upon me always, but it's especially meaningful and mushy when I pray.  My goodness, I love Daddy... yes, I do.

The comfort and ease His Spirit establishes within us in confidence that He hears our prayers and actually awaits them in joyful expectancy every "morning" does my being worlds of good. My relationship with my Heavenly Father is the greatest, most powerful, life-changing constant my soul has or could ever possibly experience.  God has planned it for me from before the foundation of the world, and He has also planned it for every single one of you.  So relax those hands as you meet with the God of all comfort.  Rest easily in your place of daily heart exchange with Him, and always look up...

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

So, if I met "the old me" today...

There are so many things I recognize about myself today that I would never have recognized years ago.  Back then, I was pompous and defensive.  Though good-hearted and soft-hearted, I was extremely insular and afraid - pretty much of everything - though I wouldn't admit it.

While I'm certainly not saying that since those days I've "arrived" at the top of some ivory tower, I am saying that Christ has taught me many things about His depth of love for me since then.  His truth has delivered me from the dungeon of self-loathing and evil commentary concerning the choices I made, sins I committed, and mistakes hounding me from youth.  His truth has untangled the knot of anxiety that restricted my breath.  Jesus Christ introduced me to a wellspring of love for Abba I never dared hope existed.

If I met the old me today, I'd see and understand the downcast, rejected girl I was, and I'd encourage this girl to lift her head and talk to me.  I'd approach her with tenderness and kindness, and I'd be careful about the words I used.  The old girl did not like to make eye contact; the old girl did not like to smile; the old girl felt so terribly rejected and abandoned she could barely form a sentence without second-guessing herself based on what she thought others might think.

There are still so many "old Sharons" walking around today; people to whom I can definitely relate; those my arms are willing and waiting to embrace because I've experienced similar pain.  To an "old Sharon" today, I want to demonstrate the unconditional love and overwhelming patience in which the Lord has bathed me.  I want to give what I got, for its fruit has been transforming me radically into the image of Christ ever since.  Change in thinking, change in believing, change in seeing and comprehending; change in loving and learning to forgive... life-saving change directly from the literal "body" of Christ, and from His earthly body - the true church.

Myriad hearts over the years have been willing to love me through the anguish of seeing the "uglies" within me.  God "assigned" them to my cause and filled them with His unconditional love and favor on my behalf, so that I had backing in prayer and encouragement along the way to realizing my true worth in Abba's plan and in His arms.  I was created to be His daughter, His sweetheart and Beloved, His Obedient One, His little girl and - by Christ's grace and Holy Spirit's power - I am all of those things.

The "new" me is free where the old me wasn't, the new me is tender where the old me was hardened, the new me is courageous and confident, where the old me was fearful and dejected.  The old me couldn't even lift her head to Heaven, but the new me is the ripened, delectable fruit of the Father's tenderness and mercy - given and received, bestowed upon and realized.  Hallelujah!

The Lord God Almighty is the Lifter of my head, and clinging to Him by His power - no matter what it costs me - has made ALL the difference.
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain..." (1 Cor. 15:10a)
DADDY'S GIRL

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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Joyful!

I'm going to refer y'all to the Glory Shield Ministries website for this post of Daddy's Girl.

I've uploaded some tones I recorded in praise this afternoon, and I found I truly enjoy calling up two windows simultaneously and starting the audio tracks about 5-7 seconds apart for a marvelous "round" of spirit-embodied tones.  Try it for yourself and you'll see what I mean!  :0)

Of course, single playback of this God-inspired track will also bless you.  It's about 3.25 minutes long, and here's the link:

"JOYFUL"

Be blessed, everyone!

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

For "the Unknown"

Lately I've encountered a prime example of how not choosing to focus on Daddy can only further bind and entangle souls desiring freedom.
Totally bypassing any suggestion to focus on the Father (looking upward) rather than focusing on our surroundings is what keeps us grounded and restless and struggling.
Only God can affect change in others, and doing so is His specialty.  Knowing and rejoicing in that truth is where our hearts can come in for the benefit of ourselves and others; the effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous is able to conquer altogether everything that blocks, binds, hinders, and prohibits willing souls from coming into freedom through forgiveness.
What a comfort that is! And above all, what an ongoing lesson it is for me (and you) to utterly reject all of the enemy's attempts to destroy my heart's tenderness towards others by snaring me with grievances regarding their behavior. Lovingly and sincerely lifting them to the arms of Holy Spirit for deliverance and repair is the best thing to be done for every heart involved.  Amen.
Thank You, Jesus, for Your constant prayers covering my heart, mind, will, and emotions - for without Your tendering, my heart would be hopelessly hard, and my voice would be mute. Your goodness, faithfulness, and power have kept my heart opened to Your warm springs of healing in understanding and tenderness. Indeed, the same hand that touches me in forgiveness allows me to forgive others and pray Your heart of change rescues them from every offense. Lord, I love You.
May the Blood of Jesus cleanse every wound and the Oil of the Spirit accomplish complete healing and restoration, in Christ's Precious Name. Amen.
DADDY'S GIRL
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

His Eyes

I've been thinking about looking into the eyes of Jesus; the One to Whom my story appears, all at once, on the day I stand before Him at His Throne.  I've been thinking a lot about the pair of eyes that will look into mine without an ounce of ill-will or malice or jealousy or contempt; thinking at length about the look of love that will overtake me from those eyes.

Ever think about that?

We will stand before Him, you know; before the One Who created and saved each of us...
"All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." (John 1:3-4)
The same Lord Jesus Who agreed to take on human form for all eternity for the sake of you and me will look into our faces - one by one - and speak our names aloud, and transform us with the beaming embrace of His loving gaze.

Could you look into His eyes?  Are you longing... craving... yearning to do so one day as you stand before Him in the flesh glorified by His incomparable sacrifice?

So am I (and I'll leave you with that miraculous, pulsating, marvelous thought).

Until then, may the eyes of His Spirit which alone hold all power and are mighty to save through the Majesty of Almighty God our Heavenly Father cleanse and sanctify you holy... blood-washed and secure in His eternal purpose and plan for your lives.

In Christ's Name I pray.  Amen.

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Feed on God's Approval

This morning I was watching a popular cooking program and noticing the hungry look on one contestant's face when she received the judges' approval.  It was noticeably apparent that their smiling faces and nods of appreciation re-energized her; I could tell her determination to continue excelling had boiled over before their eyes.

But I also couldn't help realizing how, eventually, their approval of her would fall to her own shortcomings.  I couldn't help equating that realization with the truth of how - in terms of granting lasting approval - humanity in general abysmally fails because the flesh is finite and fallible.

Not so with God.

I've felt that hunger experienced by the eager cook in terms of pleasing God, and I've reveled in the truth that - with Jesus and the fullness of the Godhead indwelling Him - there is limitless approval poured daily into the storehouse of my heart and humanity.  Friends, even though we often falter and fall short of His vision for us, His approval of us stands.  We were formed in approval, blessed and predestined in approval, and the seal of who we are in Christ Jesus has been stamped upon us with the resourceful promise of "yes and amen"!

Hallelujah! Of whom He has made us in the Beloved, He always approves.  Always.

I feed on that, because it pleases both of us; also, it is safe and absolutely inexhaustible. Abba always approves of who I am as His precious seed and designated daughter.  He approves of every one of us that way, saints.  Not one of us falls beyond the scope of His acceptance in the Beloved.  Never will He turn the scepter away, refusing us entrance into His heart when we purely and fervently approach (don't be afraid of that); but, from His Majestic Throne He'll lift His gentle, righteous hand and bid us, "Approach".  I have melted at His invitation many times, and I know the benevolence of His heart.  We were created in acceptance and approval, and God's character and behavior never deviates from His nature. He is not a man that He should lie and - of His creation and precious children - He definitely approves.

While our decisions and actions may grieve Him along life's journey, the crux of who we are as His sons and daughters remains fixed and guarded in the unfailing love of His heart.  He passionately adores us, He craves our company, and approves of every heart He has formed and destined for greatness and unity with His Spirit.  Amen.
"For we are His workmanship; created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)
That truth is what I'll wear and bask in all the days of my life.  Thank You, Jesus!

DADDY'S GIRL

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