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!


"... 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.


"... 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?


"... 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.]


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