Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a day for remembering all we have to be grateful for. This day is especially important to me because I remember the gift of life. 

On Thanksgiving day over 40 years ago, my mom had a stroke at the tender age of 30. What should have been the worst day of our family’s life turned into the beginning of a series of God-ordained events that brought about a miraculous healing along with the strengthening of our family and our faith.

May you be blessed this day and every day. And, may you also remember that every day there is a reason to be thankful. 

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

The Future Belongs to Those Who Haven’t Given Up

I was feeling led to re-watch the movie Tomorrowland. So I watched it yesterday, and I’m glad I did. There are so many themes that parallel with what is going on in the world right now.

The movie is a dystopian view of the world on the brink of destruction. Instead of fighting to make things better, all of humanity has seemingly given up and is actually creating their demise through their supported belief in the doomsday message they have been given. How are they supporting this message? Through their thoughts, by believing things are hopeless. 

There is only one person left who believes that, “Even the tiniest of actions can change the future.” That person is the young heroine, Casey Newton. She alone is full of hope for the future and is searching for solutions to change the outcome.

Though a teenager, Casey is wise beyond her years. She recognizes the battle between dark and light, which in the real world has been going on since the beginning of time. She also knows how to win that battle. As she said in the movie, “There are two wolves and they are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. Which one wins?” The answer is, “Whichever one you feed.”

I completely understand how hard it can be to “feed the right wolf” when everything around you is utter chaos. As I write this, my husband’s job is in jeopardy, and he is our family’s sole source of income. This isn’t the first time we’ve gone through this or worse together. 

Just as Casey said in the movie, the only way we have found our way successfully to the other side is by controlling our thoughts,which ultimately lead to our actions. So, I am staying positive—like our heroine—believing despite how things look outwardly that God has already answered my prayers and has something better in store for us. 

God says, “I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!”( Isaiah 65:24, NLT) He has already provided the solution, all I need to do is hold on to this truth until it manifests in our lives.

In the movie, Casey calls people like us “dreamers.” Who is a dreamer? A dreamer is “anyone who will feed the right wolf.” That means we are feeding light and hope. Now more than any time in history this is crucial. The chaos we feel all around us right now is the darkness dying and losing its power. 

God and everyone standing up for the light are winning. The darkness doesn’t want us to believe the truth. So, they are screaming as loud as they can in hopes of getting us to change our minds and give them power by “feeding the wrong wolf.”

There is a remnant of God left in the earth. I know they are tired and weary from decades of battle. What God has built in you through the warfare is priceless. Keep holding the line in truth and light. The tide is turning and we are closer than we think to things breaking for the good of all mankind. 

As another main character said in the movie, “Find the ones who haven’t given up. They’re the future.” Just like in the movie, on the other side of this battle, the world is going to need the “dreamers” to guide, lead, and help usher in the Kingdom of God on the earth. 

All quotes:
The Internet Movie Database. 2021. “Tomorrowland Quotes.” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1964418/characters/nm1429380?ref_=tt_cl_c_2

Harvest Time

God has been going out of His way lately to orchestrate real-life experiences that remind me of old promises that I had forgotten. 

The picture above represents one such recent encounter. It is the table my husband and I ate dinner at nearly seven years ago. It was a magical night filled with God pouring out His heart and future for us in the midst of a major life transition.

During our dinner, He brought up themes of hope, favor, blessing, restoration, and a time of harvest in our future. He was building in me what I would need for the season of deconstruction that we were about to enter. I have to admit that in the midst of that season, I forgot about His encouragement.

And then, recently, He brought me full-circle. Fast forward nearly seven years and unexpectedly, my husband and I are having lunch at the same restaurant. I almost forgot to mention the name of the restaurant is “Harvest.” As I sat down at our booth, I caught the blue chair out of the corner of my eye. Goosebumps hit my arms when I realized we were sitting across from the table we ate at all those years ago. Suddenly, all the emotions and things He spoke to me flooded my memory.

It is significant when God goes out of His way to orchestrate things in this manner. He wants to make it perfectly clear that it is Him speaking to you. I have noticed a theme from God over the past few weeks. He is trying to reignite my heart and excitement. He is reminding me that He never forgot the promises He made. And, He is helping me to believe again that He is doing this because now is the time He is bringing those things to pass.

Get ready, it’s harvest time!

The Lord is Using to Elevate You

I get the feeling today to encourage people to just keep going. I know there are many out there who are walking through a seemingly endless season and are tired. If the enemy has been screaming in your ear, it’s not because you’re weak—as he’d like you to think—he’s targeting an area of strength in your life. Just keep holding onto whatever God has told you. The thing the enemy tried to use to take you out is the very thing the Lord is going to use to elevate you.

Divine Appointments

I had a “divine appointment” at a local coffee shop yesterday. I use the term divine appointments for interactions I have with other people that I have not planned but that are clearly orchestrated by the Lord.

I had been sitting in a corner booth for almost an hour trying—without success—to get some writing done. And that’s when they walked in, a young mother and her precocious daughter. For some reason, I felt drawn to them. At the time, I thought it was just me appreciating the beautiful scene of them togehe

As I tried to focus back on my work, they sat in the adjoining booth right in front of me. Within minutes, I had a new and very talkative best friend. The little girl was just so full of life, and clearly had never met a stranger. 

After a couple of minutes, her mom and I discovered we had some common interests and started talking. In the midst of our conversation, she mentioned that she had just come through a long battle with depression. She kept mentioning how bad she felt that her daughter had to go through that, and felt that she hadn’t been a good mother during that time.

At that moment, I realized this was a God-orchestrated “divine moment.” I gently smiled at her and told her I understood what she had gone through, having experienced multiple battles with depression in my own life. 

My worst battle with depression occurred when my children were about the same age as her daughter. I shared with her that with this particular battle, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through but I had found my way to the other side. 

I looked at her and said, “You also made your way through and that is all that matters.” I also added that while her daughter did see her when she was sick, she also watched her mom get healthy again so she could take care of her.

It was clear that she wasn’t the type to openly share her feelings but she teared up and said, “That made me cry.”  With a smile emerging on her face, I knew that they were tears of joy.

The Lord orchestrated this meeting in a way in which only He could do. She is a young mom who needed encouragement after walking through something quite difficult. I am a mom to grown children who had walked through the same thing and could provide her the encouragement she needed. 

Our encounter with each other was very brief but meaningful for both of us. I have no doubt in my mind that this was a divine appointment. It was clear that the Lord was guiding our conversation. 

When all of these elements come together, the Lord is clearly going out of His way to bring confirmation, clarity, and peace concerning your life or current circumstance—or those of the person He is asking you to minister to.

Together We Win

The enemy is trying to use division in an attempt to conquer mankind. He is desperate because he knows he is losing control. He knows that the only move he has left is to try to keep us fighting each other. But, he has overplayed his hand, which will ultimately lead to his undoing. 

It is important now—more than any time in history—that we stand united. Ignore all the multi-faceted distraction attempts coming from every angle. See them for what they are—the death throes of darkness falling. 

Together we win, and help usher in the greatest era the earth has ever experienced. Stand together.

God is Working Behind the Scenes

This morning, the Lord helped me make a connection between me helping my dog and how He is working behind the scenes in my life to help me.

Our dog has quite sensitive skin and gets hot spots during the summer. Last summer, we were able to keep them under control but this summer they have been unbearable. To make things even more difficult, the mosquitoes have been horrible this summer. Between the sore paws and numerous mosquito bites, our poor dog has been miserable! 

We fought a losing battle all summer to keep him from licking his paws and stop scratching or biting his fur. His medicine has finally started working but he now has bare patches of fur all over his body. He is now so accustomed to licking that he just can’t seem to stop. I had no other choice but to buy him the proverbial “cone of shame.”

I put the cone on him this morning. The look on his face said it all. At first it was shock, which turned to dismay, and finally settled on dejection. I lovingly petted him, looked him straight in the face and said, “I’m doing this to help you.” The look in his eyes conveyed, “I don’t understand why you’re doing this.” And that’s the moment I connected with what God is doing behind the scenes in my life right now—and I suspect many others.

The Lord has been asking me recently to let go of control in certain areas of my life to give Him access to do things His way. If I’m completely honest, His way makes no sense and scares me. To compound things, He is asking me to step out in complete faith in an area of my life where I failed miserably—and very publicly—several years ago.

As I looked at the hurt expression in my dog’s eyes, I realized that I was doing the same thing to God. Ever so gently, I could feel Him saying to me, “You don’t understood what I’m doing. I’m trying to help you.”

In my hurt, I didn’t understand that God is trying to set me free in certain areas where I was wounded. He is asking me to trust Him instead of the outward appearance of things. He needs to set me free in these areas in order to be able to carry out the things He has for me to do in the future. As I am able to rest in this knowledge, I find peace and excitement in letting go and making room for the new.

Are there areas in your life where God is putting His finger on things you’d rather have left alone? Is He asking you to step out in faith and trust in Him? What if God is asking you to get out of His way because He working out incredible things for you behind the scenes? 

Hold on to What is True

Fear is running rampant right now. I can feel and sense it all around me. Right now it is important that we hold our ground against the onslaught of fear by standing firm in a position of faith. The messages of fear, doom, and gloom that are being thrust upon us right now feel very powerful—and at times overwhelming—but they are not real! These fears are being created and manipulated by lies.

The Lord strongly impressed upon me that we need to be actively seeking Him to hear what is true. When a wave of fear hits you, go to God to learn what He sees. Ask Him directly, “What is the truth?” Whatever His response—or any impression you feel from Him—is the reality of what He is doing in your life. It doesn’t matter if everything going on around you appears to be the complete opposite of what He says. God is speaking the truth that you need to hold onto. 

Then pay attention for encouragement from Him that confirms what He spoke to you. The list of ways He may reach out to you is endless. However, God will orchestrate things in a way where you will be able to recognize that the interaction is coming from Him, and it will bring you a sense of peace or encouragement.

The way we stop the lies from having power over us is by speaking the truth. We empower things in our life through our thoughts—which direct our actions. Think the thoughts God gives you that bring life.

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely,
and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep
putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard
from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
(Philippians 4:8-9 NLT)