Grateful

scThankful for this life I have “in Jesus Christ”!

Grateful to God for saving me at 26 years old. I wasn’t looking to be saved. I was just living my life, doing my thing, no concern for eternal things, no need for God.

I didn’t know I was a lost, undone, insecure, broken little girl with so many deep war wounds. I was oblivious to the truth that I lived my life in the shadow of others.

BUT God did!
He found me.
He redeemed my life.
He restored my soul.
He is teaching me how to live in the shadow of The Almighty!

According to His Word I was dead in trespasses & sin but He brought me from death to life in Christ Jesus! (Ephesians 2)

He transferred me from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Light! (Colossians 1:3)

He gave me a new heart, a new name, a new garment to wear.
He put a new song in my mouth and is even now making ALL things NEW!

Thankful for this Journey to my eternal home.

We can’t be good enough! We can’t win Gods love! We can’t do it right!
Romans 3:23 For ALL have sinned & fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We can’t do enough brave, good, honorable things to be made right with God. Romans 3:10 “as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;”

Salvation is the work of God.
Ephesians 2:8-10 8 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

There are NOT many roads that lead to heaven just One…through the God-man – Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 – “I am The way, The truth & The life; no one comes to the Father except through Me”.

Attending Church won’t save you (although vitally important to help us grow).

Your morals will not save you. Ephesians 2 (read it) explains it well.

We must come to the Cross! Salvation is found in Jesus Christ and Him alone!

Gods word says in 2 Corn 5:16-17 “if anyone is in Christ they are a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new”.

No change? No transformation. NO Jesus!

He didn’t save us to leave us in our sin and filth. He saved us to set us free from the power of sin, death, hell and the power of the devil!

Do you know the Jesus of the Bible? I don’t mean just know about Him, but do you have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ? Have you been born-again by the Spirit?

More importantly does He know you? Is your name written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life? If so, your life will look dramatically different. Not perfect but distinctly different.

In the shadow of The Almighty,
Renee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We Pray & God Pursues

 

Are you the mother of a prodigal? If so, have you been pursuing your child in order to bring him or her back to the “fold”? You know what I mean; do you find yourself filled with anxiety, worry or fear?

Do you spend most of your time with these wayward kids preaching and prodding instead of loving on them & living your faith before them?

 In the words of Dr. Phil, “How’s that working for ya?”

After spending more years than I care to admit preaching, prodding & proclaiming to my children their desperate need for Jesus, I finally came to understand that as our children become adults our role as mother should be
drastically & dramatically different.

Let’s face it! Our job of laying the groundwork and the foundation is done.

What I have learned the hard way (I seem to learn a lot of things the hard way), I have learned at the feet of Jesus Christ. I believe as Mommas of adult children we are to love them unconditionally like God loves us. We are to still speak truth into their lives when the Holy Spirit leads us; but I am convinced that our main job is to be their chief prayer warrior.

To pray kingdom-size prayers!
To PRAY and let God PURSUE!

No amount of preaching, playing the Holy Spirit or prodding will produce the eternal fruit we so desire for them!

Years ago as I shared these words at a retreat, the teaching leader reminded us that God’s feet are swift. He can pursue like no other. I am reminded that not only are God’s feet swift but His arm is longer and His reach is farther. The prayers for our wayward children are part of the long arm of the LORD.

Our prayers have the ability to reach heaven’s ear,  move Our Father’s heart and produce eternal fruit that will last!

I don’t know about you, but that breathes courage into my weary heart. When we submit and pray, our God pursues. So, take heart prayer warrior Mommas. Learn to let go and trust that one day our prodigals will return to the Father. He will welcome them home with open arms, a kiss on the neck, a righteous robe around their shoulders, sandals on their feet and a ring on their finger!
(Luke 15:11-32)

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We PRAY… God PURSUES

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My response to the Madness

Just my thoughts…. God is Holy. God is sovereign. God is Love. God is good. God is kind. God is merciful. God is forgiving. God is Just. God is Great! God reaches for the broken, the outcast,…

Source: My response to the Madness

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My response to the Madness

Just my thoughts….

God is Holy. God is sovereign. God is Love. God is good. God is kind. God is merciful. God is forgiving. God is Just. God is Great!

God reaches for the broken, the outcast, the ones crying out in pain. He loves the Hagar’s of this world. He doesn’t throw stones. He doesn’t condemn. He sent His One and Only Begotten Son to Die on the Cross to break the power of sin, to save us, to reconcile us to God the Father. He is not willing that anyone perish, but that ALL come to repentance.

He loves that “sea of pink” both the women and men that marched on DC this weekend. He loves women. He made us. He gave us power from the beginning. He gave us position from the beginning. He made us equal to man in the beginning. Jesus honored women. Women were among His followers, His disciples, they walked with Him, served with Him, were the first at the tomb to see Him on the third day! Women matter to Jesus!

How we choose to respond to those who are LOST and undone says alot more about our hearts than theirs. Lost people are not going to live morally righteous lives. I sure didn’t before I was born again! I lived for this kingdom – my kingdom. Lost people will always fight for their “rights”, they will never see things any different until The Holy Spirit draws them to Himself. So we must love in truth, grace, mercy and pray for the souls of the lost women and men in this nation. Not throw stones.

I am praying and believing for a great revival to come to our nation. It always starts in one or two hearts. I DO NOT have to lay down my convictions in order to love those whose thinking is completely opposite from my own. I think we can disagree but love others like Christ loves them. I don’t know? My heart hurts for this nation and this world. This world is becoming more and more backwards. We are truly living in times that the Word of God describes as when “evil is called good and good is called evil” so upside down. I personally feel like there is a “Jezebel Spirit” alive and well in our churches, in our homes, in our society as a whole.

We are not to cower down but we are to conduct ourselves in wisdom. I have been a fool believe me so many times I can’t count them. I do not want to get caught up and get my eyes fixed on the wrong things and miss what God is doing in our midst. We serve the God of ALL Hope. He redeems the unredeemable, restores the broken, rescues the lost & dying, He resurrects dead things! I know this because He did it in my life and He is still doing it today!

The answer to this madness is the Message & Power of the Gospel!

So, let’s choose to love like Jesus. Live like Jesus. Speak like Jesus. Pray like Jesus.

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Don’t be M.I.A. this Christmas…

Stumbled upon this devo from Christmas 2014, thought it was worth sharing….enjoy!
Merry Christmas!  

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From Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20

 

Another Christmas is right around the corner.  Soon we will come together with our family and friends to celebrate our Savior’s birth. When God through His one and only begotten Son took on flesh and lived among us.  God – fully God and yet fully man!

Immanuel God with us!  

Our only response should be WORSHIP!  

Hearts fully surrendered and hands fully submitted...

 

As I was praying about what to share this Christmas Eve God reminded me about an incident that happened at our house a few weeks back.  My grandson Camden was playing with the little manger scene on my kitchen table and accidentally broke off Joseph’s hand.  Later that week I noticed Joseph’s head was missing!  So, my manger scene had a handless and headless Joseph.  I couldn’t have that and because it was a cheap set I threw Joseph in the trash and went about my business.  A few days passed and as I sat down to write a devotional to share tonight,  The Holy Spirit used the headless and handless Joseph to teach me a spiritual truth.  Joseph was M.I.A!  

 

My manger scene is missing a key player in this very important event.  Joseph is MIA!  We know according to the biblical account that Joseph could have responded to God’s call on his life by “putting Mary away”; he could have run away.  He could have said no and God would have used another “vessel” to fulfill His plan. Thankfully, unlike my headless and handless Joseph that is now MIA; the real Joseph was fully surrendered and fully submitted to God’s plan and purpose.  His head was “on straight” (with the help of an angel) his heart was fully engaged and his hands were completely yielded and open to receive the Christ child as his earthly son.  Joseph was all in to fulfill his role as the King of King’s earthly father.  Joseph was definitely not MIA! 

 

Mary was just a young girl yet her response to God’s will, word and way was worship.  She could have said no.  She could have gone MIA but her response was complete surrender and full submission.

So, how about you?  How about me?  Are we “all in” head, heart and hands fully surrendered and submitted to our part in His story?  Or are we MIA?  Is Christ Adonai’ (Master) of your whole life?  Who or what takes up residence in the manger of your heart?  Let our response to God’s call on our lives be authentic worship each and every day!  Hearts fully surrendered Hands fully submitted!

Don’t let it be said of us that we were M.I.A. this Christmas! 

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In the Shadow of New

Some healthy words and actions to take for those us of who do battle against depression and anxiety.  Choose to do something new!

We were made to live in relationship with God and one another. We are not called to live in a bubble of our own making.

“No man is an island to himself.”  We need one another! 

So, this week choose to be brave!

Reach outside of your comfort zones. Make a new friend. Attend and get involved in a bible believing, preaching and teaching church. Join a bible study, a prayer group or a book club. Invite a neighbor over for dinner.  Find a walking buddy.

Just do something new!  

Our faith will shrivel up and die without the “one another’s” to live life with, grow with & serve with. We need to love and challenge one another. I know it can be scary, but just do something outside of your normal daily routine.

Today, just take one small step of faith in the right direction. Climb up and out of your pit that has become your place of comfort & safety. Ask your Abba to give you courage and faith to step out.

Remember everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has been or will be wounded by someone. We all have battle scars from living in this world.

But God can be trusted! He is faithful! Put your faith in Him. Trust in Him.

Come out from under living in the shadow of your safe places and begin to live in the shadow of the Almighty! Psalm 91:1-2.

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In the Shadow of Undoing

Who would’ve thought that God would begin an undoing in the back seat of an SUV! Hold up! It is not what you’re thinking, get your mind out of the gutter!   There was a very good reason I was in the back seat of an SUV. Me and three other friends were on our way to a ministry retreat.  We were chatting and catching up on life.  One friend was sharing about a bible study she was in and she quoted Psalm 91:1-2. She then shared something that the teacher said, “You will never have to stand in the shadow of any other woman because you stand in the shadow of The Almighty!”  I felt like someone hit a slow motion button. As I heard the words roll off her tongue and fall down into my heart, tears trickled down my cheeks and my heart felt a bit lighter.

 The undoing had begun!  

My whole life was spent living in the shadow of someone else.  I really didn’t have a good sense of who I was as a person until around 40 years old.  You know how a chameleon can change colors to blend into it’s environment?  That was me.  I was a human chameleon!  I would take on characteristics or mannerisms of my friends.  Now I didn’t realize this.  It wasn’t something I was aware of until years later.  I do remember always feeling self-conscious, nervous, invisible and never felt like anyone heard me as a child.   So, I guess it was more comfortable and simply easier to live in the shadow of others.

That day in the backseat of that SUV was a mile marker in my life.  The Holy Spirit used those words my friend shared to change my life.  The lover of my soul began to peel back layers of lies I had believed for years.  Lies that were whispered into my heart as a little girl.  God started revealing my broken heart.  The tears I shed that day were the first of many that would bring me relief and release.

That day was the beginning of my journey to freedom!  Something inside of me began to rumble.  Something inside of me was being undone in a very real way, it was a pivotal moment in my journey.  One I would not understand the magnitude of until many years later.

Undoing can be a good thing!

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Why, oh Why?

Just love this beautifully transparent & vulnerable!  This is not my post but shared from another blogger

Being Woven

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A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth. Isaiah 42:3 (+ Matthew 12:20)

He will tend His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs in His arms;
He will carry them in His bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11

He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40:21

Jesus cares about me. He loves me more than I can even fathom.  He does not break me.  He gathers me into His arms.  He leads me into the way I should go.  He gives me strength and power.  

YET…I doubt…I worry…I fear…I mistrust.  WHY?  Why do I doubt Him?  Why do I question whether He will provide for me?  Why do I lack the trust to know that He…

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Scattering Seeds in Jesus’ Name

Seeds of love – when we love the unloveable.

Seeds of tolerance – when we tolerate the intolerable.

Seeds of kindness – When we are kind to the unkind.

Seeds of selflessness – when we are selfless to the selfish.

Seeds of forgiveness – when we forgive the unforgivable.

Seeds of patience – when we show  patience towards the impatient.

To love with all you have.

To intercede for those who are your enemies.

To be bold in speaking Gods truth by the power of His Holy Spirit and in the power of love.

To die to self day in day out until Christ only is seen in me.

That’s the pathway of The Cross! Such a high calling!

An Impossible calling; unless we are completely depending on Jesus alone, walking in The Spirit and not fulfilling the desires of our flesh. Depending on His power, in His might. In getting self out of the way. To cooperate in the sanctification process by agreeing with God; not just in salvation of our souls but after salvation, in the transforming of our souls!

Sowing seeds of righteousness in Jesus’ name

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History Doesn’t have to Repeat Itself

Isaiah 43:19~ “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

God gave me this verse several times over the years; through his word, christian radio, in conversations with others and in the books I was reading. It seemed like everywhere I turned this verse was starring me in the face! It wasn’t until a few days ago that He allowed me to understand just how He is going to use this verse to do some pruning, uprooting and cultivating in my family tree.

We’ve all heard the expression, “history repeats itself.” That is not only true in world history but also in our family history. Another truth is that one nation or one person can stop history from repeating itself. God has been revealing some things to me lately in my own family tree that I believe He wants to redeem. I’m just one person, but with the Lord as my Shepherd and His Holy Spirit directing my footsteps I believe I be an instrument of change in the shaping of my family tree for generations to come!

This year I’ve spent some time experiencing God as “Revealer.” Some of the things he has revealed have been joyful, some painful, but all good!  Sometimes in order to move forward we must look back. In the song “Safe” by Natalie Grant are these words: ” I’m not gonna hide, I’m not gonna run away. I’ll uncover the scars and show you every mistake. Your love is mending my blisters and the bruising shame. Here with you I am safe.” In order for God to heal our blisters and bruising shame we must be honest, open and transparent with Him. It is then He will gently begin to reveal & heal us from the inside out! Pain is part of the package but God is right there applying His Word which is like a balm, a healing ointment. He desires for His children to be whole. God is in the redemption business, but it will require our cooperation!

So, as I have looked back at my own family history; God in His love and mercy has revealed and uncovered some things that He wants me to stop, so history doesn’t repeat itself in my grand children’s lives.

When I was first saved an older woman in Christ told me I could start a new legacy with my family. I didn’t have to continue in the legacy left to me by those who went before. We began a new legacy when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Yet the legacy doesn’t stop there, part of building that new legacy is taking stock of the past and learning from history in order to not repeat it.

We have to live intentionally not haphazardly in order to create a new family tree. One that is holy and healthy. To leave a legacy for those coming after us. A legacy that is rooted and grounded in God’s love through Christ Jesus.

The first few steps in my journey to wholeness will be difficult ones, but courage as defined by Dictionary.com is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. Lord help me to be strong & courageous! I’m ready for you to do a “new” thing! I love you My Redeemer!

Click on link below to listen to a great song:

The Redeemer

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