How Long, Lord?

Have you ever felt that the Lord didn’t hear your prayer request? You pray, day and night, pleading your cause to the Lord. You may begin to wonder if He is hearing you. And you may say:

How long, Lord?! How long do I have to pray? How long do I have to cry out? How long do I have to be burdened with this cause?

The simplicity of the Lord is amazing. Sometimes He will take chapter after chapter to communicate His point, other times, it’s a simple phrase. How long do we pray? The answer is here:

It’s communicated in different ways: never stop praying, pray continually, pray without ceasing

No matter your language, the Lord makes it crystal clear. We never stop praying. We never stop going before the Lord. The Lord hears you loud and clear, but are we really hearing Him?!

The beauty of prayer isn’t for Him. He knows the end from our beginning. He knows the matters of our heart. He knows the words we want to speak before we say them. Prayer helps us attune our ears, eyes, and heart towards the Savior. Prayer connects us to Him. We won’t ever stop praying!

Prayer is for us! Praying strengthens our faith. Prayer isn’t just for us to give the Lord our laundry list of cares. Oh He absolutely cares about all of our concerns but He cares for us even more. Every single concern will pass away but He will not and our spirit man will not.

So pray always. Pray without ceasing. Pray continually. Not with disbelief or discouragement but with boldness and confidence. Never stop praying because you know the Lord hears you. And when He answers, keep on praying some more!

He hears them all-the loud prayers, the silent ones, the tear filled prayers, the whispered prayer, the one liners, the song filled ones-He hears them all!

So how long? How long do we pray? There is a one word answer: Always.

Peace and Blessings

Saturday Prayer Sessions!

Check out the video below for information on our Saturday Prayer Sessions! It is open to all ladies who desire prayer! We will spend time hearing God’s promises for our life and spend time praying for one another! Wanna join? It happens every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. We will be on this Saturday, November 28th at 9am Eastern Standard Time. The number to call is (425) 436-6200 and the access code is 827208.

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Rejoice Always…

This concept can be foreign to many people during this day and time. What, some people may ask, do we have to rejoice over? The pandemic is happening, many people are out of work, it’s difficult to spend time with family during this time, and many people are experiencing economic problems in this season.

And yet, the scripture tells us to rejoice always (see Philippians 4:4). It can be a little challenging, depending on the situation. However, the command still stands: rejoice always. So what do we have to rejoice over? Let’s look to the Word of God:

We rejoice because we are clothed in garments of salvation. We rejoice because we are covered with a robe of righteousness. Salvation and righteousness are our portion in Christ and this is why we always rejoice.

We do not rejoice in our circumstances that are forever changing. We do not rejoice in our health that is always fleeting. We do not rejoice in a full bank account. Our rejoicing is for the Lord alone and what He has done for us.

Salvation leads us to Him. Righteousness is the right position for us as we live for the Lord. Our soul is most complete in Jesus. This is why we rejoice.

Maybe your holiday plans fell through. Maybe you have to celebrate without that beloved family member. Maybe your hours aren’t as plentiful due to restrictions associated with COVID. Friend, we still must rejoice. As hard as it may be, as challenging as it may feel-we must rejoice. We must rejoice in the Lord alone.

May we make this exhortation our posture forever: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

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Brokenness…

No matter how broken we may feel, we have to know that the Lord is near us. Brokenness tends to place us in a humble and submissive state. As we are broken, the Lord is able to speak to us, sing over us, and comfort us back to good health.

Isn’t it good to know that the Lord can put broken things back together again?! Have you ever tried to put a broken vase back together again? Even if you successfully accomplish the task, it is still vulnerable to breaking again. We should rejoice even now that He is not us! What breaks before Him, He can put back together again-making us even better than we were before! To God be the glory!

Our brokenness can refine us, strengthen us, and renew us! That same spirit that is crushed by the troubles of life, He will make light as a feather. The broken spirit has the potential to shine brighter than ever before!

If you are feeling broken, know that the Father is near. Know that as you cry and fret, He is right there beside you. You are not alone. The brokenness we experience places us in the position to be molded and handcrafted to be stronger and wiser.

Let your brokenness cause you to cling to the Father, He is waiting for you…

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Sound Mind…

Nowadays, mental health is a heavy conversation topic. The isolation that can be associated with social distancing is considered to be a contributor to mental illness. The increasing pressure due to the pandemic has been documented to affect mental health as well.

Good mental health cannot be taken for granted during this season. There are people fighting to maintain a sound mind. It’s important to check on our loved ones in this season, to seek out help, to submit our cares and concerns to Christ, and to lean not on our own understanding. The enemy is out to steal, kill, and destroy and we must remember that our mind is a key target!

So how do we fight the enemy? Not with physical weapons, but with spiritual ones! To maintain a sound mind, we must remember that we rest on His promise:

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind“. 2 Timothy 1:7

As we transform and renew our mind with His word, we can keep a peace of mind:

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

Our minds must be protected in during these times of worries and concerns. We cannot carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We cannot afford to be anxious. And we cannot be connected to anyone or anything that is out to steal our joy! The Word of God provides us the best path in ensuring that we maintain a sound mind:

Our help comes from the Lord! Maintaining focus on heavenly things helps us place the things of this world in their proper perspective. Prayer helps us stay positive and mentally healthy. Studying the Word of the Lord helps replace those thoughts that tear us down with the mighty and powerful truth of God.

May we all keep a sound mind, now and forevermore.

Peace and Blessings

Distraction or Discernment?

Do you know the difference? Picture this: You are headed to a destination and you see a store and suddenly remember that you need bread and milk so you stop now as oppose to later. You get your items and head on your way. Later on, you hear of an accident right around the time you were stopped at the store for bread and milk.

Such a simple example that has lasting implications. Was it discernment that sent you in a different direction or did you simply get distracted?

Discernment draws you closer to God. Discernment draws you closer to your purpose. Discernment prevents unnecessary pain. A distraction takes you further away from what you are trying to accomplish. A distraction moves you further away from God.

We must be able to know the voice of our God. That voice leads and guides us. That voice is the one thing that matters above all the noise of this world. If we are His, we know His voice:

And if you are familiar with the Father’s voice, you have discernment. You won’t fall for every distraction. And that takes training. Learning the difference between distraction and discernment takes time and much prayer. Discernment requires study and focus. Discernment requires submission.

We have to examine ourselves, examine what and whom we are listening to, and examine the direction of the voice that is before us. Does it take us to the Father? Does that voice lead us to follow Him? Does that voice lead us to safety?

We all get distracted but thank God for His grace that extends forgiveness and His mercy that keeps us covered. That distraction isn’t our end! The gift of discernment tells us to turn away and walk towards our Father.

May we all seek after and pursue with all passion the gift of discernment so that we can cling even more to our Father.

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The Power of Agreement…

God’s Word requires agreement. In order for His Word to become living and active in our lives, we must first agree with what He said. This is more than the immediate good feeling we get when we first encounter His Word.

Our spirit tends to leap as we read certain scriptures and it should! Once we become believers of God through Christ Jesus, our spirit should respond to the words of our Father! But it cannot stop there. We want to be sure that we plant that seed into good ground. So we agree. We agree when the world is showing us something different. We agree when our children and loved ones are acting crazy. We agree when the enemy is telling us we should not.

Are you believing God to be the Healer? If so, you have to agree with Him when He says you are healed. Are you believing God when He says that He will never leave nor forsake you? You have to agree with His word that says so!

Our agreement is demonstrated in word and deed. Our agreement is reflected in our unwavering trust. Our agreement is indicated as we end our prayers with “Amen”. Our agreement is a step in having a living and active faith.

Let us agree with our Father! Let’s agree what His Word, with His actions, and with His plan and will for our lives!

And the people of God say: Amen!

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It’s the Little Things…

Have you ever had a little string hanging from your sweater? You went to go and pull it and it ruined the whole sweater! The little things, sometimes, can ruin the whole thing! Think about a run in your stockings? Left unattended, the stockings no longer become useful.

The little things can be destructive if we ignore them. The Word of God reminds us of this truth:

Something that is growing and flourishing can be destroyed by the little things, the little foxes. Baby foxes may be cute in appearance but destructive by nature. We have to be careful about who and what we are letting into our vineyard.

Song of Songs was all about romance and love. Perhaps there the vineyard is marriage, for others, it may be ministry or business. Perhaps the vineyard can represent our spirit. Whatever the interpretation, we have to be mindful of the little things!

Have you examined your circle? Have you examined your sphere of influence? Have the foxes slipped in? Discernment is so important for the body of Christ! We have to be able to accurately discern who and what may be the fox in our life and cast them out. We must be careful about what we are allowing into our spirit because the Lord is planting a harvest and it can be destroyed by the little foxes.

Little foxes can be procrastination, laziness, lying, and gossip. A little fox may be the extra time spent of social media. A fox could be that movie, that YouTube clip, or that song that we know isn’t good for our spirit. Perhaps it’s that distraction that has taken us completely from our purpose.

Let’s be attentive about who and what gets our time. Our harvest will build up the kingdom of God! Our vineyard will honor the Father. Our blooming field will be ripe for good seed which is the Word of God. Catch the little foxes, friends, they may come but they don’t have to ruin the fruit. Those foxes do not have to have power over us!

Every good thing isn’t a God thing! Watch out for the little foxes in your life…

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I Want It All!

Being a child of God, we are naturally promised His blessings and gifts. What an honor and privilege that is?! We should rejoice in being able to receive God’s best! We want it all, right?!

However, as we grow in relationship with God the Father and Christ the Savior, we recognize that we are not only recipients of God’s promises, we are also burdened with persecution, trials, and tribulations. We experience the impact of weapons as they are formed against us.

Wanting all that God has for you comes with promises and blessings and problems and persecutions. All that He has for you involves trials and triumphs. And sometimes God’s best is best experienced when we have encountered the pang of a weapon that has formed against us.

We are here to tell you, friend, all that God has for you involves trials. All that God has for you involves suffering. All that God has for you involves some suffering. However, take refuge in the fact that He is not here to beat us down and it does not make Him glad to see us suffer, quite the contrary! He knows that trials weaken the flesh but strengthen the spirit. He knows that overcoming obstacles helps us understand the meaning of victory. He knows that with suffering we develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit as our Comforter.

Should we still want all He has for us?! Absolutely! We may suffer but He promises to strengthen and restore us! We may experience rejection but He knows that He will confirm us and we will be accepted by Him. We may suffer but we are blessed! He knows that the persecution experienced on Earth cannot begin to compare to the eternal glory that awaits us in Heaven.

Let’s want ALL that God has for us! Even if we have to proclaim it with fear and trembling. No matter the weapon, it won’t prosper. No matter the obstacles, we will more than conquer it. No matter the fire, it will not consume us.

Our Father in glory has a crown of life that awaits us.

Peace and Blessings

Saturday Prayer Sessions!

Check out the video below for information on our Saturday Prayer Sessions! It is open to all ladies who desire prayer! We will spend time hearing God’s promises for our life and spend time praying for one another! Wanna join? It happens every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, starting tomorrow 11/14/2020 at 9am Eastern Standard Time. The number to call is (425) 436-6200 and the access code is 827208.

Peace and Blessings