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He speaks comfort to me

First, I just want to say thanks to you all who left such encouraging comments on my last post...I love the body of Christ!!!
He is speaking comfort to me in this wilderness. And it's such a treasure to me!!
I woke up with this whisper going through my head, "Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness in intensity, but even though that intense time ended, the remainder of His days were marked by the same self-denial He stood firm in when He was in the desert."
And so it will be for me, for I am IN CHRIST and HE is IN ME! His story is my story. His road is my road. His life is my life!
Reading The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Neehas been a tool of God to lift my head and set my eyes back on Jesus yesterday and today. I've been looking in...at self, at my feelings, at my circumstances, and through brother Nee's teaching of the the blood of Jesus, the Cross of Christ, the resurrection of our Lord and my identity in Him, which means I live a life by faith (showing subst…

Waiting and Hoping

(Image by Lori at All You Have To Give)

This morning I wake up much like most mornings- crying out for the Lord from the moment my foot hits the floor. I look around my quiet, dark, sleeping, small house and think, "Where can I go Lord to find you!? I can't cry out real loud, I'll wake everyone up!"




I look at my closed Bible sitting there with my pen and journal and I almost don't open it for the enemy is right there, from the moment I wake up, blaspheming my God in my ears..."He doesn't hear you! Nothing's going to speak to you in there! You mind as well go back to sleep!" I almost do.





My starvation for the Lord is so great I almost let my feelings override my faith. In a dry and thirsty land, when you thirst for the Lord more than cracked dirt thirsts for rain, two things happen, at least to me: I'm tempted to either make something myself that will give me some temporary satisfaction, or stop moving alltogether....to do like Haggar and just …

The Gospel

This morning I was gripped by a video I saw at Exemplify.

I hadn't heard of John Piper (I know, you're probably wondering if I live under a rock or something.) It's so makes me tremble when I realize a little unknown housewife in Arizona is being burdened and praying for the same things that men of God are stepping out and preaching...and I had no idea! I've just been crying and praying and vidoes like the one I saw at Exemplify and this are like little reminders from God, "I'm sending out my message Sheila. Even if it seems where you are no one is preaching it, keep praying, I'm working."

I'd encourage you to go watch the video at Exemplify and this one too. We don't grow out of our need for the gospel. We grow up in it!!


Visit the Persecution Blog!

There are great posts from the National Voice of the Martyrs Conference over at the Persecution blog. Reading them makes me think, "Now there are the Christians with 'a little strength' spoken of in Revelation 3:8.

"I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name." I'm going to have to post responses to some of the posts from the Persecution blog over at my Hebrews Thirteen Three blog! My heart is stirred in worship, sobered and moved to intercede!

Two words I needed to hear this morning

1.Stop looking for the earthquake, wind and fire Sheila...He's in the still, small voice:

As He did to Elijah, the Lord says to us, “I’m not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. I’m in the still, small voice, just whispering My will and My Word in your heart, leading you one step at a time, one day at a time, causing the circumstances in your life to work on you and direct you and guide you.” Elijah had to learn that God was not necessarily going to work in the way, at the time, and in the manner he recommended. And so must we. I am increasingly aware of the Lord working in still, small ways - that He’s not panicking, that He’s not frustrated, that He’s not trying to bomb and blast; but that He just works in spite of me. Listen. God will speak to you as well. He will direct you through His still, small voice.(From Pastor Jon Courson on Searchlight go there for the full devotional)

2. Stop trying to prove yourself Sheila, just be humble. Be glad to be a servant. Don't worry…

Confessions

I'M ADDICTED TO CAFFIENE!
I know, yeah, yeah, who isn't? You ask.
No! I'm serious!!!!
I never thought I was addicted to caffiene, though I thoroughly enjoyed drinking my two cups o' joe first thing in the morning! But the other week, when I ran out my husband mentioned, "Maybe you outta get de-caff. The caffienated stuff just upsets my stomach anyway." So, I thought, "No problem! I don't need caffiene!"
So I bought decaf... and the short version is, today (my first day drinking decaf, this time. This happened once before, how easily I forget!) my head is throbbing, feels like it weighs a billion pounds, and I just want to curl up in a ball and close my eyes!!!
I'm so mad! I personally hate it that something as silly as coffee can have such a HUGE effect on my body...WHEN I'M NOT DRINKING IT!!!
So that's it! I'm gonna get through these d-tox symptoms and, LORD HELP ME, not drink caffienated coffee anymore! All I can think of is if there…

This morning's meditations

"Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity and let me not eat of their delicacies!" ~Psalm 141:3-4
I've read verse 3 in the past and have prayed and thought about the Lord setting a watch over my lips to keep stuff from coming OUT of it that is not good. But this morning, in the context of verse 4 I prayed and thought about the Lord setting a watch over my lips to keep me from INDULGING it... to keep me from eating of the delicacies of this world. I'm not just talking about food, but I am talking about food too.
I believe the Lord blesses us with good things...food, clothes, cars, gas, houses...even things we don't NEED, extras, just because He's good. I believe He does this NOT because we're good, but because He is, for Luke 6:35 says He is kind to the ungrateful and evil.
The difference between the wicked person (we…

Book finds

I have a couple of books I've been wanting to brag on for awhile.

First I found this book: Country Wisdom and Know-How, Everything You Need to Know to Live off the Land, at Sam's Club the other day. I was so excited! I so want to live a "country wisdom know-how" life. I feel like I want to be a Little House on the Prairie wife but I find myself in a big city life (that rhymes...ooo, I feel a blog series or meme comin' on). There's great stuff for us un-educated-in-the-arts-and-sciences-of-homemaking-wives. For instance, I found a great tip on page 138 under "Breads" about how to get your bread to rise when you don't have a "warm" place to do it that is between 80-85 degrees like your recipe says. The book says, "...place a pan of boiling water on the bottom rack..." of a cold electric oven. Yeah! Now when I try AGAIN to make bread it won't be heavy and flat- I hope! :) There's a TON of other great stuff in this book to…

Why a woman found?- Some of my story

Proverbs 31:10 says, "An excellent wife who can find?" (ESV).
One day while studying this passage, Genesis 2:20 came to mind. The passage says, "And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adamthere was not found an help meet for him." (KJV). The similarity struck me. Both passage are seeking to find a wife/help meet for a man.
Who finds help meets? Who finds excellent or strong wives? Proverbs 19:14 says, "Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord." The LORD!!! The Lord finds excellent wives/help meets. But wait. Is the Lord on a search, trying to find a really good wife and when He comes upon a woman who is strong and skilled He then plops her in front of a man? No! That's not the kind of "find" I believe the Lord is talking about in these verses. For as I studied this out I kept getting drawn back to the Genesis account where after God…

Father's Day

I get worried. And I shouldn't. Rather, I should pray and trust my Father in heaven for the things that burden my heart concerning my husband as the father of our children and concerning the man God gave me for a father, this Father's day.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 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." ~ Philippians 4:4-7
Oh Lord! I don't know how to pray, but I thank you and rejoice in how you've used my husband and father to conform me more to the image of your Son! I want them to know you intimately! I pray that you would reveal yourself to them and rescue them out of the things that bind them and give them ears to hear you! Quicken their hearts Father! Unless YOU dra…

Why I blog

1. To open my life up to others that they might be encouraged by the grace and mercy of God. He has been faithful and has rescued my heart from all kinds of fears and the poisons of various sins. He has given me confidence in His love and I just want to share it!
2. I want to store up treasures in heaven! All my earthly riches are dust, but what I invest in souls will last forever! The currency of heaven is not gold or dollar bills, big houses or fancy clothes...in fact gold is pavement in heaven, that's how "valuable" it is there. The currency of heaven is souls! One of the main reasons I blog is to pour out into you (whoever you are) some of the healing oil of heaven God's poured into me. His love is like balm to my soul and a sweet perfume in my life. I can't keep it to myself...I must share it with you. Blogging is one way I can do that.
3. To keep me honest. Whatever I say here I'm accountable before God for. "But I say to you that for every idle word…

My chocolate chip cookies

3/4 cup butter 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 Tablespoons milk 1 Tablespoon vanilla 1 egg 2 cups all purpose flour (2 1/2 if you like a bit thicker and chewier- I do :) 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 of an 11.5 oz bag of semi sweet Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine butter, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla in bowl- beat until creamy. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a seperate bowl. Mix dry ingredients into the creamy mixture until just blended. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes on middle rack in oven. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet until set up, about 5 minutes. If you like you're cookies crispy, bake for 9-10 minutes. I like mine chewy, gooey and warm...with cold milk- YUM!!! ~Enjoy~ Sheila