Monthly Archives: March 2013

Protected Through the Fire

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You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance. Psalms 66:12

As a young child I often wondered why life was so hard. I never understood why my mom drank so much and why she was always so upset, or why she and my step-dad would constantly fight. I never understood why I had to go through so much.

I couldn’t even imagine that there was a God. I mean, how could there be? Surely, if there was a God, then countless little girls like myself would never have to endure such heart-ache, right? Wrong.

God found me. And something happened when God found me. He loved on me and restored me. He showed me that my life, in all of its brokenness, could be made beautiful. Imagine that.

But wait, I had to go through the fire. Reminds me of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Three guys completely devoted to the Lord, yet the Lord didn’t stop them from going into the fire, He delivered them out of the fire.

They wouldn’t worship King Nebuchadnezzar so he tied them up and threw them into the fiery furnace. And then he noticed something. Daniel 3:24-27 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

He had them go through it. Not because He’s a mean God, but to show His power, that you can actually go through the fire and not get burned. The fire in my life was years of growing up in a dysfunctional family. I made it out to the other side to let the world know God is powerful and can completely bring you out of whatever fire your walking through. And life still has its fires. We all go through stuff that feels like we’re going through the fire. Trust Him to bring you out unbound and unharmed.

What about you? Is the Lord having you walk through something right now that you’ve been asking Him to deliver you from? I promise you when you go through fire, you will come out changed. There are times when we have to go through something, even when we don’t understand it, for His greater purposes.

Lord, whatever fire we walk through, we only ask that you bring us out unbound and unharmed, that we would be able to tell everyone of your great power. We will trust you to bring us out of the fire and into that place of abundance. Amen.

Is. 43:2b- When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

If You Want To

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Luke 5:12-13

In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he fell to the ground, face down in the dust, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you want to, you can make me well again.” Jesus reached out and touched the man. “I want to,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

I believe Jesus looks at us today with those same eyes of compassion, when we’ve fallen to the ground, face in dirt, and beg, “Lord, if you want to, you can…”

 

Make this your prayer today.

Lord, if you want to, you can restore that relationship.

Lord, if you want to, you can completely heal my broken heart.

Lord, if you want to, you can restore my marriage.

Lord, if you want to, you can heal my child.

Lord, if you want to, you can make me whole again.

Lord, if you want to, you can deliver me from this addiction.

Lord, if you want to, you can ____________________.

 

And the Lord looks down on you today, eyes brimming over with compassion for his bride, he reaches out to touch you (because he is an intimate God and well acquainted with you) and He says, I want to, be healed.

 

And instantly it disappeared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Trip to Colorado

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Have you ever revisited a childhood home or place that instantly brought back familiar memories? Instantly you’re brought back to comforts of familiar territory. This was our week in Colorado.

It didn’t take a few days to get adjusted to everyone again. It was just like home. My kids stayed with their closest friends for most of our visit. You see, something happened to us when we lived in Colorado for almost 6 years. Our friends had become like our family, and visiting them is as familiar as spending time with family. We didn’t have to go over the past 2½ years to get reacquainted; we just picked up from right where we left off.

We were hired to minister to the kids during the churches Danny Silk Conference. It was so fun together doing praise and worship for the kids, Big Red skits, and Bible lessons. As many people thanked us for ministering to the kids, we both agreed that we felt like we received more blessings than we gave.

In the short time we were there, Gods favor and love overflowed through His people. We shared our heart with so many beautiful families, sat and soaked up advice from godly business men, people stopped us after church service and spoke life into our lives and prayed a blessing over us and the dreams in our heart, people loved our children as if they were their own. We got to spend some time catching up with special friends and even made a few new friends! Friends opened up their home for us to invite others to fellowship with us. A family made my son a birthday cake. My best friends husband planned her surprise birthday party two weeks early just so I could be there. I got much needed home-school advice from several ladies. The wonderful ladies of my writing group welcomed me back with open arms. I cannot even explain to you the many God appointments that followed us. A few people planted seed into Big Reds Ranch, and we were definitely not expecting that. We were and are humbled and blown away by the hands and feet of Jesus that we experienced. We came with no expectations other than to be a blessing to others. We head home with our hearts full.

Thank you friends of Colorado, you will always have a piece of us there with you. We ask God to give you the desires of your heart, fill your cup to overflowing with more of Him, and continue the work that He has started in you. Until next time!

Phil. 1:6- And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.