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A Funny thing happened while trying to shop…


Shopping for clothes for me is a chore. Buying shoes is an activity I put off until my shoes are lined with holes and stripped of color.  This is a result of stores who buy few petites and size 5.5 shoes.

I have never understood how designers/clothing shops charge more for petite apparel when the amount of fabric used is minimal compared to Misses or Women’s fashions.

After surfing online stores for Jeans relentlessly with little or no good results I headed out to the Mall.a58606

By the 3rd or 4th stop, discouragement set in. Frustrated that 6 inches of extra denim hanging from my feet came with every pair I tried on was not my idea of a fun shopping spree. Buying new Jeans was a necessity and the only reason I attempted this hunt.

The decision to continue seemed useless, but on the way home my car pulled into the parking lot of TJ Maxx.

Scouring through racks of Jeans the story was the same. The extra denim covered my feet and dragged the floor. So much for a positive attitude.

No area was set aside as a Petite department. Searching for a clerk to aid me in my “nervous breakdown” the only one around was the cashier. The check- out counter is positioned so you have to get in line at least 10 feet from her.
In between me and the clerk was an added 5 feet so my only thought was to speak loudly so she could hear me.

Waving my hand at her like a clown, a spontaneous expression of my delusional state spewed forth.

“ARE THERE ANY STORES THAT SELL JEANS FOR SHORT PEOPLE ANYMORE?”

The 20 or so people standing around burst into laughter as if I was trying to be funny. Well, I wasn’t.
But at least the droll faces lit up and it made me feel better!

All of a sudden customers rushed to help me.

You will be happy to know 2 pairs of Jeans were found that didn’t trail behind me with denim to go.

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Stories within the Story: The Bible


People have asked me,the Bible

“What is so interesting in the Bible? What does it say to you that it doesn’t say to me? It’s just plain boring.”

I use to think the same way. The family Bible is often table decor.  Smaller ones ride along in the car or your purse, but are never opened.

Hearing how “words” or phrases would jump off the page seemed ridiculous to me or impossible. Who came up with that idea anyway?

God.

He made the Bible a living, active, breathing soul. (Hebrews 4:12)

Curiosity can be risky, but not in this case. When life throws you a ripple effect of misfortune and wretchedness over and over, finding answers becomes a priority.

I knew where to look so I dove in headfirst.

Not knowing what I was looking for, what to read or where to start asking God for help seemed appropriate. Once I began and nothing happened, it was easy to get bored or more unbelieving than at first. Persistence pays off in other areas of life so I made up my mind to make it a daily habit. That’s right, I said “habit.”

As time passed, days, weeks, months of soaking myself in God’s word, I began to notice my thinking was different. Unusual concepts or ideas flooded my brain. Questions showed up I had never thought to ask. Inspirational meditations became motivation for me to continue this practice.

I remember a moment of “now I know there is more to this life and I know what it is.”

The capacity of wisdom, knowledge, prophetic insight and foresight in the Bible is infinite.

If you haven’t discovered there is another world out there that is real and empty of aliens, then you should.

The earthly existence we share is minor compared to what God has for us in the supernatural.  We are truly just passing through.

The first time I experienced a “rhema” or words that literally jump off the page it was surreal. The words appeared for an instant to be hovering in the air, or glowing.  Usually this occurs at a time of answered prayer or to give direction. Believe me, you know it when it happens.

The word “logos” means word or Jesus.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.”

Jesus was and is the word. Since Jesus is alive, so is his word.

As an avid reader most of my life, reading words that truly come alive was a brand new experience. There is no other book that does this.

As I have written before, what began as a “habit” is now the greatest adventure I have ever been on.

Getting in tune with the Holy Spirit as your guide, he will take you through the Creation of the world to the Lion’s Den only to end up having a life changing event at Easter every year.

There is so much to learn across the pages of the Bible.

I am so sure reading, studying and praying over God’s word as often as possible is the reason we are here.  Why?

Every page, word or verse leads us to the focal point of the Master Designer.

And the Master Designer gives credence for everything on the face of this earth and heaven above.

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What is God really up to?


The lingering question outlines many who wonder where God is.

As I previously wrote, God is in the midst of us no matter what it looks like; and it looks pretty bad.

However, it is usually in our worst of times whether private or public God makes a show of his greatness.

We pride ourselves on knowing how God is going to do this or that, when the Bible clearly states,

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t care how God shows up; the point is that I trust him to do so.

One example of his surprises is in 2nd Chronicles 20.

Jehoshaphat, King of Judah found himself in a mess. Armies of enemies were heading toward God’s people.

Moabites, Ammonites, Meunites and all the “ites” made up a vast militia that wanted his kingdom gone.

As Jehoshaphat heard the news, he gathered the assembly of Judah at the Temple and announced to the people what they were up against.

Fear must have swept over him as he began to cry out to the Lord for help. His prayer was detailed with explanations of what was about to happen to his people if God didn’t intervene.

Instead of focusing on the enemy they kept their eyes on God.

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He pulls an ambush.

The Spirit of the Lord spoke to a man named Jahaziel.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.”

The next day, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing and praise God.

A funny thing happened while they gathered together making music.

Instead of coming after the people of Judah, the enemies began fighting each other. In an all-out slaughter, not one was left. It took 3 days for God’s people to gather the plunder which included equipment, clothing and items of great value.

The 4th day, they didn’t play Spades or Monopoly. NO…..they assembled together praising God for saving them.

God sent some nasty plagues to Egypt for resisting Moses to let his people go.

The Red Sea parted in what may have been one of the most extravagant miracles God has ever pulled.

The Walls of Jericho fell while the Israelites marched around it.

And he preserved the families of Judah, the lineage of Jesus, with a surprise trap that no one saw coming.

These miracles made their way to other lands and adversaries.  It was well known the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was a force to be reckoned with.

I wonder; if God pulled off such supernatural exploits in Old Testament times, do you think he might do it again?

History does repeat itself.

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Burning Bushes: The Game of Hide and Seek


Moses knew what a burning bush looked like but he wasn’t prepared for one that didn’t burn up while on fire.

The story lays claim to a great mystery of Biblical proportion even non-Christians have heard about.

While we know God used the bush to get his attention, there is more to the story.

40 years had passed since Moses was kicked out of Egypt but what had changed?

Pharaoh? Had the slaves been set free? Had his people forgotten him?

Who knew, but the change was Moses.

Far from the elite life of Egyptian royalty, he had been in the school of hard knocks for 4 decades.

He went from privilege to poverty; from Egyptian born to his true roots as a Hebrew and from arrogant pride to obscure humility.

So what does this have to do with modern society?

Everything.

If you read the papers, surf the net, or turn on the news it is easy to get depressed quickly. The world is falling apart before our eyes; innocents are being attacked and killed in the name of Allah and America is floating in a sea of moral decay.

Much is being spread of destruction, financial collapse, wars and rumors of wars so where is God?

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I don’t know about you, but I worship a big God.

He is greater than any catastrophic event.

He has armies of angels he has let loose from the heavens with the armor of giants and last I heard he has more money than Solomon….

He can be anywhere all the time and has eyes in the back of his head.

God sees all and knows all.

People of God, he wants us to do as Moses did; stop and look at this site.  The secular world sees only secular pictures only it is what they don’t see that counts.

Moses maybe took a “double-take?” I would have. If for no other reason except out of curiosity.

He laid his eyes upon the supernatural; his feet on Holy Ground.

Maybe God gave him glimpses of his future; his calling to be the “Deliverer.”

Maybe God revealed his love for the Jewish people and allowed Moses to soak in it himself.

Maybe God’s glory was so profound, Moses experienced what no other man would ever encounter.

The saying, “things often get worse before they get better” rings a bell right now.

The enemy is well aware his time is short and he is making good use of it. What he isn’t aware of are the “burning bushes” God has planted around the world.

If the enemy has beefed up his assaults on mankind what do you think God is doing?

Planting potatoes? No!

God is playing hide and seek.

Isaiah 54: 17 “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.”

Sending in his forces. Revving up his armies of angels. Transporting military with more back-up power than all of the devil’s demons combined.

God is planting seeds of his warriors Moses, David and Jeremiah to line his people with courage, strength and peace of mind.

He is bringing in his wisdom, knowledge and understanding through the likes of Solomon.

And…..has anyone heard that Joseph has returned to Egypt?

I have. He is already there in a prison in a repeat performance of Joseph, the son of Jacob.

God has said it is too late for the Middle East to win now. He has set his people in place to fulfill his word.

Israel is forever.

God is beating the devil to his latest punch.

Psalm 122:6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May those who love you be secure.”


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Reflections from an Angel


One of the many daily devotionals I read is one written by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Two TV moguls who wrote and produced the Bible Miniseries.

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett

It is called, “A Story of God and all of US: Reflections.”

The two of them wrote this after the miniseries was presented before Easter on the History Channel.

God is moving in areas of people and places most believe he left and ran away from.

Roma Downey lost both of her parents before she became an adult. Her mother died when she was 10 and her father had an unexpected heart attack on her way home to visit him while in college. It is evident of how God carried her through and has blessed her life even after so much pain when you read this book.

An interesting side note to my post here I never knew. When Roma Downey first began “Touched by an Angel” she and Della Reese became very close. It didn’t take long before Della realized how much Roma missed her mother and a new mother/daughter relationship was born.  Roma speaks of how Della stepped in and filled the emptiness she had felt for so many years.

Roma Downey with Della Reese

Roma Downey with Della Reese

During the filming of Touched by an Angel, Della had the unexpected tragedy of losing her own daughter.  As Della quickly became a mother to Roma, Roma immediately stepped in as the daughter she lost.  They consider their relationship “family.”

What we lose, God fills in when we trust him and place our needs before him. He is the great administrator of “plunder from those who hurt his children.”

In one of the daily “Reflections” from the Bible Miniseries they wrote about the filming of the tomb where Jesus was placed after the crucifixion. Interestingly the point came up about the Angel rolling the door away which was presumed to be a rock of such great weight it would be impossible for humans to move.

Think about that. The Angel scared the poor guards so much, the story was changed.  No one would believe Jesus had died and rose again with an angel sitting on the tomb door speaking to the guards saying something like,

“Hi, I moved the stone. Hope you don’t mind but Jesus woke up so I let him out. His calendar is already full of appointments.”

Guards: “Right. Sure. And we are all but dead men now.”

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Angels of the Lord

Can you imagine? It’s almost as if God imposed his sense of humor upon the most important event in history.

That’s right. There had to be another reason because Jesus could have gotten out of the tomb any way he wanted to.

He didn’t need the Angel to move the stone, he could have moved it himself.

He could have just used his “spirit nature” and walked through the door.

He could have broken it into pieces with his own hands and walked out.

But, for the sake of human accounts God added his own flare; a character trait he loves to exhibit and one that also changed the course of history.

When you are the Creator of the Universe the position holds many obligations.

One of them is privilege; he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants and however he wants.

And no one can stop him.

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Mumbo Jumbo or Gobbledygook


Some things become too familiar.543824_606671176044054_1299102070_n

Overdone. Over used. Annoyingly habitual.

Years ago the constant use of “threats” became old words. Useless and empty to me.

After a while repetitious “bullying” signals a weakness, pride and fear.

You could name it mumbo jumbo or gobbledygook. It simply loses all meaning.

For those who are on the receiving end of this “game of thrones” it is or can be a nightmare until it is realized the menace is used to getting their way by sounding like a ferocious cat about to pounce on its dinner. Our cat has a very, vocal big mouth but only weighs 11 pounds.  She learned early on communicating with us by a constant whine, whimper or meowwwwwww along with walking between our legs she would get her Fancy Feast treats. She thinks we fall for her persuasive intimidation; she doesn’t know how cute she is.

Sneaky cat

Sneaky cat

The cat can get away with it, but not people. At least she doesn’t know any better.

The menace will continue their extortion until they hit a brick wall and…….there is always a brick wall up ahead. As long as it appears they are winning, stopping would be worse than the consequences once caught. In their sick minds is the thought “who is going to stop me?”

A bully or persecutor struggles with inner conflict, so outward infliction’s become their sword.

They do not understand quiet; or no response. Seeking to revel in an outburst of physical emotion is their reward because proving they are always right is first and foremost in their beleaguered minds.

Always looking over their shoulder, peace is their enemy. There is no rest for the wicked. (Isaiah 48:22)

We have no right to complain about that which we won’t confront.

What we permit will continue; good or evil.

As Christians, one of our best weapons against the folly of a fool is the Word of God. Knowledge and Understanding of God is like Jesus writing in the sand. Whatever he wrote is compounded by how he wrote it. The pause and his quiet demeanor broke the loud accusations of the Pharisees. He was not moved by their hypocritical attitudes nor was he afraid of their “manipulating tactics.”

His peaceful and calm spirit built an armistice around him leaving them “speechless.”

The validity of his actions were confirmed with his words.

His love for justice filled the air with integrity and righteousness.

He had no gavel to dismiss the case nor did he need one.

Jesus shows up and his opponents scatter.

An army of 1?

Deuteronomy 28: 7 “The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.”

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The Great Physician


About a year ago I had a conversation with someone who had been in different types of ministry but had to retire due to severe depression. I will give them the name Tony.

Counseling others on the subject aided in this person’s daily misery. They were able to lend a shoulder or offer words that hopefully encouraged and lifted others up.

Curious to know which healing scriptures were used to add support the response was not Isaiah 53: 5 or Matthew 8:16-17.

Tony: “We are very careful not to give people hope. Realistic expectations is a much safer form of therapy. That way as time passes depressed people aren’t waiting for a cure.”

Confused, I asked, “You don’t give them hope? Or God’s word?”

Jesus heals a leper. From the Bible Miniseries

Jesus heals a leper.
From the Bible Miniseries

Tony: “No. It might give them the wrong idea.”

I was smug. My facial expression must have been what I was thinking which was, you’ve got to be kidding me.”

“The wrong idea?” I asked. “How can giving hope to anyone be the wrong idea?”

Tony: “Right. We want to be truthful. Since God is no longer in the business of healing people, we can’t honestly tell them they will be cured.”

Have I missed something? Aren’t there scriptures from front to back of the Bible on healing?

Me: “What do you mean God doesn’t heal today? If he didn’t none of us would be here.”

Laughing at my naiveté what followed hit me like a truck.

Tony: “Besides, God doesn’t want people healthy. There is no scripture to back that up. If there were I would know about it. And if God heals today then why am I so depressed?”

Me: “Let me tell you a short story. About 13 years ago I was very sick and in need of surgery. My insurance would not cover it. The enemy continued to tell me I was going to die. At times I felt like it but then God showed me 3 John 2. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. He also gave me Romans 15: 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. First of all it solidified how much God loved me and wants me well and whole. 2ndly it gave me hope. So how can you tell me God’s word is wrong?”

The response was angry and miffed.

Tony: “How can you possibly tell a sick person God wants them well and he still heals today? Don’t you have any compassion? All that will do is give them hope for something that will never happen and ruin what little faith they had to begin with. What you are suggesting is harsh and cruel. Sure, God may heal one person and not the next, but not everybody is chosen.”

Me: “Are you implying God has favorites? That God only wants certain people to be healthy and others are left to fend for themselves? Who is really being harsh and cruel here? You don’t have the right to withhold the truth from anyone and God’s word is the truth. And if I am not mistaken God does not show favoritism. Romans 2: 11.”

 

Had I been given the opportunity before they so rudely left, I would have told them a story Dr. Mike Murdock gave in his book “The Assignment.”

He was 19 years old in church ministry as an Evangelist.  During a prayer line a woman approached him for healing. The conversation went something like this:

Dr. Murdock: “Do you believe God wants to heal you?”

Lady: “Well yes, I believe he wants to teach me something through this illness.”

Dr. Murdock explained over and over to her to embrace his word that he wants her healed. After getting somewhat frustrated he asked her,

“Do you take any medicine? Do you see a doctor?”

Lady, “Well, yes I take quite a lot of medicine and see my doctor regularly.”

Dr. Murdock, “Then you are sinning against God. If God wants you sick then why are you going behind his back trying to get well?”

 

God does not make us sick and never used it as a teacher.

The enemy attacks with disease, sickness, illness and mental incapability’s.

If I had to go through my life believing God doesn’t heal, then you may as well lock me away now.

Jesus defeated Satan on the cross.

He also defeated every sickness and disease.

I know this works; otherwise I wouldn’t be here writing this now.

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