Dissed

Dissatisfaction
Discontentment
Disrespect
Being dissed

What is going on inside of me? Never before have I so deeply understood the term being dissed. I am in the very center of the action of that terminology.

Do I have the power to remove myself from this territory? The Word says I do. But I find myself parked here not quite able to move.

I know that I am engineered for so much more than this. I know that other people’s action speak only to their character and not mine. I know that I am the apple of my Heavenly Father’s eye. That I am the pearl of great price. Why then do I wallow here? How do I budge? When will the shift in my thinking take place?

I’ve never been one to blast my emotions on social media but I want to today. I want those self-centered people to know how damaging they are to me and to the one that I love. I choose not to. This will be the outlet and they will never see it.

Father help me. I’m sorry for my ugliness. I want to be pleasing to you. I want to be productive for you. Help me to move beyond.

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Spring Cleaning!

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This post by guest writer Ashley Bicehouse.

 

Spring weather is here and you know what that means…Spring Cleaning! Now some people really get into it like my mother. She gets the toothbrush out and cleans all the dirt that lays in the corners of the windows. For years I never really understood why she took the time to do such a tedious task. Then as I got older I realized the windows looked a lot better when she took the time to clean every inch of them. Even if that meant getting the toothbrush out a second time. Afterwards the windows always sparkled and looked a lot better.
Did you know God wants us to clean our mind with the Word of God?
Your mind gets a spring cleaning every time you wash it with the Word. All the dust gets dusted, all the junk is being put into the garbage, and the place starts to look and sound better. God doesn’t just want us to clean our minds in the spring or when we feel like it, He wants us to clean them everyday. In Joshua 1:8. it states,

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate in it day and night, that thou might observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Just like it took my mom awhile to clean the dirt in the corners of the window, it takes time to renew your mind to the Word of God. It shouldn’t be just a once a year experience!

The reason all the dirt built up in the corners of our windows was due to the fact that we only cleaned then once or twice a year. If you only renew your mind to the Word of God when you have time, garbage is going to build up in your mind. So wash your mind with the Word of God daily, so junk doesn’t have time to build up.
Your mind is always going to be full of something, so fill it with the Word of God.

 

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Ashley is a 19-year-old born again christian young lady who loves the Lord with all her heart.  She has an intense passion to both reach and teach others about the love of Christ.  She hopes to help others to see their true beauty and encourage them to live a victorious life.  In addition, she enjoys shopping, spending time with family and friends and making people laugh.   You can follow Ashley Bicehouse on Facebook or on Instagram @fashionableash.

 

 

 

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Be blessed and live your victory.

 

Perfect Perfect Perfect

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Psalm 138

I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.
Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.
Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

 

The Holy Spirit brought this verse to my remembrance a couple of days ago and I have been leaning heavily on it ever since.  I am fighting off heart sickness by refocusing on the promises contained in the Word.

 

Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

 

Part of the issue that has been revealed to me is that I am bordering between hope and faith.   I am saving that learning for another post as the two combined will become far too long for any busy person’s attention span.

What I will share here is that I recognize that I am solely responsible for my level of faith, as well as, where I allow my focus to rest.  When the circumstance starts to pull more attention than the promises your faith level becomes deficient and heart sickness can creep up like the sniffles before a cold.

When those sniffles show up what action do you take?  I know for myself I am at the pharmacy grabbing the Airborn or some like product and do all I can do to prevent the advancement of any illness.

Now here is where I would love to say that I deal with the heart sickness in the same manner.  How very wise I would be.  Ha.  Not the case.  I tend to let it fester.  Perhaps if I just ignore it then it will just go away.  So sad because I have been taught much better than this but it is the transparent truth.

So back to my new favorite verse.  I was meditating on it this evening and decided to look up the definition of the word “perfect”.

I found it to be so very powerful.

Perfect

Adjective:  1.  having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics, as good as it is possible to be.  2.  absolute, complete

Verb:  make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such condition as possible.

Now look at the synonyms…

ideal, faultless, flawless, exemplary (representing the best of its kind), best, ultimate, total, real, thorough, utter, sheer, unalloyed (reminds me of another post), improve, better, hone, refine (there is that other post again)

Our perfect God sent His perfect Son so that we could live a victorious life.   Not because we are perfect but because He is and He will perfect those things that concern us if we give Him the liberty to do it.

More to come on this topic in my next post.

 

Be blessed and live your victory.

 

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It’s not fair!

anguishWe are not promised a life on this earth that is without pain and suffering.  We have an enemy here that rejoices in our distress.  He daily plots out attacks, distractions, and presents us with fears.

Some of us may feel that we have had more than our fair share of these things.  Some of these operations may have come against us at a very young age.  It may feel incredibly unfair.  We may feel abandoned, we may have been abandoned.  Perhaps a childhood was tragic, and the hand of God felt far away.

Maybe we think we deserve a break.  It should be easier now because it was so hard then.  After all, we did not ask to be born in to this world.  Why, why would God allow these things to happen to us?  Why doesn’t He step in?  Why doesn’t He stop this?

Well…Here is what I have come to know.

  •  God is always good.

1 John 1:5 

(TLB)   5 This is the message God has given us to pass on to you: that God is Light and in him is no darkness at all.

James 1:17

17 But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow.

Psalm 100:5

5 For the Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.

John 3:16

16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

  • There is a very real enemy in this world.

1 Peter 5:8

(CEV)   8 Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.

John 10:10

(TLB)   10 The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.

John 16:33

33 I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.”

  • We have been given authority over this enemy.

Luke 10:19

(TLB)   19 And I have given you authority over all the power of the Enemy, and to walk among serpents and scorpions and to crush them. Nothing shall injure you!

Colossians 2:10

(NKJV)   10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Ephesians 6:11

(TLB)   11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan.

  • Our Father is always with us and will restore us.

Deuteronomy 31:6

(TLB)   6 Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.”

Philippians 4:7

7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 41:13

(MSG)   That’s right. Because I, your God,  have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go.  I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic.   I’m right here to help you.’

Joel 2:25

(CEV)   I, the Lord your God, will make up for the losses caused by those swarms and swarms of locusts

Isaiah 61:3

(TLB)   3 To all who mourn in Israel he will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness. For God has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory.

  • We must choose to focus on the promises in His Word.

2 Corinthians 4:18

(TLB)   18 So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.

Hebrews 11:1

11 What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.

Matthew 6:33

(NKJV)   33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Mark 11:23-24

(TLB)   22-23 In reply Jesus said to the disciples, “If you only have faith in God—this is the absolute truth—you can say to this Mount of Olives, ‘Rise up and fall into the Mediterranean,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and have no doubt! 24 Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you have it; it’s yours!

2 Corinthians 5:7

(NKJV)   7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Be blessed and live your victory.

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A Holding Pattern

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This is where I seem to be.  The Lord keeps speaking patience to me.  To rest in Him, don’t make any sudden moves.  He keeps reminding me that what appears before my eyes is not the truth of what is going on in the realm of the spirit.  The preparation process is still active.  Trust. Trust. Trust.

2 Corinthians 4:18

18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Certainly, if He is instructing me to do these things then I have the capacity to do them.  (This would be me assuring myself)  The vision of what He has for me, for us,  is so real, so exciting.  Everything within me is crying out to set it into action.  But He reminds me that His ways are not my ways, and His thoughts are not my thoughts.  I can hear my friend saying, “He is God, and I am not.”  I have been reminded that you can not push someone to obey.  I have been reminded that these things will not come about in a day or a week.  They are all part of the process.

Isaiah 55:8-9

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

The process.  He has given me the vision.  The vision is the final result.  What is not as clear to me is the mission.  The plan of action that allows us to achieve the end result.  I want to get my hands on the blueprints.  I want to study them and understand the “wheres” and the “whys” and the “whos” and the “hows”.  Surely, I would get my eraser out and reconfigure His carefully laid plan.  So He reminds me to trust.  To rest.  To focus on the promise.  To remember the unseen things.  To remember that He is God and I am not.

Proverbs 3:5-7

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

 

Be blessed and live your victory.

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We are the temple

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Last week I discovered an online, daily devotional that is working through the book of John.  As soon as I got started with it verses were just jumping off the pages at me.  I was confident I had found the right one.

Today was focused on John 2:13-25

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”

18 So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”

19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”

21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

The Discerner of Hearts

23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.

You know I’ve read it many, many times but it was new and fresh to me today.

Zeal is defined as fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.

Jesus was fervent about removing what did not belong in the temple.  He was so serious about it that He took the time to make a whip.  He didn’t show this level of emotion in the garden or at the cross.  Only in the temple.

We are the temples of Christ.

1 Corinthians 6

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

What are we carrying around inside of us that Jesus would so fervently chase out…

Be blessed and live your victory.

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Awestruck!

Read Psalms 145

Here I am again, absolutely awestruck by the magnificence of my Heavenly Father.  If you have read the past couple of posts, “Consuming Fire” and “Seeking Change”, then you have had a window into a time frame that wasn’t looking so victorious.

The revelation that I have been given tonight has made me look over the past six weeks or so and have such clarity and understanding as to why I was walking through that valley.

My sweet husband is struggling with an uncontrollable situation.  His elder brother, A, is diagnosed with cancer and the decision has been made to discontinue treatment and make every effort to keep A comfortable and pain free.

My husband and I tackle these difficult times in different ways.   At least we have in the past.  I tend to be the glass-half-full person and he tends to see it as half empty.  I have found myself frustrated with his perception of circumstances and therefore found it difficult to show the compassion that I should as his wife.

We had a night like this a few months ago when A was first diagnosed.  I was in tears as I listened to my husband’s anguish.  My heart was just breaking for him.  But I couldn’t empathize with him because he was so focused on the why.  I want to move on to the “okay, what do we do from here” part.  Forget about the why.  The why doesn’t matter.  Lets move on from the why.

This week the report that I talked about above was given.  This evening my husband walked through the emotions of the reality from this new information.  As I sat with him the revelation exploded inside of me.  Suddenly I was finding that I could really identify with what he was feeling.  He was saying words that I found myself saying over the last couple of weeks.  He was angry.  Really, really angry.  I totally understood it.  I fought with it just last week.  My mother made the comment to me at church that I seemed really angry.  I was.  I told her I was.  I said God made me He knows me and He is going to have to love me through this and help me figure this out.  The whole time that I was walking through that I kept thinking that I should have been able to shake this off by now.  In last weeks post I shared that I learned that it was a preparation time.  Well who knew that I would be experiencing the result so quickly.  I fully empathized with my husband’s pain, anger, and frustration.  I just sat quietly, allowing him to purge himself of all the ugliness that was boiling inside.  When he asked me if I understood, I said that I did and I really did.  More than he knows.

So that is why I am awestruck.  My Daddy is so smart.  He knows that this is one of the most difficult times my husband will walk through.  He knows that I need to be there at his side to support him through it.  He knows me and He knew that I needed an adjustment.  He loved me enough to allow me to hurt just long enough to get it.  Now I am not saying that He teaches us with pain and suffering,

James 1:12-17

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

but He knows when we need buffering.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

He also knows when we’ve had enough.

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

I think after tonight’s purging session we can now get on with the “what do we do from here part”.  We’ve made some plans to make sure that we can have some fun days with A.  I know this will be a roller coaster ride but I am strapped in and ready to do this.

Be blessed and live your victory.

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