A Time of Release

The Lord is saying it is a Time of Release! A Time of Release for those who have stored up hidden treasures! There are those who have had Secrets, Mysteries of the Kingdom, Kingdom Keys & Strategies given to them in the secret place. I see a special anointing to release and write. The Lord says, Pick up your pen and write – the words will flow – they will come! You’ve stored them for a season but NOW is the Time of Release! Amen!

·  Allow or enable to escape from confinement, set free.
·  Allow something to flow freely
·  Action of making something available for general viewing or purchase
Don’t miss your window of opportunity! His timing is always perfect!  Be blessed as you release & write the Words He has given you!

Martha Smith

Sometimes Life is HARD!

REPOST – Just felt like someone needed to read this today!
I don’t know about you but sometimes I need to be reminded of some spiritual truths because sometimes LIFE IS HARD!!!!
Today I am reminding myself where my strength comes from. Its when I try to do things in my own strength that I fail or fall apart. I have to stop and remind myself that my strength is found in HIM and Him alone. So, again my armor goes on to prepare for another day. With His armor I can stand my ground and do all the crisis demands. I realize that the battles swirling around me are spiritual battles and are not to be fought in the flesh. I will go to God’s word to see the truth about the situation and to find a solution or answer. Even though the facts may state one thing, the TRUTH of the matter is in HIS word.
I know that I must stay prepared and BE ready at all times because that enemy of mine is always on the prowl seeking whom he can devour. 1 Peter 5:7-10 AND I will not be devoured!
My faith must remain strong and secure. I know some days we feel like we have no faith but Romans 12:3 says we’ve all been given a measure of faith and in Matthew 17:20 all we need is a small amount to move a mountain.
Hebrews 11:1 – Faith is the assurance, the confirmation, the title deed of things we hope for being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality (faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses)
In other words – Faith is believing before seeing! I will believe that the battle is won even before I see any results!
I remind myself to put on the Helmet of Salvation because it covers my head in the day of battle and gives me the assurance and security I need in Christ through my salvation. Keeping my head covered will keep doubt and discouragement away that say these battles can’t be won.
I pick up my Sword which is the Word of God and realize how powerful it really is. Hebrews 4:12 – For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power, making it active, operative, energizing, and effective; it is sharper than any two edged sword.
The Word of God is ACTIVE, it’s OPERATIVE, it’s ENERGIZING and it’s EFFECTIVE!
When I send forth His Word It will not return to Him void but will accomplish that which it was sent forth to do. Isaiah 55:11
I choose today to pray at all times, staying alert to watch with strong purpose and perseverance. Perseverance – steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Ephesians 6: 10-18, I Peter 5:7-10, Romans 12:3, Matthew 17:20,Hebrews 4:12, Isaiah 55:11
Pray this with me:
Lord, thank You for supplying my armor today! You have everything I need to fight any and all battles! Help me to stay prepared at all times to face whatever comes my way. Increase my faith to believe that all things are possible in You. Thank You for my salvation that brings security and assurance in all things that concern me.I will pray at all times and persevere in spite of any difficulties or delays. Amen!

It’s Time to De-Clutter Again

I’m reposting this blog from a few years ago. I was sitting on my porch having coffee this morning thinking about cleaning out my craft room when the Holy Spirit gently reminded me of a blog post that I had written years ago. I thought, I need to go back and read that! So, I’m preaching to myself this morning! Praying that it touches your heart today! Be blessed! 
I have had this word on my heart for a few weeks and then when I read this devotion on Purpose Driven Life called “Renovation begins with Demolition”  it was sort of talking about the same things so I decided to share this! 
Renovation begins with demolition! Wow, that is powerful and so true! It can be applied to alot of things. When you are in the process of renovation or re-doing anything – it seems like things always look worse before they get better. For example, when you are spring cleaning or remodeling your house – you always have a HUGE mess and at times you wish that you had never started the task.You may even want to give up because it is so hard.It takes SO much energy to push through the process BUT, if you press through it looks & feels so good – you find that it was ALL worth it! And, who knows, maybe even through that process you may have discovered a lost treasure that was covered over by all that junk!
The other day I decided to clean out or de-clutter my craft room. I bravely opened the door and thought this is really no big deal. I will just sort through and donate anything that I am not using at the moment. Well, easier said than done! So, this got me to thinking about some things!
I have watched the TV show “Clean House” a hundred times and thought to myself how could they have so much junk and why would they want to keep it all! Clean House is a TV show that sends in a team to help you clear out the junk, clean & organize your house. The houses are so cluttered and they have lots of wasted space and lots of distractions. So when the team comes in they find that it is so hard for these people to get rid of anything. They want to hold onto all of it. Most of the time it is useless junk that serves no purpose – no good purpose that is! It usually brings confusion, strife, distractions – keeping the space from being used properly.
I may not have as much junk in my small craft room but there are still a lot of things that I can’t seem to part with. I keep thinking…one day, maybe I’ll use it or maybe, just maybe, I can sell it and at least get SOME of my money back! Have you ever found yourself at this place? It’s harder than you think to let go, to DE-CLUTTER!
Anyone guessed by now where I am going with this?
Looking at this from a spiritual standpoint. Sometimes we just need to do a little spiritual house-cleaning because we can get so bogged down and cluttered with un-necessary junk that we begin to lose our focus and our proper perspective of things.
Junk = cast off material, worthless matter, rubbish, trash.
Clutter – a disorganized state or collection. to litter or pile in a confused manner.
Let’s face it everyone has their own junk or clutter. We have things that we have been holding onto from our past(sometimes for years) that are serving NO purpose at this point and season in our lives such as old hurts, offenses, bitterness, unforgiveness or even past regrets.
We hold on thinking maybe it will one day serve a purpose – eventually – if only as a reminder of what we went through – so, we can be vindicated in some way – I mean, after all, these things did cost us something! BUT, in reality it is nothing but junk that is keeping us from moving forward into our purpose.
OR maybe it could be certain thought patterns, religious mindsets or personal strongholds. And, it really just takes TOO much energy to deal with these things!
Whatever it is – it has caused us to be distracted, confused, unable to concentrate, unable to move forward…but, it is our junk and we just can’t seem to let it go! 
In the show “Clean House” – even after they have agreed to give up certain things – they go back, pick them up again and bring them back into the house. They just can’t seem to let go!
Isn’t that how we are at times – we decide that we are not going to hold onto those things anymore so we give them up for a while then we pick them back up and start all over again!! AND,here we go around that mountain one more time! 
If we could just begin to see this for what it really is – USELESS JUNK or CLUTTER that has paralyzed and stopped us from moving forward and begin to clean house – our eyes would be opened to see things more clearly. We would see all those hidden gifts and talents that were covered over by all the junk & all those lies!
As we clear out the clutter we will actually find that what was underneath isn’t useless but is beautiful and has a purpose. The treasures were there all along but they were underneath the junk. We just couldn’t see them for the clutter!
So, today, will you make a decision to “clean house” – to get rid of the extra baggage. It’s time to de-clutter our minds & hearts and have them renewed and refreshed. There IS something beautiful waiting to be discovered! It’s time to lay aside all the old unnecessary baggage and begin to walk forward into this new year with a new freedom. Take inventory to see if there is anything in your life – in this season that could possibly be a hindrance to your spiritual progress. If you press through this process you will find that it was ALL worth it! 
Be determined to be FREE this year! Get rid of the extra baggage and begin to move forward in His plans & purposes! God has GREAT plans for your life!