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!
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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! 
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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!

It’s Time for Freedom!

My granddaughter drew these pictures for me.When she first gave them to me I knew they had a prophetic message. I asked several of my friends for an interpretation and some of you answered with some really good observations. I think some of you just didn’t know what to say. A lot of times God is speaking and we miss it because of the simple way it is given.

The first thing I saw when I looked at this picture was the word freedom and then I noticed the clock which represents timing and I also noticed it was 11:45 – 15 minutes before 12.

Red, white & blue – freedom
3) colors – 3) stars – Unity – a deeper understanding of the Father and you as one
Clock – perfect timing, new season
11:45 almost midnight
12) governmental authority
Starbursts – prayers, intercession
I believe the Father is saying –
·       He is bringing a new “Freedom” in this hour! He has already paid the price for you to be free – just accept it! He is bringing a relief from the hard things of the past seasons and setting you free from bondages that have held you in the past. I see chains falling off. You will begin to move into this next season without restraint. 
·       He is bringing a new “Unity” – a deeper understanding of the Father and Jesus as one & a new unity and oneness among believers so that the world may know that Jesus was sent to show forth His perfect love!
·       He is releasing answers to prayers that have been prayed in the past. There are prayers that you may have forgotten about or have given up on. They are beginning to burst forth and are blowing in the wind. Open your eyes to see! The answer is there right before your very eyes!
·       He is moving many of you into a new season, a new place – taking you where you have not been before. Some of you have been hidden – being prepared for such a time as this and He says, “the clock is ticking” – it’s winding down. You thought you would never get to this place but His timing is always perfect! He is saying, The Time is Now! 
·       He is also releasing new Keys & Kingdom strategies for a greater Kingdom Power and Governmental Authority! You will receive a greater understanding of your authority as a Kingdom son/daughter as you activate these keys through intercession and obedience – which will bring a greater boldness & a greater confidence!
Amen & amen!

Galatians 5:1 – It is for “Freedom” that Christ has set us free!  

John 17:21 – That they all may be one, just as You, Father are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.

Jer 29:12 “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”
Isa 65:24  “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer, and while they are speaking I will hear.”

Isaiah 43:19 – Behold, I am doing a new thing! Will you not perceive it and give heed to it?

Matthew 16:18-19 I will give you keys to the kingdom.

Isaiah 22:22 – And the key to the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder

THE TIME IS NOW to Clean Out Your Closets!

Prophetic Word July 12, 2016
THE TIME IS NOW!
Several years ago the Lord gave me a prophetic word through a dream. Over the years since I have seen a few words related to that subject and even recently He gave my granddaughter a dream related to this. After He gave her this dream I kept hearing in my spirit – THE TIME IS NOW! THE TIME IS NOW! THE TIME IS NOW!
I believe this is one of those words that keeps giving and bringing freedom every year! God’s word doesn’t have an expiration date. So read this and if it stirs your spirit, take it!
In MY dream I was looking in my closet for something to wear and I couldn’t find anything that would fit. Everything I tried on was way too small. I heard the Lord say, It’s time to clean out your closets! Then He began  to download this word to me.
The Lord says, you are way too comfortable in this place. You must begin to move beyond where you are. It’s time to clean out your closets and change your garments because what you are wearing is way TOO small. It’s time to go to a bigger size!
You are going to need NEW garments for this NEW season. Your old garments will not work in this NEW season you are about to move into.
I believe the Lord is saying – THE TIME IS NOW!
• It’s a time of promotion
• a time of enlargement
• a time of increasing our boundaries to those who have been in a confined place.
• a time of cleaning out your closets of all the clutter that you’ve accumulated over the years so you can move forward
• a time of getting rid of garments that no longer fit and replacing with NEW garments that will
If this is you and you know that God is speaking to you begin to take a look at where you are…
Are you stuck in an old comfortable position or season and God is asking you to move but you do not want to make that change? I believe the Lord is saying, – THE TIME IS NOW and I believe that He is releasing a period of grace to those who are willing & obedient.
Have you ever gone into your closet and picked out what you thought was perfect for the day but when you put it on – it was way too small and you were wondering, when did this happen?
Or you grab something and it just doesn’t look the same as it did when it was new – it’s beginning to look a little old and worn out – possibly already served its purpose?
Have you ever put on a summer outfit only to discover its cold and windy outside? Your garment was out of season – it was the wrong garment for the season.
Maybe you have an outfit that is one of your absolute favorites that you love, love, love. It’s hard to give away but you know someone else who needs it or who would be the perfect fit for this outfit.
AND, This one is SO comfortable. Have you ever had an old comfy bathrobe that just seems to get more comfortable with age? It feels So good. It took you a long time to find something so comfortable and feels so good you just don’t want to part with it and have to start over.
It could be that it’s just your absolute favorite season such as the Fall & Winter because you love wearing your favorite boots & scarves – You just don’t look forward to the summer heat or wearing shorts & sandals or vice versa. You are never quite ready for the changing of seasons.
He is saying, THE TIME IS NOW! It is time to clean out your closets and change your garments for the new season. The old ones won’t work in this next season.
Reasons the old garments won’t work:
• too small and they just don’t fit anymore
• worn out and served their purpose
• not appropriate for the next season
Reasons you don’t want to move:
• you really, really like these garments
• they are comfortable and you really don’t like change
• this just happens to be one of your favorite season
In order to move forward – you must do this:
• take inventory of ALL your garments – decide what fits and what doesn’t
• clean out your closets – ask God to show you what to get rid of and what to keep
• realize the seasons have changed – ask Him to show you the appropriate garments you need for the new season and be willing to put them on
He will show you exactly what you need for this new season you are moving into. I believe this applies to a lot of us right now. He is saying, THE TIME IS NOW! THE TIME IS NOW!

Take inventory to see where you are, put on your new garments and be WILLING to move forward! Put the clutter of the past behind you and move into that new place! He wants to bring increase but He is waiting on you!
Get ready! He is calling you to a NEW place & to GREATER things!
Amen! Be blessed by His Words!
 I love you but He loves you more!
Martha

Prophetic Word – House Moving Day

Today is house moving day for some of you! Everything is in place and ready to move but you are not so sure that you are ready. You are looking around to see if the path is clear and if it is okay to move on out. You see a lot of crooks and turns and even some gates to go through. You’re not sure your house will fit through those hard, narrow places that you see ahead but the Lord says, it’s okay. You will make it. I will go before you and make the crooked places straight. I will break in pieces the doors of bronze. He says, when you arrive some of the places will look strange and even unfamiliar because I’m bringing you a way you’ve not gone before. I am moving you out into new gifts and callings and some of you are unsure if you can make it in the new unfamiliar places. It looks and feels strange and is a little uncomfortable. The Lord says, Take courage. It is your time! It’s your moving day! You will make it through! Just keep moving forward. I am with you!

Do You Feel Like You Are Being Stretched?

In January of this year I was seeking out my word for the year. As I was sitting at my kitchen table I heard the Lord speak the word stretch. I really didn’t know how to respond to that. I felt like I had already been stretched to the max. That was my first reaction but we always need to dig a little deeper to gain understanding to what He is really speaking into our lives. The first thing I did was look up the meaning of stretch.
* Capable of being made OR changed without breaking
*Make great demands on the capacity or resource
*Cause someone to make maximum use of their talents or abilities
Then after praying and seeking out for more revelation He gave me an acronym for the word stretch.
S – Stay focused.
T – Trust Me.
R – Rest
E – Expect Good Things.
T – Train Your Senses
C – Challenge Yourself.
H – Have Hope For The Future.

I also was reminded of the scripture in Isaiah 54:2 

“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;do not hold back; lengthen your cords  and strengthen your stakes.

So, this word definitely has a broader meaning. I believe this is a word for His Body for this year. When God speaks to us personally it is for us personally but at the same time He is speaking to His Body.  This will be confirmed to you over & over again.
I received my word in January and in February I begin to see prophetic words come forth.
Fathers Heart Ministry 2/2 –  Be prepared to be stretched. Obedience is key!
Doug Addison 2/10 –  Be prepared to be stretched today as God is moving outside of your comfort zones.
Doug Addison 3/6 –  It’s time to let God out of the box of our understanding and prepare to be stretched.
Prophetess Tracy Quintana 4/5 – Make room for more! #enlarge Isaiah 54:2 Stretch forth, expand, lengthen, strengthen & make bigger!
Today (April 16, 2016) this word was posted by Lana Vawser “I have Stretched You to Upgrade You.”
Do you feel like you’ve been OR are being stretched? If so, just hang on! There is purpose behind it. He is stretching you to enlarge you. He is stretching you to be able to hold more of His power. He is stretching you to gain more of His wisdom and more of His character, more of Him. He is stretching you to upgrade you, to mature you and to build strength in you.He is wanting to bring increase into your life and enlarge your territory. Ask Him to show you exactly what that means for you personally. Thank Him for the revelation of the stretching process and for help in yielding to it.

Lord, thank You for what You are doing in my life today. I recognize this stretching is for my good and for Your glory always.Thank You for strength to endure and the ability to embrace it Enlarge my territory, in Jesus name! Amen!

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again

Tell your Heart to Beat Again Lyrics 
by Danny Gokey (link to song at bottom of page) 
You’re shattered
Like you’ve never been before
The life you knew
In a thousand pieces on the floor
And words fall short in times like these
When this world drives you to your knees
You think you’re never gonna get back
To the you that used to be
Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again
Beginning
Just let that word wash over you
It’s alright now
Love’s healing hands have pulled you through
So get back up, take step one
Leave the darkness, feel the sun
Cause your story’s far from over
And your journey’s just begun
Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again
Let every heartbreak
And every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far
‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could
In this moment heaven’s working
Everything for your good
Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again
Your heart to beat again
Beat again
Oh, so tell your heart to beat again

As a Deer Panteth for the Water

Have this on my heart this morning.

As a deer panteth for the water so my soul longeth after You. You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship You. You alone are my Strength, my Shield. To You alone does my spirit yield! Psalm 42

There are times when God seems to be ignorant of our requests, and the more we pray the less we know. The “deep” of my pain calls to the “deep” of God’s mystery. We must learn to trust God because He is there, He loves us, and He will do good for us. But no answer, we ask, “Where is your God? We question further, Why are you cast down, O my soul? Lord, You allow storms, but they don’t last a lifetime. You allow me to get lost in the desert, but You also lead me beside still water. I will wait. Amen. * Prayer Bible

Lord, when we are discouraged in our souls and sad we will still worship You. Out of the depth of our pain we will still call upon You to refresh us. We will worship You from our hearts because You alone are our Strength and our Shield and to You alone may our spirits yield!! Amen!

Praying for you today!

(10) Keys to Resting in the Resting

What do you do when you know God is calling you to rest and you are having a hard time Resting in the Resting?
1)      Listen Closely – Exodus 15:15-30 God gave the Israelites specific instructions. They had to depend on Him to supply all that they needed day by day. After they followed His instructions. He set aside a day of rest.  Ask God to give you ears to hear His instructions.  Thank Him that He meets your every need. Read Ezekiel 3:10, John 10:27
2)      Obedience  – Numbers 10:29-36 They searched out a resting place and the cloud (or the presence of God) was over them.  Help me to know that You are leading me by Your presence. You have ordained this rest. I will follow You and worship You as an act of obedience. Read Psalm 119:10, 2 Corinthians 10:5
3)      Confession & Repentance – Isaiah 32:14-18 The effect of righteousness is peace. My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings ,and in quiet resting places. Seek God’s forgiveness and restoration of fellowship with Him. (When My Spirit is poured down from heaven the desert will become as fertile as a forest – Prayer Bible v.15) I John 1:9, Psalm 19:7-11

4)      Sacrifice– Deuteronomy 12: 5-11 There is a place that He brings you to in order to rest. But you must bring your sacrifices (your concerns and worries) to the altar.  You can’t rest until you release. When you dwell in the land the Lord causes you to inherit you’ll find rest. Lord, show me what it is that I need to sacrifice today? Help me to release those things once and for all. Bring me to that place of rest. Read Romans 12:1, Psalm 51:17
5)      Humility -1 Peter 5:7-10 Resting begins with humbling ourselves. V.6 Realize that you can’t do anything without Him at the center of your life. Begin to cast your cares over on Him for He truly does care for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. Give Him your cares and leave the results to Him! Read James 4:10, Psalm 55:22
6)      Learn of Me – Matthew 11:28-30 If you are trying to find rest for your soul in any place other than Jesus, You won’t find it, period. True lasting peace is found in Him alone. When you find it hard to rest, read these scriptures.  He will cause you to rest. He will ease, relieve and refresh your soul! Help me to seek after you with my whole heart. Read Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 27:8
7)      Be Still – Isaiah 30:15-18 In returning to Me and resting in Me you shall be saved, in quietness and in trusting shall be your strength but you would not!  We will go our own way.  He waits to be gracious to you and to show mercy and loving kindness. Its in returning, resting, quietness & trusting you find your strength. Find that place to be still in His presence and meditate on His Words. Thank Him for His mercy and Loving-kindness. Read Psalm 46:10, Lamentations 3:22-23
8)      Believe –  Hebrews 4:7-16 He has a rest set aside for you but you must enter into it. When you enter that rest you can truly rest.  Believe that this is possible and enter in as an act of faith. Ask Him to increase your faith to believe. Thank Him that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Read Matthew 21:22, Hebrews 11:6, James 1:5-8
9)      Prayer – Pray about everything Philippians 4:6-13 Do not fret or have anxiety about anything but in every circumstance by prayer make your wants known to God and God’s peace shall be yours. Pray about everything and His peace will guard your hearts and minds. Thank Him that He empowers you with inner strength and gives you the peace that passes ALL understanding. Read I Thessalonians 5:16-18, I John 5:14
10)  Rejoice – Psalm 16:7-11 Trust Him to instruct you and give you counsel. He will make your heart glad and cause even your body to rest. Thank Him that in His presence is fullness of joy! Rejoice in your resting! Read John 15:11, Romans 15:13
10 Keys to Resting in the Resting

1) Listen closely to hear Instructions
2) Be obedient to search out your resting place
3) Confess & Repent of anything that has kept you from walking in His rest & peace
4) Sacrifice/Release those things keeping you from Rest
 5) Humble yourself – Cast your cares & leave the results to Him
6) Learn of Him – Seek Him Out
7) Be still and know that it’s in His presence you find rest
7)  Believe that there is a Rest for YOU
9) Pray about everything
10) Find a way to Rejoice in the Resting

* all scriptures are taken from the Amplified Bible

Prayer Time Print Out

If you are worried or anxious about something and you don’t get it settled before the day  is over, you will most likely wake up with that thing tormenting you. The first thing you need to do is find a quiet corner, grab your coffee (or tea) and your Bible. Think about what your concerns are, list them and then make a list of what God ‘s Word says about them. It really helps to get these things on paper and then you have a visual aid to pray over. I’ve included a worksheet for you to fill out in your personal prayer time.





Here is an example:

List of Concerns – Family problems out of my control but still consuming my thoughts.

Main word – Cares/Worries

Scripture – I Peter 5:7-10

List God’s answer in scripture – Cast all of your cares and concerns on Me because I care for you.

Prayer – Lord, I cast all my cares, all my anxieties, all my worries concerning my family on You because You care for me and about me and You will work all things out without my help.

Confessions – I will cast ALL my cares on You! I will NOT be anxious today! Thank You for working on my behalf!

Leave a comment to let me know if this printout sheet helped you!

Until next time!

** I’m a little late posting the second part of the prayer focus.( see [past posts) Working on it and will have it soon!