In 1989, my husband and
I met a couple at church that became very dear friends to us. They had a daughter and a younger son. The husband was blind, diabetic, and had
undergone a kidney transplant and dialysis.
He was a patient with numerous medical complications. His wife also had several disorders.
As God would have it,
the ladies of the church planned a weekend retreat. One of Webster’s definitions
for a retreat is to move away from something disagreeable, difficult or
dangerous. An antonym is advance. What we really experienced was an advancement
of our spirit, body, and soul: mind, will, emotions and intellect. Engulfed and empowered by the presence of the
Lord, we were propelled to further advance the kingdom of God in the earth. Praise and worship lifted us to new heights of
glorifying Jesus during this time. Anointed
leaders challenged and inspired us to a deeper walk. The fellowship was grand and the food was
delectable - that down-home southern cooking like Grandma used to do. Really!
All the food was homemade and homegrown.
How often do we attempt maneuvers without
assessing the dangers involved?
It was a much-needed
getaway for the women and the schedule did allow for some rest and relaxation. We went for a swim in Lake Tiak O’Khata. Actually, I played in the shallow part after
I nearly drowned. Now I understand what
is meant when I hear one say, “My life flashed before my eyes.” I descended in a manner that caused me to
torpedo from the slide into the deep. My friend, Nelda was a very good swimmer
but was not nearby. However, she sensed
that I was in grave danger and quickly made her way to be of assistance to
me. How often do we attempt maneuvers
without assessing the dangers involved?
Time was of the essence so I cried out to the Lord to save me. The water was murky and I thought I would
soon meet my Creator. Honestly, I don’t
even remember how I made it back to safety, but there is no doubt in my mind that
the Lord is the responsible party. I
felt myself gliding through the water back to the shallow area. The Lord had compassion on
The Psalmist said, “In my
distress, I called
upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came
before him, even into his ears. (Psalms
On the drive to Louisville, the wife and I just happened to ride in the same vehicle – in the
back seat – side-by-side – with one other person in the rear. This was in no way a chance encounter. I don’t even believe in that. Although three other ladies accompanied us in
this car, I do not remember who they were – only Sandy. Of course, it was a divine set up – for both
of us. The Father had at least a four-fold
for Sandy to share her heartbreaking
story with me
for compassion to move
me to minister to the needs of that family
for our families to build
for the two of them to
minister to us when my husband was diagnosed with kidney failure four years
That family’s plight
made an indelible mark on my mind. I
listened and was filled with compassion.
The very nature of the word compassion is a call to action.
Compassion is an emotion
accompanied by action.
Sympathy is the feeling
that you care about and are sorry about someone else’s trouble, grief, misfortune,
And Jesus went
forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed
So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched
and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
Ken and I didn‘t have
much money, but we wanted to help. I
remember the Lord telling me to use what was in my hand. My husband and I would go out to their house
in the country and do whatever we could find for our hands to do. After helping around the house, we would
often have praise sessions because Norman played the guitar until he lost his
fingers. We would be on such a spiritual
high when we left. I think we benefitted
more than our friends did.
My family, including my deceased mother and father, loves to
give to deserving people and organizations as much as we possibly can. But giving is not just about money. Give your time, your love, your talent, and
whatever the Lord lays on your heart.
Get creative, if you want to give.
Where there is a will, you can always find a way to do so.
foundation is the 501c(3) that was birthed out of the heart of our deceased
daughter to aid HER2 Triple Negative breast cancer patients and the homeless:
what's in your hands (not just your wallet) and use it to help someone else.
This Train is Bound for Glory
! That’s the song that my husband, Ken was singing this morning when he woke from a dream. There are several variations of it, so I’m unsure who wrote the version he knew.
In this dream, Ken witnessed to a man named Billy, who was moved to purchase his train ticket to heaven. The train bound for glory came for Billy, but he would not release his ticket to the attendant. Billy insisted on holding on to it because he was too attached to this world. Jesus was standing in the back of the train sadly looking on - waiting for him to come aboard. Ken was singing and crying because Billy was left behind.
The Lord said to Ken in this dream, “There are many Billies in this world that are standing with tickets in their hand but will miss out on heavenly glory. They feel that they have more time and fail to heed my beckoning call.”
As he relayed the dream, he was visibly disturbed; hard pressed in his spirit. He felt his efforts had been insufficient in leading more people to Jesus. Considering that he is a dialysis patient with diverse medical challenges, most people who know him are amazed at his accomplishments, in spite of his various diagnoses.
Since our early ministry days in 1976, he has been accustomed to preaching in the streets and in front of nightclubs, as well as in the pulpit at church. On several occasions, we safely stopped the car allowing him access to witness to someone in a raised median in the middle of the street. (We don’t advise this, however.)
Ken’s dream is significant of being ready when Jesus returns for you - either as an individual, or in the rapture with all the ready saints. If your name is Billy and you do not have a relationship with Jesus, God is speaking to you. If your name is not Billy and you are not born again, the Father is speaking to you also.
Hebrews 3:12-15 Take care brothers and sisters that there not be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to trust and rely on the Lord, a heart] that turns away from the living God. But continually encourage one another every day, as long as it is called “Today” [and there is an opportunity], so that none of you will be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [its cleverness, delusive glamour, and sophistication]. For we [believers] have become partakers of Christ [sharing in all that the Messiah has for us], if only we hold firm our newborn confidence [which originally led us to Him] until the end, while it is said, “Today [while there is still opportunity] if you hear His voice, Do not harden your heart, as when they provoked Me [in the rebellion in the desert at Meribah].”
Do not harden your hearts against the salvation that Jesus offers to you. He died for the world, but specifically for you. There is no other name that we can use to be saved. It is of a certainty that every knee will one day bow to him and every tongue will have to confess that He is Lord. It’s now or later. Allow Him to come into your heart and change your life today. Tomorrow is not promised.
Prayer of salvation
Father God, I believe that Jesus is your son, that he died for my sins, and that you raised him from the dead. Please forgive me of my sins. I ask that Jesus come into my heart now. I acknowledge and confess him as my Lord and Savior. I believe your word that says whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved; therefore, I thank you for saving me.
It's time to press the reset button.
While in a program on my computer, an error message flashed, "An unexpected lapse of attention!" Lapse can refer to a passage of time, memory failure, collapse, or even an error in judgement. I was pressing the back button in an attempt to take the program backwards at the same time that it was trying to move forward. Therefore, I had to reset it and start completely over. Pause and think about that.
Our Father in heaven desires to advance and expand us. Expansion is the word that He gave me on December 21, 2017. It is my theme for 2018. He blesses us to be a blessing to others.
Romans 8:1 declares, There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. We can't move forward if we are weighted down.
Jesus has made it possible for us to move forward. He pressed the reset button when he died on the cross of Calvary in our stead. His resurrection gives us another chance.
Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy every aspect of your life, but the son of God has come to give you zoe (abundant) life. Take it! This is a perfect time to start anew.
I had a dream on January 8, 2018 that ministered to me so I will share it with you here. Please understand that God does nothing by accident. He places emphasis on numbers, days, and times because He is the author of them. However, I don't get into the world's system of numerology. Remember that the devil tries to copy everything that God does and perverts it. That being said, the very fact that my dream took place on the eight day of 2018 was significant, "Why?" you might ask. Some biblical meanings of the number 8 is NEW BEGINNING, RESURRECTION, and REGENERATION.
When I awoke that morning, the Spirit of the Lord spoke to my heart saying, "Living waters can’t flow
through clogged pipes. Release
forgiveness because unforgiveness
will make you its hostage."
Jesus said in John 7:38, "
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." Rivers of living water can't flow through clogged pipes. Clogged Pipes are still pipes but are useless if the water necessary to sustain life is unable to run through them.
In my dream an old man finally
apologized to a young woman that he wronged many years ago. I, actually, know both of them. Her unwillingness
to forgive resulted in a sad countenance, melancholy life, and vulnerability to
the adversary’s continous tactics against her. It wasn't so much that she did not want to forgive; she was just still very hurt and found it hard to do so. The old man had taken advantage of her naivete'. It was obvious to me that she also needed to forgive herself.
The question on the floor is, how do we forgive? You have to confess it with your mouth by saying, "I forgive you for hurting me." Sometimes it's just that simple. Other times, you will have to confess it often just to believe it. Faith comes by hearing. Eventually, you will be able to say it because it will be true in your heart. If the scar remains, you will no longer feel wounded.
Even if the person you need to forgive is you, do so. The Holy Spirit also spoke to me these words: "Don’t hold grudges. If you hold a grudge, the
grudge will hold you - making you its captive." Unforgiveness makes you susceptible to sickness and disease in your total man.
The word of God in 1 John 1:9 states, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Jesus came to reset us. He led CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE so you can be FREE from everything that thwarts your
progress. Since He paid your ransom, accept your gift. It's up to you to go free.
2018 is an opportunity to begin again. The past is called the past for a reason. Leave those things that bind you, and every weight that so easily besets you, buried in the past.
The unexpected lapse of attention is on our part, not His. Nevertheless, He restores our soul. So flush out the clogged pipes! Press the reset button! Move forward! Advance the Kingdom of God! He has given you gifts to complete His purpose for you.
PEACE! Jesus declared that the kingdom of God is at hand, meaning here with us now. It has arrived. Jesus (the second Adam) ushered the kingdom of God to earth once again -- righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. We know that the Father is absolutely soverign and that Jesus is the King of Kings (us). Every king has subjects
- under his authority and control. As such, we owe allegiance to Jesus as our supreme ruler. We are the Royal Loyals in his domain. Loyal subjects seek to bring pleasure to their ruler.
Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you."
Seek God!! Seek means to pursue or be pre-occupied with. We have to pursue submission. In Matthew 6:33, the word seek in the Hebrew means 'WORSHIP'. Wow! Seek means to worship God. Let me say it backwards, Wow! Oftentimes we are guilty of seeking the things of God (what's in His hands) as opposed to seeking the face of God and what's in His heart.
The Difference between Religion and the Kingdom
Religion seeks the things of God. Religion is often manifest in rituals - on the outside. It is a substitute for the Kingdom. In direct contrast, the Kingdom is on the inside. It's really not necessary to seek things when we are heirs in His Kingdom, because really all things (from basic necessities to prosperity) are inherent. Our Master didn't even say pray for it, though we often do. He said it would be added as a result of our seeking first the Kingdom.
We are thus ambassadors or Servant Leaders, if you will. What is an ambassador? An official agent with a special mission. An Ambassador is the highest ranking diplomatic representative appointed by a government to represent that government in another country. We are in this world but not of it. We are in heavenly places in Christ according to Ephesians 1:3.
Scripture also states in Isaiah 58:14, Then shalt thou delight (delight - to submit to God and be happy about it) thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob, thy father; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. This is a direct result of keeping the fast that God has chosen.
2 Corinthians 5:20 says, 'Now, then we are ambassadors for Christ"... If that be the case then we have to preach the Kingdom to all the world as his messengers. Matthew 9:35, "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every sickness and every disease among the people." We are to go and do likewise. Mark 16:15, And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19)
Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost is the good news, the Kingdom of God! As servant leaders, the most important thing we can do in the earth is preach the gospel to those who are lost and in need of the savior. Everything that we need is in Him!
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life to which you were summoned
and [for which] you confessed the good confession [of faith] before
many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the Good Fight
never let the enemy force you to back down
Continue to fight the good fight of faith if you desire to wear a crown
As believers, don't go through hell on earth and miss the rapture
Satan has only a little time remaining before his long awaited capture
We need to live everyday like we were dying
We can't go on passing people who are hurting and crying
When we die daily to self, Christ is richly alive in us
So search for wondering souls who are lost in the Kingdom, it's a must
Wear all your armor given every single day
In spiritual warfare, fight to kill, that's how you keep the devil at bay
It's time to do war on the flesh
so it won't be the one thing that keeps knocking us
March bravely around the enemy's camp
and watch the walls fall down when you
Satan's playing for keeps
and ultimately his mission is to destroy our very
Let's fall down on our knees and go before the throne room in repentance
Christ is waiting,
waiting for His warriors to take their rightful place
And give the kingdom of darkness a big blow to the face
Hit the enemy in his weakest spot by constantly reminding him of what's to come
Continue to fight the good fight of faith soldier, for the battle is already won
I have fought the good [worthy, honorable, and noble] fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept [firmly held] the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7