I’m Back!

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Hello my friends. I’m sorry I have not posted to my blog for a couple weeks now. I just wanted to let you know that I have not stopped blogging. I was just experiencing some pretty challenging flare-ups of fibromyalgia which made it rather difficult to concentrate, sit, or do just about anything really. But the flare-up has calmed down and God gave me an awesome word that I am putting together. It might be a little longer post than I have normally shared because of the topic and it’s a great topic too! So I am looking forward to sharing it with you as soon as I get it done. Just watch for the updates!

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Until I can get the new posting up (which I am praying will be either end of today or sometime tomorrow) feel free to go back and re-read my other postings. Maybe something new will stand out to you that you needed to be reminded of or there may be something you can share with a friend that will bless them. Something else that would really help me out as well is, if you could please let me know if the blog postings have been a blessing to you by leaving me a comment. I really appreciate all your support my friends.   

I pray that the love of Jesus overflows in your life today and always. Don’t forget my friends it’s not just about you and your needs. Someone out there that crosses your path, whether it’s a fellow believer in Jesus or someone who has yet to met Him, needs to be hugged, acknowledged, encouraged, or blessed in some way. You just might be the answer to someone’s prayer or heart calling out to God! Be a willing vessel. Yield to Him today. You will be amazed at what God can do through you, for you and in you. Just think about it! There is something exciting and exhilaratingly adventurous in being a blessing to someone when they least expect it and especially without them knowing. Just a little over a week ago I spent some time in prayer in the morning. Part of my prayer was that God would use me to be an unexpected blessing in some way to someone that day. Later that afternoon I was with my daughter getting a haircut and a young woman with her two little daughters were at the salon getting her hair done too. She sat in the chair next to me. When I was finished I moved to a chair across from there while my daughter got her haircut. The young woman was trying to get to keep her little girls still the best she could and she seemed pretty stressed. It was all over her face. Then there it was. I heard the voice. The voice of the Holy Spirit telling me to get a gift card for this young woman and pay for her haircut. I won’t lie at first I said is that me out of just wanting to do something or is that You God? I even sort of began to question Him about where the money would come from and of course I am always reminded that He is my provider. Then as clear as day God showed me a vision of me praying to Him earlier in the day about wanting to be an unexpected blessing to someone who needed to know His love. This was the person He had in mind. And wouldn’t you know, as soon as He said that she had to excuse herself from her haircut to take one of her daughters to the ladies room. I jumped up and asked if they had gift cards available and the amounts. I then grabbed my wallet and I asked what gift card designs they had. To be honest they were quite ugly, I didn’t like them at all. But then there it was! A single card hidden behind all the plain ones. It was a decorated envelope, it had an area for me to write “Jesus loves you!” and it even had a little hair clip that had some bling on it! Oh yes! Cannot go wrong with a touch of bling! So I purchase the gift card, sign it, and run over to her stylist and ask her privately to please give it to the young woman who’s hair she is cutting but not to give it to her until we left because I didn’t want her to know. The hairstylists standing around her were even blessed and encouraged by that one random act of kindness! Their faces lit up as they said “Wow, God bless you!” I know in my heart, I have absolutely no doubts that she needed to be reminded that God loves her and that she felt it that day. Carry-out-a-random-act-of-kindness-with-no-expectation-of-reward-safe-in-the-knowledge-that-one-day-someone-might-do-the-same-for-you

Now I am not saying go out there and spend all your money. But trust God to use you in various ways and trust also that if He has you use finances that He will return to you in some way.35958496995708719_6RMjQ4xn_c

Just say this prayer: Father, I yield myself as a willing vessel to be used by you to show Your love to someone, be it a need, encouragement, a hug, or a kind word. I know that I am blessed to be a blessing. Help me to be sensitive to know what to say and how to move or act in obedience to your promptings. I pray that I can impact someone’s life for the better and bring a little sunshine to someone’s dark or lowly day. I give You all the glory Lord because I understand that it You working through me, for me and in me. In Jesus name. Amen.

I would love for you to check back and share what God did through you today! Testify! God is sooooo good! Sending HUGsssss your way and reminding you that you are loved by God too! Have a fabulous day my friends!raok-logo1 

Extravagant Love

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I got up to spend time with “Daddy” God this morning in prayer and reading His Word and He led me to Psalm 63:1-4 (MSG)
“God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! … I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you.”  ♥
Wow! I LOVE these verses! God knows my heart so well!
 
I just wanted share my heart with you today. I really have a strong desire to take my walk with God to another level. I’ve been walking with Jesus for a while now but I want to know Him much more than I did last year, last month, last week, and even yesterday. I want to know Him like never before. I desire to go to another level in my worship, in my praise, in my dedication to the Lord. I want to grow and keep on growing more and more.
I want His light to shine through me and for me to be a true reflection of the love of Jesus in every situation. I want every aspect of my life to bring glory and honor to Him.  
It cannot be just lip service or a thought. I want to eat, breathe, sleep, and live in Him with such zeal and passion that there would be no mistaking me as His daughter.
It’s truly my ♥’s desire. I want to dance with my “Daddy” God. I want to be consumed by His love at all times. I want my love for Him to increase and keep on increasing! Even the thought of it makes my heart rejoice and I feel so alive! & I can’t help it! He is so amazing! So incredible! How could I not want to be closer to Him and know Him more?
 
What about you? I really want to hear from you and know your heart too. So tell me. What do you desire in your walk with God?
What about those of you who are not walking with God at this time or maybe have never have walked with Him? Don’t feel bad or ashamed. We have ALL been there at some time in our life. It wasn’t until I was in my early thirties that I returned to God and took my relationship with Him seriously. It’s not too late for you to turn to Him now. It is about a relationship, not religion and a relationship takes getting to know each other and growing in affection for one another. I cannot help thinking and knowing just how amazing your life will be! Once you experience and begin to know His love for you, you will never be the same. You will have a joy, love, and peace that you have never known before.
It’s as simple as this… just talk to Him. He will speak to you in different ways but most often through His Word the Bible. Get to know Him through His Son, Christ Jesus (Romans 10:9-15). You can learn about Jesus throughout the Bible. If you don’t have a Bible you can always use a resource such as www.biblegateway.com which has different and some easy to read versions. A good place to start is in the book of John. It’s a short book that would take only 21 days to read if you break it up and read a short chapter each day. You will learn about God’s love for you, about the life and character of Jesus which is a reflection of God, and a great deal more. You will love it!
While you do that take a little time to tell the Lord how you feel and what you desire. He longs to hear from you & just a little secret… He knows your heart. He is just waiting for you to go to Him and tell Him yourself. He will not ever force himself into your life. You must invite Him in. Then He can open up the windows of heaven and pour out His extravagant love in you! 
 
There is a few verses I have been meditating on found in Jeremiah 29:11-14 (AMP)… Often times people hear or see verse 11 quoted but there is so much in the verses that follow. I believe you need to read them so you can know His heart and promise to you. Read each one aloud and think about what the Lord is saying to you today.

11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.

13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity and gather you from all the nations and all the places to which I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive.

Not only does He promise that He has a good plan for your life but He also promises to be found by you when you seek Him in prayer. Yes! He promises to show up and be there for you. To bring you through and out of things that have kept you in bondage, in captivity. Another thing you should know about Him…is when you let Him into your life He will never leave you. EVER! Look at what Romans 8:31-39 (MSG) says about that:
 
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
 
Wow! God promises that absolutely nothing can get between His love for us! That is so relieving and exciting!
So what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Call on the Lord today! He is willing, ready, and waiting for you now!
 
I pray that where ever you are in your walk with God now, whether you are a “seasoned” Christian or just beginning your walk with Him that you will experience His incredibly extravagant love today and always!
 
To all who read, follow, and share my blog with others…Shalom! Shalom!