Songs of Deliverance

Within the last few years, the Lord has given me several dreams about music.  He showed me that I would be sitting down to play piano while singing songs that would soothe the down trodden and contrite in spirit.  What an exciting honor!

 

Happy Freezing February!  Here in the southwest, we are absolutely getting hammered with snow!  At this point there is so much snow, there’s hardly a place to put it!  We definitely need the moisture, but I know we are all ready for summer and would take the rain instead!  I must remain thankful, because the Lord has answered many prayers for moisture since we experienced so many fires here last summer.

As you may imagine, we’ve been experiencing some cabin fever around here, so I’ve been starting a few new projects to take advantage of inside time.

I’m making stamped jewelry with words of declarations on them..I absolutely love being creative, and this is a wonderful way to tie in creativity with words of encouragement in the form of jewelry!

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I also started a YouTube channel called [ Songs of Deliverance ] where I upload spontaneous worship music for soaking, peaceful rest and perhaps deliverance from stress and anxiety for those who listen.  I’ve included some of the videos on the [Sweet Sleep] page.  My hope is to help facilitate a conversation with the Lord, through music , while you fall asleep in the Fathers arms.

Within the last few years, the Lord has given me several dreams about music.  He showed me that I would be sitting down to play piano while singing songs that would soothe the down trodden and contrite in spirit.  What an exciting honor!

I have a background in music ministry, but this dream revealed a totally different direction for me.  I am mostly a guitar player, so sitting down at the piano in the dream was a bit intimidating for me.  In the midst of the feeling of unpreparedness, the Lord assured me that He would help me, and with Him all things are possible.

I want to invite you to check out the channel to see what you think.  I am definitely learning a ton about recording, piano chords and spontaneous worship, but the Lord has been faithful to teach me along the way.

Be encouraged to do the things God is calling you to do this year! Remember, you can do all things in Christ who strengthens you, and sometimes He slows us down to begin a new season for us.  Time is a precious gift from the Lord, and He gives us opportunities to use it wisely for His glory.

 

 

 

 

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Songs of Deliverance

Multitudes of Christians around the world are hearing the word “Breakthrough” and that we are being ushered into a season of breakthrough regarding the years the locusts have stolen.

I believe this is a year for the fruition of God given dreams.  Dreams that we’ve held deep inside our hearts, minds and spirits; a time for us to inhabit a deep sense of divine purpose for our lives.

About five years ago, I remember wondering what I was supposed to be doing with my life.  Our family had experienced so much change in a short amount of time, I wondered if I would ever get my normal back.  I wondered if my music ministry would ever be ignited again . (I share my testimony about my encounter with Jesus as a worship pastor in a previous blog post: Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus)

Unaware that he was working behind the scenes God introduced me to a dear friend who taught me about the power of declaring God’s word over my life, and I began declaring His promises out loud back to Him as declarations, because His word does not return void.  Praise God!

One of my declarations was that I would be able to be fruitful in ministry and have creativity back in my life.  I am beginning to see it happen!

Psalm 49: 3-4 says “For wisdom will come from my mouth, words of insight and understanding will be heard.  From the musings of my heart, I will break open mysteries with my music, and my song will release riddles solved.”

This is my verse for this season.  He is teaching me to see who I am through His eyes, and not waiver at the whim of circumstances that threaten to discourage.  “Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Winston Churchill

Now that I think of it, God gave me hope years ago when I attended a Britt Nicole concert with my (then) teen aged daughter Moriah.  The most unfathomable thing happened for me while I was there!  Britt gave me a word from the Lord that night…FROM THE STAGE, BEFORE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE…WITH MIC AND ALL!!!   It was absolutely amazing…you can check out that story on a previous blog post:  Britt Nicole’s Word of Knowledge

Within the last month, God has revealed to me how He sees me.  I can see it!  And it’s because of His breakthrough.  Looking back on my life, I could see how the enemy tried to inhibit me from my purpose.

I just started a YouTube channel called: [ Songs of Deliverance]  It has two videos on it so far, but I’ve heard it said not to despise the day of small beginnings!  [DappyTKeys ] was extremely influential for me as a creative worshiper,  plus [ Julie True] and other prophetic worshipers that record in this way.

God is definitely bringing breakthrough in the life of the believer.  What breakthroughs do you sense God bringing into your life?

I pray that you will see your purpose and calling through the eyes of Jesus this month,  and that once He shows you what that looks like, you stay the path, not turning to the left or to the right.  I pray you never give up and never surrender.

 

 

Breakthrough

Deep began to call to deep.  God began giving me rich insights to years of questions.  I’d have visions and dreams about my wounded spirit and flash backs from the moments they all began.

 

Happy new year!  I can’t believe 2018 has gone by so quickly.  2018 was a year of transition for me in terms of life and spirituality.  You could say I’ve been on a journey of solitude, but not by myself.  Surrounded by family, and time with the Lord, I’ve been disjointed from any commitments outside of the home and focused on working on me.

I’ve learned that there are times the Lord calls us to the minimal; to come away from the unnecessary; to draw us toward the One thing.

It’s a lie that being busy is being successful.  The truth is, simplifying the chaos quiets the soul.  Seeking the characteristics of God’s heart is where true success and happiness dwells.

So….summing up 2018, I’ve experienced some major change in my life!  I left my job as a dental assistant to home school our teenage daughter. My middle daughter got married.  As a family, we’ve dwindled ourselves down to one car, shed some debt and another car payment…. Oh the bliss!   I’ve donated half of my wardrobe to the Goodwill, and started a savings plan we call the “storehouse” which is basically a savings account for the money the Lord has entrusted to us.  The plan is that we don’t take the money out unless the Lord specifically tells us to.

Rearranging priorities and simplifying my life has created the space for growth regarding the virtue of wisdom and identifying the consequence of foolishness.  My new quiet simple life honed my ear to His voice and opened my senses to the awareness of His presence.  I could hear Him say to my spirit “come away my beloved, and learn from me.  I have some healing I want to do in you, so that you can step into the calling I have for you, but it will require a relentless pressing in.”

He began to show me the crooked places within me; wounds that haven’t been healed from years passed, enforced by a parent with narcissistic personality disorder.  God revealed the root of the tumultuous thoughts, that often arrested my mind and heart, were a product of the scars that hadn’t healed properly.

Deep began to call to deep.  God began giving me rich insights to years of questions.  I’d have visions and dreams about my wounded spirit and flash backs from the moments they all began.

Now, I feel like a new person.  God is faithful to accomplish His call on his children, and carry it out.  Isn’t it amazing?

2019 is going to be a year of breakthrough for God’s people, and it will require some pressing in, but I am confident that it will be the best year of our lives!  God bless you, and be encouraged that your breakthrough is on its way!

 

 

 

 

 

1 Reason God says “I Am With You”

The phrase said by God “I am with you” shows up in the Bible a lot, and depending on the version you look up, the words:  I, am, with and you show up 496 times. 

To understand why God says “I am with you” in the Bible, you must understand the person to whom He is speaking.   He is speaking to a person who belongs to Him.  He is telling them that if they seek Him and obey Him, He will fight their battles and win, assuring victory for that person or for that believer…AKA… Christian.  To  👉 become a believer in Jesus  is critical when calling on the promises of God.

It’s a promise!  I am with you is a promise….and like all of the promises in scripture, they are only for the believer who believes He is Lord, and follow Him.

There are a multitude of stories in the Bible that include God telling His people that He is with them, and I know without a doubt that when I am reading those stories, God is also speaking to me.

I remember going through a very intense spiritual battle in my life, when the Lord told me He was with me.  (I shared about it in a previous post Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus ) So, not understanding what He meant, I went directly to the scriptures and asked Him to tell me what He meant by telling me this.

As I studied the Word, God showed me how to study the Bible to better understand His heart and character.  During my search, I found a lot of verses that included this meaningful phrase using cross referencing….(a way to study the Bible following references included at the bottom of each page of the Bible.)

It’s a promise!  I am with you is a promise….and like all of the promises in scripture, they are only for the believer who believes He is Lord, and follow Him.

If you are facing a seemingly impossible situation, remember that God loves you and He is with you!  He wants you to dig deep into the Bible, His Word.  As you do this, the heart of the father will be revealed to you, and you’ll get amazing, mind blowing, life transforming answers…I promise!

Before we say bye for now,  I’ve included some scriptures that include the phrase “I am with you”  from 👉 Blue Letter Bible.  (I can’t express enough how amazing this tool was for me when I really needed results…and they have an 👉app!)

Verses including the phrase “I am with you” from Blue Letter Bible:

‘You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.

Genesis 26:24

And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.”

“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”
So his armorbearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart.”
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
And gather you from the west;
Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD.
They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the LORD, “to deliver you.”
And I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall;
And they will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you;
For I am with you to save you
And deliver you,” says the LORD.
For I am with you,’ says the LORD, ‘to save you;
Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you,
Yet I will not make a complete end of you.
But I will correct you in justice,
And will not let you go altogether unpunished.’
‘Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him,’ says the LORD, ‘for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand.
Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, spoke the LORD’s message to the people, saying, I am with you, says the LORD.”
‘Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the LORD; ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the LORD, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the LORD of hosts.
“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
“for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”
For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

Deuteronomy 20:3-4

“And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them ‘for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’

Did God Wake Me Up?

 

Anyone find themselves waking up at three, four or even five o’clock in the morning?  Like on the dot, not one minute more or one minute less.  Who’s with me?

I just learned that in Jewish culture, the Jews believed God roamed the earth around this time during what the Bible refers to as the “Fourth Watch”, the last watch between three and six in the morning.  Mark 6:45-52, Luke 5:3-5, Mark 1:35, John 11:9.

There were four watches.  The first watch was from six p.m. to nine p.m. , the second watch was from nine p.m. to twelve a.m. , the third watch was from twelve a.m. to three a.m. and fourth watch was from three a.m to six a.m.  Jesus often prayed during the fourth watch, and some scholars believe that He did this because He believed the Jewish belief that God roamed the earth to impart the secrets of His heart; imparting dreams and night visions.

Anyone find themselves waking up at three, four or even five o’clock in the morning?  Like on the dot, not one minute more or one minute less.  Who’s with me?

I have often found myself waking up at exactly four o’clock in the morning.  Not one minute more, not one minute less.  But I didn’t understand why!  I’ve actually asked some of my friends if they also wake up around this time, and a lot of them said yes.  But we chalked it up to hormones. Haha.

I watch a lot of videos featuring some of my favorite pastors and teachers.  You know how You Tube will suggest what you might like to watch next?  Well this suggestion was for a video on the fourth watch by Pastor Perry Stone.  I watched it, and I was amazed how the Lord used it to answer the question I have had for years….”What is it with my sudden, early morning lack of melatonin?”

Years ago, during a seemingly impossible fight in my life, the Lord woke me up at four a.m. (I noted it in my Bible.)  The Lord said to get up and read the scriptures. So with my groggy, blurry vision I popped opened the Bible and it fell to the book of Daniel (to the part where Daniel prayed to the Lord for revealing the mysteries of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.)  It was really important that Daniel get the interpretation, because if not, he and his friends would be killed the next day.   The part in the story that jumped out to me was where Daniel says to God..You are the God who gives the mysteries of your heart.  Please reveal this mystery to me so I can deliver the meaning to King Neb! (totally paraphrased)

So after I read it, I prayed…”God would you reveal the mysteries of what is happening to me?  What will happen to me?!?”  Then I fell back to sleep only to wake up about an hour later with sounds of shouting angels.  I had a dream from the Lord which showed me the court room where I had been literally fighting for my life.  He showed me that as He would be fighting for my victory,  loud choirs of angels would shout “By the Spirit of the Lord!”  in the spirit realm.

Three years later, the victory was won!  I was rescued and delivered by the Spirit of the Lord, just like the four a.m. night vision showed me; the mysteries, the secrets of God’s heart as He roamed the earth during the fourth watch.  I’ll never forget it as long as I live, and I hung on to that night vision until the day I was delivered.

I know that was what the Lord woke me up for, and I wonder how many other people He woke up at the same time, urging them to pray!

That four a.m. awakening by the Lord was more of an urgency for me and my life, but what about when God wakes us up to give us a burden to pray for others?

Now that I think of it, I had a fourth watch prayer appointment just a few months ago.  I woke up somewhere between two and four  a.m.  (this time I didn’t look at the clock, but I remember it was dark and everyone in the house had been asleep for a while).  I woke up with a strong burden for someone I didn’t even know.  I knew in my spirit that it was a young (perhaps college aged) girl who had been out too late; maybe partying, and she was in a lot of serious trouble.  I immediately recognized the Lord was asking me to pray, and in my spirit I knew it was Him urging me to pray for her safety.  So I did.

About three days later, I was at work when a colleague of mine, who’s husband works for the sheriff’s department, asked me if I’d heard about the young lady who had been raped.  (OK, if your anything like me, you are so sensitive that you don’t like hearing this stuff because it stays with you forever.  I almost told her I didn’t want to know, but I went ahead and listened to her anyway, and I’m glad I did because it taught me a valuable lesson)

She went on to tell me the story of what happened.  She said that a young sixteen year old girl had been at a college party where a young man and two of his friends offered to bring her home.  He (the driver) and the other two boys, stopped by his (the driver’s) house and told her he had to get something really quick.  It turned out he took his roommate’s cash for rent and a shotgun.  They ended up raping her by gunpoint.  I’ll spare you the details.  But when law enforcement received a call from the perpetrator’s roommate saying he stole his rent money and reported it giving a description of his car, they went looking for him.

Later, around two to three a.m. a deputy spotted the car in a park along the river.  Not knowing what he would find, they approached the car and saw the driver in the front seat, (with the shot gun between his seat and the middle console) and a terrified young girl with two boys in the back seat. He ended up arresting the boys and later they were charged accordingly.

( My son, who serves with the National Guard, told me about this app called “Mayday” . Now we all have it installed on our smart phones in case one of us is in trouble.  It’s worth checking out, you can find it at your app store.)

This story makes me so sick, so burdened.  But I know it was the reason the Lord woke me up.  I wonder how many other people He woke up at the same time, urging them to pray!  Our intersession is powerful, and He invites us to make a difference y’all!!  God only knows what could have happened if the deputy didn’t get the call from the roommate and go looking for him.  I believe the rescue was a result of prayer.  I haven’t heard about how the young girl is doing, but I pray for her healing and salvation if she’s not saved.

Lord, help me be aware of what you are telling me in my spirit.  I want to pray for those who are in need of safety and healing.  Please don’t let me sleep though the fourth watch.  I want to be a part of what you are doing on behalf of those is need.” Amen

Are Heaven and Hell Real?

 

I just watched an amazing testimony.  I have heard similar testimonies of people dying going to hell going to heaven and then going to earth,  but this particular testimony is extremely detailed.

A woman gets on the bus and the driver doesn’t close the back door. In a hurry to catch the light he makes a sharp left turn, flinging her out of the bus.  She dies immediately because of severe head injuries.

 

In the video 👈 she goes on to describe her  intricately vivid, horrifying and beautiful experience as she leaves her body.

Her testimony makes me think about my life on earth. It makes me feel the urgency to tell everybody about Jesus right now!! It makes me wonder if in my lifetime have I told enough people about my Lord, or have I been too timid ; too fearful of what people might think if I start preaching and start evangelizing to everyone I  come in contact with?

I’m feeling convicted that if I care more about the world and what it says about me, then the answer would be no I should not share. But if I care more about eternal consequences and kingdom moments which will impact lives for eternity, then the answer would be yes, I should share the gospel with everyone I come in contact with.

I have felt the Holy Spirit tugging on my heart within the last week, because He has been inviting me to go to a new level with Him. I am convicted I need to walk in the destiny that God has called me to. And if I live a life of mediocrity, then my impact here on earth would have been mediocre at best.

Father, I pray today that you forgive me for missing those kingdom opportunities to share who you are.  Forgive me Lord for passing up opportunities to walk in my destiny as your daughter; your heir.

We live in a lost world and it needs your love, your perfect love. Holy Spirit, guide me toward those whom I must share your truth.

Order my steps Lord as you go before me, preparing hearts to receive your gift of eternal life so they can live in peace with you for eternity.

I step out in faith today. Please open my ears so I can hear your voice loud and clear as you guide my every step.

I know that heaven and hell are real, but those who do not know you as their Lord and Savior do NOT know that heaven and hell are real!

I pray that you shine inside me that I may be used to spread your sweet fragrance wherever I go. I pray that I decrease as you increase.

Declaration Day 14

I declare that God is bringing about new seasons of growth. I will not get stagnant and hold on to the old. I will be open to change knowing that God has something better in front of me. New doors of opportunity, new relationships, and new levels of favor are in my future. This is my declaration.

This was Declaration Day 13. It’s amazing how the Lord shows he is listening to us!

We are seeing financial growth in our own community. After so much struggle, our American economy is on the rise.

In years past, my husband and I have seemed to catch the housing market at the wrong time. We always bought when the market was high and sold when the market was low, not the way things are supposed to go if you want to come out on the better side of the deal.

As many of you know, we have been through complete financial devastation and have had to rebuild our financial lives through a lot of prayer.

God is faithful and gave us everything back, plus more. Now, as I sit on my balcony sipping my coffee before I go to work, I am watching the signs of blessing before my eyes.

This picture is of the property next to us that sat vacant for years, and now the owners have decided to build on it because the housing market has skyrocketed. Houses and properties are selling like hot cakes! Probably a first for about twenty years.

Bless the Lord!! Since we bought our home in 2015, It has increased in value by 33.333% That’s 1/3rd more than what we paid in just three years! What a difference from our previous experiences with real estate!

Now for today’s declaration of faith, Day 14.

“I declare that I will use my words to bless people. I will speak favor and victory over my family, friends, and love ones. I will help call out there seeds of greatness by telling them “I’m proud of you, I love you, you are amazing, you are talented, you are beautiful, you will do great things in life.” This is my declaration.

Thank you Lord for your faithfulness! You are perfect in all of your ways. We trust you for your provisions of all we hope for and hope to become. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Amen.

This is from Psalm 119, The Passion Translation

Here’s an article about our rising economy, we thank God for our leaders, and commit to continued prayer for them.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/american-workers-businesses-continue-see-gains-trump-economy/?utm_source=link&utm_medium=header