Experiencing God’s Voice

This is but a small portion of the book, God Speaks. (Link below) I was honored to contribute to this compilation. 

Experiencing God’s Voice

God’s goodness is the same towards me today as it was yesterday; He doesn’t change. What does change is my awareness of it. I don’t live in a vacuum, I live in a Kingdom where the King speaks, and He speaks all the time. And, He’s speaking to you and me right now.

It comes down to hearing God’s voice for ourselves

One thing we have been granted is the ability to hear His voice for ourselves. This may not happen immediately when we get saved, but it can. Too often we begin by hearing His voice through others and never move beyond that. Or we’ve been taught that hearing the voice of God is only for the few elect among us. That simply is not true. So guess what? I’m here to tell you the Good News:  You too can hear God for yourself! Actually, you need to hear God for yourself. And the reason is, we need to hear His voice in order to have any kind of relationship with Him. It’s why He created us in the first place; He wants to interact with us.

If we want to hear God, the first thing we have to do is actually believe that we can hear Him. We have to believe and come to know that he is speaking to us all the time, and then tune in and actually interact with Him.

If we don’t believe that hearing from God is possible, it won’t be. If we think hearing from God is only for others, we will never develop the relationship we need, and He so desires. We will miss so much and maybe we won’t hear anything at all because we’re not expecting to or listening for Him. Our posture will not be leaning toward Him.

Some ways we can hear God’s voice

For me, hearing His voice starts with asking questions, leaning in as if to hear a whispered response. But I don’t ask any ole questions; I ask specific questions, things I truly don’t know the answer to. When we ask specific questions, we know when He answers them. How could we not? If I ask Him something I don’t know the answer to and all of a sudden I know the answer, it follows that He is the one who obviously gave me the answer. And sometimes, it can be that simple.

Usually, a question that begins with “why” is not a great place to start.  A better question might begin with “what” or “who.”  For instance: What are we going to be doing today? Or, who am I going to encounter today? Maybe an even better question would be something more specific. For example, “God, you know I’m having this issue at work. I’m asking for wisdom to know who I can turn for the answers I need to resolve these things.”  When a solution comes to a specific question that you had no answer for yourself, you know it was God speaking.

These types of questions invite a response and set our focus on what or who we may encounter that day. We will be looking for it, even expecting it.

How we hear His voice differs from person to person and from situation to situation. He’s pretty creative and likes to demonstrate it. The actual hearing isn’t always an audible voice as we may expect, (although sometimes, it is.) Most often it’s an inward one, and even that can vary in tone. Our spiritual ears are not the same as our physical ears, just like seeing in the spirit isn’t always the same as seeing with our natural eyes, even though it does happen. But both are ways in which God can speak to us. One time I heard God speak to me in such a loud voice I thought the people in the car behind me could hear Him too! His voice reverberated in my head so loudly that it only felt audible, although it actually wasn’t.

Another way God speaks to us is through a picture or vision. Several years ago as I was ministering at the International Association of Healing Rooms ministry, I saw a picture over a woman I was praying for. As I closed my eyes I suddenly saw a broken cistern and knew it was a picture of her. It was a very brief image that only lasted a second or two but it was enough to for me to know how to pray.  A word of knowledge can take on many forms, from hearing and seeing, to feeling physical pain. And these are only a few of the ways God speaks to us.

God also often uses my intuition to speak to me. For example, when He speaks to me via impressions, I suddenly know things that I didn’t know prior to asking Him. Although it’s not really discernible words, I know it’s His voice because scripture tells us that His thoughts are not my thoughts, and what He just “said”  or what I now intuitively know, is something I couldn’t have known, but it’s better than what I could have come up with.  It often works like this: I’m seeking an answer for something or someone. I ask God the question, then the next thing you know, I have the answer.

When you work in the healing rooms, you do so as a team. As a team we would receive a form that the “patient” had filled out with their prayer needs and a little personal information. The form had things like, their name, marital status, religion, prayer need, doctor’s care, etc.  Once we got the form, we would pray over it to find out what the Lord had to say about the prayer need and to get His strategy. There were times when we didn’t feel like we had received any strategy at all and that’s when asking these questions became very important. Either way, after we had prayed, the “patient” would then come in the room.

In a place like this, God loves to pour out His love on those who have come seeking Him. It’s a wonderful thing to be the vessel for this great love. When times came that I didn’t know what to pray or even where to begin when standing in front of the person who came in for prayer, I would begin to ask God questions about them. I would ask God what He wanted to say to that person today, or how He wanted me to minister to them. I would ask Him to show me why they were in pain, or even what was the root of the pain, etc. all because I knew these people didn’t come to see me. They came for an encounter with Him and for the healing that only He could do.

He demonstrated this to me many times. One Saturday, we were praying over a young man who had come in for prayer. We gathered around him and one by one, the members of the team began to speak encouragement and words of destiny over him. This went on for a while but the recipient wasn’t acting like he was the least bit encouraged.

While waiting my turn to pray for him, I heard the Lord say, “Break the Eeyore spirit off of him.” I said, “What, Lord?” He repeated it to me again and added something else. “Break the Eeyore spirit off, and impart the spirit of Tigger to him.” That was very strange, but I knew I didn’t imagine it.

When I stood before this young man, I didn’t preface anything. I boldly did what the Lord told me to do. Everyone in the room laughed, except the person receiving prayer. I commanded the spirit of Eeyore to leave, and before I could even begin to talk about Tigger or anything else, he leaned in and wanted to hear more about what exactly an Eeyore spirit meant, because it resonated deeply with him, even if he didn’t understand what it all meant. I actually didn’t know what it meant when I first heard God say it either, so I asked Him. What He spoke was more in the form of impressions than actual words. Since I didn’t know anything about this spirit before hearing God tell me to speak it, all I could do was open my mouth by faith and hope He would fill it! He did. As I opened my mouth, an explanation came forth.  I told him it was a victim spirit, a self-pitying spirit, and it left him wide open to all the discouragements he’d been experiencing in his life. After telling him these things, I finished doing what the Lord asked; I imparted the spirit of Tigger to him. I spoke joy over him and freedom to dance and live with great expectation of what God was doing in his life. His whole countenance changed. He was open and happy and no longer sad and heavy-leaden. Joy was bubbling up and out of him. Of course everyone was still laughing in the room, but it was for a different reason now; joy had come down to stay. As a side note, every time I encountered this young man, I called him by his new name: Tigger, and I honestly can say, Tigger is who he is.

Another time we were praying over a woman, whom we all knew. This person told us she wanted prayer for addiction to be removed, but would give no details as to what the addiction was or any other specific needs. It was strange in that she seemed to not trust us with her “secret,” so I assumed it was shame operating and keeping her from a place of trust.

Our prayers were going nowhere. No one seemed to be getting any revelation or specifics on how to pray for her. While I was doing my part by interceding, and seeking God for what He wanted me to say or pray over her when my turn came, I heard the Lord say, “Tell her your testimony; tell her about overcoming addiction yourself.”

When my turn finally came, I stood in front of her and said, “I have no idea what your addiction is, nor does it matter, because God wants to heal you right now. And, God told me to tell you my testimony about quitting cigarettes; He felt you needed to hear it. ” When I said that, her eyes got huge! She asked me how I knew, who told me her secret? “Well, God did, of course,” I said. So I told her my testimony about quitting smoking and the changes I made in my life so that it would remain gone. I then prayed for her to have the same overcoming spirit. I declared that my testimony would become the spirit of prophesy in her life and the spirit of addiction would depart from her and she would gain freedom over it.

When God spoke to me about sharing my testimony, I knew it was Him. I wasn’t even thinking about overcoming cigarettes, it hadn’t even occurred to me. I was expecting to hear about some deep terrible sin or something. So much for my imagination, that wasn’t on God’s heart at all.

After asking/praying for these things I would usually get an answer, as indicated in the stories above. The answer never came in an audible voice, but instead it would come as a knowing in me. Once I started ministering and praying with this knowledge, other things or information would begin to flow out of me that I had had no knowledge of prior to asking.  This is how a word of knowledge works.

Sometimes I would receive knowledge or information that was an answer to something someone needed, but to me it didn’t make much sense. And because I was in a position of hearing God for them and depending on His revelation, I would by faith, begin to speak out the things I had heard. Soon after, the Holy Spirit would begin to flow through me and more and more revelation would pour forth.

These words were things only Holy Spirit and the person receiving prayer knew and there was no way I could have known them without God telling me first.

Hearing God for those around me is a wonderful thing, but often when He speaks, it’s for me alone. He wants to be involved in every aspect of my life, and sometimes, He wants to have a conversation with no agenda or teaching. He wants to talk and spend time with me.

During these times, He speaks to me through teachings and things I read, like books, blogs, and scriptures. Most times, I wouldn’t even be articulating a question, but was simply pondering something in my heart, and the answer would come up through whatever I was reading or listening to. At these times, I could almost physically hear Him smile. Don’t ask me how that works because I don’t have any idea, but hear that smile, I did.

I’ve learned that He is always speaking, but I may not always be listening. His voice is like a frequency on a radio station; it’s always on whether we are tuned in (listening) or not. My desire is to be able to tune in and then rip the knob off so I never am in a place where I don’t hear His voice. My joy is to interact with Him, and that involves hearing.

There was a time just a couple of years ago where I had been crying out for a spiritual mother or someone to mentor me. I had been teaching and equipping women through book studies for several years and was feeling inadequate to continue. I felt I needed someone to teach and equip me, one on one, so I could serve and teach others better. I wanted someone to pour into me like I was pouring into them. There was no one to fulfill that role in my life at that time.

One day while driving home from work I was having a conversation with God, telling him once again about my longing for someone to speak into my life. Actually, I was probably doing more whining than anything else, when suddenly, as clear as if He were sitting in the car beside me, I heard Him speak. He said, “What you are to them, I am to you. You teach, equip, and encourage more people than you realize. I am your teacher. I am your mentor and for this time, I’m all that you need.”

Wow, I heard Him so clearly it couldn’t be mistaken for any thoughts of my own.  He took my breaking heart in His hands and gently eased the pain. I was overwhelmed with His love. The fact that He would take the time to make sure that I knew He was there for me in my time of need changed me. Suddenly I knew it was true; He had been teaching me and sustaining me through it all.  I guess we all need to hear encouraging words and be affirmed from time to time. And who better to hear it from than God Himself?

Hearing God literally has changed my life. Yes I still hear him speak through others, but there is nothing like a personal conversation with someone who knows you better than anyone else. He is my wisdom and my guide. If ever I’m lacking in either of these things, I know right away that it’s me who has left the conversation, not Him.

He’s speaking even now. Can you hear Him? What is He saying?

Excerpt from, God Speaks – Perspectives on Hearing God’s Voice, Praying Medic, Inkitty Press 2017

Get a copy here: http://amzn.to/2Gwp37l

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Seeing Past Our Circumstances

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“You can’t reason with anxiety, negotiate with doubt, or compromise with fear. They’re like fire, consuming everything in your mind until they leave it darkened and scarred.

When a negative thought begins to burn, you have to overwhelm it with what God is saying about your identity and your circumstances. Jesus said when we receive Him into our lives; we have a constant stream of living water in us. Pursuing what you’ve read in His word, and heard from Him in your heart, releases that river of righteousness, peace, and joy, displacing the negativity in you, and bringing blessing to everyone around you.”

~Rob Coscia

This is in line with some of my meditations and conversations of late. The issue of only seeing the bad things happening to us and being overwhelmed by them when that is exactly what the enemy’s plan is – to distract us and overwhelm us by causing us to only see what he is doing is counter-intuitive to our walk in the Kingdom. And it’s frustrating if you live there!

“Frustration is frustrating” – Paul Wilcox ( Sounds silly but is true none the less)

I don’t know about you but I’m tired of talking about what the enemy is doing or has done! I’m tired of all the frustration when I do!

I am not a victim as the enemy would have me believe, I am victorious. . .

And if I’m not feeling exactly victorious at any given time, I need to re-direct my focus to all the beautiful things God has and is blessing me with – for there are many! My thoughts need to think of those things that are lovely, pleasant and beautiful. I have to get to a place where my eyes are no longer on me. Do I trust God or do I fear (trust) the enemy more? It’s one or the other, it can’t be both.

Because I refuse to worship the enemy, aka only gaze upon him, it doesn’t mean I don’t acknowledge that he’s trying to wreak havoc in my life. No, it means I don’t let it stop me from doing the things I want to do, the things I’m called to do and am passionate about.

That is NOT going to happen.

As long as I am able to realize what the enemy is trying to accomplish with his tactics (being wise as a snake and as gentle as a dove), I am able to walk in victorious blessings. It really is up to me. In all things rejoice, is all circumstances bless the Lord. This is true because, “you can’t reason with anxiety, negotiate with doubt, or compromise with fear.” Rob is right about that. “When a negative thought begins to burn, you have to overwhelm it with what God is saying about your identity and your circumstances.”

When we take our eyes off of ourselves we then are free to help others, we then can see a place where we can be an instrument of change in someone else’s life. We then will even begin to see hope arise in our own situations – all because God is working on our “problems” while we help others with theirs.

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What To Do Until. . .

 

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We’ve all had words of encouragement spoken over us from time to time and I think these types of Words are wonderful; we all need encouragement and affirmation. What I wanted to talk about are the Words we’ve received that are Words of destiny, those bigger, life-changing words. They’re the words we long to come to pass, the Words we’ve been looking for ever since they were spoken to us – those Words.

What do we do with those words? Are they sitting on a dusty shelf, long given up on, or are they stuck in your Bible where we can ponder them, meditate on them? The answer to this question is kind of important. It shows where our faith is in those Words coming to pass.

Are we making ready, preparing for when the Words are here, having been fulfilled?

Let me give you an example of preparing, by faith for those things that are not, as though they were. . .

There are always things we can do to prepare for something that hasn’t arrived yet. When someone is pregnant, they do things to prepare for the baby’s arrival. They buy beds, sheets, diapers and car seats, just to name a few things. The parents are expectant of the arrival, (and with a child too, obviously), they spend much of their time preparing for something they have faith will happen.

Another example I’ll use is Thanksgiving since that is almost upon us here in the USA. To help me prepare for a day of cooking and baking that is like no other, I can do a make-ahead version of pie crust so that the morning of, I simply pull out my bag of prepared ingredients, pour it into a mixing bowl, all the liquid and within minutes I have fresh pie crusts, ready to fill and bake. I can do the same with the dressing for the turkey. I can cut up the bread, toast it and prepare it all the way to baking – that saves tons of time on Thanksgiving Day. I can assemble all the dry ingredients for muffins or cakes if I like, also. Being prepared ahead of time is actually an act of faith.

Pie preperation

How is it an act of faith?

When I prepare pie crusts well in advance of the day they will be used, I show faith in that day coming. If I had no faith, or even hope that the day I needed those pies would arrive, I wouldn’t even bother preparing anything in advance. This may not seem like it’s faith at all but, it is. Faith doesn’t have to be big or even about something big. That was never the point of Matthew 17:20.

Pre-setting your dining room table a few days before your guests even arrive is a sign of faith also. You are doing something in expectation of the event!

My point is, there are always things we can be doing in preparation for things that haven’t arrived in our lives yet. Be it a prophetic word about your destiny, your ministry, a baby yet to be born, or even your long-awaited spouse; we can prepare! We can do things to make ourselves ready. There are things that we have to do in order for those things to happen.

Not only are there things we can be doing that make us prepared when that word finally comes to pass, there are things we HAVE to do that will propel us closer to where we want to be and make us ready for the things we desire to have. It takes faith and hope to do this, it takes action on our part to make ourselves ready and be who we need to be when they/it arrives!

We aren’t supposed to sit around with our hands out as if we’re expecting things to literally fall out of heaven into our laps. Of course, no one means to do that but sometimes we’ve lost hope and we are doing nothing that is an act of faith. We’ve lost hope in our dreams and those words have gotten dusty on that shelf in the closet.

 

Something we can do is to ask God what we can or need to do to prepare and make ourselves ready. What is it we need to study? What is it we need to learn? Do we need to start walking out some of these Words as if they already are? I don’t know, but God does, and I’m pretty sure you may have an inkling of the answer.

Wait upon the Lord, as in Isa 40: 31

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

The word wait here is a verb. (Strongs) If we don’t ever do anything, why would be worried about growing weary? This verse is talking about waiting on the Lord, meaning – doing something and not grow weary in the doing!

One thing I really feel very strongly we should do and do right now is, take out those words – examine them and read them out loud with such a force you actually start believing they are driving up your street, about to knock on your door!

We are supposed to be moving toward that thing. We are supposed to be building a place for that thing to land! That prophetic Word is like an airplane, we have to build a landing strip so it can land!

landing strip

Come on! Let’s do this thing – great things are on the horizon about to overtake us, if we will but have the faith to make a place for it to happen!

+G

 

An Angel at the IRS

 

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A few years back I encountered an angel at the IRS.

No way, you say? Well, listen to this…

A year or so before the market crashed in 2008 we found ourselves behind on payroll taxes in our family business. If this has ever happened to you, you know it’s so hard to catch back up, much less stay current with the taxes.

I had been running behind for a few months and was in the middle of the catch-up game when I received a letter in mail – a dreaded letter in the mail! It was from the IRS and it stated that I needed to contact them within a few days or they would come in and shut down our business.

If that wasn’t scary enough, they said we owed over $4000.00 and it would need to be paid immediately – seriously? Obviously, if I had that kind of money, I wouldn’t have been behind in the first place.

After freaking out for a bit I called some intercessor friends of mine and told them what was happening. My plan was to call the IRS the next morning from our house instead of the office. Having the intercessor’s cover me in prayer while I talked made me feel much better.

When morning arrived, I told Paul to not expect me at the office for a while because, from past experience, I knew I might be on hold for quite some time. I’d been praying in the spirit all morning and before I picked up the phone to make the call, I remember praying and asking God for an angel. I also asked that my call would be answered within the first few rings and I would not be put on hold.

My call was answered on the third ring. There was a person on the other line, not a computer. I wish I remember the woman’s name but sadly, I do not. I explained the letter, giving her the case number and all the information she required and she asked me to hold while she pulled my file. But before she could put me on hold, she stopped and asked me if I would give her my phone number in case we got cut off accidentally. That was a first, I have never had someone in a government office ask for my number, much less be concerned that we might be disconnected – meaning I would have to start all over again with a new person when I got connected.

I gave her my phone number and she put me on hold. She was gone about 5 minutes, which is a long time to be on hold, listening to some pretty awful music! While on hold, I was praying furiously, if that’s possible.

She came back on the line and said, “There seems to be a problem here.” That made me a little nervous!

She said, “The amount owed is $4,000.00, but the problem is, you don’t owe us that money.” I was very confused.

I told her, I didn’t understand and was somewhat confused. Could she please clarify?

She explained that they there had been an error on my account and I had, in fact, overpaid my taxes. Instead of my being behind like the letter stated, the IRS owed me the $4000.00 for overpayments.

I was pretty much in tears. You can’t imagine the relief and thankfulness I felt. I have no idea what had just happened to turn this around, and not only around, but in my favor!

I thanked her again and again for her time, her help and for her kindness for she was extremely kind and that had nothing to do with the favor I ended up having

As I was about to hang up the phone, she said, “If anyone asks, be sure and tell them that angels DO work at the IRS!”

Anges

 

I could hardly hang up the phone I was weeping so hard. Wow, just wow! God is so good. Not only did both of my prayers get answered, immediately, He even went so far as to turn everything around to my favor.

So let it be known, far and wide, there absolutely are angels that work at the IRS! And if they can work there, they can (and do) work in every situation you find yourself in. Pray and ask and you shall receive! We have not because we haven’t asked. Also, be specific in what you ask for.

 

Falling in Love, Again

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Falling in love is one of the sweetest things in life. Who are you falling in love with today?

I fall in love with my friends over and over again with each experience or conversation we have. No, that doesn’t make me fickle because I fall in love all the time – it’s not like I fall out of love with my friends. It’s more about my knowing them deeper every time we connect and that gives me more reasons to love them.

Falling in love can be (and is) a conscious decision we GET to make with each encounter we have.

Choosing to love people is really a gift. Love is so much easier than judgment and offense. When we learn to look for the treasure in others, we will begin to see them through the eyes of our Father. He has placed treasure in each and every one of us and it is our good pleasure to find it, brush it off and polish it up. We are made to make each other shine!

So often we don’t see the worth that is in ourselves – it takes someone else to point it out or reveal it to us. We are blinded by our past wounds and difficulties. Have you ever met someone who is simply amazing and they impress you by everything they do? I have and the crazy thing is, they don’t know any of this. They don’t know they are amazing – they feel the exact opposite actually. When I mention some of these things to them, speaking how I see them, they are frankly incredulous. They have never seen themselves in that light.

Because we so often can’t or don’t see the truth of who we are, especially who we are to other people, we walk around with half of our identity missing. This is why it’s so important for us to fall in love with people! They have no idea how lovely they are and if we don’t tell them, who will? All they will hear are the lies running around in their head that is designed to defeat them and keep them from being who they were made to be.

So again I ask – Who are you falling in love with today? Will it be a friend or will it be a total stranger? Could it possibly be a family member who is hurting? It’s up to you to decide.

G

Love Thy Neighbor

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The other morning while I was just waking up – you know, that sweet place between being fully awake and fully asleep, I was thinking about love. I was thinking about loving my neighbor and how sometimes it’s easier said than done. Yes, I do know the scripture actually says, Love your neighbor as you love yourself. But, we’ll save that “Yourself” part for another time.

I was pondering this and praying that God would give me a love for those who I seem to have a hard time loving on my own. Help me love even those who irritate me and make me twitch at the mere mention of their name. Help me love the (seemingly) unlovable ones.

After praying and pondering this, I had a sudden thought of actually falling in love with these people – my neighbors and others. Seriously, falling in love? But, the more I thought about it, the more it made perfect sense.

What better way to serve someone and demonstrate the kingdom at the same time. That is, without an agenda whatsoever.  People see agendas coming a mile away and there isn’t any real love in them when it comes to relationships like this. The end “game” is love, not another notch on your evangelistic belt. (I don’t have a belt, btw.)

For me, the Gospel is and should be preached by demonstrations of love and practical things that people need and can understand in their lives, more than by words preached at them. I find that when words are being used to preach the Gospel, it is for the Believing body. Not always, but this is what I see most often. It’s always pointless to point out what we think is wrong with someone, especially if we haven’t even taken the time to love well first. There is no fruit in that.

We throw the word “love” around all the time. Often when we use the word, it’s for things, to people. For instance:
I love coffee

I love bacon

I love these jeans

I love Sunday mornings

I love Christmas

We also use this word love when we think and talk about our friends and relationships – which is what I’m talking about here.

Can we take a moment and think about this thing called love? What is it really about?

When I met my husband on a blind date, oh so many years ago, I fell head over heels in love with him. My thoughts were always on him. What was he doing? Was he thinking about me? When would we get to be together again?

Things have changed only slightly these days. Instead of me being in a state of head over heels, – I am able to take my eyes and thoughts off of him so I can accomplish some things. (That is sometimes necessary for functionality!) But that is what love is all about. Falling in love with Paul is something that I choose to do every morning when I wake up. It’s like the “Groundhog Day” of love. I get to do it all over again but the difference is, I am full of love when I begin the day, not emptied out only to start from scratch.

I used the illustration of me and Paul about falling in love because it’s a perfect picture of what we are capable of as people: We can fall in love with those around us and we can do it every day.

This thing called love is really about choosing a place of humility. If we do that there will be no room for judgment or accusation for those who believe differently than us or act differently than we would in a given situation. We can love them because we give them honor from exactly where they are not someplace we think they should be.

 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never ends. . .(1 Cor. 13:4-8)

Falling in love with our neighbors is where the rubber hits the road. Love is a fruit of the spirit and if you know anything about fruit, it doesn’t suddenly appear. Fruit is grown from seeds planted and tended over time. Like fruit we won’t excel in love always, but we can develop love, deep love over time.

We need to treat people like our most beloved and cherished friend. We need to take the time to listen because they have a story that will rock our world and it needs to be told. If we treat them like beloved friends, that is what they will become. Can we love well enough to listen and actually show that we love?

I believe it’s time to fall in love with those around us. I believe it’s time for us to go out as an army of love and conquer the neighbors around us. Then let’s go take the world!

I’m falling in love, all over again.

G

Balance – My Experience

Balance

This morning I was pondering balance. Balance in where I place my focus and balance for my walk in the Kingdom.

I don’t spend much time at conferences seeking words and experiences but there was a time that I did. There is no condemnation in that but I decided I didn’t need a new word; I needed more time with God who is the Author of those words. That’s still where I am right now and it’s working out great.

Of course, people still give me prophetic words from time to time but there is a balance in that. I’m not seeking them; God is simply sending them when I need encouragement or direction. He’s cool like that.

And while I don’t do certain things like conferences anymore, I am aware that I can still get caught up in doing other things that can become just as big a distraction or even an idol in my life.

Balance – It’s what I need

I don’t want to spend all my time and energy on only one aspect of who I am called to be. I have spent many years working in “healing and deliverance”. It was all we did and it was all we focused on.  It was my identity. There was no balance there and that can certainly lead to burnout. Thankfully that didn’t happen but there was a danger.

What I do want is to be able to live each and every day to the fullest!  If I am only one-dimensional (doing only a single thing) in my identity or my calling, I will get bored and quit, thinking, what’s the point?

While I know that focus is wonderful and necessary to learn new things or accomplish tasks, it doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be diversity in what we do – our focus or vision shouldn’t become tunnel vision. When a lot of people think of me, they think of food. And yes, I do have a passion for food and even though I bake, I cook, and I post copious amounts of pictures of food, that is only one aspect of me: I also do many other things that feed people that have nothing to do with physical food.

Balance – It’s what I do

I spend time thinking and praying. I spend time writing. I spend time baking and cooking. I spend time conversing with my Etsy clients, and I spend time with friends and family on social media. All of these things are what I do and I love doing them. I have no desire to spend my days praying for people only, counseling only, and baking only, NO. That would be terrible. I want to do it all – and I will! I want to be authentically me in the fullness of my identity in Him because when I am being truly me, I can major on several different things and actually accomplish a lot.

Balance – do you have it?