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On Mission







The God of Heaven will make sure we succeed. We're his servants and we're going to work, rebuilding. You can keep your nose out of it. You get no say in this-Jerusalem's none of your business!

Nehemiah 2:29


The last couple of days I've been reading in Nehemiah again, I love reading this story! Nehemiah knew his mission, and he knew how to stay on task. He was called to build a wall, and eventhough many people tried very hard to distract him with mocking and laughing, he was not distracted.  Others tried to pull him away from his task and get him to leave the site and meet them elsewhere, but he did not fall for their trickery. He knew what God had asked him to do, and that is what he did. He remained focused on God's Word to him. He kept building, building, and building. He continued to believe that God was in charge of his life, and God would bring success. His enemies did not appreciate his attitude at all, so they amped up their attacks on him. In chapter 4, verse 7 it says, "When Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repairs of the wall of-Jerusalem were going so well-that the breaks in the wall were being fixed-they were absolutely furious." So, they got together and decided to create as much trouble as they could think of. 

Nehemiah countered with prayer. He put armed guards at the most vulmerable places of the wall and assigned people by families with their swords. He spoke to them, saying "Don't be afraid, Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes."  And, then he reminds them that God will fight for them as well.

So, I love this story because it is true for our lives today, true for me. God calls me, and I'm not always as good at staying on task as Nehemiah, but God hasn't changed. He is still in charge, and all that He has said is true. He is still fighting for you, and for me. Enemies come and mock us and try to get us off task from our mission, but it's none of their business! We can call in our circle of family and friends to pray with us and to stand guard around us as we march on, work on, and pray on. The enemy will get furious at our progress, he will amp up the attack, but God will fight for us, because we are secure in Him. He is rebuilding each one of us to succeed in His Kingdom!


Round Up A Friend


By yourself you're unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn't easily snapped.

Ecclesiastes 4:9

Friendship is a precious gift. It's rare to find the kind of friend that is truely all in, but when you do, you've got a real treasure. And, you have a bond that cannot easily be broken, a kindren spirit, a connection, a deep love and an understanding. 

I have a couple friends like that. They hurt when I hurt, they listen, they know what pains me, and what brings me joy. And, I know this about them. If they are hurt, then my heart is hurt. If they are happy, I am rejoicing with them.

Be thankful for your friends. And, if you are longing for deeper friendships today, then I am blessing you with strong loyal friendships. I am blessing you with Godly women that will love you and stand beside you through thick and thin, tears and laughter, childbirth and death, hopes and dreams, gains and losses. I bless you today with at least two friendships that belong to you, they are yours. Trustworthy, life long, protected.

I bless you, in Jesus name.

Breathe Life




Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath,  'Thus says the Lord God, "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe these slain, that come to life."'" So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came ino them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Ezekiel 37:9-10

Ezekiel is the perfect example of bringing life to death. He was in a valley full of dry bones and God told him to speak life over the bones. He did, and as he spoke life over the bones they came to life and stood on their feet and they became a great army!  

Ok, thats power! God's amazing power, and Ezekiel's amazing faith.  Ezekiel heard God tell him to speak life into old dry bones, and he did. The old dry bones got up and lived.  Don't you think this is incredible?

So, where are you speaking life today?  I had some moments yesterday that I really needed to breath life into my own heart. The air quality from all the smoke was starting to really bother me, and I felt some conflict over a couple other issues----life giving words was a much needed resource for me. 

God has given each of us the power of words, and the ability to speak life. We can speak life to ourselves and to others. When you are slain down, speak life into your own heart. When you see your people discouraged, speak life over them, and surround yourself with an exceedingly great army.

What's in Your Circle?


Yet you, God, are sovereign still, always and ever sovereign.

Psalms 102:12

We all look at life through a lens. It's filtered by our parents, siblings, friends, culture, religion, etc. It's the circle of life we live in, and the thoughts we have learned to think and believe.  Some of us lean more towards the negative others positive.  Some of us are discovering that we actually have been believing lies about ourselves, God, and maybe others. The truth is we are all on a journey in this life, and each one of us seek love and want to be known by someone. We want to be in the circle of someones life, to be embraced.

I recently heard a teaching on the circle of life, and the value of using it as a lens for viewing the world. In the center of the circle is the Soveriegn God, to the East is abundance, South beauty, West wisdom, and North is Power.  Throughout your day, if you practice looking through this lens and ask yourself:  Is there abundance here?  How is God's beauty shining through?  Can I learn from this situation, or see wisdom in this?  Where is God's power in this?  And, then stay with the belief that God is always sovereign over all things.

I've been using this lens a lot , and I have found that it makes me want to search for God's abundance, beauty, wisdom, and power.  As soon as I walk into a situation, my mind begins to scan for those things and think on the positive.  I want to fill in the circle with all the good things...

So, what's in your circle?

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