LOVE GIVES ALL

I often ponder why the world is in it’s current state. Where people would prefer to help the environment, animals, or other causes instead of people. Which I must say I’ve been totally guilty of myself.

Perhaps people have forgotten what Love or Loving each other looks like? Maybe because we live in such a self centered, self promoting world that the majority of people just don’t care about others any more.

Oh how I don’t want to believe that. I think more than anything it was a subtle shift in society where we began to believe life was more about what we get, we do, we want, need, desire that we’ve forgotten that we are the ones who change what the world looks like.

Between people judging each others lives, choice, opinions, or even following others without even questioning what they believe – we’ve become less than what we were created to be. Powerful, Loving and Compassionate beings. It’s what separates us from the animals and yet in this time many would believe that animals have more compassion than any person they ever met. I know I did for such a long time.

It is none of my business that choices another makes unless they ask me my opinion. It is none of my business what acts or beliefs another has unless I have somehow been involved in a conversation which I was invited into. Having a relationship where influence is involved makes all the difference in the world when moving forward in this world.

I believe we were all created equal and it was man/woman who decided to change or treat others differently. But we have a choice and that is how we will live. We can choose, despite our circumstances that we were born into, what our life will look like. That has to do with our choices – is it hard? YES – but everyone has difficulty – yours are not greater than mine and mine are not greater than yours – THEY ARE DIFFERENT.

We need to stop comparing each other and listen to each other, find compassion and empathy for each other no matter what or where they came from or came through.

YOUR PART is TO BE – YOU. To consider those around you, to empathize with situations, think about the things they may or may not have been through that created who they are. NO ONE is born bad – NO ONE is made disposable. LOVING someone just because is not wasted, you may not see the results but know that the seed was planted and you just may have changed the stars in some one else’s life. Let that be enough – Let your effort to do good be all the reward you need and Let the rest be.

I want to change the world so that people will see the hearts of each other, see the gold, the goodness and no longer focus on the things they disagree with. AND what’s wrong with that? Let us all do our part and begin to see others as they are, as their hearts need to be.
LOVE is always the answer, we just need to understand what that looks like. LOVE IS PATIENT, KIND, ENDURING, NOT JEALOUS, BRAGGING, LOVE can change the world if you and I do our part.
Be kind and love one another.

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Love is willing to sacrifice

The above picture is about Love at it’s greatest.  You see when there is division, or chaos or controversy, Love is willing to sacrifice, to give up what belongs the them in order that another may live.  Sometimes it even means allowing another to live a life they were never meant to live.  Sometimes the sacrifice is so great is causes you to give up the life you had in order that another may thrive in a life they need.   Solomon in his wisdom knew how to tell TRUTH, he knew what it would take to bring it to LIGHT.   Sometimes we don’t always know what it would take to bring things to LIGHT or for TRUTH to be seen.  So we fight, divide and stand on what we believe is the TRUTH.  TRUTH sets us free and in the process others too.  TRUTH does not trade places, it does not remove your chains in order to chain another.

One woman here was willing, so that her baby may live, give him to another woman instead of caring for him herself.  That is love, that is sacrifice and regardless of the truth of whose mother he belonged to, the issue was LIFE.  She would have rather seen, watched and participated in his life from afar, than not have him at all.  Sometimes we fight to have what we want and forget to see the other options available that look more like Love.  Sometimes we hold on too tight that letting go seems impossible.

What are you claiming to Love and yet won’t let go of?  What in your life has a hold of you or you it, that Jesus would really want you to let go of?

My life is MY LIFE – YOUR LIFE is your life and there is nothing and no one who can control another persons life.  WE can’t make them feel a certain way, or do a certain thing or be a who we want them to be.  WE get to choose to love or not.  That’s really our only choice – To Love or Not to Love.   The rest is theirs – their choice to choose to love you back, their choice to be a better person, to believe in God or not.  To work or not work, sleep or not sleep, Live or not Live.  ALL WE CAN DO, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN ANY ONE PERSON’S LIFE IS TO LOVE THEM.

We can love them where they are, without our preconceived notions of who or what they are – or we can walk away making the ultimate sacrifice knowing that God can protect and care for their needs.  Love is long reaching and Love doesn’t always need us at their side.  Sometimes Love makes the ultimate sacrifice and lets them go.  Now what that may look like in your life, that’s between you and God and don’t let anyone else tell you.  Seek Him out, ask His counsel.  God helped Solomon make tough decisions, He’ll certainly help you.

Papa, Father in heaven, bless and keep every person who reads this.  Give them wisdom that only can come from you.  Show them where they need to let go and where they need to hold on.  Show each person exactly who they are and what Love looks like in their own lives.  May encounters with you become to great that they want to know you more and the world less.  May each sacrifice be rewarded with great understanding of who you are and what you can do to change lives.  You are the ultimate Father and the only one who Loves perfectly, let them, each of them feel your perfect love cover their bodies, their homes, their families and

1 Kings 3:16-28 (NASB)

Solomon Wisely Judges

16 Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him. 17 The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, [a]this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house. 18 It happened on the third day after I gave birth, that this woman also gave birth to a child, and we were together. There was no stranger with us in the house, only the two of us in the house. 19 This woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on it. 20 So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead son in my bosom. 21 When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead; but when I looked at him carefully in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne.” 22 Then the other woman said, “No! For the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” But [b]the first woman said, “No! For the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king.

23 Then the king said, “[c]The one says, ‘This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one’; and [d]the other says, ‘No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’” 24 The king said, “Get me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king. 25 The king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.” 26 Then the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for [e]she was deeply stirred over her son and said, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!” 27 Then the king said, “Give [f]the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him. She is his mother.” 28 When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had [g]handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to [h]administer justice.

Things are Rarely as you think

Who are you living for?

When I was a little girl, my friends and I wanted to go to the corner store (Jim’s Market).  They had gotten money from their parents and so I too went to my father to ask for some money and permission to go to the store with them.

My dad hands me an empty case of beer bottles, which I looked at him, thinking why are you giving me this.  He said go ahead and take these back.  I carried the empty bottles to the store and when I got there I told the Jim (owner) that my dad would like to get these filled, he wants more beer.  Jim looked at me and informed me that he couldn’t fill the bottles unless my dad came in to get them himself.

Well, I wasn’t able to do what I thought my father wanted me to do and that made me sad, I cried all the way home.  When I got home, tears on my face, “Daddy, he wouldn’t give me more beer for you.”  My dad laughed and asked why I thought he wanted more beer.  Then told me that he gave me the bottle so that I would have money for my candy.  In Oregon you get money per bottle or can.

Sometimes are thoughts get jumbled, they utilize our own understanding and we are actually way off.  Sometimes we are given things for one purpose and they are actually for another.   And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

My dad was being generous with what he had, but I didn’t understand.  My heart was for my dad, pleasing my dad, but I didn’t understand what my gift was for.  When we decide to listen, understand our purpose, our gifts, our lives and who they are for and what they are for.  There is a freedom and peace like one never dreamed to be possible.

The same is true of our heavenly father.

 

God bless and May you discover your purpose and your destiny

Amazing Gifts

You have to love when your children totally stun you. I have always known my daughter was talented but when she recently decided she would try her hand at watercolors, to say I was pleasingly surprised is an understatement. I absolutely love her style and subject matter. She is absolutely amazing. Check her out on Instagram @ artistundone. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

 

https://www.instagram.com/artistundone/

EAR TO HEAR

Seven times in Revelation it says, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 2:7 (Ephesus), 2:11 (Smyrna), 2:17 (Pergamum), 2:29 (Tyarira), 3:6 (Sardis), 3:13 (Philadelphia) &  3:22 (Laodicea)

First off, is says “He WHO has an ear” – my goodness, do you have an ear?

Then it says, “let him HEAR what the SPIRIT says to the churches.”

Oh my goodness, you’re supposed to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches?  And who is the church?

You see, it seems we’ve put so much trust in people that we’ve forgotten to hear for ourselves what God is instructing, what HE is saying to us.

WE ARE THE CHURCH.  When we begin to do things our way, we get the results of our own powers, our own understanding, our own self and wants.

What if we Stopped, took some time and sat with the Holy spirit, isn’t he the one God gave us to mediate between us and God?  Isn’t the Holy Spirit a gift

to us so that we wouldn’t have to lean on our own understanding and get the alignment we need with God?  Then why don’t we take the time to listen?

Matthew 11:15  “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”

Mark 4:9  “And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Mark 4:23  “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear”

Luke 8:8  “Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great. ‘As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.’ ”

It’s an invitation that surpasses the ages, ANYONE who chooses to hear, may hear.  ANYONE who chooses to Listen, to receive what the Holy Spirit is doing or wants you to do CAN.  It’s open to anyone who has ears to hear.

That still small voice who gets you into the right, gets you into freedom, shows you value, morality, unity and LOVE – it’s that voice that brings us together and not divides us apart.  It’s that voice that calls us, woos us, pulls us into somewhere good, peaceful, prosperous, light and freeing.

God loves all His children, but like the problem all fathers/mothers face – NOT ALL CHILDREN listen to them.  NOT ALL CHILDREN heed their warnings, teachings or even want their fathers/mothers protection.

WE all get to choose what we want, it’s our choice and fathers/mothers who Love for their children, will wait for them to come home.  Will pray for them to be happy; to find who they are, what they need to do and celebrate the identity placed inside them when they were created.

Fathers/Mothers will also rebuke poor decisions, or cry when children hurt, and desire the best for them.  Good fathers/mothers allow their children to discover the truth when they won’t listen and they’ll wait for them to return home to be celebrated.

Being able to Hear is a choice we all get to make for ourselves – despite our hurt, our teachings, our understanding, our past or our future.  WE CHOOSE to listen or not listen.  God puts it out there for us, He gives us not only permission but an invitation to listen, to hear and receive His heart, words and directions.  It’s your choice to hear or not.

Listening also requires the patience and ability to hear each other.  We cannot go into trials with closed minds and hearts, we must listen to each other to hear the others heart so that we can amend any offenses or hurts that have been inflicted upon each other.  Listening is a skill we practice and perfect, it’s not just hearing the words, but rather listening to the hearts of others.  When we can see where someone else is coming from or needing, then resolution can occur.

Be the ear the hears beyond the words, the tones, the static.  Listen.

 

 

Father God I pray that your children would hear your heart, your words and your directions for this season and seasons to come.  I pray that there be no obstacles to keep them from your breath, your heart beat and your loving touch.  As each person comes into a new season I declare clarity upon their minds and hearts to seek deeper into you and what your call is upon their lives.  I release identity over each and every person who should even stumble upon this blog to seek you out and what you have that is greater than their biggest dream. To you Lord a revival beyond anything that earth has seen to date and Thank you for always being the greatest father we have ever known.  In Jesus name

 

When did you become “ONLY”

I was thinking today how many times I’ve heard someone say, “I only” a house wife, or a mom, or a whatever. When did you become “ONLY”?

When we begin to speak about ourselves as if there is nothing much to us, we set ourselves up for being exactly what we believe we are. Why would anyone do that to themselves?

On many occasions in the past I began to think this way about myself and then when I began to see who I was, my value, my importance, I was NO LONGER “ONLY” those things I had once thought I was. Then I began to grow and see things about myself I never knew existed. I began to believe bigger about myself and bigger about those around me.

Would a parent tell their child they are “ONLY” this or that? NO!!! We encourage our children to dream, to expect big, do big, dream big. We need to do that for ourselves. NO matter how old you are – DREAM again and DREAM big.

God has big things for you should you choose to open that mind, to renew, restore what He’s given you and DREAM again.

YOU ARE NOT “ONLY” anything – you are everything, you are all you can dream and imagine. You are important, valuable, creative and made in a wonderful and masterful body, no matter if it doesn’t quite look that way now. YOU ARE PERFECT!!!

So I break off the ONLY in your life, I bind that thoughts that would come against you stopping you from seeing the bigger, better, more masterful you. I remove the “IF ONLY” “I AM ONLY” and “ONLY ONLY” from your mind and thoughts.  I release diverseness in you, the uniqueness of you and I release LOVE, possibilities, JOY, excitement and a NEW brighter and adventurous YOU. There is nothing “ONLY” about you.  I say you are who your creator made you to be and there is no one or no thing that can “ONLY” you again.

BE ALL YOU CAN BE AND HAVE FUN WHILE BEING YOU, a masterpiece.