All posts for the month November, 2014

It’s HERE!!!! Achoo!

Published November 30, 2014 by birdieklh


A C H O O !

Oh my goodness! I love God’s beautiful creation,

A C H O O !

I really do . . . but . . .

A C H O O !

I surely do NOT like missing church! The sneezing, the post nasal drip that has my voice all crackly not to mention the coughing it brings on . . .

A C H O O !

I WILL survive . . . and, I WILL continue praising my Lord for Who He IS, and even for this beautiful creation of His that on occasion causes me grief . . .

A C H O O !

Chose to stay home today as opposed to being a complete disruption to my church family . . . plus, can’t sing anyway (boo hoo hoo). Yesterday I was able to enjoy the time of worship (cough and sneezing hadn’t come on full force like last night and today) by signing . . . I thank God I know enough sign language to be able to worship that way! Anyway – I’m counting my blessings and enjoying my Lord’s presence in my life as I’m praying for His outpouring of grace and revelation for my church family gathered now across the street. I get to look out the window of my office here (spare bedroom) and see all the cars. Breaks my heart I’m not there . . . going to get a shot tomorrow (hopefully) to knock this out of my system so I’ll be good to go again!

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, may God’s peace reign supreme in your life this day and always!

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

A Different Perspective

Published November 24, 2014 by birdieklh



When I was a child I dreamed of being loved and accepted.

As I became a teenager, I found The One who loved me, unconditionally – Jesus Christ.

As I grew into a young lady I had a dream of helping to change the world . . . creating a place where people could come and learn how to deepen their relationship with Christ and be trained up to go out and help me accomplish my dream (the command Jesus Himself gave us – to go out). A place for discipleship – worship – prayer – hearts united with one purpose – loving and serving their God – 24/7.

As I grew into womanhood, those dreams somehow landed on a back shelf somewhere.

Yesterday I had the privilege of seeing it happening . . . oh, it was not MY dream, not MY project, not MY doing, but it WAS the vision (dream) God had placed within my spirit all those many years ago.

With excitement welling up inside of my innermost being, bubbling up and out to these ‘youngsters’ 🙂 with their piercings, tattoos, color streaks in their hair . . . God gave me a different perspective . . . He had given me that dream (vision) of THIS TIME . . . NOW . . . but He is having me to be in the role of intercessor over this movement – as a Spiritual “Mom” to this generation (maybe even grandmother to some). After all, I’ve prayed over this dream for decades now . . . the fruit is about to start falling . . . what an awesome thing!

Dear ones, we need to be alert – be ready – be in constant prayer over the work God is doing now in these end times . . . His Glory is beginning to EXPLODE all around us . . . He is raising up a mighty army and each one of us has his/her place. Sometimes we need a different perspective if we are to truly see ‘HOW’ God is birthing our dreams into being.

Abba Father, I glorify YOU!!! I give YOU praise! I honor YOU! Thank You for allowing me to not only ‘see’ but to still be a part of this work You are doing. Thank You for bringing up this POWERFUL generation, so on fire for You and their desire to live and completely be saturated in Your presence every day – sharing what You pour out on them to others around them – changing cities, nations, the world! Bless YOU, Lord!!! Amen

(c) klh 4-Given Ministries

Let Them Curse

Published November 22, 2014 by birdieklh


Realizing that God is still totally in control of all situations, even when others are rising up against you is a difficult thing, indeed. Our flesh rises up and our human (sinful) nature wants to take over! We want to defend ourselves. We want to fight back. Or, we are so overwhelmed, we break down and weep. Some get angry and scream, or throw things. We all react differently to the negative things that others throw our way.

King David experienced it as well. His own son was rising up against him, and he and his men fled for their very lives. It that wasn’t enough, along the way, others rose up against David and cursed him! What was his reaction?

“David then said to Abishai and all his officials, ‘My son, who is my own flesh, is trying to take my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. It may be that the Lord will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today.'” 2 Samuel 16:11-12

David simply trusted in the Sovereignty of God, knowing that He had allowed the situation to take place, so he told his men to basically ignore it. That God would somehow work it out. That is an incredibly hard place to be. We tend to want to fight the situation with everything we have within us instead of submitting to God’s plan!

Father, I confess, that my flesh is weak. That I want to defend myself, and that I can hardly stop the tears at times. Forgive my foolishness. I DO know that You are in control. Thank You for showing me this verse today*, to remind me that You see all, and You know all, and what You allow in my life, You have done so for a purpose. Help me to simply trust You more this day, and to continue to serve You and You alone, wholeheartedly, treating others with the same love and compassion that You have shown me, regardless of how they may act towards me or what they may say. Only by Your Spirit, Lord, may this be accomplished, but I surrender my will to Yours, this day, and thank You for being my strength and my peace, amen.

(Found this in my archives – filing cabinet – and thought I should share it once again. It was originally written *Tuesday, October 31, 2000.)

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

Completely Free (When I didn’t know I wasn’t)

Published November 19, 2014 by birdieklh

Within this website, under “Life Experiences”, within the posting “Teenage Tragedy”,  I posted the reason for this photo . . .

Note to Jimmy 11-16-14

God IS so very faithful, full of loving compassion, mercy and grace . . . Thank You, Abba, for loving me so much that you allowed there to be even more healing and for cutting off chains I did not even realize were still there!

What’s a Core?

Published November 13, 2014 by birdieklh


We were talking last night at our home Bible Study Group about people within the congregation that are considered (by the pastors) to be “the core”. Those who are dependable, there to learn, to be active in their service and prayers, etc. Immediately the Lord dropped into my spirit

“Well, that IS where the seeds are!”





What do we do with seeds? What are seeds for? PLANTING AND REPRODUCING!!!


So . . . as Christians we attend church . . . Bible Studies (and I hope/pray quiet times in the presence of the Lord at home also). The question is . . . what are we doing with that which is being deposited inside our spirit? I’m sure we are growing, praise God; but, are we also taking that seed and scattering it into soil around us? Are we following through with cultivation?

Dear ones, our pastors need us to be the core . . . to help take that which they teach/impart to us and LIVE it; share it and assist others along their own growth time in the Kingdom of God.

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

Sleep, O Sleep, Where For Art Thou, O Sleep?

Published November 13, 2014 by birdieklh


Thanking God that it doesn’t happen very often, actually hardly ever . . . but at least there is awesome soaking prophetic worship music available to listen to! Getting lost in His presence will rest my soul once more.

Misty Edwards – Pour Out My Love 

What DO I Title This One?!

Published November 12, 2014 by birdieklh

Relationships . . . God and us . . . Husband and Wife . . .

**”We say, ‘It’s nobody’s business but mine, as long as I don’t violate Scripture.’ Wrong! You can follow the letter of the Word but violate its Spirit. Paul said, ‘Everything is permissible – but not everything is beneficial’ (1 Corinthians 10:23 NIV). Yes, you can do it, but somebody else may end up being hurt. God has a higher law than that of ‘my rights’; it’s the law of love! He cares ”when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a Christian to be thrown off track’ (1 Corinthians 8:9 TM) What should you do? ‘Do nothing from selfishness. . . regard one another as more important than yourselves.’ (Philippians 2:3 NAS).” ** [from Unity Without Uniformity (2); Wednesday November 12, 2014 devotional – page 42 – “The Word For You Today”]

The title that Holy Spirit prompted me to use was “Let’s Talk About Sex” . . . hmmmm . . . I thought perhaps (once I understood what He wanted me to write). . . “What’s The Big Deal About Sex?”, but He said “NO.” Okay, so how about, “The Truth About Sex” . . . He didn’t say “yes” and He didn’t say “no” so I honestly do not know what to call it. Can you imagine ME posting (links flying everywhere) “Let’s Talk About Sex”? Really? But . . . out of obedience, I will put down what I’ve been instructed to do, and leave the title as a “sub title” for people to see once they get into the blog itself.

Let’s Talk About Sex

    Sex is:

  • for having children
  • an expression of your love in a physical way
  • pleasurable
  • the most intimate of contact between husband and wife, to express your complete unity

This is a gift from God – it IS (within the perimeters of marriage – the way God intended it/created it) a strengthening, unifying, delightful, fulfilling way to express our love one to another – and to reproduce ourselves (procreate – part of the husband and part of the wife) though the process of conception and birth. Then, in raising our children God teaches us how to better understand His love (unconditional) towards us. In our marriages, He also teaches us how He loves us – the sacrificial giving of oneself to another. However, sadly, most people do not see that aspect of marriage and they end up (many times) tossing aside their marriage when the times get tough. True love – in marriage, in parenting, in a Christian – does not give up, does not fail, does not quit – but I am getting off the point that God wishes me to share.

~ Stalling again, I guess ~

The point was this . . .

    A. Sex was for reproduction

      When God created man, took woman from his side, it was so they would not be alone – they were to be together to care for and fill the earth . . . together . . . AS A COUPLE

    B. Sex was for a man and woman

      – a woman and a woman can NOT reproduce
      – a man and a man can NOT reproduce

Now, let’s take an HONEST look at this ‘act’ . . . in the most active marriages, especially early on in the marriage, there may be a once a day or once every other day time for this expression of our love. Perhaps a couple of hours together in intimacy . . . but in reality . . . even the most enjoyable, sexually active, adoring expressions of this intimacy are only a couple time a week and last 20-45 minutes – remember I did say ‘honest look’.

So – with that honest remark out in the open – let us reflect on THESE question:

    Why do we (people – society) put SO MUCH emphasis on sex?!
    Why does government try to make LAWS in regards to this thing that, in actuality only takes up such a very small percentage of our lives?

  • Newly married – taking the higher estimate would be 6 hours/week which would be 3.56% of a whole year
  • Normal married relationship – estimating approx. 30 minutes twice a week would be 1 hour/week which would be only .59% of a whole year
    Why are WE (*as Christians) NOT standing up against these things? Something so minute should NOT be allowed to set statues and laws that govern our society!

The references used here are for within marriages . . . perhaps in regards to what society is looking at with it’s emphasis on “sexual preferences” we should change some terminology. Let’s say ‘relationships’. (Some people DO put more ‘time’ into their sexual activities, but the percentages are still minuscule in reality of life in general.)

Relationships that are outside of marriage – whether between a man and a woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman, a person and an animal (yes, I went there!) are wrong based upon God’s Holy Word – The Bible!


Does God not love everybody? YES He does!
Do we as Christians love everybody (even those who are not living according to The Word of God)? No, not all, but we SHOULD!

We are to extend God’s love to all – allowing Holy Spirit to guide our words and actions in a caring, nurturing, encouraging way – but we are NOT to water down The Truths of His Word!

For example – if someone rapes and murders a child . . . we abhor them . . . do we? No, we abhor what the person DID, but he/she is still a person that Jesus came and died for!

It is the same for ALL PEOPLE! We are to love them into His Kingdom! Pray for them, speak His truth in Love – disciple them in the ways of God, lovingly! Allow Holy Spirit to do HIS work in their lives. It is not up to us to ridicule, condemn OR transform them . . . it IS our responsibility to love them and point them in the direction of God’s plan for their lives WITHOUT condemnation.

The main reason Holy Spirit prompted me to share this was so that we can wake up and get a reality check on what we are allowing our nation to do . . . set up laws, restrictions, regulations, etc. that are in reality not such a big deal! I mean really, we might as well let them regulate how long we can brush our teeth, or take to eat a meal.

What is wrong is that we are not representing Truth in Love . . . we (if we speak out at all) come across as hateful, hurtful, haughty, superior, and the like . . . that is NOT what LOVE is . . . remember???? Go back and study 1 Corinthians 13!!!! Are we living like that . . . are we being true imitators of Christ . . . walking in His Love towards others? If we truly were, we would not allow these little things to become magnified so greatly that laws start being written . . . those are tools of the enemy to keep people in darkness!

– End Note –

In sharing this article with my husband, he shared with me a news article he had just read on line about a lady losing her business/home/property all because she refused to serve (as a florist) a gay marriage ceremony. Perhaps this blog is ‘too late’ for some . . . perhaps it won’t make a difference at all – I pray that is not so – but, in obedience to what God has asked me to do, I am posting this after struggling with even writing it for days now. We DO need to take a FIRM STAND (as Paul tells us in Ephesians 6, “having done all, to stand, stand firm therefore . . . “) but the way in which we stand needs to be stronger – we ARE (I believe with all my heart and soul) living in the ‘end of the age’ and that means that there will be times when we may even face loss, imprisonment, persecution, even death for what we believe. I for one intend to stand firm to the end – with the Lord’s help – and that is why I chose to be obedient and write this difficult piece. I pray He uses it for His glory. Karin

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