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Are YOU in The River?

Published February 23, 2016 by birdieklh

A precious sister-in-Christ recently posted some photos from a trip she took, with her full permission, I am using three of them. Thank you, Sandy for your generosity!

My church has quite often spoken about God’s River. How it is present all around us and yet we don’t all jump in and receive Its blessings. Well, today I wish to address some new aspects of rivers that I myself had not meditated upon before. (Thank you, Pastor Vera Segundo, for your awesome message on Sunday!)

1 – The river (a river) will flow where it wants to flow!

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Task River photo by Sandy Garland Blaser

2 – It makes a path for itself, cutting out places for itself as it twists and turns through reeds, rocks, etc.

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Task River photo by Sandy Garland Blaser

3 – It will make even the roughest rocks smooth as it flows steadily along its route!

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Task River photo by Sandy Garland Blaser

So it is with our lives . . . IF . . . we allow ourselves to get in The River of God’s Love. It will lead us to the destination He has for us, shaping us as we go, smoothing out our rough edges, creating vessels that will allow His Beauty to shine through. But we DO need to – by faith – not only take a step into The River, but to completely immerse ourselves within Its powerful flow. It has a planned path, a planned destination, a planned purpose. It brings forth energy, power, LIFE – healing flows within Its banks! Mercy overflows its banks! Are YOU ready to jump in? Are you still dangling your feet? Ah, my friends, the water (God’s Living Water) is marvelous – come on in! You will never be the same!

[ The River of Life ] And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
My heart is overflowing with worship to my King for the flow of His River in and through my own life! I can not keep silent – I must praise Him with every ounce of my being! Singing from the depth of my spirit to His Throne . . . blessing, honor, glory and power, be unto The Lamb, forever and ever. Have Your way in my life, Lord – shape me, mold me, use my life for Your glory – this is the cry of my heart. Amen.

©klh 4-Given Ministries 

 

He Reveals Himself EVERY Day!

Published February 21, 2016 by birdieklh

As we look around us – are we aware of His presence? Do you see His glory? Can you feel Him surrounding you with His beautiful, loving gifts? In the morning – He shines His love upon us . . . open your spirit eyes to see. A friend of mine captured this morning shot . . . can’t you just hear His words, “Good Morning, My precious child, behold, I am here waiting to spend time with you!”

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Morning – photo by Sandra Garcia

AS we walk throughout our day – do you LOOK for His Hand? The displays He has put in our paths to behold His beauty? It is there if you just allow yourself to see. I took this photo yesterday – fragrant, simple little flowers, yet they speak to my heart of His love and care for me.

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Fragrant Flowers – personal photo 

My heart is full to overflowing with His grace! His presence is so real to me…it is as if every single step I take brings me deeper into His presence. It is overwhelming – it is glorious!

He is ever with us still, as the sun is setting for the night He once again shows us that He is watching over us, caring for us, revealing Himself to us . . . as this photo captures so beautifully . . .

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Evening – photo by Jesus Perales

So as you begin your journey into the day ahead of you, take the time to look around and behold Elohim – The Creator of all things – Abba Father, ‘Daddy’, God is painting His love story to YOU every day.

Do you see? Do you hear? If not – ask Him to give you eyes wide open to see in the spirit all that He has for You. Ask Him to give you spirit ears to hear His melody of love. Ask Him to give you an understanding heart to grasp just how marvelously He adores you!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

Trying to live upright in an upside down world.

Published February 7, 2016 by birdieklh

upsidedown view          CREDITS:

The above graphic is from brokenlightcollective.com – thank you so much, this captures EXACTLY WHAT what I want to speak about today!  Jennifer Hopkins, who did this photography quite amazingly saw what was in my brain today – well, obviously she had it in her brain long before I did, but I am praising God I found this beautiful work to share with the message!

 

So, these past few days have been kind of a nightmare for me. Honestly, just coming back from an amazing retreat, I guess I should not have been surprised at the attacks. Been there, done that, so why do I forget? (Shrug, sigh.)

Have you ever woken up and thought briefly that EVERYTHING seemed to be Topsy-turvy? Completely turned around? Upside down? Well, that is how I have actually felt for a few days now!

Every single symptom of things I have been diagnosed with in the past had reared their ugly little heads – knocking me off my feet – not to mention personal conflicts/struggles with people that are dear to me! That sly ole’ enemy thinks he can stop my journey on this path of serving my King . . . he is GREATLY mistaken! I stand firmly upon the Word of God, I have my feet planted on solid ground, I have my full armor on, and he will NOT succeed!

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.” NKJV

Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” NKJV

Even when the world seems upside down, I refuse to accept it or react to it! When Paul spoke in Romans 12, he told us: Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” NKJV – I believe he was not only addressing the things we might be tempted to follow after (things, people, fame, riches, etc.), but also the temptations/trials we face as well. We can CHOOSE to allow them to take us somewhere other than where God desires us to be! Think about it! God has already taken care of everything! We simply need to follow Him, trust in Him and keep on keeping on!

2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” NIV

Is it easy? No, it is not. BUT . . . in Christ, through Holy Spirit within us, we CAN overcome ALL the attacks of the enemy! We are over comers, we are victorious, we are kings and priests in His Kingdom!

I choose to follow my Savior regardless of any symptoms or conflicts that may arise. I choose to trust in His sovereignty and grace in every aspect of my life. I choose to worship Him, poor out my love and gratitude upon Him for Who He IS not because I may or may not feel like it! He is always worthy of praise!

So, if your world seems topsy-turvy, completely turned around, upside down – turn to the One Who created all things, the One Who holds everything in His loving, strong hands. Rest in Him – trust in Him – keep on walking in the path He has laid before you and KNOW YOU ARE VICTORIOUS!

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