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Moments in Time

Published February 15, 2017 by birdieklh

Sometimes we seem to reflect upon certain moments in our life that we can quickly find ourselves ‘trapped’ in that time!

As much as we desire to get on with our lives, there always seems to be something way back in the past that has such a hold on us that we cannot seem to free ourselves and move on.

I truly believe that most of the time we are not even aware of those moments that have had enormous effects on the way we ‘see’ ourselves, and/or that can actually trigger responses in us as we face things that are in front of us now.

Are YOU trapped in a moment?

Do you find yourself responding to people or situations in a way that you find yourself questioning, Why in the world did that hit me the way it did?” or “Why did I respond that way?” or “Where in the world did that feeling come from?!”

Dear ones, when we have had trauma in our lives (even as far back as early childhood) and it has not truly been dealt with, it can – and does – trigger responses and reactions. Sometimes we’ve stuffed our experiences down so deeply inside that we don’t even recall them ourselves, yet something comes up and the trigger response is blown out of proportion!

If I find myself reacting to certain things, I have learned to ask the Lord to reveal to me the source within me that is allowing those words/thoughts/feelings to surface. Then, when He does, I repent (if its something I’ve caused) and ask Him to remove the hurt, allowing Him to bring forth the healing I need from that particular situation. Sometime it takes our reaching out to others as well, for added guidance – I strongly suggest a good Biblical counselor/mentor. To KNOW that the Lord desires us to walk in complete freedom from our past is a good place to start! Then, as you allow Holy Spirit to do His work in your heart, don’t allow the evil one to bring it back! If you find yourself starting to think about what someone said or did . . . stop it immediately . . . take that thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5)! Then, change your focus (Isaiah 43:18 & Philippians 4:8)!

Another thing that really helps me accomplish this task is to declare God’s word (usually the opposite of what I’m thinking/feeling). Here are some examples:

1 – I “feel” SO unloved . . . I will focus on God’s love for me!

2 – I “feel” like I’m unaccepted or rejected . . . I will focus on the fact that God chose me!

3 – When my body is throwing symptoms of an illness . . . I focus on what Christ did already for my healing!

There are many, many scriptures that can change our heart/mind attitude, if we but ask Him to show us, He is faithful. Treasure what He speaks into your heart – dwell in His presence, communicating with Him every little detail – allow His complete and total healing to pour over every area of your life. We all need healing in one area or another (or some of us in MANY areas) . . . He is waiting for you to come to Him . . . He is ready to love you through to victory!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

 

Wasn’t it Just Yesterday?

Published September 9, 2016 by birdieklh

When our world turned upside down?

When all of our smiles and hopes

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Turned into tears and frowns?

Wasn’t it just yesterday

When we watched those towers fall

In shock, despair and unbelief

Our prayers to God did call

Oh, Father of all creation,

What has happened to our nation?

Wasn’t it just yesterday

That tragedy struck our hearts

Words, thoughts, speculation

Thrown around like fiery darts?

We had revival for a short time

As people turned to You

For most, in their darkest hour

Sought YOU to see them through.

For those of us who KNOW You,

Always had that inner peace

Those who just for a time

Sought You for ‘release’ . . .

Yet, many, quite sadly

Too soon turned away

Back to the lives they knew

Allowing the world, their thoughts to sway.

Father, God, YOU alone are the answer to ALL we face

I seek You NOW with all my heart, asking for You for Grace . . .

To renew our faith . . . as we humble ourselves and pray . . .

As we truly run after You,

I KNOW that You are Faithful, Righteous and True.

In You there is healing, in You there is Hope

As we remember, and trust in You,

Lord, You help us to cope

With all the pain of those memories dear

That happened to us back in that year . . . 15 years ago . . .

Oh Lord, I pray, Your great mercy . . . show

Let people see their need of You

Let Your love begin to flow

Reunite Your body, Lord, and for this nation, may we pray

More earnestly, consistently,

And LISTEN to what You say –

For ONLY in You will there be Hope and Peace

….You set us free!

©klh 4-Given Ministries

 

 

 

Overwhelmed by Grace

Published August 1, 2016 by birdieklh

This song TRULY expresses my own heart these days . . . If you’ve been following my other blog (Daring to Make a Difference) you already are aware of the fact that recently the Lord has given me a huge push (kick in the pants) to step out and start sharing publicly a deep dark secret I’ve held for 43 years and 5 month now. . .I fought Him, like I’m known to do from time to time when He wants me out of my ‘comfort zone’, but as He lovingly continues to prompt me, I relent; I surrender; I submit and start going forth with that which He is leading me to do.

It is NOT an easy thing to do after that many years of secrecy to start sharing with a few people, let alone with the world, but I know (from past experience) that as I do step out in obedience to His call, His GRACE IS there all the way, and that glorious grace is overwhelming!

So, casting down every vain imagination, (2 Corinthians 10:5); resting in Him FULLY (Psalm 91); trusting in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6), I put one foot in front of the other and began this new phase of my journey.

I KNOW beyond any shadow of any doubt that He always provides everything that is needed when you are in the center of His will. Even when we do not see, cannot even begin to imagine where the path will eventually lead, even when the enemy tries to throw doubts and lies your way that you are ‘not up to the task’!  I CHOOSE to be obedient to His call. (see 1 Samuel 3)!


And, now, as I have walked through several doors of opportunity – sharing my story – the GRACE, the LOVE, the response of others has been incredible. The words He is having me speak are truly helping to reach out to the hearts and lives of others for their own healing and it is overwhelming.

There is a local radio station here in San Antonio, KDRY 1100 AM that airs a segment every Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm called  “Urban Missionaries”. I will be sharing my own personal journey as well as the legal aspects of the issues and what is being done to educate people in this matter AND numerous areas of resources to help others who have (or are) experiencing the same as I – hiding a deep dark secret. You see, as we hide things deep inside, they grow/fester and cause all kinds of side effects that we do not even think have anything to do with it – I sure didn’t!

Another thing I have done is create a special page on our website with resource links and testimonies. My own journey will be posted soon as well, and I am praying for the funds to upgrade the website so that I can actually post the audio from the various broadcasts that I’m doing.

I pray that as you face whatever you find yourself facing today – whether current issues or something that is haunting you from your own past – that you can realize, accept and KNOW that His GRACE IS SUFFICIENT . . . in fact it is absolutely overwhelming (in the best possible way)!

©klh 4-Given Ministries

SO Much . . .

Published July 11, 2016 by birdieklh

So much anger.

So much pain.

So much grief, Lord,

Help me to remain

At peace with others, and walk in love

Your Perfect Love, sent from Heaven above.

Show me how to help them release

Their frustrations, their angst,

And grab a hold of  Your Peace!

It is only through You that we can find rest

In this land of turmoil and strife

Let us learn to walk in LOVE with others

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As we face each day of life, for

Until Your return when all strife

Will CEASE . . . we can walk with Your Spirit

In Your PERFECT Peace –

Peace with You, by accepting Your Son

Peace with each other, Lord, make us ONE!

We need Your love,

Your grace,

Your peace,

Your wisdom, direction,

Lord, let it increase

Within our hearts and teach us to PRAY –

Pray with passion, with ferver, with tears

Over this Nation, once great, now filled with fears.

Let us use our voices before Your Throne

As well as speaking out here and now

To make Your Truth known!

The answer is YOU – for You are LOVE –

But we’ve neglected to show it

Oh, Father, forgive . . .

May we rise up and THROUGH YOU – LIVE!!!


Dear ones, we have wasted so much time NOT being on our knees before God on behalf of our Nation – our World! We have wasted so much time focusing on the things around us and allowing the enemy of our souls to dim our view of the VICTORY that is already ours through Christ’s finished work on Calvary!

We have forgotten who we are in Him and Who He IS in us!

We have forgotten to share the Hope we have – in fact, we have actually begun to speak gloom and doom along with the world around us!

SHAME ON US!!!

The time is NOW – Christian – ARISE! Wake-up! Speak out (in love) God’s principles! Take a stand (in love). We can be BOLD in our faith as long as we temper it with God’s Love remember it is His Kindness that leads to repentence!  Romans 2:4

 

 

The Precious Blood of Jesus was shed for EVERYONE! 

 

Mangled and Broken?

Published June 11, 2016 by birdieklh
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sketch by “Bunny Squish”, used with permission

When I received an envelope filled with some paperwork (a project I was to work on), I found this sketch inside as well. When I saw it (this precious one always gives me little pieces of artwork in our communications) my heart simply broke. It got me to thinking about something, so I asked if I could use it for a blog. The answer was “Yes.”

I believe most of us have had days where we felt like we had been trampled upon; punched in the gut; ran over, etc., right? I know I sure have! The question that arises in my heart when reflecting upon those ‘things’, ‘people’ or ‘situations’ that caused me to “feel” like that is this:

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH THIS FEELING???

Upon answering this question I realize there are numerous choice that I can make.

  1. Own it – declare it over and over – giving the words power to actually have the feeling become who I am, choosing to make it part of my identity.
  2. Dwell upon it. Continue to ponder it over and over in my mind, letting it sink down into my heart and bring me down deeper and deeper into a dark hole.
  3. Get angry. Start harboring resentment towards …. fill in the blank … hurting no one but myself, really.
  4. Try to figure out and FIX it, most likely only a temporary fix and/or a worsening of the original cause of my feeling.
  5. Realize that feelings are neither right or wrong, they just are; but that they are not necessarily TRUTH. Decide to turn to God’s Word, apply it to my heart and the situation. Repent for my part, if needed. Forgive the parties involved (myself, if needed). Make the conscious choice to place my identity on who God says I am, not on how I feel or what someone has said or done to me.

The reason I am so adamant about this is because I used to ‘claim’ what I was feeling all the time – the results were disastrous! I ended up in a wheelchair for over 2 1/2 years. I saw myself as being unable to do anything whatsoever. Allowing the pain to cripple me; the emotions to drag me down deeper and deeper. ONLY when I made the CHOICE to stop giving it power by constantly talking about the things and choose instead to stand on and speak the Truth of God’s Word over it instead, did I start seeing victory.

This is an ongoing process . . . “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 1 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV (emphasis, mine)

Every day we will be faced with situations, things, people, etc. that may cause our minds to want to start reflecting/dwelling/pondering in a direction other than that which is the way God wants us to think. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NKJV (emphasis, mine) 

WHAT WILL YOUR CHOICE BE???

We can face anything. We can overcome anything. We can walk victoriously in all areas of our lives as we keep our eyes focused on Christ; on His Words, His example for living this life. He has already given us EVERYTHING we need (we’ve talked about this before several times, because we need to remember the importance of it)!

 “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Fruitful Growth in the Faith

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.”  2 Peter 1:3-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

 

As we learn to take captive the thoughts, and continue to develop an intimate relationship with our Lord, the more our fruit will be rich and our walk victorious . . . I know my choice . . . I choose the Truth of the Word of God . . .

©klh 4-Given Ministries

Trusting Through The Tears

Published March 14, 2016 by birdieklh
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Job 13:15 “Yet, though He slay me . . . ”

There are times of:

extreme heartbreak…

disappointment…

regret…

uncertainty…

 

There are times our inner man starts to question life with:

what if’s…

if only’s…

why not…

what now…

how can I…

We have dreams, plans, hopes, desires. We have faith. We make declarations. We believe with all our hearts . . . then there are times and/or circumstances that seem to dash everything to pieces; crush our hearts; evaporate our dreams. It is in those moments that we have a choice to make. Am I going to allow my life to evaporate along with the dreams? Am I going to give up hoping at all? Am I going to become angry or bitter or frightened or doubtful in my faith? Or . . . am I going to focus on the fact that God IS love and He IS sovereign and He IS in control and continue to trust in Him at ALL times?

We are blessed children of the Most High God – Elohim, Creator of all things is our Papa – and He loves us more than we could ever even begin to comprehend. His timing is always perfect. His grace is always sufficient. His will is always best. We CAN trust Him no matter what things look like, feel like, smell like, taste like, or sound like – yes, even when your heart feels like it is being torn in to pieces, literally ripped to shreds due to the pain you are feeling over a loss of someone or something. He is Faithful. He is Just. He is Trustworthy. . .are you trusting Him still, even through your tears?

Abba Father, You know the disappointment in my heart. You know the pain I am feeling regarding those things which I was hoping for. You send Your Comfort into my innermost being and I choose to trust You through these tears, knowing that You have a plan and a purpose that is only good for me (and those I love). Thank You for Your grace . . . I cling to it and I know one day I will see and understand clearly . . . for now, Abba, I chose to trust and rest in Your goodness. amen.

©klh 4-Given Ministries

Death … a Part of Life

Published March 7, 2016 by birdieklh

nancy regan.jpg People die every day – actually I believe it is almost every minute – but in our own circle we all will experience the loss of a loved one, or of someone we held dear to our hearts. It could be someone you’ve admired for years, like Nancy Regan; or someone you love to listen to share their heart through music like Joey Martin Feek . . . joey martin feek.jpgroger beal.jpg    or it could be a close friend, someone you have worked with or gone to church with . . . .        lorraine trevino  . . . perhaps a daughter, a brother, a spouse, a mother, father, grandparent . . . there death brings an emptiness into our hearts. All of a sudden where there was joy, laughter, fullness of life, there is now this void – an overwhelming, “now what” feeling that tries to take up residence within you.

There are several things we need to remember when death knocks on our door:

1 – God IS in control, and He always has the best plan for each one of us

2 – Death is a part of life, until He returns, we all will face our last earthly breath (perhaps not exactly at the end of a long life as WE had planned, but it is a part of all life

3 – If those that have left us through death knew the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, as do we, we WILL be together again

Recently we have had numerous loses as the photos posted here reflect, and although there is a sadness, an emptiness, we do have the joy of knowing that each one represented a life that honored the Lord and that they are now free from the pain, suffering, illness, incapacitated body that they were in here on earth and are now whole and in the loving presence of their Savior!

What a difference it makes in our own hearts as we can reflect upon the lives of those special people in our lives that have gone Home – we can cherish the impact they made during their lives here, we can treasure the loving times we shared together, etc. We can thank God for allowing us to share in their lives in one way or another.

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Have you felt the sting of the loss of a loved one? Are you in the depth of grieving over the empty space which now fills where their presence used to be? If so, remember that God sent His Son, Jesus, to take our place in death (the death that we deserve due to sin), and has given us His life which is eternal (spiritual). We are a spirit, we have a soul (mind, will and emotion) and we live in a body (our temporary shell). Every one of us will live spiritually forever – the choice is ours as to how that eternal life will unfold – in Heaven with God our Father, and our Lord Jesus, or in hell (eternal separation from God).

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
Are you still unsure?
“And they said, BelieveontheLordJesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
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