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God’s Impeccable Timing!

Published February 19, 2017 by birdieklh

Oh my goodness . . . why am I surprised?! Silly me! He ALWAYS does things perfectly, and here I am still basking in His awesome love.

I simply HAVE to share some of what our awesome Lord has done.

You see, my husband and I went on a retreat – knew it would bring healing, set some things right in our lives, but we really had NO idea how much so! Without going into all the details, let me simply say this – a HUGE bolder of “Unworthiness & Rejection” was revealed, stripped away and TOSSED my-bolder as far as one can possibly throw. It was a very intense, introspective time of examination, and it was not pleasant . . . ah, but the lightness within, after letting, go was amazing. It is amazing still, now, a week later.

The story does not end there . . . no, my friends, it is but a beginning.

There had been (in the past few months) a ‘feeling’ of distance (sort of a wall) that I had noticed. After what happened on that retreat, and after prayer, I reached out to the person explaining that I was sensing a distancing in our relationship. I asked if I had somehow offended them. They responded, “let’s talk”. So, today, we did.

 

I’m telling you that God’s PERFECT timing is just that. The person didn’t feel a ‘release’ to speak with me until I reached out. Then, when we had our glorious encounter, I KNEW that had I / we tried to ‘talk’ (of the things we discussed) before . . . it would of been a complete devastating disaster to me. But it wasn’t! No, not at all. With that burden;  that bolder of unworthiness lifted, I was able to have a normal, very productive, incredible and glorious time of receiving the love that was being offered.

Sometimes we have to have difficult discussions with one another – to truly walk in the Love of Christ, to be the body He intended us to be, we need to speak to one another from time to time with. Instruction, presented and received in love is SO freeing! SO healing! SO refreshing!

I am grateful to God for placing Godly friends around me. Those that love me enough to address an area they see (or perceive) differently than that which God intends for us.

Once we have allowed God to heal the trauma of our past – once we’ve allowed Holy Spirit to download into our hearts how precious we are to Him – once we understand / grasp His GREAT love for us . . . we can RECEIVE and grow from what others (who truly love us) have to say.

How I thank Him for the surgery He preformed on my inner-man at the retreat.

How I thank Him for showing me that I AM worthy – so worthy, in fact that He sent His Son to die in my place that I could have eternal life!

How I thank Him for helping me (over the past few months) to see and recognize (and we are still working on the understanding) that what He has me doing in the Kingdom is of great worth. It is not what I had felt I should be doing. It is not what others have spoken over my life, that I would be doing. I had (from the depths of that heavy bolder of unworthiness) felt that what I was doing was nothing . . . but it IS EXACTLY what He has for me at this time.

I am praising Him for allowing me to embrace the woman He is designing me to be! I have begun to feel an excitement in what He has me doing. Beginning to be comfortable with me . . . probably for the very first time in my entire life . . . it is an incredible revelation and it is full of joy and peace like I’ve never known before.

You know, sometimes we hear a word spoken (or in my case, multiple ‘confirmations’ of a word spoken) over us and we jump in with everything we have. We push forward, we keep speaking it . . . proclaiming (calling forth those things that are not as though they are) but . . . was it REALLY the Lord speaking those things over us? Did we / did I (no) take it to prayer and seek His plan? Unfortunately, I just went with it. Then, with that bolder of unworthiness strapped to my back, I pressed on. What did that accomplish? Heartache and disappointment time after time after time. I would find myself reacting out of that “trying to prove . . . (something) myself” – oh, Lord, what a mess!

Why am I making myself vulnerable by sharing such intimate details of my faith walk? Because I am praying that perhaps it will help another person on their own pilgrimage.

May I suggest a thorough examination of your heart:

  • Am I reacting in ways that are not mature in some areas?
  • Do things people say or do (or not say or do) cause me to feel rejected?
  • Do I find myself always struggling with “please listen to me, I am important too”?
  • Am I uncomfortable with where God has me right now, when I ‘want’ something different?
  • What IS my real perception of myself (on the inside, when no one is around)?
  • Does that perception line up with how others see you? What do their reactions/words tell me about who I am?
  • Have I absolutely taken the words spoken over me and run with them, or have I totally laid them on the altar before the Lord, seeking His guidance, His direction, His vision, His plan?

I have been walking with the Lord for a very long time. I have been serving Him for a very long time. Yet, I needed DEEP inner healing and a release I did not even realize I had need of! If you would have asked me a week and a half ago if I was completely free in the Lord, I would of answered quickly and emphatically, “YES!” – but, I would have been very wrong. We are always being stretched, shaped, molded into His image; however, sometimes we resist Him – not knowingly, but resisting still the same. That is where I was . . . I pray that I will not be there any more!

Abba Father, my love for You continues to grow more and more each and every day, and my heart overflows with gratitude to You for all You have done, are doing and will continue to do in my life. Help me, Holy Spirit, to remain pliable on Your Potter’s wheel . . . like the song you gave me yesterday, “I bow before Your Throne, Jesus, I trust in You, alone, Jesus – I lay my life on Your Altar, have Your way in me, Jesus . . . ”  I bless you, my God! Lover of my soul, King, Savior, Lord . . . amen

 Dear ones, we NEED to be able to see ourselves as God sees us. We NEED to understand that what He says about us is Truth and what others may have spoken over us/ into us throughout our lifetimes may have caused deep damage that He desires to heal.

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It is my prayer that you, too, will find your healing.

© klh 4-Given Ministries

Let’s Make This Interactive!

Published December 30, 2016 by birdieklh

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My hearts desire as this year comes to a close is that all of us take some time to reflect upon what God has done for us this year. Then, I would love it if each of us would comment on at LEAST one to share with one another.

All of us have faced difficulties along the way – it is a part of life in this fallen world we live in. But, as believers in Jesus Christ; as His precious children; we have had provision and protection over us that as we reflect we can find  our hearts encouraged. And, as we take the time to share our journey, it helps to strengthen not only our own faith walk, but theirs as well!

Remember these very important scriptures:

The Psalms of Ascents – examples of how the Israelite’s encouraged themselves – reminded themselves every year of ALL that the Lord had brought them through!

Revelation 12:11 – this is how we overcome!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – we are admonished to encourage one another

 

Dear ones, let us share our faith – let us share our reflections of what the Lord has done in our lives this year, 2016. Then let us in the next little while do the same with our hopes, dreams and prayers for 2017. let us build one another up in the most holy faith!


I will start –

The year 2016 began for us with believing God for a new vehicle. We started thanking God for His faithfulness towards us every single day in our morning prayer/study/devotional time. We KNEW He had promised to meet all our needs, we KNEW He had never let us down, and we KNEW that we were being faithful in that which He had called us to do . . . but as the months went on, quite honestly, we did have our moments of “when, Lord? We are trusting You, but . . . ”

Then, at the end of September when we were completely without a vehicle, His provision came. It was above and beyond ANYTHING we could have ever imagined for us! His faithfulness, once again, was proven in our lives. His love is unspeakable – unfathomable – overwhelming and incomprehensible! (for the complete story, read it on our website)


Your turn . . . PLEASE hit the comment button and post one (or more) of your own. Let us have this interactive time of reflection go viral!

Blessings upon you!

©klh 4-Given Ministries

7 Years of Ministry & Marriage

Published May 14, 2016 by birdieklh
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Mariah & Mommy

What a joy, what a delight, Mariah got to join us in our big celebration of 7 years in Ministry & Marriage . . . my hubby and I renewed our vows (again!) but this time I had the blessing of a beautiful wedding gown from David’s Bridal.

We decided to renew our vows for numerous reasons :

 

  1. It was 7 years – completion
  2. It is the year of jubilee – all things restored
  3. I had lost enough weight to fit into a REAL bridal gown (previously a lacy mother of the bride dress)
  4. We had purchased new matching rings (another side effect of the weight loss – the others were too small even for my pinky anymore!)
  5. We wanted Mariah to be a part of our ceremony
  6. We wanted to celebrate in one of our FAVORITE places – SA Tabernacle House of Prayer – we are so blessed to be a part of the ministry that goes on there – it is in a beautiful old Methodist church with vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained glass & the atmosphere is CHARGED with Holy Spirit’s Presence due to the constant worship and ministry that goes on in that building!

I could go on and on . . . but . . . mostly I am grateful to the Lord for granting me my heart’s desire. I was praying for a new partner in ministry (Rev. Deb Gonser went Home to be with the Lord one year prior) for a year and low and behold, I got one . . . but . . . in the form of a husband to love, cherish, protect and co-labor in the Kingdom with! It is glorious!

The words of the song, “The More I Seek You” come into my spirit . . . it is SO true . . . as we decide to put ourselves in the Palm of the Master’s Hand, seeking His face, His will, His direction; delighting ourselves in Him . . . ah, the love and gifts He pours out to us are better than we could ever have imagined!

©klh 4-Given Ministries

Supernatural Peace

Published March 11, 2016 by birdieklh

When it comes, it COMES STRONG!

It is unexplainable.

It is overwhelming (in a good way).

It is as if everything else in the hectic, busy, frustrating life we live just seems to melt away into the background.

It is MOST welcome!

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We pray; we trust; we believe that God hears us and we KNOW that He has only good plans for our lives. Why is it, then, when He opens up the Heavens and rains down His Supernatural Peace upon us that we seem to be surprised?! Silly us!

Thank You, Lord, for Your awesome, marvelous, all consuming peace. That peace that ONLY You can give us – John 14:27 (Amplified) “Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.”]

©klh 4-Given Ministries

Living the Life

Published January 16, 2016 by birdieklh

As Christians we have a check list . . . don’t we?!

I go to church every Sunday . . . . . . . . check!
I put money in the offering plate . . . . . check!
I listen to Christian Radio . . . . . . . . check!
I pray for my family and friends . . .. . . check!
I try to be a good person . . . . . . . . . check!
I am faithful to my spouse . . . . . . . . check!
I don’t steal, lie or curse . . . . . . . . check!
. . . . . we could go on, but you get what I mean.

SUDDENLY – this human heart stops beating – the life that I lived on earth is ended – there is no second chance, no starting over. Will my check list get me into heaven? No worries – “I got it covered!” . . . or so you thought!

Here’s what God’s Word says on the matter:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

“…know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” Galatians 2:16

If we choose Christ. If we believe upon Him – that He IS the Second Person of the Trinity, that He came to earth and took on human flesh, lived a sinless life, was crucified, died, buried and raise again to life on the third day – if we have repented of our sins, and learn His Word, applying it to our lives. If we walk in love towards one another. If we honor Him, worship Him, and share Him with others . . . it’s all about His LOVE! It is about a personal, intimate relationship with Him. He came to restore us back to the Father. His own precious blood ransomed us! We can’t earn a place in heaven by a doing things on a list like that above . . . how about this one:

I prayed from my heart today . . . . I poured out my heart before Him today . . . I spent time with Him in His Word, and in quiet listening to the voice of His Holy Spirit . . . I was obedient to His Word today . . .  I worshiped Him today . . . I thanked Him today . . . I danced in before Him in gratitude . . . I sang praises and adoration to Him . . .

. . . something to think about . . .

©klh 4-Given Ministries

Broken Wall

Published December 16, 2015 by birdieklh

broken-wall Something incredible happened yesterday . . . I had a session of inner healing that I had never even imagined/understood that I had need of. I learned about a wall (of protection) I had put up as early as the age of 3! Brick by brick as things happened, hurt by hurt I built this wall.

Over the years of my faith walk I had knocked holes it it little by little, yet the wall itself was still there – although I did not even realize it . . . until yesterday.

Once I saw it, realized it was still up (even though it wasn’t completely solid) and I could not see beyond it, I asked Jesus to help me get rid of it. With a few hard, swift kicks it came down. What was on the other side? What had been there all the time awaiting me? A beautiful meadow set in  rolling hills – breathtakingly beautiful  -a special place for my Lord and I to be together,meadow hills2 to dance, to twirl, to sing, to walk, to share our hearts – a place of perfect joy, peace and protection – so much better that an ugly wall that did more harm than anything else!

Oh, I wish I could paint, or even sketch what I actually visualized – it was so amazing – I know beyond a shadow of any doubt that I am my Beloved’s and He is mine! That He is so pleased with my heart that gets lost in His presence – what a joy unspeakable and full of glory! All I can say is …

Thank You, Lord!

©klh 4-Given Ministries

A Huge Thank You!!

Published December 9, 2015 by birdieklh

I am overwhelmed!

I hardly have words to speak!

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It has been a number of months since I have been posting on a regular basis. Originally it was once a day on at least two of my three blogs, then it went down to a couple of times a week, then less, and now it seems like I have hardly had time to post but a couple times a month. So, this morning, I was sitting here thinking about all of those faithful ones who have been following my blogs, some for over three years now. I pulled up the stats, and was reading through all of the names, lifting you up before the Lord…

You are on all continents. You are all from different walks of life. You are of all color. You are male, female, young, old (and all in-between). My heart flooded with encouragement and gratitude!

Yesterday I was reminded to ‘follow’ the dream that God has placed in my heart. As you, my faithful followers, know, that is a dream of ‘making disciples’ and of ‘making a difference’ in the lives of others. Of speaking God’s Truth (His Word) and sharing how to apply  it to your life so that you can live victoriously. That DREAM deep within my being is like a fire in my bones! I have not let it go, yet, I have allowed other things to bump my time away from it more than I should have.

My spirit is rekindled with the passion to continue pressing ahead with the dream(s)God has placed within me and that Holy Spirit is prompting me to turn my focus back upon.

So . . . with a humble heart, a grateful heart, I thank you and I declare that I will get back to that dream 100% from this day forth. Thank you for continuing to follow, for continuing to send me encouraging notes about how my blogs have impacted your journey with Jesus – strengthened your faith walk through these words – I praise God for each and every one of you!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

 

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