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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

Lost and Found Department

Published February 16, 2017 by birdieklh
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Do you ever find yourself standing still, looking up at the crossroads of “Lost” and “Found” and wonder which one you are really on? They run against one another, but they do intersect often (or so it seems in my life).

In the natural, I’m always ‘misplacing’ (loosing) things . . . perhaps you can relate:

Cell phone

Thumb drive

Keys

Eyeglasses

Shopping list

Something I purchased

. . . the list can go on and on and on . . . oh, I KNOW they are around – somewhere – but I can’t put my hands on them at the moment I need/want them.

Anyway, I digress.

We can not always readily get a hold of things we want but we can ALWAYS rest assured and be at peace with the ‘found’ department that we have full access to anytime day or night for our spiritual needs! Glory to God!!!

He is as close as the whisper of His Name!

His heart towards us is always ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ (2 Corinthians 1:20)!

His desire for us is a ‘hope and a future’ (Jeremiah 29:11)!

When we take up the position of praise . . . the position of worship . . . the position of the branches CONNECTED to The Vine (John 15). . . we are never ever lost!

Here’s how it can work for you (it works for me and countless others I know)!

  • surrounded by chaos? . . . let His peace be released in your situation dove in flight
  • faced with a bad report (job, personal, medical, financial)? . . . let His peace be released in your situation
  • uncertainties overwhelming you about the things are coming at you and decisions that you must make? . . .  let His peace be released in your situation.
  • too many distractions in your life just now? Get your worship on and allow His peace to be released in your situation!

Am I talking about a change of attitude? Something you need to say or do differently? Well, yes and no . . . it is an internal issue, not an external thing. His peace, that passes ALL understanding is what we must allow to guard our heart and mind (Philippians 2:7)! Only in Him and through Him can we walk in complete victory. He sent His Holy Spirit to indwell our very being and to give us everything we need for this life we now live (2 Peter 1:3).

Dear ones, learn to cast all your cares upon Him, and simply TRUST Him with every single aspect of your life . . . no one loves and cares for you more than He does!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

Being Obedient, Even Unto Death

Published September 21, 2016 by birdieklh

Jesus made the choice to come to earth, to take the form of man, Whom He created, to take our sin upon Himself and die a most horrible death – on a cross. Now, most of us will not have to face such things as death on a cross . . .

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but . . . There comes a time (often, many times over the years) that we must press forward in obedience to that which Christ calls us to do even when it means there might be consequences of death.

Death of dreams.

Death of relationships.

Death of ______ (fill in the blank).

 

The questions we must ask ourselves are:

  1. Is the above ________ worth more to me and my life than serving my Lord wholeheartedly?
  2. Am I quick to forgive (even though it HURTS)? Matthew 6:15, Matthew 18:21 
  3. Am I walking in the unconditional love of Christ? 1 John 3:16, 2 John 5-6
  4. Am I extending grace to others regardless of what may be said or done to me or to my character? Romans 15:5, 2 John 3
  5. And, speaking of character, am I truly exemplifying the character of my Lord by my responses?  Ephesians 5:1-2

It all boils down to choices – we cannot choose the words and actions of others, but we CAN choose how we respond to them. We can lash out, we can throw tantrums, we can argue the facts, dwell upon the negativity and possibly grow a strong root of bitterness, anger and/or resentment . . .

OR

. . . we can choose to allow the Love of God to permeate our being, and allow it to spread to others.

. . . we can choose to forgive and to pray blessings over the people, circumstances or situations involved. Matthew 5:44

. . . we can stand upon God’s Truth and allow Him to be our defense. Psalm 72:4 Jeremiah 50:34, Isaiah 51:22

Abba Father, I pray your blessings over those whom I love so dearly. Sometimes wrong choices are made, choices to listen to false lies, accusations, and the like. I choose to forgive and continue to love as You love us – unconditionally. Lord, God, pour out Your love, Your peace AND truth into the lives of my beloved friends and family. I thank You and praise You for the gift of each and every one of them in my life. I pray for reconciliation and for unity among us, for Your glory and the furthering of Your Kingdom, in Jesus Mighty Name, amen and amen!

©klh 4-Given Ministries

The Root of the Problem

Published September 6, 2016 by birdieklh

WOW . . . talk about a tangled mess! Mercy me!

These past few weeks some nasty roots were exposed. I say ‘nasty’ because it was  NOT nice, not one bit! They are (were) a gnarly mess to say the least! Just like this tree with its roots exposed, you can actually SEE the twisted, discombobulated wreck.

Now, you may be thinking, what in the world is this lady talking about? Well, let me tell you . . .

Years ago I had been diagnosed with multiple (painful, serious) conditions within this shell which I call my body. Those specific diagnosis I grabbed a firm grip on, clung to, spoke of them I (grumbling, complaining, declaring them to the world) and saw myself getting steadily worse and worse. So much so that I found myself in a wheelchair for 2 and a half years! [I know I have shared bits and pieces of this before, forgive any repetition]

After multiple surgeries (double hip replacements and a few other ‘repairs’) I also had a spiritual surgery done upon my heart by my loving Heavenly Father! He reminded me through His Holy Spirit, and His Word, that Jesus blood was shed not only for the forgiveness of my sins, but for the healing of my body!!! He also reminded me that the power of life and death is in the words we speak (Proverbs 18:21)! Those words have the power within themselves to fulfill . . . and . . . what was coming out of my mouth???!!!

O U C H ! ! ! 

So, the result of this was my CHOOSING TO CHANGE MY SPEECH! The result of that was I started seeing the results. Is the pain completely gone? I truly wish I could say a loud “yes”, but that is not the case; however, I have made it a habit to declare God’s Word, stand upon His promises and press on ahead with life.

…but…going back to the title of today’s message . . . the ugly roots that revealed themselves are as follows:

  • My body reacted to stress from various sources over the past few weeks
  • I allowed myself to ‘share’ a bit with others about it, for prayer(?)
  • I saw and FELT the symptoms begin to worsen once again
  • I allowed myself to listen to counsel about ‘taking it easy’ and/or ‘taking time away from obligations’. . .the results . . . don’t even want to say, to be honest

Roots. Tangled, ugly, twisted roots! Roots that were sapping out the wrong ‘nutrients’ (the negative instead of God’s Truth!) and I allowed it! All I can do is repent and PRAISE GOD, accept His loving forgiveness and strength and continue to move forward in faith, fully standing on His Word and His FINISHED work at Calvary!

What roots has Holy Spirit revealed to you? and, what are YOU doing to properly cultivate them?

 

 

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

CAUTION: The Current IS Dangerous!

Published May 25, 2016 by birdieklh

Okay, most of us who have heard the term (especially this year) “TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN!”

emerged in flood waters

image from offgridweb.com

Due to the flash flood waters and how they may look docile enough . . .

“It’s just a little bit of water on the road, no problem, I can get across to where I need to go.” But then . . . all of a sudden out of seemingly nowhere comes this rapid rush – a grand deluge of water and before you know what hits you, you are immersed in water so deep there appears no way out! Now what?

Well, by God’s grace, someone may come in with helicopter and ropes, or a boat, or some other means and rescue you . . . or . . . you die.

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For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” Romans 1:20 (NKJV)

Let us apply this lesson of the flood waters to our lives in a spiritual way . . . This is a PERFECT example of Romans 1:20 because we “see”, we “hear” (and, some have even experienced) what devastating results can happen to a person, a pet, a vehicle, bridges washed out, even houses swept away . . . so let us be without excuse and open up our spirit eyes to see what God is saying to us.

When it comes to choices we make in our daily lives, have we heard any of the following statements? Have we acted upon any of these statements?

  • That’s not too bad
  • I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try it this one time
  • No one will know
  • It’s not like I’m committing murder or something

If you / we make choices based upon these statements, trying to reason away the temptations that come our way . . . we need to reflect upon this TRUTH:

CAUTION: The Current IS Dangerous!

We are to “Try all things, and keep that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. Now the very God of peace sanctify you throughout: and I pray God that your whole spirit and soul and body, may be kept blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 (GNV) – Note: even the “appearance of”!

So – how do we do that? 

“But as for you, O man of God, flee from these things; aim at and pursue righteousness [true goodness, moral conformity to the character of God], godliness [the fear of God], faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11 (AMP)

In other words . . .  “TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN!”

The temptations of this life are all around us – they don’t look like they would hurt us (too much) – but the swift current, the deluge of the sin (the flood waters, if you will) can overtake us before we know what hits us . . . we will need to be rescued, or we die!

Also, we are commissioned to be that lifeline to others as well . . . “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.” Jude 17-23  (NKJV) (emphasis, mine)

Abba Father, help us to see, know and understand the dangerous currents within the temptations that come our way. Help us to stand FIRM, to FLEE and to help rescue others we see that have entered into the current . . . only by Your Holy Spirit can we do this . . . learning Your Word . . . applying it to the everyday choices in our lives. Through You, we can do all things! We KNOW we can trust you . . . Amen . . . we love you!

©klh 4-Given Ministries

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