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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

We Bow Our Hearts Before You

Published September 20, 2016 by birdieklh

During a time of worship this morning the Lord gave me these words:

Lord, we come
and bow before Your Throne,
bowing low before our King
lifting our voices
in praises we sing
for You, alone, are worthy
You, alone, are holy
we bow our hearts before You

In Your presence
nothing can compare
as Your sweet peace,
with us, You share
for You, alone, are worthy
You, alone, are holy
we bow our hearts before You

Jesus – Name above ALL Names
King of Glory
Lord of ALL
You, alone, are worthy
You, alone, are holy
we bow our hearts before You

©klh 4-Given Ministries

When False Accusations Fly

Published April 8, 2016 by birdieklh
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WHAT?!?!?

Say again?

NO!!!

Oh, Lord, help!

 

The ears hear, the mind tries to comprehend what has been said, the body starts shaking in unbelief. “Now what, Lord?!” Yes, it is to my Lord I run to – I have NO choice. He alone has my life, my heart, my security, my peace, my strength – when I choose to run to Him, jump in His arms of love – allow His peace to engulf me – that is where I find all I need…

you see … there have been attacks left and right, from the front, from the rear, from everywhere! It, in the natural, has been absolute insanity! Accusations that just are so OPPOSITE of our character, who we are, what we represent, how we live our lives – unimaginable – yet there the are, in our face with lie upon lie. The really sad part about all this is that they actually believe (or so it seems) that they are speaking truth.

 

Broken hearts are mended
as in His arms
I’m attended
His peace
His joy
His grace
unfolds –
I know all is well
with my soul

No weapon against me
that’s fashioned will stand
for He holds me, always,
in the palm of His hand.

He is the shelter of refuge
for me every day
and I become stronger there
… as I stay.

An anchor in the storm
An all encompassing rampart
Over my life
Over my heart.

Nothing will He allow
to utterly destroy
He offers protection,
His Love, His peace, His joy
even when
storms rage all around
He gets all the glory
as His praises I sound

Yes, I’ll shout it from the mountain tops
He IS my everything
Yes, no matter what I face
His praises I WILL sing!

YES! WE ARE VICTORIOUS!

“The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and upon my high places he will cause me to walk victorious in my instruments of music.”  Habakkuk 3:19

“And I saw and, behold, a white horse; and he that was seated upon him had a bow, and a crown was given unto him, and he went forth victorious, that he might also overcome.” Revelation 6:2

Climbing Every Mountain

Published April 5, 2016 by birdieklh
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Sometimes it seems that the mountains in front of us are insurmountable. Looming ahead, dark, ominous, frightful.

Full of uncertainties.

Full of questions.

Full of doubts.

 

Will I be able to get over this one? Will I fall? Will my ropes hold? Will I be able to find my grip? Will my feet find the right foot hold to push me upward? Will it … will I … fill in the blanks.

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As a child, and into my teens, I would shimmy up anything. Houses – up on the rooftops. Trees – as high as I could climb before the branches became to small.  Large rock formations in the deserts – until the air was hard to breathe. There was no fear – only adventure. In fact, I loved the climb because I knew the sights I would behold at the highest point would be worth it all…so I would press on, climbing with joy (even if exhausted or in pain).

Somehow, I have forgotten that God gives us all things in the natural to understand the supernatural. (Romans 1:20 New King James Version (NKJV) – “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”). Somehow when I am faced with mountains in my life now I forget that if I keep on climbing, God will have something amazing for me at the highest point…but I must keep pressing onward, climbing with joy (even when exhausted or in pain)! He allowed me so many examples to look back on from my youth – things He permitted me to learn and understanding about climbing difficult climb. I just didn’t realize that it was one of those Romans 1:20 lessons that I was to reach back upon and apply to my spiritual life today!

 

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Yesterday . . . today . . . tomorrow . . . whatever mountain it is that is before me . . . I am choosing to trust that He IS my rope, He IS my foothold, He IS my grip, He IS my focus and He IS my VICTORY not only when I reach the end, but He IS my VICTORY as I go forward! He is with me every single moment of each and every precipice; every slippery slope; every jagged edged I come up against! I can and I will make this climb and come out on top in sweet victory because it is His plan for me and He only gives me what is best for me.

I choose not to question, but trust in His love.

I choose not to doubt, but to rest in His promises.

I choose not to be disappointed, but excited about what He has in store for me!

I am praising Him through the storms of life – I am worshiping Him in spite of the steep mountain climb I’m on – I am declaring His goodness in ALL things! He is my everything – I have no lack, no want – He supplies all I need when it is truly needed. He is Sovereign, and He has my heart completely.

©klh 4-Given Ministries 

 

 

Worship When Wounded

Published April 3, 2016 by birdieklh
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There is ONLY one thing for me to do . . .

I fall down on my face
in worship to my King!
He ALONE has the answers
to make this wounded heart SING
No matter what I am facing
nor whatever lays ahead
His glory there surrounds me
erasing all that was said.

Words can wound us deeply
and, yes, tears may appear
but I choose to trust Him fully
as He whispers LOVE into my ear

He ALONE is my everything
my heart’s desire, my breath, my song
In Him I take my refuge
It is there I belong

Oh my Father, My Abba
thank You for loving me
You bring strength, peace and comfort
that completely set me free

Free from things that tear apart
the lining of my soul
the words, the looks, the actions
melt away as You make me whole

I love You, my dearest Savior
in You I find my rest
Your joy wells up once again
as to You I will give my best

Ignoring those around me
and focusing on only You
I will continue going forward
and I know You’ll see me through

I desire to bring You honor
I desire to bring You glory
I desire to serve You always
I want THAT to be my story . . .

. . . she always brought Him honor
. . . she always brought Him glory
. . . she served the Lord, always
. . . regardless of life’s story!

Situations and circumstances
good and bad they will come
what we choose to DO with them
and how we overcome –

THAT is all that matters
when we stand before His Throne
Did I press through in victory?
Did I cling to Him, alone?

Oh, my precious Abba,
hear my heart’s cry
and hold me every gently
and I’ll try not to question, ‘why’

So I bow down now before You,
and worship You from deep within
You are most worthy – Lord
You ARE the Great I AM!

©KLH 4-Given Ministries

 

Beyond Beautiful

Published March 29, 2016 by birdieklh

This song was in my heart as I awoke this morning . . . it is in my heart still . . . I can not help but share it with you . . . let us place our focus on the One who IS beautiful beyond description!

Yes, Lord, I stand in awe of YOU! I praise You will all I am, all I have and I pray that all I do this day will bring You honor and glory! Amen.

With ALL I Am – I Worship

Published March 10, 2016 by birdieklh

Yesterday I did something I very rarely do . . . I placed a post on FaceBook that was sharing my heart (although it did have a wee bit of negative connotations) . . . One thing most people that REALLY know me will verify – I am ‘real’ – the good, the bad, yes, even the ugly – as the Lord takes me through things, I am open to share the fact that I have had some hurt, some doubts, some questions . . . BUT . . . they can also verify that I am first and foremost a worshiper of my King, Jesus. It is to Him I turn to . . . I worship Him with everything I am, with everything I have. I am His completely – in His presence is my strength, my joy, my encouragement. It is when I am in The King’s chambers that He downloads into my spirit His plans, His purposes, deeper revelations of Who He IS! That, my friends is where I belong – that is where I desire to remain.

On Tuesday morning, during a time of corporate worship with other pastors, ministers and leaders, the Lord gave me a very simple phrase that has stayed with me – I was actually about to sing it out when I felt lead to be quiet and speak of it later. This is what He gave me:

No matter what has gone before – regardless of what the future has in store – we are in Your presence, Lord, we want MORE! (I want more!)

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In response to the ‘negative’ post from yesterday (here is what I posted – “I don’t usually post negative things, but these past two weeks have been building up a lot of ‘stuff’ … out and out attacks from people I really care a lot about … it is SO strange! How can my brothers and sisters in Christ allow the enemy to use them to attack one another?! We are to be working towards unity, harmony and sharing God’s love and support and encouragement with one another … I am, quite frankly, at a loss as to what to do next. Praying and trusting and seeking is where I’m at (along with lots of worship, of course).) – there are some follow up Scriptures He reminded me of . . . I wish to share those with you here as well:

Philippians 4:4-13  J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Delight yourselves in God, yes, find your joy in him at all times. Have a reputation for gentleness, and never forget the nearness of your Lord.  Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.  Here is a last piece of advice. If you believe in goodness and if you value the approval of God, fix your minds on the things which are holy and right and pure and beautiful and good. Model your conduct on what you have learned from me, on what I have told you and shown you, and you will find the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 2:14-16  The Message (MSG)

Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night.”

Colossians 3:12-17 The Message (MSG)

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”

The whole point of my being open, honest, and upfront with my post yesterday was twofold. One, how can you know the victories, how can I testify to the victories if there were no struggles – if people think we always have it “all together” how can we encourage them?! and Two, how can we keep our spirit eyes open, our hearts open to the possible words, actions and attitudes that we may be placing on our brothers and sisters if we don’t take time to reflect once in awhile. Sometimes, we need reminding. dear ones, none of us is perfect. We wound one another – mostly (I believe) unintentionally. But what we DO with that wounding, how we react to those things – that is wherein our victory or defeat lay.

For me – when attacks hit us hard out of nowhere; when doubts arise; when conflicts happen – I have to put on my dancing shoes, grab my flags, and WORSHIP Him with everything within me. And then cover the other people in loving prayer, and seek reconciliation as The Lord leads – be quick to forgive! Do NOT let the enemy get his stinking little foot in the door!

©klh 4-Given Ministries

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