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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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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