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“One Who Knows The Heart”

Published July 10, 2017 by birdieklh

The Greek Word is (Strong’s # 2589) pronounced “kardiognostes” (notice how similar this word is to our ‘heart doctors’ today? Cardiologist? hmmm) . . . and it is the word used in Acts 15:8 Peter was speaking to the Jerusalem Council in regards to their belief that the gentile believers should be circumcised.

He went on to share how greatly God had moved among these gentile believers, how the Almighty God had made absolutely NO distinction, NO difference whatsoever between them simply because of their NOT being of Jewish heritage . . . ONLY based upon their FAITH and acceptance of Jesus Christ!

W O W

Do you realize that WE still tend to be like that council in Jerusalem today? Yes, us! We walk in judgment of those we see that perhaps do not ‘look’ like us. Or that do not go to churches like we do, worship like we do.

Let me tell you of some amazing, eye-opening things that the Lord has been doing here in San Antonio (and around the world) that have caused me to truly become one who has been crying out to the Lord to give me eyes to see others hearts as He does . . . I truly want to be “one who sees and knows the hearts of others!”

I have seen people young, old and everywhere in between dancing, singing, weeping, pouring out their hearts before the Lord, praying for others, ministering to others – regardless of the color of their skin, the way they were dressed, or the condition of their health . . . they just LOVED on them!!! Whether their style of worship was rap, rock, gospel, a banjo, drums, an iPad playing, a keyboard, tambourine, old-style hymns, new free-flowing spirit songs from their hearts to the Lord – it mattered not – it was all done to the Glory of their Lord and Savior – TRUE WORSHIP!

Souls brought into the Kingdom of God . . .

Holy Spirit showed up MIGHTILY . . .

People set FREE from addictions, bondage’s, fears that had held them for years . . .

People from all backgrounds standing side by side, worshiping the Lord in UNITY!

Dear ones . . . it is happening NOW! And it will continue to grow as we continue to individually seek the face of God, as we continually get in the Word ourselves, seeking His Heart of LOVE and then begin with His eyes to SEE into the hearts of others and truly love others as He intended us to do!

Yesterday I heard a young man (18) rap of his struggle and his total dependence upon God for ALL things . . . it filled my spirit to overflowing . . . my eyes are filling even now at the remembrance of it – we (plural) ARE the Bride of Christ and ONLY when we are in full UNITY can we along with the Holy Spirit say “Come Lord Jesus, Come” . . . . Revelation 22:17

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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! 

 

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

 

Against The Flow

Published September 2, 2015 by birdieklh
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Had a GREAT conversation with a very dear friend this morning . . . we discussed a lot of things, but the main emphasis of our discussion was what could be triggering in me certain actions/reactions. And, along with that . . . trying to figure out ‘why’ people didn’t see me like I really am.

Mercy! If someone figures that one out, let me know!

Anyway, it got me to thinking . . . for my whole life (or so it seems) there have been wrong impressions of who I am and how I am. I can say one thing, and it be heard as something completely different. Or, I can do something because I feel prompted by Holy Spirit to do it, and yet people can assume I want something for it or from it! There have been years of ‘trying to prove’ myself to others . . . I truly believe I had overcome all of that ‘junk’, but I am praying for more revelation in light of today’s discussion.

It is as if I must live my life with some kind of a shield around me that does not allow people to really see me, or the ‘real’ me. Do you ever feel like that? Do you ever feel like there are times when you are going completely against the flow of others around you – I mean – you ARE going in the same direction, in the same circles, attending the same functions, etc., but something just isn’t quite in sync with them?

All I truly know is that I am a much loved child of the Living King. I am His beloved, and I am precious to Him. I know that He loves me more than I could ever begin to imagine, and that He is pleased with the woman I have become (and am becoming – I am constantly growing and learning to be more like Him). So why in the world should it matter if others don’t see me as He does? Well, it shouldn’t!!! But . . . if we are all honest with ourselves, it does. Somewhere deep inside, we feel the need to be ‘accepted’, ‘acknowledged’, ‘encouraged’ . . . whatever words you wish to put on it . . .  we live in a world with other people in it and we would like people to ‘see’ us for who we are.

In the mean time, even if others don’t (or won’t) ‘see’ me like God does, I will continue to keep on seeking to become more and more like Him each and every day of my life. I will continue to do the things He asks me to do. I will continue to go to the places He directs me to go. And, I will continue to BE the person He asks me to be – my completeness is IN Him, and Him alone.

I will keep moving forward, becoming spiritually stronger with each passing day. I will continue my heart’s cry to be a vessel He can use for His glory and for the furthering of His Kingdom. NO MATTER WHAT happens, what comes at me, or against me. No matter what others may say or do or even think! I want my life to matter to Him and for Him.

Abba Father, continue Your work in me and through me. Take this person that I am and keep molding and shaping me into all that You desire me to be. Use me, Lord, to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others. Help me, Abba, not to even look towards others for affirmation, but only to You, because the bottom line is that it is You and You alone that matters! I want to be strong in You, Lord, I want to have an impact in this life – pointing others to a victorious walk with You – open my spiritual eyes to see the things that still need to change within me to accomplish all that You desire to accomplish in me and through me. In Jesus Mighty Name, amen.

He IS Our Strength

Published August 22, 2015 by birdieklh
This antique picture hangs in my living room - over 20 years ago I also wrote a song based on my feelings over having this wonderful picture in my home - "Clinging to the Cross"

This antique picture hangs in my living room – over 20 years ago I also wrote a song based on my feelings over having this wonderful picture in my home – “Clinging to the Cross”

When the tempest rages against us

and we’re tossing to and fro

we must always remember

that to the Savior we can go

He is ever near us

to comfort and to guide

and all our deepest sorrows

from Him we need not hide

His love is never ending

His grace will never run out

In Him we have everything

Of this there is NO doubt!

No matter what your need may be

Protection from fear, He is near

Provision of food, He gives, He is good

For health, for sadness, and every pain

He is our ALL – He is our gain

Our gain of life and all it brings

Peace, joy, love, a heart that sings

No matter what may come our way

He is always our Hope and Stay

No need to doubt, worry, fear

No need to cry out, our hearts He will hear

When there are no words for us to speak

He IS our strength when we are weak

 

©klh

4Given Ministries

Before Our King

Published August 16, 2015 by birdieklh
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image from women.tlc.org

How can we NOT simply drop to our knees in adoration of the Glory of our Lord and King?

When He meets with us, His Sweet Holy Spirit wraps Himself lovingly around our being, we can do nothing but melt in His presence!

At a conference this weekend that is exactly where I was . . . on my knees . . . on my face . . . tears of deepest gratitude flowing from my eyes, soaking the floor before me. My hearts cry was, “Just You and me, Lord, just You and me. I am overwhelmed by Your presence. Thank You, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!”

There are times (like these) when I do not ever want to open my eyes, stand back on my feet and march back into ‘life’. I know there is much work to be done in His Kingdom, and of that I am grateful to be a part, but to have to leave those times of deepest intimacy (my heavenly reality) back to worldly reality of ‘things to do’, ‘people to see’, ‘places to go’, ohhhh, my heart cries, “No, Abba, more time with You!!!” But, that is quite selfish! How can people hear if I do not speak? How can people know if I do not show them? God gives us those intimate times to help us “Find our Voice” (the name of the conference I was at, sponsored by Deep Grace Ministries) and then go forth boldly, lovingly proclaiming that which He has asked us to do!

So, I must make the choice to step out of my own desires, my own selfishness (of wanting to dwell in that solitude of just ‘Him and me’) and go on about the tasks set before me. It is all about Him – His Kingdom – His Glory, and He desires all to come to know Him.

As the song says, “Lord, here I am, down on my knees again, surrendering all, surrendering all, and find me here as You draw me near, I’m desperate for You, I surrender.” This, too, is my hearts cry. Along with that I say – HERE AM I, LORD, SEND ME! 

What Drives Your Passion?

Published August 6, 2015 by birdieklh

. . . The  Word? . . . .  or   . . . the  world?earth_from_spaceopenbible

In my time of devotions prayer and Bible Study this morning,  I came across a sentence about the World and The Word, and it really got me to thinking just how very important it is for us to make the decision to have our motivations come from the right source.

Every day we are bombarded by the things of this world. We have discussed these before, but let us look at it again.

  • Television
  • Media (Tweets, FaceBook, Google, News Reports, Blogs, and the like)
  • Magazines
  • Radio Broadcasts
  • Our places of employment
  • Our schools
  • Our grocery stores

Virtually everywhere we go we are faced with the ‘noise’ of the world. Its ideas, its directions, its ideals, its propaganda, its ‘twist’ on life. One could go on and on, but you are all intelligent folk, and I know you understand what I mean.

With all of that said, it is VERY easy for us to quietly slip into the mode of our fellow citizens on this planet and carry out our day to day routines almost in ‘rote’ mode. We become mechanical in our steps. We become automatic in our responses based upon what happens around us – we see, we hear, we do according to behaviors that the world seems to be shaping us into doing.

WRONG – STOP – HOLD THE PHONE – WHAT?!

I don’t know about you but I observe that the things in this world we live in is no longer something in which I desire to even contemplate allowing myself fall into. To become robotic in my responses. I am NOT a puppet on a string. People can NOT tell me what I can and can not say. This is still a free country and if I feel that someone is heading down the wrong road, I have an obligation to speak up and speak out. I do not want to find myself on Judgement day standing before my Lord and King and have to say “I was afraid.”, “I didn’t want people to stop liking me.”, “I didn’t want to lose my job.”, I didn’t want to get an ‘F’ on an assignment.” – there are many MANY different scenarios – fact is, as a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, I base my life upon Godly principles. Upon The Word of God (the written and the LIVING [Jesus IS The Word made flesh – see John chapter 1]; therefore, I can not stand idly by and give in to behaviors that blend in with the worlds IF they are contrary to The Word. I, me, myself, must make the decision to stay true to Godly principles regardless of the consequences.

There is no fear in this – God has everything covered. As we are true and faithful to Him, He is ALWAYS True and Faithful to us – (capitalized because they are Names attributed to Christ). God IS Love and God NEVER FAILS! Love never fails . . . never quits . . . never gives up . . . always looks for the best . . . is always ready to be there for us. If God be for us, who can be against us?

As long as our words are seasoned by His grace, tempered through His love . . . we can stand firm until the end. We may lose some friends. We may take a failing grade for refusing to do a paper / research / presentation on something that is not in line with God’s way of doing things. We may lose a job, or even our family. But, dear ones, I don’t know about you, but I would rather have my Lord for all eternity then have people or things or position here for a short time and then be separated from Him later. I desire to be such a valiant woman of God that He allows me to be on the front lines with Him throughout all eternity. In His presence, worshiping Him, serving Him, loving Him. Will losses hurt if/when they come – yes – we do still live in the flesh and have hearts that can be wounded, but weigh the END RESULTS – in light of eternity? Hmmmmm….to me it is a ‘no brainer’.

There is a song that says “Give me Jesus, give me Jesus, you can have this whole world, but give me Jesus.” I could not have said it better!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

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