Do You Feel Empty Handed?

I believe I had a word from the Lord today and I just wanted to share it with you.  You might be asking…”How do you get a word from God?”  Well first you have to be completely sinless and fall on your face in prayer and fasting for 3 days!  JUST KIDDING!  You wanna know how I get it?  I ASK!  Yep…it’s that simple and then just listen.

Anyway this is what I heard,

“My people – I have heard your prayers – I know things seem empty handed but they are so full (in the spirit realm): There is a harvest coming.  Keep those empty hands in a position to receive.  Just like Ruth had more than she ever needed dropped right in front of her, that’s what you will experience.  But Ruth was where she needed to be.  She showed up ready to work but also willing to rest at the feet of her Redeemer and willing to receive everything he graciously offered her.  She was not too proud to walk behind the workers and gather what they dropped and she was humble enough obey her authority (her mother-in-law) to go and lay at the feet of her Redeemer and then receive everything he had to offer. – Learn a lesson from Ruth.  Go where I tell you to go and do as the Holy Spirit says to do and you will find yourself with full hands overflowing so that you can be a blessing to others.”

When I receive a word from the Lord I always like to ask for a scripture to confirm it.  I heard Ruth 1:5 so I looked it up and it just said, “both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband.”  I thought about it and then listened for another verse lol, but the Lord said, “Read it again”. So I did and He showed me this… This verse points to Naomi being alone, widowed, & without children right?  However, we don’t always consider that Ruth too was left widowed and without children.  However, because Ruth was more concerned for her mother-in-law who lost BOTH her sons AND her husband, Ruth decided to put her own needs and desires aside and serve someone else in need instead.  And would you believe that when she did this, her own needs and desires were met even more abundantly than she could have ever dreamed of?!

Yes, God is THAT good and He loves you THAT much!

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13

Thank you for reading, I hope it blessed you!  I would LOVE to hear from you. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or just need some encouragement, you can email me at angela@shekinah.tv

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My Pro-Choice

There has been this buzz in the air for many years now about this thing called “Women’s Rights”.  Now I’ve never been one who likes to stir up controversy….matter of fact….I tend to stay as FAR AWAY from controversy as I possibly can.  However….with recent events that just took place I am finding it really really hard to just be quiet.  So, I asked the Lord to show me how to share my heart about this matter in the most loving and compassionate way possible.

I’ve always found that when you can find a common ground with people you’re talking with, (especially if they’re going through a difficult situation) there will be more compassion that comes out of you and more that they draw in from you as well.

So my first thought was…. “I am married with 3 kids and I’m a stay at home mom.  How can I effectively speak to all the women out there? I don’t really represent many different types of women in the world….or do I?

So I began reflecting back on what rolls I had played in just the last 25 years of my life and in doing so, I realized that I can actually represent a huge percentage of  women!  This has made me so very excited!

I became a TEEN MOM  my senior year of high school but continued to go to school and became a HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE.  I worked as a STAY AT HOME MOM for our family owned business as a photographer and graphic designer for the next 12 years.  I became an ENTREPRENEUR running a small company out of my home while working part time at my daughter’s school to help pay her tuition.

As my daughter got older I eventually worked my first FULL TIME POSITION OUT OF THE HOME which is where I met my amazing husband!  I worked there for 4 years where I traveled and met with many business men and women making important decisions for our entire company.  A year after our son was born I was graciously allowed to work the same job with the same pay but in the home.

I did that for the next 5 years until I began HOMESCHOOLING our son and decided I needed more time doing so.  So I asked if I could take a pay cut and just work part time as needed. They…again…graciously agreed and I did that for the next 3 years while homeschooling our 2 youngest children and became a Charis BIBLE COLLEGE STUDENT.

Then as of May of last year, 2016 I quit my job completely so that I could totally focus on supporting my husband in his ministry, homeschooling our children and graduating Charis Bible College.

For the first time in my 41 years I became a STAY AT HOME MOM!

I don’t share this with you to say ,”Hey, look what I’ve done!” but simply to say….look what opportunities are out there for ALL WOMEN.  But it is a CHOICE to believe this and to live it out.  God is not a respecter of persons.  Jesus died so that ALL might have life and have it more abundantly.  I CHOOSE to believe THAT and to live a life here on earth as abundantly as possible! I’m not saying there weren’t hard times in those 25 years.  There were obstacles, road blocks, and tears but we have to CHOOSE not to be a victim.  It’s a CHOICE that WE get to make. Either let the hard times define us or don’t.

So there you have it….I am pro-choice!  Maybe it’s not the pro-choice you were expecting but it’s a choice that will give you much greater results than the one you may be fighting for.

John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

God Himself gave us a choice in Deuteronomy 30:19  “Today I have given you the CHOICE between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the CHOICE you make. Oh, that you would CHOOSE life, so that you and your descendants might LIVE!”

I would LOVE to hear from you, if you have any questions, comments,  concerns, or just need some encouragement, you can  email me at angela@shekinah.tv.