Don’t Give the Enemy the Time Of Day!

My dad finished his last radiation treatment today! I’m so happy for him as well as extremely proud. When the doctor diagnosed him with cancer, he took the news like the champion he is! First thing he said is, “I know who my Healer is.”  He may have had an attack on his body, but he did not allow it to steal the peace and joy that God has placed in him. I think that’s HUGE!

He’s been having these treatments for 9 weeks now and when I shared that it was over today many people including a lot of family were surprised because they hadn’t heard anything about it.  So I wanted to kind of explain why that is.

When the enemy attacks whether it be with sickness, poverty, or maybe even from our own mistakes, we don’t see the need to shout it from the rooftops.  Why give the enemy that kind of glory?  Why give the devil a foothold by announcing the damage he is trying to cause, just to allow others to give their input into why this might be happening? (Lessons from Job, maybe??)

When the enemy attacks us physically, mentally, or emotionally we lean on our Lord for guidance and we confide in those closest to us for prayer and support.  In this case with my dad, he told his kids, his girlfriend and his siblings.  He felt that was enough and so did we.

Too many people throw all of their garbage out there for all to see and Satan just has a hey day with that.  What I want to announce to the world are the VICTORIES!  The fact that my dad went through 9 weeks of radiation and the only people who knew were those directly involved is a victory!  That tells me that my dad NEVER lost his peace!  This is not to bring condemnation to anyone who has went through this and struggled. I’m sure it’s not an easy thing to have to go through at all.

I mean this to be an encouragement to anyone going through something or who may go through something in the future.  Don’t give the devil even a pinky toe into your life.  Stand on God’s word that He will NEVER leave you, He will FIGHT for you and you WILL overcome!  Not everyone is going to be in agreement with you on this so take heed to what you proclaim and the influences and voices you allow to come into your life and your situation.

Psalm 8
1 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
2 You have taught children and infants
to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies
and all who oppose you.
3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority(this includes cancer)
7 the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
9 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

(emphasis mine)

If You Can’t Run With The Big Dogs….Let The Big Dog In You Come Out!

All I can be….is me and that’s what God wants.  Matter of fact, He said so. One day He said to me, “My eyes….make them shine.  My hands…make them glow.  You are my light…just BE IT!  You don’t have to DO, you have to BE.  A football just has to be a football and when it is thrown into the game, it serves it’s purpose just by being a football.  Grass is just grass.  It doesn’t try to DO anything, it just IS and it serves it’s purpose.  Just be, Angela. Stop trying to DO and just BE.  You are enough.  I made You in my image.”

That was a few days ago then today I was watching my tiny Dachshund (Charlie) running around the backyard with my huge Pyrenees/Border Collie (Sparky) and I hear God say, “My Word is enough and You are enough. Again, Ang – just BE.  Be You – no one else.”.  And God starts showing me how Charlie likes to walk around and show people that he is a really big dog in a little body. I hear the Holy Spirit say, “You have a big God in your little body, Charlie isn’t walking around trying to make you THINK he’s a big dog.  He’s just being him and he KNOWS that IN him is the same courage and strength as Sparky so he fears nothing!  Walk tall with your head high believing that all the strength and courage You need is IN you…because I am in YOU!”

So here’s my conclusion….I’m done wondering what I need to be doing. I’m just going to focus on being me and I KNOW that God will fulfill His purpose through me like that.  He made me ME for a reason.  I don’t have to figure it all out, I just have to know who I am and Be it!  I am a child of God made in His image and I am absolutely loved and adored by Him! That’s good enough for me!

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. – John 1:12

Behind Closed Doors

Is there really such thing as “Behind Closed Doors”?  I believe so many people think they are living a life there. A place we are able to do things that noone knows about…or will ever know about. Or maybe you are the victim of things done or said to you “behind closed doors”.

I was praying the other day and just asked the Lord what He wanted to say.  This is what I believe I heard so I just began writing, “I’m watching, I’m aware!  Things don’t happen behind closed doors.  The innocent will conquer. I don’t like to see my people suffer.  It was never part of my plan.  It hurts me, but I am no longer out for vengeance on the ones who are making people suffer.  I am out to love them, I need to show them my unconditional, undeserving love – through my people.  The captive can win the soul of the one who captured them.  That’s what I need my people to know.  Love, not war is a real thing.  If my people would show compassion on the lost and hurting people (who THINK they have to hurt others to feel good) there would be less lost and hurting people who are hurting others.  Yet instead, my people want revenge and they want to use ME to get it. NO! I want restoration. I want restored souls.  I want all my children to come to me and be accepted into my arms again.”

Then the verse I heard was 1 John 1:5.  I had to look it up to see what it says.  Wow! 1 John 1:5 “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.”

God sees what is going on behind closed doors and He needs US to shine His light in those dark places, not pray for His wrath on the people living there.  Don’t be a Jonah.  Begin to pray for those who have hurt you, begin to love those you believe are unlovable.  Show compassion to those who have not heard the truth and are being deceived by our real enemy, the devil.

Ever received a smile just by giving one?  Try it on the street…it works!

Are You In A Relationship?

Are you in a relationship and if so…is it a good relationship or a bad one?What makes it good?  What makes it bad?  I’ve not done a poll….but my uneducated guess would be one answer for both.  Communication.  Either the communication is healthy, two sided, and open….resulting in a good relationship, or there is a lack of communication. It’s one sided and closed minded which most likely results in a bad relationship.

This morning as I was working on a very important relationship (the one I have with my Heavenly Father), He showed me something that I pray I never forget. He had me think about our night time devotions with the kids.  I love these moments with them when Daddy reads from the Bible or a devotional book and they consistently interrupt him with their questions, thoughts, or ideas (usually….but not always…pertaining to the subject).

So as I’m pondering on this time, here is what the Lord speaks to my heart, He says, “You know how much you love when your kids get into a deep conversation with you?  How you talk to them about something and they give their ideas on what they think about it?  Even if it’s way off, you love to hear what they have to say – what they’re thinking.  You don’t shut them down if it’s wrong, you gently speak the truth, encouraging them to keep talking.  Or when they do get it right – you give them praise and adoration and you’re so thankful that they’ve been paying attention.  You don’t put the blame on them for not knowing the truth either.  You realize they haven’t either been taught the truth or maybe just haven’t grabbed hold of the revelation of it.  So you hope for more opportunities to have these conversations with them.  That’s what I want.  I want more opportunities to talk with you, to share the truth, to help you to have a greater revelation of My love, Who I am and what I have planned for your life.”

I am so thankful that God WANTS to be in a relationship with ME!  He wants to be in a relationship with YOU too!!  Communication with Him is the key.  Get to know Him.  Yes, He already knows everything about you, but He still desires for You to share what’s in your heart with Him.

I never get tired of hearing my kids say, “I love you” or when they say, “Do you remember when……”. Even if they have reminded me of it a thousand times….they are still reminiscing on good times we had together and want me to know that’s what’s in their heart. God never gets tired of hearing from us either.

And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.1 John 5:14-15

Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. – Ephesians 3:17