Mary Had a Little Lamb

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Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb. Mary had a little lamb, whose fleece was white as snow.
Everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went. Everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.

My three year old son was singing this nineteenth century nursery rhyme the other day. After the first line of the song, he began singing, “Mary had a little baby Jesus”. I’m not quite sure if he thought of this on his own or if he heard it elsewhere, but I rather liked the connection.

Mary did have a little baby Jesus who grew into a man, a perfect sacrifice, a lamb white as snow—spotless, blameless, sinless—Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! Every sin, for every sinner, He gives new life to all who believe in Him.

The second part of the nursery rhyme, “everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go”, is true for each of us—everywhere we go the Holy Spirit goes as well. Jesus died on the cross, taking our place, so that by His blood our sins may be wiped clean, giving us new life in Him and eternal life with our Heavenly Father. Jesus doesn’t stop there…we don’t stop at salvation…we don’t simply roam this earth on our own until we go to heaven…No! Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to take up residence within us, to lead and guide us.

John 14:15-21 & 25-27
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

If you have given your life to Jesus by accepting His precious gift of salvation, then you have the Helper in the Holy Spirit residing in you. Even if you have strayed, find yourself wandering further and further away, you’re now lost and unsure of how you got to where you are now, or you think you’re too far gone to make your way back home… The Lamb follows you and is sure to go where you go because The Lamb is also The Shepherd. The Shepherd goes after His lost sheep. His pursuit of you never ceases and He will not give up on you.

You may have felt alone as you’ve walked through this broken and painful world, but even in your darkest moments, even when you’ve made the most horrific decisions and are dealing with the consequences—God is with you, calling you closer to Him and to hear him as he whispers gently how much He still loves you. He still loves you and nothing can change that, nothing can separate you from His love. Nothing can separate you from Him.

God desires you to allow Him into every part of your life. He’s already living within you, but you need to acknowledge that and open yourself up to Him. He doesn’t just want the put together parts of you or your life…He wants every part, the broken, bruised, wounded, full of shame and guilt-ridden parts because in His presence there’s no way this list can remain for He is too Holy and too powerful and too loving to let it stay a part of you. He’s already washed you clean. He already sees you as such, so do not cling to your old self and the brokenness that stems from it.

The chains you continue to carry around as you run from the love of God will only get you so far before you reach a point of becoming stuck, unable to break free from them in your own strength. Allow God to free you so you can begin running into His open arms. Allow Him to lead you back to the life He has planned for you. He has so much in store for you when you choose Him, recognize His presence in your life, and allow Him to heal and free you.

Remember, He goes wherever you go and He never leaves nor forsakes you❤️

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For awhile now, I have felt the enemy launching an attack on families. From the very design God created for families to destroying innocent lives from ever having a chance at life…the enemy tries to spare no one. When God is getting ready to move mightily in the lives of many, I can personally feel the enemies attacks coming at me and my family. My patience is less, my anxiety more, and my sometimes harsh response to my kids being kids more frequent. Also, the enemy likes to drag me back down to the grave I left behind when I accepted the forgiveness and freedom God gave me. The song, “ain’t no grave” originally written by Johnny cash and revamped version by Bethel Music declares at the end, “If you walked outta the grave, I’m walking too!” is a powerful reminder that we don’t have to stay stuck in our grave or a life apart from Christ which weighs us down and keeps us from the freedom and love He offers us.

Our God defends! Our God is bigger! Our God is greater and He is the Great Defender! It is so much better His way and His way is life…His way is love…He is love!

God is love and only His love breaks down barriers, destroys strongholds, generational chains, and addictions. His love TRANSFORMS…His love does not leave us unchanged, stuck in our old ways, No, His love rids us from all sin, shame, guilt and brings us back to life, making us new, clean, pure, holy and blameless in His sight. His love heals all wounds. By His stripes we are healed.

I know there are many words here, but please don’t just breeze through reading them or ignore them…go back and soak in His promises, get in His word and read the promises He has written down before you. You don’t have to stay stuck in your brokenness and all the lies the Devil wants you to believe…if you are in Christ then you are set free!! His love conquers all and heals all and puts back all your broken pieces…His love is greater than any lie that Satan tempts and torments with and all you have to do is accept the precious gift of salvation in Jesus Christ and believe He has greater things for you. He offers salvation to each and every person who believes…no matter your past…no matter your current state…He gave His life for you while you were still a sinner.

God promises a life of abundance in Him…that does not mean a life without hardship because there is a cost to following Him. The world is full of judgement, ridicule, persecution, and lies. The world tells us what we believe is wrong, that God’s truths are inaccurate, or the world twists His word into something it is not and we will be judged for staying true to His word. All of the suffering we endure is worth it for He makes a way, has a plan, has gone ahead and won the war, and in Him we have victory.

God is launching something too, that is far greater than that of the enemy. God is bringing back His wayward sons and daughters, raising people up from their graves, saving and protecting innocent lives, and He is calling His kingdom children to rise up and go out in helping Him to carry out revival to bring His lost sheep home. Come home! Come home! Rise up from your grave and come home to your Father’s house and His arms stretched out for YOU! ❤️

Psalm 18:1-6
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death encompassed me;
the torrents of destruction assailed me;
5 the cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.

Romans 16:20
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Romans 5:8
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6 ❤️

Romans 8:14-17
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

On the Move

During worship Sunday, I felt so much was communicated by the Holy Spirit. I tried to jot as much of it as I could in between worship and the sermon. Sunday night I sat down to add scripture as I spent more time in His word. This song, again, came to my mind, as well, because God is moving, it’s hard to ignore, and why would we want to?

There is a place for each of us in our Father’s house for those who believe in Jesus Christ, but He loves us so incredibly much and He is such a good good Father that He doesn’t just leave us alone while we are waiting to enter into Heaven or for His return. He has a place for His Holy Spirit to make a home within us right now! He is not distant—He is here…the King has come and He lives in us, abides in us, makes a home within us.

He has more for us than what we’ve been living and more than the world could ever offer. He has that more for us to experience with him, right now because of the Holy Spirit residing in us. He has a greater measure, so if you’re new to feeling His presence, to feeling a move of God and the weight of His glory coming upon you…Don’t be afraid to open yourself up to him. God is calling you deeper, drawing you closer to Him because He has so much more for you as you develop a more intimate relationship with Him. He pursues you and desires you to return that pursuit and see the more only He can deliver.

Oceans by Hillsong was one of the songs we sang and I just kept getting that He is not going to lead you into something that isn’t good for you or that He can’t handle…so let the Holy Spirit lead you where your “trust is without borders”. He wants to show you things, grow and stretch you, refine and mold you into who He designed you to be and lead you to the purpose He has for you.

Last night, I sat down with my notebook of the above quickly scratched onto the pages and listened to the song below with my bible open. I asked the Lord to point me to passages in His word. First, romans 12 came to mind because when you have been transformed by the Holy Spirit, He doesn’t stop there…He has more for you…He wants to use you to reach others who need transformation in their lives. So many need the love of the Father, redemption, chains broken, strongholds destroyed, addictions broken, forgiveness, stone hearts softened, dry bones awakened, thirst quenched by Jesus, a well sprung up with living water overflowing, mercy, goodness, healing, and the more God has for them. He wants to move and He wants to move through you. Don’t be scared…Be willing. This is a move and we all need it.

John chapters 14-15
1 Corinthians 2:10-16
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Ephesians 3:9-21
Philippians 2:13
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How We Battle

I came across a post the other day about 2 Chronicles 20… it just blew me away! There have been many amazing new worship songs lately about lifting praise as how we battle. I think the whole bethel album is actually about this chapter. 

There is something so powerful in coming to the Lord, humbly surrendering everything(I mean lay it ALL down before Him), fixing our eyes on the Almighty God, our Abba, Our Creator and just praising Him with all we have. Tears flowing, on our knees, hands lifted, or feet dancing, hands clapping, banners raised, shouts of true joy coming from deep within us…just offering praise in whatever ways we can. When we drop everything, every burden, every fear, every doubt, every one of our human expectations we’ve built for ourselves and enter into a posture of praise something incredible, supernatural, happens—God pours into us and brings about power, comfort, peace, pure joy, and more. 

Words fail me when I try to describe the connection between creation and Creator during times of praise, but it is during such times we experience a shift in focus from selves and all our problems to our Heavenly Father. What results is freedom, an overwhelming joy unspeakable, peace that passes all understanding, and the deepest love. 

So whatever battle you are facing, whatever storm rages around you, I encourage you to read this chapter, enter into a time of prayer, and spend time praising and worshiping the Lord and experience the oneness He designed us to have with Him. You’ll quickly see that the war has already been won, and He goes before us, stands behind us, surrounds us, and is within us…no need to fear our earthly circumstances, for victory comes through Him and He dwells within us. Stand firm, Hold your position, See the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, worship and praise as you give thanks to the Lord for His steadfast love endures forever! ❤️05F44EC2-11A8-43EE-A94E-D3B7013EE5E3

Walk in His Victory, with His Power and Authority

Yesterday, during worship one incredible young lady declared the last song we sang a song of victory and we sang it twice just to declare that victory. It was a powerful declaration—one you could feel chains breaking all over the room as the Holy Spirit came upon us all and His presence was so strongly felt. I tend to get this overwhelming tug to speak what the Lord is saying to me in moments like this but always stifle it down. I’m going to work on not robbing whoever needs to hear those words in these moments moving forward, but for now this message was too important not to share in some way. So here it is:

God gives us the power and authority to operate from a place of victory. It’s time to stop living a defeated life broken from our circumstances and start declaring His victory over us. We may be battered, bruised, hurt, pressed on every side but we have the Almighty God on our side. He already went before us and won the war, He’s fighting on our behalf in our current battles and He is working within us while giving us His power and authority to rule here and now. We can speak the name of Jesus and all darkness trembles, evil bows down, satan flees. Rise up from your crouched down defeated stance, put your armor on, stand tall and declare your victory with power and authority in the name of Jesus Christ! He has marked your steps ahead, walk forward with all of heaven fighting with you and God within you.3F96A53D-8843-431B-B8D3-97F341F19925.jpeg

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8EBD9B47-9EB8-4093-A273-F2B5BDC50F27.jpeg❤️Psalm 107:1-2❤️
❤️Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.

❤️Mark 5:19❤️
❤️ And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

This week I will be gathering more video testimonies similar to last new year to share on this page. I hope they are an encouragement to you as they were certainly to me last year. I have one from a close friend whose story so amazingly displays God’s favor and care in every detail that it’s hard for me to not share it right this minute! God is just so so good! During church today, we went into a time of sharing testimonies during worship and an hour in, I was completely blown away by God’s overwhelming goodness. We must share our stories for they showcase His power, glory, goodness, and love. There are people living life without hope, carrying devastating burdens, and searching for something, some way, some how to get up out of the life-choking darkness that surrounds them. Your story could be the very thing that helps lead them to Christ or helps them find hope lighting their way out from a bleak and dark time in their life. With all of that being written, if you have a testimony from this last year you’d like to share, please comment below and I pray for God to give you the courage to share with those He places around you who may need to hear it and be blessed by it.

With the arrival of the new year comes a time of reflection for many. A time to celebrate triumphs, remember loved ones who have passed, give thanks for the blessings, and to hope for brighter days to come in the new year. Resolutions, new commitments, rededications are made as many strive for a better year, a better self, a better life. I encourage you to dedicate having Christ at the center of all of it and listen closely to what He has for you in this new year. His plans are always good and He has more in store for you that will not disappoint.

For many though, this may have been a year heavy-laden with deep hurts, loss, pain, and brokenness. For those who have struggled this year, I pray for peace, love, joy, and a hope to fill you as you enter the new year. These only come fully from the Lord and I pray you know Him and feel the great love He has for you. He is fighting on your behalf, He is working in all situations, He has not and will not forsake you and while your battles may rage on…There is a hope that is found in Him for He has already gone before you and won the war. He has overcome so that you may overcome and through Him you are more than a conqueror and nothing can separate you from His great love.

I pray that 2019 is one each of you will find strength in the Lord to not just survive your circumstances, but to come through them thriving and knowing the goodness of the Lord is found even amidst the darkness of tribulation. I pray for victories that have a clear view of God’s hand at work. I pray for a deeper relationship with your Abba, Heavenly Father. I pray you can experience life with a new and fresh perspective, enabling you to face this life head on, equipped with His armor, and ready to live life in the abundance and overwhelming joy He has for you. God is the God of more and He has so much more to lavish on His children. I pray you see the love He so richly gives you and accept all He has to offer you this year.

Thank you all for reading through my posts, listening to the worship wednesday songs, and watching the live videos. I hope to share more this next year as I draw closer to God and share what He leads me to write, discuss, and learn from through this page. Look for a video of testimonies this week and please feel free to share yours in writing below. Happy new year everyone! God bless! ❤️

Living Water

❤️John 4:14
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

❤️John 6:35
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

❤️John 7:37-38
37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

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