Friday, May 19, 2017

Suddenly...Brilliance!

(This is an untouched photo of the sun coming through my window)

The LORD always speaks to me through Nature. On a day, a few years back after my life was shattered into a thousand pieces, I was up early in the pre-dawn hours sitting in The LORD's Presence, allowing Him to soothe my devastated, clouded up soul.  

I sat pouring out my heart with my tears for I had no words within me that could convey what I was feeling - experiencing.  All I knew of this dreadful situation was that my life was now shrouded in absolute mystery and darkness.  What is Truth about my situation?  That question became the cry of my heart for months. The more I sought Truth, the more Abba exposed the hidden secrets and the plots and plans that had been put into action against my life. Abba surely had my back.

That morning, I sat in His Presence a long time before I finally realized the sun had come up.  Not only was it up, but it was shining brightly through my east-facing window.  I grabbed my phone and shot the above picture.

The sun's brilliance flooded my living room and The Son's brilliance flooded my soul.  Oh, how Abba loves His children.  He is all around us, showing Himself strong on our behalf if we only have eyes to see.  

It was Abba who brought the depth of the sins to the light.  Was it difficult to wrap my head around those things as they were exposed? Absolutely!  Was I able - at that time when I was so shattered - to process it all?  Absolutely not!  I was a devastated, nonfunctional mess.

But, God, in His infinite care of me was patient and ever so lovingly kind.  He took me by my hand and led me out of the valley of the shadow of death.  In time, I began to process. In time, I came to accept the absolute unimaginable as Truth. And I saw ever so clearly how Abba had my back.  Not only during this time of exposure but the prior years when the plotting and planning were being formed against my life.  Yes, my enemy's weapon was formed against me.  But, it did not prevail!  Because God's Word is True and never returns to Him void but accomplishes what He commands it to do.

His Lovingkindness, extravagant Love, and the brilliance of His Glory was the shield around my back.  He had me covered.  And it took His Brilliance breaking through my clouds to show me how loved I was by the One Who Matters Most.  Oh, Hallelujah!  

Because of Him and Unto Him,


Monday, May 15, 2017

A Hug Is Worth A Thousand Words


Galatians 6:2 tells us to "Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the Law of Christ."  This is the only verse in the New Testament that speaks of fulfilling Law.  The Law of Christ is LOVE.

If we Love, we should be bearing one other's burdens compassionately as in this picture.  We don't need to speak flowery words or quote Scriptures or preach a mini-sermon to someone who is hurting. We certainly don't need to say, "Oh, so sorry, I'll pray for you" and then walk away.

A heartfelt, empathetic embrace will speak it all.

Because of Him and Unto Him,



Monday, April 10, 2017

Learning from The Master

On a road like no other, two of Jesus' Disciples met Him while walking to the city of Emmaus from Jerusalem, but they did not recognize Him in His resurrected state.

While walking with the stranger, they just chit-chatted away with Him about the events that had just transpired in the last few days. This narrative, as told by the Disciple Luke, is found in his book, chapter 24.

What I want to focus on is verse 27:
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Why didn't Jesus just say, "Hey boys, it's Me!"? or remind them of various things they did together during Jesus' ministry so that they would realize Who was among them?  Or operate in Words of Knowledge or Wisdom about them and so display His God-ness?

In God's infinite Wisdom, He shared Old Testament Scriptures with -them instead.

Jesus put emphasis on the written Word of God.  Jesus could have just reiterated, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life.  Remember boys?" The Disciples already heard those Words. What they needed to hear was the revealed Jesus Christ through the written Old Testament Scriptures, for The New Testament wasn't written as of yet. Every verse He shared with them pointed to Himself.

Old Testament Moses, born and died many hundreds of years before the birth of the Messiah, knew Jesus.  For it says in New Testament           Hebrews 11: 24-27:
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him Who Is Invisible
Moses, who wrote the first five books of the Old Testament, had Divine revelations of Jesus Christ.  And you find Him pointed to throughout all of the Old Testament.

We cannot get the full picture of Jesus Christ and all He did for us if we only read the New Testament.  The Old Testament - from Genesis verse one to the end of Malachi - points to Jesus Christ.  It is so rich in revelation about our God.  Unless you discover and understand The LORD God Almighty throughout the Old Testament period, you will never appreciate the dispensation of Grace that Jesus Christ's death and resurrection affords us today. And then you may fall prey to one of the many, many false doctrines being preached and believed today, and/or the ways and means our society now dictates as normal and acceptable.

When it comes to Scripture, may it never be "out with the OLD and in with the New."

Because of Him and Unto Him,






Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lesson from Flora Grace

As the sun below the horizon begins to light up the pre-dawn sky, I'm sitting here reflecting on yesterday.  It was not a good day.  I guess I could say it was an out-of-control day.

Nothing in this life is really in our control except our own personal behaviors.

Flora Grace Barone was a professional musician, the only child of professional musicians.  As a tiny child, Flora was part of her parent's trio.  She was raised in clubs playing amongst the rich and famous. Oh, the stories she tells me....

As an adult, God called Flora to Africa.  She played and sang in clubs throughout the continent for a few years before her dramatic born-again experience.  In the early years of her faith, she still supported herself by playing in clubs.  The Frank Sinatra hit, "My Way", has always been one of the Trio's and her personal favorites.  Everywhere Flora played, this was the most-requested song.  One day, sitting at a piano in an African club playing and singing that familiar song, God spoke to her heart and told her to never play "My Way"  again.  This was the beginning of a surrendered life.

In obedience she never did.  From that moment on, it was God's Will alone in her life.

Fast forward through all her Missionary years in Africa to yesterday. Under Hospice care, the nurse had warned her the day before of what could take place if Flora got out of bed anymore.  She gave us her word that she would stay put. Well, the exact thing the nurse stated is what took place yesterday due to Flora's will to do things her way.  It was not a good experience - for her or for me.

Much later in the day, she humbly begged my forgiveness.  Tears streamed down the lined face of this elderly Woman of God. Her voice was barely audible as she said to me, "God has brought me full circle back to my beginning. I must never play "My Way" again."  Since I knew of how major the surrendering of her will in regard to that song was, I knew exactly what she meant.  And the Hospice nurse witnessing it all lowered her head as if in honor of such a Holy moment even if she didn't fully understand what Flora meant.

And it was a Holy moment.  The tears were not just for the trauma caused to me.  The tears were that she sinned against God by stubbornly doing things her way.  Once again, in that moment she surrendered her will.  Not Flora's will be done, but Hospices'.

Flora Grace Barone is truly a woman adorned with Grace.

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Undeserving Extend To the Undeserving

The definition of Mercy is us not getting the punishment we deserve. The definition of Grace is us getting all the blessings of God that we don't deserve.  ~Joseph Prince
Mercy and Grace are freely poured out to us on a daily basis even when we are least deserving of them.  In essence, God has adorned us with these attributes of Agape Love.

Why?  Because He so adores us.

May we not be like the servant in the parable of the unforgiving servant, as recorded in Matthew 18:21-35.  Let us be like Jesus Christ to those in our sphere of influence - extending mercy and grace to the undeserving.

Is that difficult to live out?  Absolutely!  Why?  Because our flesh wants gratification.  Therefore, we must cause our flesh to bow its knee to our spirits.  "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."  Galatians 5:16 says, "I say then, 'Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.'"


It is do-able.  Make it your aim today to extend Grace and Mercy toward others.

Because of Him and Unto Him,








Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Not My Job, Mon!

We are to be adorned with our experiences in Christ Jesus.  The Truths we have experienced are to be so real in us, that they adorn our necks as if they were fine jewels.


It is not our job to convince anyone of The Truth of God's Word. That is The Spirit of God's responsibility.  Christianity vs. Muslim, Christianity vs. Jehovah Witnesses vs. Buddhism, etc.; even Catholicism vs. Protestants or "Born Again" vs. non-born again.  We are not to get into debates or arguments.
...avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and striving about The Law; for they are unprofitable and useless.         ~Titus 3:9 
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.  ~Prov. 26:4
When you speak from the heart about your experiences, with the motive of glorifying God Almighty, no one can argue against that. Your words will be adorned with grace.  If your motive is to prove you are right and they are wrong, arguments will ensue.

That's my little sermon for today, birthed from Betty's quote.  Thank you, my Wise-hearted Betty!

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Monday, February 27, 2017

...Until

Did you ever wonder about the "Disciple whom Jesus loved" - John?  Did you ever wonder why that was said only of John?  I used to wonder all the time what it was that made John so special that he was the one whom Jesus loved. What about the other Disciples? Did you ever try to love God more or be a better person so that the same thing could be said of you? I did.

...Until...
Jesus shows no favoritism.  John was NOT his favorite Disciple above the others. 
The only place in Scripture where we are told that John was the "Disciple whom Jesus Loved" is in the Gospel of John, which was written by John. 
John had a revelation of the Agape Love of God toward himself. He walked and lived in that knowledge.  John was declaring - speaking an affirmation over himself - every time he spoke or wrote, "The Disciple whom Jesus Loved". God's unwavering, uncompromising Love was deeply ingrained in him.  
Peter on the other hand, declared of his love for Jesus. "I will die for You, Jesus!"  In other words, Peter was saying, "That's how much I love You, Lord." Peter had no such revelation that He was deeply, intimatedly adored by God, Himself.
...Until...
Until he met Jesus on the beach after His Resurrection.
John already knew how much he was Loved by God.  That is why his relationship to his Lord was so intimate that he laid his head on his Lord's Chest at the last meal they had together; that is why he was given the awesome revelations that he had toward the end of his life; that is why he was given the responsibility of caring for Jesus' mother after His death.  That is why!  That is why!  He knew it's not about us loving God, but about God Loving us so intensely and adoringly.  
In this is Love, not that we loved God, but tht He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ~ John, as recorded in John 4:10
That verse is the definition of Love. True Love. Agape Love - for you and me.
Every one of us can declare the same exact thing as John.  I am the Disciple that Jesus Loves.  But, do we?  Do we have a revelation of the depth, wideth, and breath of God Almighty's Love for us?
…Until… 

I, too, had a revelation of how much my Heavenly Father Loves me.  It’s not my love for Him that has brought about life-altering changes within me.  It’s not my love for Him that has truly allowed me to love the unlovable. No. It’s receiving His Love for me that has done all that.  It’s His Love for me that strengthened me to stand against my Goliath; to walk with my head held high; to smile in the face of my enemy. It's His Love for me that I have the courage to walk as a single person at this stage of my life.  I am the Disciple whom Jesus loves.

Don't you want to know that you know, that you know you are Divinely Loved and adored?  Don't you want to be adorned in that kind of beautiful Love as John was? Park yourself in the fourth chapter of John and you, too, will know that His adoring and adorning Love makes you a Disciple whom Jesus Loves.

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Friday, February 24, 2017

This Is Backwards, Isn't It?

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember The Words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive.” ~ Apostle Paul as recorded in Acts 20:35
Giving is better than receiving when speaking horizontally - man to man; human being to human being.  We should be known as givers - as supporters of the weak.

However, when it comes to our relationship with God - vertically speaking - the opposite is true.  It is more blessed to receive than to give.  We are to be receivers of God.  God Almighty is a loving, giving, generous God Who desires to bless and bestow goodness unto His children.  He desires for you to know how deep and intimate His Love is for you.  Personally, toward you.  

Believers say some prayers, maybe worship Him, maybe read their Bibles, get up and go their way.  They may have given unto God.  But, did they receive from Him?  

Do you sit still and get to know your Father in a deeper way?  Do you listen for His still, small voice?  Did you allow Him to encourage you?  Strengthen you?  Hold you while you weep?  Caress your soul as He whispers His tender Words of Love to you?

One-sided relationships are a misery.  God wants us to be blessed beyond measure.  A true Godly marriage is a horizontal give-and-receive between two people, who together as one, come vertically to God.  That is a healthy relationship.  And in case you need a word picture, if you take a vertical line and put a horizontal line through it, what do you have?  A cross. 

Abba does not desire one-sided relationships with His children.  He is an intimate, loving, caring, caressing God Who desires to meet all of our needs, especially the emotional ones.  He is not only our Beloved Father but the Husband each of us women wish we had.  

Allow The LORD God Almighty to be your source of joy, fellowship, companionship, intimacy, and love.  Early on in my relationship with God, I accepted Him as my Husband (Is. 54:5).  The result is a deep, intimate Love Story between Him and I.  I know Him, I know His voice, I walk with Him, I dance with Him.  I surely delight in Him and allow Him to delight in me.  How?  By receiving from Him.

If you don't know The LORD God in such an intimate way, I pray that you will let your walls down and let Him love on you.

Because of Him and Unto Him,



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Do-Over!

I was in the shower, worshipping Abba, and I found myself saying to Him, "I want to be able to express to others how much You ADORE us and that You ADORN us with Your beautiful Love. I want this new season, which is probably my last earthly season of life, to reflect - through my writings - the beauty of Your heart toward Your children." I suddenly realized it was time to put an encouraging word to rest. I have been writing"aew" in one form or another for over 30 years and has been very much a part of my identity.  But, it is now a part of my old life.

I cannot put old wine into a new wineskin.

I've been so blessed to be given a do-over in life, as well as a new mission statement for my writing: to create such a realistic picture through words, that all who read will desire to experience Abba's adoration of them and how His Love adorns them with a beauty that radiates from the inside out. 

I threw on some clothes and headed for my laptop. I wrote down these words: ADORED HEART. ADORNED HEART.  Suddenly, the Hebrew word "hadarah" (hade-a-rah) stood out to me.  I looked up its meaning. It means "HOLY ADORNMENT".  Confirmation.

And so my do-over journey begins.  You are welcome to read along and glean.

Because of Him and Unto Him,