Guarding you heart..How important is it??

Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else for it will determine the course of your life”

Wow!! Such a true and poignant statement! How many of us have made life decisions based on what someone did to our heart!…and didn’t even know it!

This is so key for us women because we hold on to what men give us.  If they gave us grief and left us wit ha broken heart, broken spirit how much does that affect how we move and act in life!!! Lets be honest what one person did to us carries over to the next and the next and the next! How many people have we pushed away (romantically or otherwise) because of what some else did to us long ago!

We must protect our hearts and allow God’s love to surround it so that we can live a life fulfilling the grandiose things God has in store for us!  Lets let God cover our hearts with love so the course of our lives ends well!

The Last Day of the Year!!!

Wow!!! 2011 went by in a whirlwind and I wait in eager expectation for 2012! We are only 9 hours away!!!

As I was reading the last day of my Bible plan for 2011 a few verses from Job just jumped up and attacked me this morning! HAHA!

Job 42:7-9

“After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has…”

Wow.  What a fitting way to end this year.  I know you don’t get it yet but keep reading and you’ll see what I mean 🙂

Now if you’ve read the book of Job you know that for about 38 chapters all you saw was Job complaining and his friends telling him how bad he must be to be suffering the way he was.  But God was mad at the friends??? That makes no sense to me…well at first it didn’t.

Job complained and complained but then when God confronted him, and confronted him He did (check Job 38 out; hilarious!!!) Job backed up and realized his focus was all off and repented.  Job realized he was focusing on the problem but not on the power of the One who could fix it.  His friends never really got that.  All they could think of was clearly Job was bad, or wrong in some way shape or form.  The whole book of Job was focused on what Job must have did instead of focusing on how great God is.

Sometimes we’re like that in life.  We focus on the problem, the issue, the lost dream, the broken heart, the (insert bad/sad/hurtful thing here) instead of focusing on who our God is.  Instead of looking to the One who can turn our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11) and longs to take our ashes and replace them with a crown of beauty (Is 61:3).

When our focus is on Him rather than our problem, that issue fades and we can receive all that God has for us…

2011 is 9 hours away from being total history.  Lets make 2012 the year we decide to focus on the One who has it all in His hands.  He has awesome plans for our lives.  Plans that He put into motion even before the beginning of time and we will never see them if we focus on the problems or the hurts that hold us captive.

Let our focus be on our God, the Lover of our souls, the Perfecter of our faith, our sure way to a hope and a future…

Now do you see how fitting these verses were??

See ya in 2012!!!!

Reflections: When I found Him…

I was listening to Kim Walker’s “I have found” this morning and I couldn’t help but reflect on what I’ve found for myself.  Here is my heart…

When I found Him…everything changed

My mourning turned to dancing
My sorrow to joy
My purpose was found and
My eternity secured
My healing proclaimed
My strength renewed
His love engulfed me
His peace surrounded me

Oh when I found Him

Focus replaced confusion
Insecurity fled
A steadfast heart became mine

Everything changed when I found Him

He is my lover, my friend, my peace, my Father, my air, my food, my everything…
He told me I was beautiful…I believed Him
He said you were made for such a time as this…I smiled
He whispered in my ear that I am just what I should be…I stood taller

My words became powerful
My praises, weapons

I stand in confidence knowing He’s all I need and has nothing but good for me!
I am secure because I am His and He is mine

He speaks a love song to all His children! Arise and hear Him! Listen and He will tell you the same beautiful things He tells me…

When I found Him everything changed

So what is God telling you today?


Where I’ve been all this time….

So I know some of you are probably wondering what happened to me (I’d like to think ya’ll miss me 😉 )!!!  Let me tell you I have definitely missed posting here but I have a really good reason!! 🙂

My church is launching this month!!! And for the last year or so we have been planning and strategizing how we can open the opportunity for everyone to come to know their awesome destiny in Christ! 

Check this video out from my Pastor, Stephen Chandler!


 

I hope to see you guys there!
Check out these links while you’re at it too!!

Pastor Stephen Chandler’s Blog: www.stephenchandler.net
Pastor Stephen Chandler’s Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/worldtakeover
Destiny Harvest Church Website: www.mydestinyharvest.com
Destiny Harvest Church Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/destinyharvest

Love you all and I hope each one of you get a chance to

Encounter God and discover Destiny!

PS.  I promise I’ll be back posting soon.  God has defintely been stirring my soul and I have a whole year of journal entries to prove it! Haha!!!

When the enemy comes in like a flood…

“The VOICE of the Lord is over the waters” Psalm 29:3

and

“The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; The Lord is enthroned as King forever…” (v. 101-11)

Hallelujah! When the enemy comes in like a flood our God is the Lord over the flood.  He give us the power to destroy the enemy’s words (2 Corinthians 10:5).  We are able to tear down every stronghold and thought that rises up against the obedience of God!

Psalm 29 is a reminder of the voice of God, the might of God, and the strength of God!

When the enemy tries to destroy us with words and thoughts (because thats his MO) we can know that the VOICE of the Lord…
…is over the waters (v. 3)
…is powerful (v.4)
…is majestic (v.4)
…breaks the cedars (i.e. strong towers–>strongholds–>words) (v.5)
…strikes with flashes of lightening (v.7)
…shakes the desert (dryness in your life; dreams that seem dead etc) (v. 8 )
…twists the oaks (v.9)

and all that strength, He gives to us to wield against the enemy with his futile attacks to our psyche!

So when the enemy tries us remember who our God is and “ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name (v.2).”

Lord I thank You that You are the Lord over the flood.  I thank You that You are all powerful nd You give us that same power to trample the enemy under our feet!

So remember when the enemy comes in like a flood…Our God sits enthroned over the flood! 

No one can snatch us???

But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep.  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
John 10:26-30

No one can snatch us?? It is true that no one can snatch us out of His hand but the serious or more pertinent question is: Were we in His hands to begin with?

He says my sheep listen to me…

                 Do we listen to Him?

He says they follow me…

               Do we follow Him??

Only then can that last statement be applied to us. No one can snatch His sheep away from Him. We can’t ever lose our eternal life, or our salvation… But let’s make sure we were in His hands to begin with…

Just a thought….

Mighty Power within Us

“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him.  This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms’” Ephesians 1:9

This is my prayer for you!  I pray that you see, feel, and understand that, the same mighty power lives in you.  I pray that you understand that the same power healed the sick, raised the dead, and cast out demons.  I pray you understand this power is able to transform and renew your mind (Romans 12:1-2).  This power can break curses and give you new perspective.  You no longer have to live in turmoil and despair.  His power is greater than any circumstance.  His love covers sin (1 Peter 4:8) and drives out all fear (1 John 4:18).  With this power nothing is impossible.  This power allows us to stand against the enemy and be victorious in every circumstance.  It allows us to scale seemingly insurmountable walls (Psalm 18:29).  This power can give peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6) even when the storm is raging; and hope that doesn’t disappoint (Romans 5:3-5) when all is seemingly hopeless.  This is the power that allows us to be strong and courageous even in the face of uncertainty and probably certain demise.

This mighty power stands when all else falls and is the immovable rock on which we can stand on.  This power is Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection.  This power is the Holy Spirit who guides, corrects, and empowers.  And this power is God who holds this entire earth and us in His very hand.  I “keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better” (Ephesians 1: 17) and understand just how mighty this power is within you!

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