Wednesday, January 11, 2017

No Longer Slaves - Verse 5

You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me
And I could stand and sing

All the previous verses led up to the climax of the song. Let's visit Exodus 14 where the Egyptians are pursuing the Israelites. They are hot on their heels and the Israelites are whining and asking Moses why he didn't just leave them in Egypt to serve the Egyptians. What? Serve the Egyptians?

The Egyptians "ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves." Exodus 1:13-14 They were so broken in spirit, they didn't even listen to Moses when he spoke to them. Exodus 6:9

I have been there, so afraid of what was ahead that I desperately wanted to go back to what the Lord had delivered me from. As crazy as it sounds, it happens! We whine, we complain and we ask God to change His mind. "Undo Your perfect plan and please let me go back to my painful past where I was comfortable," we mutter. What is wrong with us? FEAR, that's what!

Then Moses does something historical and prophetic, he says, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14) Then the Lord instructs Moses to tell the people of Israel to go forward. He hardened the Egyptians hearts, so they would pursue them and in a moment the Lord split the sea behind the Israelites and swallowed up the Egyptians, so that they would know He was Lord and He would get glory over Pharoh. Their fear of an unknown future, being captured and being brought back into slavery was swallowed up in His perfect LOVE.

That was a long time ago, but it is not so different for us. Our Red Sea is ahead of us and if we give up prematurely we might miss it. The Lord knows who or what is pursuing us and He may choose to harden their hearts, for His glory not our misery. Can we trust, wait and hope for His deliverance of perfect LOVE?

Monday, January 9, 2017

No Longer Slaves - Verse 4

We've been liberated
From our bondage
We're the sons and the daughters
Let us sing our freedom

Liberty (freedom) is not always evident by viewing our circumstances or situations we find ourselves in and definitely not by judging our emotions. It is a gift from God, that was paid for with the highest price, the Life of His Son Jesus. The only way to stay FREE is to stay in truth, the Word. No Longer Slaves is jam packed with truth!

For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:14-15
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (slavery to the law). Galations 5:1

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

Several years ago I had an amazing revelation of freedom:

April 17, 2012
My thinking up until recently had been that I would have the victory or freedom when "all was said and done" or when I could say, "this is what God did, Praise the Lord!", but today as I walked around the neighborhood feeling much like a daughter feeling full and confident, it dawned on me - THIS is the victory, the FREEDOM - NOT caring what the outcome is but, basking, growing and celebrating the journey. The victory is I AM a daughter with a Daddy that loves her and no verdict or outcome can change that. I have the freedom to face ALL that lies before me without fear. So, even with no idea what the outcome is in any given situation, but SURE that the journey is making me more of the woman He created me to be.

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, by Mark Batterson says, “Maybe we underestimate our freedom in Christ. Maybe it’s not just freedom from sin. Maybe it is freedom to do the extramdimensional.” Freedom is not just a fringe benefit of being saved, it is our inheritance as a son or daughter.
Do you feel free? If you said no, don’t that be your judge! If you are a follower of Christ you ARE FREE. Ask the Father to give you a revelation of your FREEDOM and your inheritance as His son or daughter - then SING about it!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

No Longer Slaves - Verse 3

I am surrounded
By the arms of the Father
I am surrounded
By songs of deliverance

When I first read these lines I thought I had already used the scriptures that go with this verse, but as I started looking up being “surrounded by the Father’s love” - WOW! He is ALL encompassing with His love!
In Isaiah we read that His unfailing love for us will not be shaken and His covenant of peace will not be removed.
In Epeshians 3 we learn that all God’s people should understand:
  • How wide
  • How long
  • How high
  • How Deep His love is!
He takes great delight in us, He quiets us with His love and rejoices over us with singing. Zepanaiah 3:17
If we trust in the Lord, His lovingkindness will surround us - Psalm 32:10
He crowns us with lovingkindess and compassion - Psalm 103:4
He surrounds us with favor (delight, pleasure) as with a shield - Psalm 5:12

I am in awe of a faithful and loving God. I am overwhelmed by His GREAT love for me, for us, for you!
Is it hard to believe he loves you? Is it hard to believe He loves you that much? Today ask that the dawning day would bring you revelation of His tender, unfailing love (Psalm 143:8 Passion Translation).

Thursday, January 5, 2017

No Longer Slaves - Verse 2

From my mother’s womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again, into your family
Your blood flows through my veins

While I was pregnant for my daughter, even before the sonogram, God named her. That name has repeatedly been a source of hope, healing and destiny as she grows. As I prayed for my daughter recently it dawned on me, during my pregnancy God was already giving her weapons for her warfare. That was a startling and powerful revelation

It is important we realize how intricately God was involved with us in our mother’s womb because although we were born into a fallen and broken world, we did not arrive unprepared. Unrefined? Yes, but, not unprepared.

In Jereimiah it says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you;.” Insert your name instead of “you”.

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

Psalm 139 has a lot to say about who we are and how God fashioned us in our mother's womb. This picture is a snapshot of Psalm 139 in the Passion Translation, I encourage you to read the whole thing and really meditate on what it is saying to you, about you and for you.

Are you struggling to believe that God has a plan or purpose for your life? Do you think you are too messed up to be used by Him? Ask the Father what name HE called you in your mother’s womb? Ask Him to reveal to you the weapons of your warfare that He gave you before you were even born? Those could be the keys to defeating the circumstances you find yourself in and your victory in the current battle. Be still, know He is God and allow Him and His Holy Spirit to speak to you.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

No Longer Slaves - Verse 1

It has been several months since I felt compelled to do a study with my daughter on No Longer Slaves by Jonathan David and Melissa Helser. My favorite thing about the song is it is a testimony and declaration of what the Lord has done and will do. When I sing the song I can feel my spirit soar, my faith increase and my fear dissipate. I wanted to share that with her and as I wrote felt led to share it here.

You unravel me with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone

This is not just great lyrical ability, this is TRUTH.

You can find reference to this in Psalm 32:7 - You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall surround me about with songs of deliverance.

And in Psalm 34:4 - I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from ALL my fears.

In Psalm 18:17 - He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

Let this sink in, let it wash over you, until ALL YOUR FEARS ARE GONE!

Monday, November 25, 2013


Well, it took 42 years, but I am finally having my first Thanksgiving at my house. I am 25 weeks pregnant, so I will not be making the turkey or ham, but my kids and I are making all the sides and desserts. I am excited about our menu, so I wanted to share some of the great tried and true recipes and some new ones. Click on dish for recipe:

  1. Spiral Cut Glazed Ham (purchased at Bjs)
  2. Smoked Turkey (purchased from a local meat market)
  1. This ham is delicious and easy because it is already cooked and cut.  Leftovers make amazing split pea soup.
  2. This is a new one.  I have always loved smoked turkey, but never tried to do it myself.  When I saw the local meat market was offering these for $30 for a 10-12 pound turkey, I ordered one.
  3. I am Cuban, so I had never eaten collard greens until a few years ago.  I had really good ones and loved them.  This year there were collards in our CSA box, so I had to turn to Youtube to figure out how to make them.  This video is engaging and these really are the best collards ever.  She gives a recipe list at the beginning of video.
  4. I found this recipe through Swagbucks last week.  As my plan indicates I prepared it yesterday and it is by far the BEST macaroni n' cheese I have ever tasted.  Printable recipe here.
  5. I tried mashed potato stuffing years ago and it is the most amazing combination.  I've made it several times and it is always delicious and always a hit.
  6. Tried and true!
  7. I have made this pie once before and let's just say, it disappeared!
  8. My daughter loves pumpkin pie and I have never made one.  This year she will attempt this Paula Deen recipe.

  • Prepare macaroni n' cheese, cover with foil, write directions on foil.
  • Prepare green bean casserole, cover with foil, write directions on foil.
  • Put ham in refrigerator to thaw out.

  • Prepare mashed potato stuffing, cover with foil, write directions on sticky note. (this gets cooked with foil on, so I didn't want the fumes from a sharpie wafting in the oven)
  • Prepare bacon and onions for collard greens.

  • Make pies
  • Pick up Turkey

  • Heat up ham at 11:00 a.m. according to directions (keep warm with foil and towel)
  • Heat up turkey at 11:00 a.m. according to directions (keep warm with foil and towel)
  • Start collards at 10:30, they need a good two hours to cook
  • Noon, heat up remaining casseroles
  • 1:00 Eat
We will be having a quiet Thanksgiving with a friend who is a single mom and her four kids, my husband and I and our four kids.

I am looking forward to a new tradition and hesitant about it at the same time. Thanksgiving was my favorite time of year as a kid, we ALWAYS did the same thing. It was constant and it was sure, there was comfort in that for me. Over the years, I have shared dinner responsiblities with others, I have made and brought dishes, I have made nothing, but I have never been the hostess. I did it this year out of necessity more than anything, which is not always the best motiviation. I have hope that it will be fun, thankFULL and a blessing to all of us.

I have so much to be thankful for; a new husband, four great kids and a little boy on the way, my health, healing, strong faith, great friends, the body of Christ and so much more...

What are you thankful for this year?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Lola is the gray bunny on the left and Coco is the tan one on the right. They are mini-rexes. A few months ago it became evident to me that a pet would be a great benefit for my kids. I began praying.

While out to lunch with a friend she mentioned that they were looking for a home for their dog. We arranged a meeting between said dog and my children (without their knowledge of the possibility that we might keep him). They fell in love and my heart leaped when I saw their eyes light up and their countenance change. We visited with said dog a couple of times, but it became evident it just wasn't a good fit. He was a puppy, a large puppy and we have a small house with no fenced yard. My prayer specifically was for a dog, not a puppy!

We began talking about a bunny and my oldest two got to work saving for a bunny. I got an email about a rabbit cage and pen for sale, so I bought them. My kids did a wonderful job saving and planning for a bunny. We went to our old neighbor's house, a rabbit breeder and picked out not one, but two bunnies. I just couldn't resist and my littlest two needed a pet too. We brought the bunnies home and fell in love. They are amazing. Lola, my bunny acts more like a dog than a rabbit. They are sweet and were immediately litter box trained. We keep them in their pen, with the cage inside on the screened porch (I'll include a picture of that one day when it's clean). For more on rabbits as pets, check out Georgia House Rabbit Society.

Then seemingly out of nowhere, but totally in God's bigger picture plan, we got our beloved little dog, Maggie back. We purchased Maggie, a long-haired, dachshund in the fall of 2010, but I never got the chance to post about her. In March of 2011 the kids and I moved to a new, small town with Maggie. I was a single mom, with four kids eight and under and very unsure of our circumstances and future. So, I sent Maggie back to live with my ex. He has had her since then. Recently circumstances changed and it was a good time for us to get Maggie back, so we did. In a month and a half we went from zero pets to three.

Maggie is settling in nicely. Everyone is so happy! I have realized the decision for me to not have Maggie for a while was a really loving thing to do for myself and allowed me to focus on the most important things, my children, at the time. I do not regret it or feel guilty. I am actually grateful that at a time when I could have really been cruel to myself I chose to love myself. It is a good example for my children. God is so rich in His mercy, He has restored to us what was lost and continues to do so. We are all at a much better place to love and care for Maggie.


Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

This song is a great reminder of God's love for us (for you), His beloved children:
Still hoping in Him,

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