Friday, March 28, 2008


After two different antibiotics and three weeks of no relief I returned to the doctor Friday to find out I have TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, not a sinus infection. I now refer to it as Too Much Junk. I have been carrying around way too much stuff. I was on ibuprofen around the clock for three weeks and Friday I began to pray specifically about the stress (sin) that I had been toting around. God never intended that I carry around the stuff that I had in my bag this month, so I unpacked and repented of overstuffing my bags. Today I have not had any ibuprofen at all – Praise the Keeper of my bags!

I found this description of stress, I would include the entire description, but you might mistake this for a new age blog and take me off your blog roll or your favorites list, so I will spare you and me. "Stress is simply a fact of nature—forces from the outside world affecting the individual." Stress may simply be a fact of nature, but it is a not a principle of God. He tells us to be anxious for NOTHING, cast ALL our cares on Him, PURSUE peace…I could go on and on and on. So, I must re-focus and turn away (repent) from my stressful (sinful) ways and seek His which are higher than mine. I step out of chaos and into peace; if not in reality than by faith.

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Do you ever feel like someone is watching you? If you are a mom, someone is! These are the precious eyes I get to look into everyday, but they are also the eyes that watch everything I do - sobering thought.

Do they see what I say? Do I model the biblical truths that I have taught them from infancy? Sometimes they do, sometimes they do not. Sometimes I do, sometimes I do not. That is when I must ask and trust God to make up for my lack.

"Children are great observers, but poor interpreters." - from Families Where Grace is in Place


Not really, but that is how I feel. Something is stirring deep in my spirit.

As a little girl my family went to Disney World every Thanksgiving and I would get so excited it became a physical sensation deep in my belly. That is how I feel this week. What is coming? I do not know, but my spirit is hungry, eager and excited.

This is a visual of how I feel although I am not going to Disney World and truly do not know what I would scream if I was moved to do so. If I am moved with excitement like the kids in this clip, I will make a video and you will be the first to see it.

I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


According to rabbinical tradition a kiss from the King is when a passage of scripture jumps out at you and you sense God speaking directly to you. (adapted from Falling in Love with Jesus, by Dee Brestin and Kathy Triccoli)

Last year, the Saturday before Mother’s day, I was getting something out of the fridge in the garage and I heard the Lord say, “You are more precious than rubies.” A little while later I read the verse and the next day Todd gave me my Mother’s day card and before I opened it I began to cry because I knew what it said, yeah, you guessed it…”You are more precious than rubies.” It was one of those moments that take your breath away. I was kissed by the King.

This morning as I got ready, a wall hanging Todd gave me for Valentine’s Day caught my eye and the verse my eyes were drawn to was “You are more precious than rubies.” It was as if He leaned over, held my face in His hands and planted a kiss right on my forehead. His goodness and gentleness overwhelm me. He gave me a loving reminder of His heart for me after a pounding by the enemy. It does not matter what the enemy says, all that matters is I’m still Daddy’s little girl.

May you kissed by the King!

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.
Proverbs 31:10

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

SAY, "SO!"

Visiting a friend's church on Sunday was a divine appointment. From beginning to end it was clear that I was where I was supposed to be. By the end of the service I felt so encouraged; all the events of the past three weeks seemed to be a distant memory.

During ministry time my friend asked if I was going up for prayer and I honestly began praying about getting prayer. I felt so refreshed and encouraged I was not sure I needed anything else. Then the pastor called me and up and began to prophesy over Tea & Traditions, imagine my surprise! A lot of what she said was confirmation of what the Lord has already told us and what others have prophesied, it was exciting.

One of the things the pastor spoke about Sunday was:

Psalm 107:2 - Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

When the enemy comes to you and says, you __________ (fill in the blank), simply say, "SO!" Oh, how that ministered to me.

We do not have a working website for the business....SO!
I have been sick for three weeks...SO!
(fill in the blank)__________________...SO!

Friday night I listened to the first CD in a series titled New Weapons for New War and the speaker said, "When the enemy comes at us with lies, we should respond with 'What does God say?'" Simple truth we have heard before, but a great reminder in the midst of the battle.

Here is a video of Israel Houghton performing Say So:

Thursday, March 13, 2008


The past three weeks have been like living a nightmare. I have had flu-like symptoms (whatever that is), a stomach virus (which also made its way through the whole family) and a sinus infection that does not want to quit - and those are just the physical things. Needless to say I have not been physically strong, which left me weak spiritually and I have not been able to fight all that has come against us. Yesterday, driving out of the parking lot of the chiropractor's office I heard this song and all of a sudden the rollercoaster stopped, God extended His hand and I got off. It was He Will Carry Me by Mark Schultz.

And even though I’m walkin’ through
The valley of the shadow
I will hold tight to the hand of Him
Whose love will comfort me
And when all hope is gone
And I’ve been wounded in the battle
He is all the strength that I will Ever need
And He will carry me

I know I’m broken

But You alone
Can mend this heart of mine
You’re always with me

And even though I feel so lonely

Like I’ve never been before
You never said it would be easy
But You said you’d see me through The storm

Oh, how I needed this reminder and it is all I have been saying, singing, screaming, crying since I heard it. The battle is not mine, it is HIS and He's already won it!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God NEVER fails.
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