Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Back From Japan

Heavenly Father,

I cannot begin to THANK YOU for all of the amazing things you've given me and all that You've done and are doing with this life of mine.

I'm back from Japan and can't even begin to type or process it all.  I can say without a doubt that YOU Father, are at work. You Promised in John 5:17, and YOU keep Your Word!


I'm starting to feel normal, physically. The past week felt as though I was back in my "cop" days on the midnight shift.  Japan is 13 hours ahead of us and I have yet to sleep through the night.

We get to share our story on Sunday with the church and I'm still not sure how to sum it up in 10 minutes or less.  GOD You're too good to "keep it short."  I have been tracking, journaling, blogging, documenting and trying to keep up with Your faithfulness since I became a Christian and I still cannot remember or "keep up" with YOUR AMAZING GRACE!  You've so exceed my .... I have to pause because I didn't have any expectations.  I didn't know YOU or Your Son's sacrifice for me prior to May 2008, so there were no expectations. It's one of MANY reasons why I love YOU!

YOU PATIENTLY WAITED FOR ME!  It was a long time coming and WOW....what a gift!  YOU knew that I would fall deeply in love with YOU and You knew that I would love, love, love the BIBLE!

So excited about this coming weekend as we will have our annual Women's Retreat.  I'm so excited about next week as I will be finishing up my training with Focus On The Family. I'm so excited about the weeks following as I will be going to Africa with the Dobry's.

GOD YOU REIGN!  YOU Absolutely Reign!  I'm singing praises day and night because YOU alone have planned every single day of my life.

THANK YOU for being with my children and gran-girls while I was away and THANK YOU for being with them when I'm here.  YOU are the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Fuller family and that gives my heart such peace....such joy and such hope.  THANK YOU!

Eternally yours

Saturday, September 9, 2017

God You Are So Funny

I had the #best laugh today.  I love how God is always speaking to me.  And I love that I know His voice.  I saw an opportunity today while I was getting cable and it was so not what I (kinda - sorta) assumed.  But then again, maybe it was God's way of getting me to laugh, really loud out loud.  My heart has been so heavy lately for various reasons. It worked and I will laugh about it long after today. I immediately called my baby sister to tell her about it. 

He has such great things planned for me and I'm so excited to see how it ALL unfolds.  I'm so enjoying this single journey and the opportunities that continue to arise.  I'm going somewhere incredibly special in about two weeks and I'll tell you all about it when I return.

HE has blessed me immensely and with each gift, HE still whispers, "There's more in store!"  How could you not love GOD?! Sending Jesus to the cross for us was the most incredible, loving, amazing gift ever....but then....He keeps on blessing us.  One thing after another...one day after another.

LORD, if YOU give me #nothing else...IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL!

I'm here to tell you that if you delight yourself in HIM, HE surely will give you the desires of your heart!  Try it.....I absolutely dare you!

Eternally His...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Meaningless!?

Reflecting on some of what King Solomon said. I can so relate.

"In my opinion, nothing is worthwhile; everything is futile. For what does a man get for all his hard work? Generations come and go, but it makes no difference. The sun rises and sets and hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south and north, here and there, twisting back and forth, getting nowhere. The rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full, and the water returns again to the rivers and flows again to the sea…everything is unutterably weary and tiresome. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied; no matter how much we hear, we are not content. History nearly repeats itself. Nothing is truly new; it has all been done or said before. What can you point to that is new? How do you know it didn't exist long ages ago? We don't remember what happened in those former times, and in the future generations no one will remember what we have done back here." Ecclesiastics 1:2-11 (TLB)

Looking back over some significant seasons of my life, I did not want to fornicate, out of naïveness, it just kind of...sort of happened. I never day dreamed of being a mom as lots of other girls did. It literally happened because there was no planning and no birth control. I had no desire to be a June bride. I actually believed myself to be "in love" and poof, before I knew it, the marriage ended. I didn't know that I was a so-called workaholic. I really thought I was simply providing for my family as best I could. Who knew that ALL those years of hard work would amount to filing for bankruptcy and foreclosing on my home? Retirement was never, ever on my radar! BUT now that I am...I STILL SMILE WIDE AND SAY, "WOW GOD!" 

In years past, all I ever heard prior to this season was people talking about traveling…seeing the world; going here, there and everywhere. When I was young the beach was my "happy place!" As an adult, I quietly hoped for a home on the water. At one point, I used to long to go to Paris just because it sounded so romantic. And then once I became a Christian, I desperately wanted to go to Israel, to walk where He walked and see the "tomb!" Because of HIS undeserved grace, I actually have the resources to leave today. BUT truthfully speaking, there is no where I desire to be except at His feet. He answered a quiet prayer in a little girl's heart many, many years ago and yes, six years into my dream come true, I still get to live in North Beach. As I sit here at my desk, with the wind fervently blowing, waves swiftly collapsing against the shore and water as far as my eyes can see...my #only desire is to sit at the feet of Jesus like Mary did and quietly and lovingly glean from whatever comes from His lips. 

Father in heaven, in Jesus' name, that is my heartfelt prayer. Amen!

Reflection

Because of You My Lord,

I'm sitting on the floor in my prayer hall which I call my "God Space" while listening to the instrumental version of "How Great Is Our God. I'm looking at my prayer wall and as I glance at the photos and the words, I cry. Silent tears fall because I am astounded that I was a Muslim living in Waldorf with my husband, my dog, my stepdaughter in a big house with a white picket fence; a sports car and a motorcycle. Now I sit here in a beachfront condo as a child of the One #true God, and Jesus Christ is my Lord. And not only that BUT His Holy Spirit dwells inside of me. Isn't that enough to make you cry? There is no fear in death. Jesus is indeed my portion and my cup. His sovereign will is well with my soul.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Yay...The Flu

God I just want to say, "Thank You!" I may sound silly to others but to me, it's appropriate to say, "THANK YOU!"

This week the fruit from Galatians 5 is "goodness". And because I have the flu and have been in the house for the past 6 days, I have not had any sodas, sweets or treats, and no coffee with yummy cream.

Last week's fruit was kindness. I really didn't get a chance to put it into practice because Tuesday night just after my prayer ministry, I started to feel really awful. But I guess I can say that I have been kind to (myself) as I have not done anything but #rest. 

Looking back, Diane and I were kind to the MOP's babies on Monday. There were about 9 kids and we so loved on them. No mishaps! Also, Ellie hugged me with both arms all on her on! #LOVED IT!

Anyway, I'd like to say, "Thank You" for keeping me still, keeping me filled with medication and orange juice (Yuckie) ... and also for keeping me steadfastly focused on and trusting in You!

Thank You for wanting the best for me. I may not have lost any weight, but I "feel good". 

Thank You for the flu. :-)

You said that You wanted to spend a quiet winter together and looks like You win! 

I love you!

Eternally yours

Saturday, January 21, 2017

In My Hour of Need

Great is Thy Faithfulness!

Father You know the recent journey within my family, concerning my sister, my daughter, my son's loss, my disconnected loved ones, my heart for those who just don't know You, etc...

Janell just sent me something that was so encouraging...and I shared this with her:

Thank you little sister! I LOVE that! I do believe!! ❤️
I'm gonna keep "Praying and Praising" Him in the waiting. Last Wednesday I could not sit still. I kept hearing Him whisper, "Be still."
So I went to church around 12, planning to lay at the alter and He called me instead to the back row where the choir sings. I moved the chairs and sat on the floor, next to the organ. God met me there with Kleenex tears and scripture. He had me read through the book of Philippians, and He encouraged me and strengthened me. I love Him! He is our LIVING HOPE!

Father I love Your continued FAITHFULNESS in my life! You #keep showing up and You #keep Your Promises!!!

I "heart" You!!!

Eternally yours

My Heartfelt Prayer

Father God on this day I say, "Great is Thy faithfulness!"

You alone sustained my family through these past 12 days and You alone will sustain us in all the days ahead. We need Thee every hour. I continue to pray O God that You would use Your Holy Spirit's Power to reconcile and restore broken hearts and You not let the sun go down on anger and hearts of unforgiveness. I pray Lord God that You would pierce the hearts of those in my family who call You Lord, that they may put You first in their lives, above (everyone and everything) and I pray Lord God for You to open the hearts of those who do not know You, that they may receive Your Son and His gift of Salvation. In Jesus' name, Thy will be done. Amen!

1 John 5:13-15

I #believe!

Eternally yours

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Good morning my Lord,

Thank You for yesterday. I watched my nephew's home going "memories" video in the privacy of my own home and I wept. I thank You that You are my God and the God of my family. I thank You for the tears and Kleenex. I thank You for peace and stillness. I thank You for Your Son and for His blood.  Thank You for the simple things, such as being able to take my sister some Chinese food. Thank You that people are still praying and checking on her and checking on me. Thank You for the laughter, thank You for the fellowship the past 10 days or so, thank You for traveling mercies, thank You for family and extended family, thank You for sweet and rich friendships.

Father I say thank You for yesterday's home going services for Javon. I had been praying fervently for the officiant's that would be speaking at DJ's service and Javon's service, that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit, and they both were. Great is Thy faithfulness. You are SO comforting in our time of need! You are ever present in our sorrows as much (if not greater) in our times of joy! Through it #all, I PRAISE YOU AND THANK YOU! You #alone held my family together!

I need Thee every hour. Please continue this journey with me! Please continue to remind me that greater is He that lives in me, and in those who have #chosen to call YOU LORD, than he that rules this world. For a season, the enemy reigns...with limited power over this earth, BUT NO POWER WHATSOEVER OVER YOUR CHILDREN! Please O God by the Power of Your Holy Spirit, bind him from "their thoughts" and help them, guide them, teach them (Your children) what is TRUTH!

Satan is a master deceiver and we, Your beloved offsprings have the Power to reign and rule with Your Son! Your Word says tha we have the "mind" of Christ and we are not just conquerors, #BUT that we are #more than conquerors!

Help them with their unbelief, and my Lord, when I forget, help me! In Jesus' name, Thy will be done! Amen!

Father I say it once again. GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS! Morning by morning, new #mercies I see!  Only because You waited for me, called me and chose me!

Eternally grateful, eternally yours

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Close To Heart

Unexpected Grief...

Death stops you in your tracks...metaphorically speaking...dead in your tracks. You're moving and then you pause...your heartbeat instantly stops...and it literally paralyzes you...at least mentally, as we try to process what just happened, when moments ago there was life.

Physically and completely unknown to us, our knees give way to the weight of the shock and we collapse. Some even faint and almost everyone in the moment of receiving the devastating news, cries out in a voice unfamiliar to anyone, but very familiar to those who've walked through, not around but through similar seasons of grief.

Emotionally speaking the uncontrollable tears, weeping and even wailing can intensify as the reality begins to set in that it has truly happened to you. It's not a nightmare and no, it didn't happen to someone else...it is in fact your heart wrenching loss, one of your beloved.

Then there are those rare moments when others are somewhat prepared, some had advanced knowing regarding their loved ones and we're not caught off guard and in those instances, the grief still encompassed them, but it was well with their souls.

Well this was so not the case with my family. BUT even so, I'm trusting God and His Sovereignty to hold my sister and family together, as well as all who knew and loved my 28 year old nephew,  Darryl Tyrone Ware, Jr.

Bernice, I love you! No time, distance or disagreements will ever change that! I am here for you in whatever capacity you need me. But even in that promise, humans fail and oftentimes having good intentions, don't meet our expectations. And although I am grieving with you and with Darryl, DJ's dad, I don't know this kind of sorrow.

BUT take heart beloved, because you and I serve a God who keeps His Word! He Promised to walk with His children in their time of need. He said that He would never leave you nor forsake you! He said there would be a time to mourn. He said that there would be troubles and tribulations. He said that the enemy came to kill, steal and destroy. He said that He overcame the world! He also said to be prepared because, like death HE to will come in an instant. In an unexpected instant...like a thief in the night...no one knows the day or the hour in which HE will return for those who love Him and for those who belong to Him. For HE has conquered death and there is eternal life after this one ends. There is a LIGHT in the midst of us and His name is Jesus!

There is a place that Has a room for you and that place is heaven. And in that place, you will not feel grief nor will you weep. You will rejoice at the sight of your Savior, the one who has always LOVED you and the One who is holding you in this very moment. Precious sister of mine, we serve a God who sees you and loves you with an everlasting love! He wants to be your refuge! Let Him carry you and trust that you can lean on Him

“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My God of PEACE

Father I just want to say thank You!!!!!!!

Although this week is a week of patience, (fruit number 4) in my journey, I may have not have exhibited patience today. I thought I was calm, but the Holy Spirit, I believe, overtook the conversation in the room while visiting T, JT and the girls. At any event, when I stopped at the Saeway, I was feeling kind of weary and wanted to cry, but I did not cry. I asked my friend Kenny to pray for for me. Instead of tears, I played some #praise music in the car, downloaded some songs, and #rejoiced remembering how You used Your children and my Christian siblings to comfort and encourage me!

I thank You for Aimee, Ashlee, Charmaine, Susie, Kenny, Karen, Eva, Stephanie, Harmony, Rebecca, Lorrie, Marlena, Darlene, Karen, Regenna, Barbara, Angela, Claudette, Lisa, Jackie, Anna, Ruth, Niki, Nicole, Madison, Laurie, Melanie, Donna, Missy, Diana, Gina, Tonya, Myriam, Diane, Michelle, Janell, Tanya, Helen, Gloria, Juanita, Courtney, Mary, Denise, Caroline, Alfi, Cathy, and Pastor Dario, all who are lifting my family to Your Sanctuary! Also I needed You in a BIG way and spoke with Shelly and Kaha, who greatly encouraged me. None of this God, #none of this would be occurring if You were not on the throne and if Your Son was not Lord over #all.

Thank You for waiting for me and giving me the gift of salvation as well as my children and my grandchildren. And also, how could I forget, my sweet son Alex who's in NYC returned my phone call. #SweetBliss!

Thank YOU Father that Jesus Christ is Lord! Thank God Almighty, Jesus Christ is my Lord! Thank You for my mom, my dad, my stepdad, and my siblings. And again O God, comfort my Precious sister, Marty and her children in this time of sorrow. Prepare them...prepare us, for the days ahead as well as DJ's dad, Darryl, and all who knew him and #loved him. May the peace of God be in the atmosphere and may the Holy Spirit be present in the services. May those who do not know You Father God, I pray LORD God that You would prepare their hearts for the Holy Spirit to bring them to salvation. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen

Also O God I pray that this tragedy will reconcile my fractured family. In Jesus' name, amen.

Eternally grateful-eternally yours

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Make Me Brighter!!

My Lord,

I'm watching the Gospel of John once again, and hearing and seeing new things. I love when the Holy Spirit does that…reveals #new things to me. Father God I want to be like Your Son, Jesus! I want to do the Father's will and not have any agenda of my own. Guide my footsteps and my heart also...directing me daily to accomplish this mission, not in my own strength but in Your #power! I know that there were many times where Jesus was discouraged and weary, #but HE still persevered in accomplishing the things that YOU gave HIM to do while His ministry on earth was active.

I want to live a life in such a way where everyone is astounded by my #faith in God's abilities to do all that He said that He would do!

Increase my faith Father God, day by day, I pray that You would increase my faith! I pray O God that in this year, in this new season of life, my light would shine brighter than #100 watts, so much brighter than it did in #2016.

Father, this is my heart's desire, only to glorify Your name through the life that You have given me. I pray Lord God, day by day that there will be no remnants, no residue of Denise, but more and more images and sweet fragrances of Your Son, Christ Jesus. My Savior and my Lord! It is in His name that I pray!

Eternally yours

Thursday, January 5, 2017

I Can With You My Lord

Father God I say thank you for this day. I pray O God that You would search my heart and remove any wicked ways, any evil thoughts, any selfish motives and bring all my thoughts, my behavior, my actions and my flesh...bring it all under the influence and obedience of Your Word and the authority of Your Son, Christ Jesus!

I pray O God that I would be disciplined with my mouth, my thoughts, my days, my calendar BUT NOT with my LOVE!  May I show no restraint and showering others with the love that You have lavished on me. May I show no restraint in extending grace and mercy in proportion to what You've given so graciously to me O God!

On this day O God, a gift solely from You, I submit myself to You, my desires, my dreams, my time, and my plans! May this entire day and every forward be set aside for Your glory. Help me to be disciplined in all of my choices, to include my meals, and my beverages. Also while I'm driving, the music that I listen to, the television shows that I watch, the books that I read, and the conversations that I participate in. Grant me, according to the power of Your Holy Spirit an increased measure of self-discipline.

I pray Father God for continued discipline in the prayer ministry that You have called me to. I pray O God for continued discipline in reading Your Word and spending intimate and alone time with You! I pray for discipline as I rest. I pray for discipline in my free time. I pray for discipline when I am working in the school system and ministering to and teaching the children. The children that You have entrusted to me!

I pray for discipline when doing my Bible study homework. I pray for discipline when using social media. I pray for discipline while talking on the telephone. And I pray for discipline as I exercise Your Holy temple!

I pray O God in this new season of life, that I will become more and more like Your Son, Jesus! My heart's desire, aside from seeing You face-to-face in all Your glory, is to be what You have called me to be, and that is Your image bearer.

Day by day Father God, please renew a steadfast spirit within me. May my Christian walk be pleasing in Your sight!  May I emulate  to the not-yet believers and those living in this lost and dark world what life looks like as a Christ follower! 

Father God I also pray for self-discipline when I am persecuted for Your namesake. I pray that I will not retaliate with evil words or thoughts and that I will pray for their misguided souls! I pray O God that I would count it #all joy! And please O God convict me immediately when my words and actions do not align with Your truth! Let me not resent Your loving discipline and I pray with my whole heart that I will not grow weary in running this race. I take great delight and am confident that you will be with me every step of the way!

Father by the power of Your Holy Spirit, my "One Word"  for #2017 is DISCIPLINE!

I pray O God that I will live it out; not in my strength but in YOURS ALONE! In Jesus' name, amen!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Heart to Heart with YOU

Father I praise You that I have the privilege to come to You in prayer. Thank You for Your humble and faithful servant Dr. Charles Stanley for this incredible and discerning truth:

A Pattern for Prayer

In Matthew 6:7, Jesus cautioned against meaningless repetition when talking to the Father. Just two verses later, He left a pattern to help us pray. However, in using this passage, which is known as the Lord’s Prayer, we’re often guilty of the very thing Jesus warned against: Instead of thoughtfully praying each line, we run through the words mindlessly. But if we take time to carefully examine Christ’s words, we’ll find the pattern that can transform our prayer life.
Adoration of the Father (Matt. 6:9). God the Father is the focus of all our prayers. We should never forget what a privilege it is to bend our knees on earth and reach almighty God in heaven. 
Submission to His Will (Matt. 6:10). Prayer should reflect a desire to align ourselves with God’s goals and purposes, not to get Him to follow our plans.
Petition God for our needs (Matt. 6:11). We are dependent upon the Lord, and He wants us to come to Him with our requests. 
Confession of sins (Matt. 6:12). When we repent and forgive others, we maintain fellowship with God. But if we hold grudges, that fellowship is broken. God loves to answer our prayers when the lines of communication are not disrupted. 
Deliverance from evil (Matt. 6:13). Our enemy is too strong for us, but Christ has already won the victory over him.
Jesus ended the prayer where He began—with praise to the Father for His kingdom, power, and glory (Matt. 6:13). Next time you say this prayer, concentrate on each verse. Then, following this pattern will result in a more dynamic and effective prayer life because it will be God-centered.

May anyone who reads this post be blessed because Your Word transforms lives! In Jesus' name, amen!

Eternally yours

Jesus' Birthday Gift

Need to document this day!!

God is so good. I was reading the Psalms about two hours ago and fell asleep. I just woke up with all His promises dancing around in my head. And then I said, "Jesus what do you want for Your birthday?" He said, "Hearts. Let ME empty them, cleanse them, repair them, restore them, and fill them." He wants everyone's heart. And then He gave me a vision of a brown cross and all these red hearts being laid at the foot of the cross.

Father I praise YOU because where would I be and who would I be without Your Son and without Your LOVE?!?

Never ever want to find out!

Eternally yours

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Reflections

LORD GOD You  have shown that You have always been my God. I was reading through Psalms and 8:4 caused me to stop and look back. You've always been there! 

You've also revealed that the enemy is satan and he is always looking for ways to attack me, my loved ones, God's children and to steal our joy.  He is relentless in his schemes and tactics to steer us away from God's love and our kingdom assignments.

You have taught me that when I pray specifically inside Your will, my prayers are already answered.  You've also shown me that I can pray without ceasing wherever I am and that I don't have to be eloquent in speech.  Overtime, You've taught me to pray Your promises back to You which has tremendously increased my faith.

Over the years, You've shown me through my Grace Brethren family various things:  Life is shorter than we imagine.  Death is to be embraced when it comes and not feared.  Prayer is so much more about others than it is about self.

If it were not for my church/your people,  I would not be praying nearly as much for people outside my "sphere of influence."  I was praying for Haiti from time to time, but not the other missionaries and not the persecuted churches.  I was praying for friends also but not for people that I did not know and surely not as often as I do now.

Father for the things that I've listed here, I say, THANK YOU!

Eternally yours

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Yesterday's Bliss

Fathers it's a rainy Tuesday and I'm in my bed with my bible app, my iPad, my electric blanket, my full belly, my bible tools, my BSF homework, my devotional, my prayer list, my heater on, my little Christmas tree on my dresser, my police pension, my good health and my texts coming in from women that you've placed in my life for me to encourage through Your Word.

I say, THANKYOU!!!

Once again, THANKYOU!!!!!!!

I'm looking through scripture in preparation for our first prayer group tonight. You used Janell to motivate me to do something that's been on my heart since January. I love Your will and Your timing. Because of You and because of my obedience, we will meet on Tuesdays at church from 5:30 - 6:30! All we need is one Father...as Your Word says 2 or more agree...You are there...

Cannot wait!!!

Eternally yours

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Your Voice

My Lord,

I adore YOU!  But that is in no way news to You.  I have been quite busy, doing this that and the other.  I have really been enjoying bible study.  Tuesday in Bible Study Fellowship we are taking a slow walk through the Gospel of John.  Father as I pray, You are making this book come to life for me in brand new ways!  YOU are so #Faithful!!!!!!!

I am also attending Wednesday night at church with Pastor Wagner as we journey through the "Gospel Project."  He's so wise and so much fun.  I love his commitment to us and to YOU!

And for Thursday's study we just finished the Armor of God with Priscilla Shirer.  Awesome study about our equipment as "Soldiers" in God's Army!  Father God, I thank YOU that You are for us and that no weapon formed shall prosper against Your children!

What comfort to my body, soul and spirit and what a friend we have in Jesus!

I hear Your tender loving voice reminding me of some things that I've forgotten.  You clearly told me the other day, just as I was approaching Grace Brethren on Route 260.  You said, "I have equipped you with many gifts and one of them is writing, so get back to it!"  I heard You loud and clear.  Not only that, I had read lots of stuff later that afternoon and evening, and just before turning in, I decided to read just one more thing.  I had a choice between Our Daily Bread, Life Action Camp devotional or Morning's With Jesus.  I chose the latter and in typing that, "it was actually" the Holy Spirit.  The timely devotional was about the gifts that You've given us and to get busy using them. 

I love writing and I do "miss" it.  I have also become lazy as I mostly "speak" into my iphone and then post "encouragement" on Facebook or share with many others via text or e-mail.

I still have a desire (amongst other things) to publish books and to become a writer for a Christian Blog or magazine.  I love YOU so much for reminding me of the things that give me extreme joy!  I also love the many things that I've been asked to do since retirement and the tender loving way that You've reminded me to continue listening to YOUR still small voice!

Thank You for the opportunity to provide childcare again for the MOPS Mommy's and thank YOU that I was free to provide childcare for Ashlee's bible study for young mothers.  Thank You for our sweet encounter as we met in the church kitchen, peeling oranges for VBS!  Thank You also for her mom, Diane. THANK YOU FATHER! I have truly enjoyed meeting her and getting to share our testimonies.  I especially want to thank YOU for giving me an "On Call Ministry!"  I've never forget when You told me that on July 17th.  There's no way I could have made up such a thing!  When You speak to me, it is as clear as the morning Son-rise bursting through the dawn's new day!

Speaking of sunrise :-)

THANK YOU that I still get to live in North Beach!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS Jesus Journey is so #amazing to me!  Still :-)

I pray that I can work this fall with Kathy and Carol as well as subbing here and there.  I also pray that I can get involved with a Hospice Ministry for YOUR glory.  I've been praying so much lately and I want to be very aware of what You've called me to do.  I don't want to say "yes" without praying and I surely don't want to say it and it feels like an obligation.  I want to serve YOU and to be "all in" and have it be deeply satisfying.  I know without a doubt that I am an encourager, counselor and childcare nurturer.  I love to serve others, clean and give of my resources (if there is a need)!  Anything outside of that, LORD, I so need a "Moses" burning bush encounter! LOL

Sounds funny, but Oh so true.  I don't want to do a ministry to meet a need that others can do and I don't want to say "yes" just to be saying "yes".  YOU know that I'm a recovering "people-pleaser" and I love that Your Word says that there are "many members" but one body.  There is enough work for everyone and not a small group of people need to repeatedly do all the work! I want to serve YOU with my whole heart and when I'm in my "giftedness" I'm so aware of YOU and Your promise that what I'm doing is for YOUR Kingdom and I didn't just happen upon it.  It was planned long ago, as You've said in Jeremiah 29:11.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY for Leaving us His Living WORD!

Lord I want to say a special thank YOU!  There is someone special in my life and I see YOU working and answering prayers!  You are all knowing and at work in ways that I could have never imagined!  That's why I love Your Word.  It says that no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no human mind can conceive what God has planned for those who LOVE and WAIT on Him. 

I may have misquoted some of it, BUT Father I want to say, "THANK YOU!"  I'm enjoying the waiting and I wholeheartedly trust YOU!  Thy will be done!

LORD I also want to lift up our Women's Retreat that is quickly approaching. I know, trust and believe that YOUR Presence is going to do a MIGHTY work in us and I'm so, so, so excited!  GOD You are always at work and I love that You never sleep nor slumber!

Lord, YOU know every single name and every single need!  Father HAVE Your way!

And as You know, we are having our last Go-Fish small group on Thursday.  YOU know the name of every person that is in need of Salvation from our prayers list and Father, we trust YOU.  You waited many, many years for me and I've heard of several stories where seniors were saved just before dying.  LORD God You are Sovereign over all and You Word says that You want NOT ONE SOUL PERISH!

In addition, give each person who participated in this series to go out into the universe to tell others about this Sweet Jesus that we love.  The ONLY ONE who Saves!


Eternally yours

Monday, September 26, 2016

Here's My Heart

My Lord,

Please accept my forgiveness! Search my heart and clean me out! Renew, daily, a steadfast Spirit of obedience in me for YOUR GLORY and may I intercede on behalf of all Your children...

Prayer and repentance:

Lord God please forgive us for wanting your blessings, but not wanting YOU to interfere in our lives. Forgive us for crying out to YOU, wanting YOU to answer our prayers, but not submitting to YOUR will. Forgive us for coming to YOU begging and pleading and then turning away not trusting and believing. Forgive us O God. Help us FATHER to come to YOU first with a heart of repentance and a desire to turn away from our sin (s), however subtle! Forgive us Lord God and help us to wholeheartedly, not halfway or partially, but to wholeheartedly follow YOU! Help us O God to desire a life of obedience and a deeper relationship with YOU! By the POWER of Your Holy Spirit, open our spiritual eyes to see that YOU are the only One that can fill us. The longing that we have is for YOU and YOU alone. CONVICT our hearts immediately when we call YOU Lord but fail to do what YOU have asked us to do. Forgive us FATHER for the times when we have rejected YOUR love and YOUR Word; and for taking both for granted. Forgive us for having access to the Bible and NOT delighting and meditating on YOUR HOLY Scriptures. Forgive us for our busyness and our earthly distractions. Forgive us for doing those things that we have not brought to YOU in prayer. Set us free O God for the things that bind us in this world. Free us to worship YOU and YOU alone! In Jesus' precious and beloved name, amen!

“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:8-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I call on You O God. For You will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6

Father, I THANK YOU that You have heard me!

Eternallyyours

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Peace You Promised

My Lord,

It is Saturday night. There are numerous things that I could be doing and so many places that I could go and visit. But because I'm in love with YOU,  I am sitting on my sofa and I just warmed up my coffee. I have my favorite orange throw across my lap and I'm listening to one of my YouTube favorites "quietness." The sounds of nature in the background with no words. There is peace here. Lord God, Your Holy Spirit surely dwells here. Even as I write, looking down, I see my abdomen moving and breathing. It is Your Spirit alone that gives me life. 

The reason I wanted to pen a letter to You is because there are and have been many seasons of life where I'm super busy and often exhausted. I'm certain that there are more of those "seasons" in my future. But for now, I am at complete peace. 
This year's travels have come to a safe end, aside from the upcoming Women's Retreat.
I'm safely back home and by Your grace alone, I was able to go to Ohio twice, Seattle Washington, Pennsylvania, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake Beach Virginia, and England. Summer has come to a close and the Bible studies have begun. I prayed and with Your wisdom, I am attending (BSF) Bible Study Fellowship for the first time. I was expecting to be completely consumed with intense studying. That is so not the case. I am thoroughly enjoying and looking forward to meeting You in the pages of Your Beloved John. I am not doing Thursday nights with my GBC and sisters, and I miss them. However, because You are so awesome, I get to sit in on Thursday mornings and glean from the wise women that meet at 9:30, as they study Priscilla Shirer's "The Armor of God!" 

Look at You God! 

I'm also hosting a "Go Fish" small group here at my home. I love it and I love our group. I am not nervous nor am I overwhelmed. 

I have not worked for the county's public school system since June 3rd, and yet all that I have needed Thou has provided for me! Father I praise Your holy name! 

I am getting ready to read Acts chapter 4 as required for this Thursday night's meeting. But first I want to say a ginormous and heartfelt THANK YOU for the fellowship that You allowed me to have this morning with my granddaughters. It was priceless! Father God You are indeed LORD of all and LORD over all!

Eternally yours

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Beyond Blessed!

My Lord,

I have all that I need because of Your Son Jesus!

Thank You for Your Grace and Your Love!

Thank You for Your Word and Your PROMISES!

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Messiah,”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:2-3‬ ‭WMB‬‬

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ, God has given us every spiritual blessing in heaven.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭ICB‬‬

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ,”
‭‭EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him.
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:3 MSG‬‬

Eternally grateful - eternally yours

Saturday, September 3, 2016

There

My Lord,

I've been listening to worship music and it puts me, as always, in a state of longing. As a result, I begin to look intensely for You. Usually I do one of two things...weep or write...and oftentimes both <3

Right now, I'm breathing and I'm grateful. I'm lying on my sofa, stretched out and covered in my favorite orange throw. I hear a mixture of waves and wind chimes. When look to the left, I see the amazing fluffy clouds transforming across the sky as the storm is nearing. Birds are flying about and the remnants of summer are slowly fading. There is surely peace in this place just as He promised me. His Holy Spirit dwells here and has yet to depart. I am confident that it never will. Not that it will remain here when I'm gone but it, (He) will be wherever I am. He gave His Word to His believers, His beloved children, that the Holy Spirit's presence would never leave us. And as wonderful as that is, as comforting as that has been to me since the day of my salvation, it is not enough. As incredible as my life has been and continues to be...the joy, the blissful moments, the serendipity and epiphanies-all that yumminess still leaves me longing…
My children are healthy, my granddaughters are healthy, my family members and loved ones appear healthy, not to mention all the treasured friendships. And not only that, some of my desires have been granted, and some are unfolding as I write this. I believe that there is a godly man out there for me. I still believe that the Lord has yet to reveal His great calling on my life. I even hold a belief that I will lose these last 10 stubborn pounds. But even so, that is not enough…
I still have a deep desire to walk the journey that Jesus walked, to go to Israel and see my Lord's empty grave.
I thoroughly enjoy being a substitute school teacher. I love when the Holy Spirit uses me to help someone else in need. I love serving in the name of Jesus. I know that this life is not about me, and it even sounds selfish saying this, but yet, it's still not enough...
I unlike many others, have even seen Jesus face-to-face. Yes, my Lord came down from His throne and stood beside me.
He did not physically touch me. He did not hug me. He did not embrace me. But yet, just standing within inches of my flesh, He completely wrapped me in a blanket love with His holy presence. Unlike anything that I've ever experienced in my life, I want more! He deepened my longing. And with that glimpse of glory, I simply cannot wait to go home. I can't wait to walk through the gates of Heaven to have more of Him. The fullness of joy awaits me there.

Patiently waiting to transition from here to there.

Eternally yours

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Random Blessings

My Lord,

Lord I praise Your Holy name. I'm sitting on my brown sofa writing a testimony for Tara's upcoming Women's Day weekend and the waves are collapsing against the shore behind me. 

I'm retired and there is peace in this place, just as You have promised me and there is a greater peace inside my heart!

I'm also reflecting on yesterday's goodness where Stephanie, Harmony and Eva came for a visit. Father, Your Holy Spirit was there as well as your grace!

Lord, thank YOU for giving me the freedom to be me. Most importantly thank YOU for giving me an ear to hear YOUR VOICE. Thank You for delivering me from my past; specifically, the need to be in control, having sex outside of marriage and people pleasing.

Thank You!

Eternally yours

Your Grace

My Lord,

Thank You for allowing me to go to England in Your name. Thank You for the amazing things that happened there. Thank You for the beautiful friendships and for the hospitality that completely overwhelmed us. Your Holy Spirit presence was there each and every day, hour by hour.

I will not possibly be able to blog about all the goodness that I saw and all the goodness that I experienced. I surely felt the presence of the Lord as we journeyed from place to place. Giving me a glimpse of Birmingham, England increased my knowledge of You and the deeper need for prayer!

Thank You for the ability to serve in Your name and to express unconditional love in Your name and to praise Your holy name! 

Thank You for the safe travels, all that You provided, and all that You planned long ago! Father You are indeed a loving God who cares about every detail of our lives, from North Beach to England to Israel to Haiti to Alaska to India to Africa, to Seattle, and on and on! 

Your Word is truth! No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind can conceive, what You, my Lord has planned for those who love You, trust You, and who wait on You!

Seeing all the sheep grazing in the grass, laying under the trees and enjoying the flowing rivers, gave me a glimpse of Psalm 23 come to life. I was completely overwhelmed. Your GREAT LOVE for us is endless and it truly has no bounds whatsoever! 

And after reading, A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23, by W. Phillip Keller, how could I not weep in the pages of every chapter?!!!!!!! Completely unbelievably, incredible how YOU endlessly and effortlessly pursue and protect those You love!

How can I NOT PRAISE YOUR NAME for choosing me, loving me, setting me apart from this world and, DYING ON THE CROSS FOR ME SO THAT I MAY LIVE?!!

FATHER YOU LOVE US! You love all of us!

I love You!

Your humble and grateful servant!

Eternally yours

Friday, July 22, 2016

Challenged by Susie

My Lord,

I shared this on Facebook:

Bible verse challenge day #2!

I absolutely love the [THEN] in verse 17 and [put up with] in verse 18.

This is proof (to me) that HE will stop at nothing to free the captives, me being one of them! With His #powerful arm, He led me out of darkness. He put up with my #mess for 40 years and THEN....❤️

Ya'll know the rest!!!😘

"The God of this nation of Israel chose our ancestors and made them multiply and grow strong during their stay in Egypt. Then with a powerful arm he led them out of their slavery. He put up with them through forty years of wandering in the wilderness.”
‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭13:17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

He is Not finished with me, my family or yours. Keeping praying, praising and believing!!!! His arm is still #powerful and your #mess ain't got nothing on God!

I'm His and He is mine!!!!!!

Eternally yours

Today's Truth

My Lord,

Thank You for godly wisdom and godly women!!

Revival is not a tent meeting. It is not a series of church services designed to save the lost. It is…breathing the breath of God, God purfying His church, people saturated with God, the inrush of the Spirit into a body that threatens to become a corpse. It is a work of God's Spirit among His own people…what we call revival is simply New Testament Christianity, the Saints getting back to normal.

Personal revival is Jesus in you and Jesus...around you and Jesus through you and Jesus under you and Jesus over you and Jesus before you and Jesus behind you. Personal revival is just Jesus…Jesus on your mind, Jesus filling your heart, Jesus overflowing from your lips. So center down. Be still. Listen with the ears of your heart. Can you hear him? The still, small voice of God is calling you to see Jesus… Again.
-Anne Graham Lotz

I love this and how Your Holy Spirit is using her and using me!

Eternally yours

Bible Verse To Encourage

My Lord,

I the below verse because when you know that you know that you know...you know! That's what Pastor Robert Wagner says. And one thing I am certain of is that I know the truth! I not only love God's Word, I read God's Word! I meditate on God's Word! I write out God's Word! I pray over God's Word! I sing over God's Word! I listen to God's Word! I wake up with God's Word! I fall asleep to God's Word! I thirst for God's Word! I hunger for God's Word! I share God's Word! I have poured out countless tears over God's Word! I have hidden God's Word in my heart! Yes, I know the truth because I got it straight from the One who wrote it! I know who I am in Christ Jesus and I have been set free by God's Word! I know who my Heavenly Father is. He is who He says He is and He can and will do what He says He can do!

“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
‭‭John‬ ‭8:31-32‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Eternally yours 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My Personal Assistant

My Lord,

I shared this on Facebook:

Day #3 bible verse challenge to encourage you!

“[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭AMP‬‬


I love this verse because in Christ Jesus, this wonderful life that I get to live is a reflection of HIS great love for me. I don't have to be perfect! I can cease striving! I can be weak and I can be insecure! Because HE will fulfill His purpose through me and for me. I can rest knowing that I just don't have to do life on my own anymore!!!

#GRATEFUL

Eternally yours

My Jesus Joy

My Lord,

I shared this on Facebook:

“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This is one of my favorite verses because I know without a shadow of a doubt, walking in complete confidence, that I possess #JesusJoy! It is nothing that I've done in my own will, this is purely a gift from God! I am a compliant person by nature, so God knew full well the when I gave my life to Him, when I fully surrendered, that He would instill His joy in me and I would in turn walk in obedience, following His instructions…day by day – in perfection, but with a heart of steadfast obedience.

Eternally yours

Healed!!!!!!!

My Lord,

My brother in Christ and friend received his test results yesterday and he is healed! Lord we praise Your name alone! We knew it before the doctors confirmed it! Thank You also for the many who joined me in prayer! I know You've got great plans for his life! Thank You for allowing me to be apart of his journey!

You also healed another very close friend of mine! He had a broken heart because he'd been separated from his daughters for about 10 years and YOU ALONE restored their relationship! Thank You for answering my prayers and allowing our paths to cross! God YOU ARE ALWAYS AT WORK in so many ways that the human eye cannot see!

Lord God I believe in You! Truly I do!

Eternally yours

Total Darkness

My Lord,

I shared this on Facebook:

Bible verse challenge to encourage you, day #4!

I absolutely love the below scripture because I was minding my own business when Christ came for me. I was drinking, cursing, having sex, and controlling everything and everyone in sight. I had weight issues, hair issues, style issues, work issues, family issues, financial issues, self-esteem issues, and so much more stuff… Drama… you name it!!!! Just Lost and naïve, living a life of complete darkness apart from God! When Jesus knocked on my door, He did not tell me that I needed to clean up my act and get myself together. He did not leave a "verse" and tell me to call Him when I was ready to make a change. The only thing that He told me, was that He loved me. He told me that He had loved me before I was born. That was it.......

I'm His!!!!! #FOREVER!!💜

“Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:6-8‬ ‭MSG‬‬ 

#GRATEFUL

Eternally yours

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thank You

My Lord,

I have been homebound for the past three days or so. I have not been feeling well, and I want to thank you for giving me rest.

Thank you for the sweet fellowship that I had with my granddaughters and my daughter on Monday.

Thank you for the awesome service on Sunday. I never get tired of hearing Psalm 23.

Thank you for choosing me to be an intercessor for others.

Thank you for answering a ginormous prayer request for Christopher.

Thank you for rekindling an old friendship. The fellowship has been amazing beyond belief.

Thank you that I do not need to see that you are at work in our lives, to know that you are at work in our lives.

Thanking you in advance that Myriam is coming to this year's Grace Brethren women's retreat.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the sweetest fellowship with Hope and her nursing staff and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the sweetest fellowship with Darlene and their sisters from church while in Seattle.

Thank you for the most precious fellowship with Tamara, the shuttle bus driver who took me to the airport. God that was your timing and your timing alone.

Thank you for a prayer that I prayed inside my heart on Monday and you answered it on Tuesday when I returned from the airport.

Thank you for the sweetest fellowship that you and I have shared the past couple of weeks, where my tears have been flowing uncontrollably with adoration for you.

Thank you that I am still single and that it is you that I wholeheartedly desire. Help me to stay inside your will, the absolute safest place to be.

Eternally yours

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Still Amazed

My Lord,

I was just reading 2 Chronicles 20 and You sent Your Spirit in the form of Jahaziel to encourage and give instructions to Your children.

But for me, You came to me directly. Still amazed that I saw You on May 20th. I'll never, ever forget it. T and I were talking about it in the car on Monday. She said that she was #jealous! I started cracking up! She'll get her turn some day...I'm certain :-)

I'm so glad You chose to gift me with such a priceless memory and a voice to keep telling others about it!!!

Eternally yours

Friday, July 1, 2016

Inspired

My Lord,

I was reading Your Word this am and when I got to Psalm 147:4, I was inspired to write this:

He called me out of darkness He blotted out my shame
He counts each star and He calls them by name
For 42 years I had lived on this earth 
In "2008" He gave me a new birth
He brought me out into a spacious place 
He equips His saints to finish the race
He has shown me a love that I have never known
On May 20th of this year He left His throne
He has shown me repeatedly that I'm precious in His sight
He's promised to protect me with all His might
He holds my life in the palm of His hands 
He tells me in "Jeremiah" that He has a plan 
Trust me my beloved I know what is best 
Just walk with Me and I'll do the rest
I am the Vine you are the branch 
If you let go of My hand you don't stand a chance 
The road is not easy and is filled with despair 
But My peace and My joy will meet you there 
When you take your last breath you will be with Me
Fear nothing My child 
I have promised you eternity 

Father You have gifted me with poetry and You still inspire me!

Eternally yours

Saturday, June 25, 2016

I Saw Jesus

My Lord,

You already know this, but I have to put it in print!!!

On May 20, 2016, I had a conversation with Jesus.  He asked me about my concerns, my fears and my anxieties.  I was seated in the Sanctuary with about twenty-four other women.  The Holy Scriptures were being read to us as we were on the road to Emmaus and Jesus appeared to me.  He didn't speak a word aloud and neither did I.  His heart spoke to my heart.  He stood there, on my left tall and beautiful as anything I had ever seen!  The most amazing LIGHT covered His face and it shined as bright as anything I'd ever seen.  I guess that why He's called "Glorious!"  He stood there in His white robe, that covered His entire body.  His hair was just past His shoulders and His heart was as tender as the meaning of the word.  Without speaking, He asked me about my concerns and I told him about my family.  He said, "They know me."  He asked me about my fears.  I told Him about possibly dying in a car accident.  He said, "You'll be with me."  He then said, "Let's talk about your anxieties..."  I began to talk but could not get the words out.  Then a stranger appeared in front of me.  I could not see the face of this person, just the image of his frame.  I looked at Jesus, He looked at me and then I looked at the person in front of me and said, "This is Jesus, my friend."  And then I looked at Jesus and He looked at me and said, "That's all you have to say Denise.  Just tell them who I am to you."  I looked and the person was gone as was Jesus and I burst into tears.

I saw Jesus on the road to Emmaus and I will never, ever forget it.

Father every single Word that You breathe into the Holy Scripture is #truth!"

Luke 24:31-32

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.  And at that moment he disappeared! They said to each other, "Didn't our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?"

v 35-36 Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. "Peace be with you." he said.

v 45 "...Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures."

My Lord and my God!!!

Eternally yours

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Virginia Beach Blessings

My Lord,

You #Reign!!

Thank You for my weekend with Beth Moore, Jackie's 1 and 2 and Ruthie...and the other 6700 women (and 10 men). Lol

Absolutely awesome time in fellowship! Awesome Word from Your precious anointed servant and incredibly long and slow scenic ride home! I love, love, love beaches, sand and waves....BUT Your Presence being felt trumps it all.

This is what she wrote and read on the last day to encourage us. I transcribed it from my audio recorder and because of the applause I couldn't hear the last stanza...so I added the last line :-)

THIS IS THE ONE

This the One who said let there be light and there was light
This is the One who divided the seas and set slaves free
This is the One who changed Jacobs walk and made a donkey talk
The One whose Presence was a cloud by day in their wilderness way 
And a fire by night so they wouldn't die of fright
Who held up the sun until Joshua's army won
Who kept three men in the fire from dying
Who shut the mouth of a lion
Who was born of a virgin
Jews Messiah emerging
Who turned water into wine
Whose saints and sinners dine
Who sent demonic pigs over a cliff And kept Scribes and Pharisees always myth
The is the One who walked on water And raised Jairus' dead daughter
Got Zacchaeus out of a tree and caused demons to flee
Who made from spit healing mud
Who sweat drops of blood
This is the One who walked to the cross so the likes of us wouldn't have to be lost
And on the third day He rose
Just as He foretold
This is the One who breaks every chain
Who pours out His Spirit like healing rain
Who will split the skies
On a horse that flys
This is His Majesty 
This is Your King

-Beth Moore

I just love her fire for You my Lord! I love her passion for us and her precious testimony about Your unending grace! Like Beth and Lizzy, I'm cleansed and redeemed and I gotta shout about it! I won't shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh for anyone!!!!

The Holy Spirit is #Alive and #Active in me. I'm a recovering people pleaser and I'm gonna Praise You every single chance I get!!!

Eternally yours

My Grateful Heart

My Lord,

Thank You Father for the PRIVILEGE to read Your Word and to share Your truths. I don't take it lightly. Thank You for Your PRESENCE that will never leave me. What a comfort to my soul. There are absolutely no words to describe the assurance it brings. Thank You for Your PROTECTION over my life and the lives of my children and grandchildren. Thank Your for Your continued PROVISIONS, day after day. I'm still overwhelmed by every single gift, each having significance. Thank You for all the PROMISES You've made, kept and have yet to fulfill. You have proven to be trustworthy. Thank You for finding PURPOSE in this life You've given me. I still hear You whisper, "Yes, you Denise." Thank You for Your PLANS that overruled mine and for every single no-past, present and future. Thank You for PRAYING for me before my salvation. I had no idea there was a Savior who died for me. Thank You that all of my prayers are PRECIOUS to You. The ones I pray regarding a parking space and the ones I pray pleading for the Salvation of those who've yet to call You Lord. And Father, I Thank You for the POWER of Your Son's Resurrection! The tomb is empty and He will return for me, unless I return to Your first!!!! In Jesus' name, amen!

Eternally yours

Friday, April 29, 2016

Beautiful Exchange

My Lord,

Thank You for a beautiful exchange!!!

You were near
Though I was distant
Disillusioned, I was lost and insecure

Still mercy fought
For my attention
You were waiting at the door
Then I let You in

Trading your life
For my offenses
For my redemption, You carried all the blame

Breaking the curse
Of our condition
Perfection took our place

When only love could make a way
You gave Your life in a beautiful exchange

My burden erased
My life forgiven
There is nothing that could take this love away

My only desire
And sole ambition
Is to love You just the same

When only love could make a way
You gave Your life in a beautiful exchange
When only love could break these chains
You gave Your life in a beautiful exchange

Holy are You, God
Holy is Your name
With everything I've got
My heart will sing how I love You

Oh Father how I love You!! I saw Hillsong tonight with Alfi and Ruth. They didn't sing my favorite song, but it's okay because I'm going to play it on my wedding day!!!  :-)

Eternally yours