Author Spotlight – Meet Lori Brown

Adventures of Noah” is a children’s book, that can be enjoyed by all. An adorable true story about a puppy named Noah, and life as he knows it, then one incredible thing happens to him…. 

Noah is a beagle/blue tick hound puppy and the story is told from the puppy’s point of view.

Visit Lori’s beautiful website for her book Adventures of Noah.

Lori and her husband (along with Noah, of course) live in Florida.

Pause In His Presence Part 8

Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

—Psalm 66:16-19 (NKJV)

If you’ve been following these blogs of mine, you’d know that I have been reading the Psalms and meditating on the promises found within them.  I felt at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic that the world needed a few divine “Selah” moments – to pause in His presence and just take in and sense His heartbeat.  I feel like in light of everything else going on in the world right now, pausing in His presence has been the most needed and yet the most attacked of any tool that we have as born-again Christians.  The forces of darkness certainly are aware of the power that the children of God find in that space..and they hate it.

I’ve been re-reading Psalm 27 a bit lately, and I have found such peace and strength in those words, especially during this time.  

The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword.  The Word cuts through to the heart of the issue every time, and it is such a weapon for believers (see Hebrews 4:12 and Ephesians 6:10-18).  I have declared certain scriptures in Psalm 27 daily, and I have felt such a wonderful shift in my thinking and emotions while reading and declaring.  Today, however, the Lord spoke to my heart and led me to read Psalm 66:16, and it was exactly what I needed and what I feel the Lord is in part wanting to say prophetically to His children at this time.

Verse 16 in the New King James Version is my favorite: “Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul.”  What a significant piece of scripture in times such as these.

When the author of this Psalm used the word “declare,” what he was saying was that he was to recount or take into account (either as a scribe or verbally) a score or a record of all the good things that God has done (see Strong’s h5608).  When he mentions his “soul,” he’s not only talking about the mind, will and emotions but also, in a very wide sense, everything that makes up him as a man (Strong’s h5315).  

I believe that there is an invitation for all born-again Christians to not only come and listen to one another share a record of all of the good things that God has done for them, but I ALSO believe that this is a challenge to all born-again Christians to stand up – both in person and on social media – and DECLARE (recount) the absolute goodness of God in every area of our lives.  

I felt the Lord say that as we continue to extol Him with our tongues (verse 17), then our voices will indeed speak LOUDER than the evil currently found in the media.

The more we recount what the Lord has done for us and how Jesus has transformed us, the louder HOPE will become, and the Name of Jesus will actually DROWN OUT the voices of hate, negativity, godlessness and evil that so permeates social media in this season!

In the midst of being daily bombarded with darkness, what if we set ourselves upon this: To continue to pause in His presence and allow Him to remind us of all that He has done.  I believe that the Holy Spirit will awaken our remembrance to all that Jesus is done for us, and that He will begin to use our stories to roar over the voices of the enemy.  

Holy Spirit, I ask that You would bring to our remembrance everything that You have done for us. I ask You to help everyone reading this, including myself, to be able to clearly and boldly articulate the goodness of God and how You have transformed our souls. Thank you for the ability to pause in Your presence and breathe deeply of your love. Amen.

— Mandy Woodhouse