Wisdom

WORTHY THOUGHT: If you have wisdom you have a future.

Wisdom is a gift from God.

James 1:5 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” God blesses us with wisdom in order for us to glorify Him and use the knowledge we have of Him.

“A wise man has great power,

and a man of knowledge increases strength;”

-Proverbs 24:5 (NIV)

“Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul;if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”

-Proverbs 24:14 (NIV)

~ Angela Lipe-Patengill

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A Place Of Reward

The pain in her eyes

visible for all to see

Deep sorrow and anguish

written over her face

So many daughters like her 

cross your path everyday 

Their pain drawing you

like a magnet

Reminding you

you have been where

they are now

not too long ago

When your world fell apart 

Your heart torn to thousands 

of pieces

Countless questions

on your lips

With only the sound

of your heartache

A constant reminder

that life as you knew it

was over

A new season awaited

Beyond what was

sent to cripple you

Your emotions all over 

the place

You couldn’t give in to fear

Nowhere to turn to

you find refuge

in the shadows of Love

Walking through this painful season of healing and restoration

You always had this safe place

to land

With your eyes glued to 

Papa’s eyes

Your ear close to His heart

You walked your own

Damascus road

Obedient, yet scared

and trembling 

at times

Looking over your shoulder

your past pleading with you 

to turn around

Papa would not let you

return to the chains

Holding you hostage

He called you

to the deep waters

Where your fear

collided with faith

He knew your strength 

before you did

He knew your abilities, gifts,

and talents

Were hidden under

the ashes of your heart

That you would discover it

When you know

how deeply you are loved

Your failures

Your mistakes

Your issues

Did not scare Him

He prepared and trained you

in the presence of 

your enemies

Daily you were stripped 

and transformed

Daily the scalpel went deep

And daughters laid down 

their crowns

Picking up their crosses

As a new breed of daughters 

were birthed

Consumed by their love for

the Father

They trade every dream

For a future with Love

Joy and peace now your portion

In the areas that once

ruled over you

You were trained to rule 

and to reign

Daughters are stepping 

out fearlessly 

The sound in their mouths

An uncommon,

weighty sound

That cost them everything

Daughters still bleeding

will be transformed

by the power and anointing

that rest on this 

weighty sound.

Chains will shatter

Captives will walk free

When daughters open their 

mouths to testify about 

My greatness and faithfulness 

in their lives

Personal sacrifices and 

private obedience

brought these daughters

to a place of reward.

~ Ebigale Wilson

A Place Of Reward

The Journey

His Work Of Art

Everyone wants to be powerful, valuable, and loved.  We will sell our souls at the hint of such treasure.  If only we knew the source of this vision.  If only there was a treasure map.  

Thank God that there is.  

The map is none other than Jesus, “the way, the truth, and the life!”  

As we learn how to draw near to him, the way opens before us.  We discover love heretofore unknown. We realize just how precious God’s children are to him.  We are empowered to do things previously undreamt of.

The challenge before us is to evade all the impostors, the mirages, and the charlatans—those people and things that promise what only God can deliver.  

It is a lifelong adventure replete with villains, quicksands, fairy Godmothers, shining knights, and tests of skill and character.  

No one reaches the pearly gates without a lengthy testimony of disasters averted,  mercies and graces proffered, and chivalrous assistance from the Prince of Peace.

In this kingdom, there are no such things as “self made men.” Everyone is a product of The Father’s benevolent, beneficent, and magnanimous Spirit.  

We are all his works of art.  

We all are reflections of his glory.

Ultimately, we are the temples of his Holy Spirit—his chosen dwelling place.  He is Spirit and he chooses us, also spirit beings, as his home.

As we yield our earthly vessels to his good will, we experience increasing intimacy with his person, his power, and his providence.  

He becomes our “all in all,” and we become “the apple of his eye.”

One day, our visions and dreams will become our reality, and we will live in the perfection and ecstasy of face to face communion with Our Savior.  

All the glimpses of glory we get here on earth will be replaced with gazes at his holiness and goodness in heaven.  

The pains and trials of life will be eclipsed by life itself, life as it once was in the garden, life spent daily walking and talking with Our King!

~ Brad Heilhecker

Choose To Praise

I went back and read what I have written the past several weeks and I felt like it was a bit heavy. It led me to want to lighten things up a bit.

This led me to the word, “praise.” There are many verses in the Bible about giving praise. I’m not going to expound on them much because they should simply uplift us and encourage us. They will help us WIN the battles we face everyday.

I Chronicles 16:8-9 Give thanks to Adonai! Call on his name! Make his deeds known among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him! Talk about all his wonders. (CJB)

Deuteronomy 10:21 He is your praise, and he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things, which you have seen with your own eyes. (CJB)

Jeremiah 20:13 Sing to Adonai! Praise Adonai! For he rescues those in need from the clutches of evildoers. (CJB)

Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise Adonai!Halleluyah! (CJB)

Acts 2:46-47 Continuing faithfully and with singleness of purpose to meet in the Temple courts daily, and breaking bread in their several homes, they shared their food in joy and simplicity of heart, praising God and having the respect of all the people. And day after day the Lord kept adding to them those who were being saved. (CJB)

I discovered something interesting about the word praise… It is not mentioned much in the New Testament. There are many verses in the Old Testament about giving praise and giving thanks. The one in Chronicles is long (I encourage you to read the whole chapter). There are verses scattered throughout the prophets.

However, the New Testament, although it does encourage giving thanks and praise (see the verses from Acts and we know that Paul sang often in prison), there is not a focus on praise as much as we see in the Old Testament.

I think what we need to realize is, based on the verses from Acts, when the community of faith gathered together and PRAISED God, here is what happened,

“Day after day the LORD kept adding to them those who were being saved.”

PRAISE is where WORSHIP happens and when they went into battle they ALWAYS had the PRAISE first. The battle of Jericho was won by TRUMPETS blowing. I believe that even today, if we CHOOSE to PRAISE, we are better able to do battle against the spiritual forces that try to come against us.

We know today that we face more spiritual battles than physical ones. We need to “Put our praise on” (a song that my kids used to sing). When we make that CHOICE we can WIN the battles, even in our mind. Many of the Psalms are SONGS. I wish we could get back to them. They are TRUE WORSHIP. I wish we could find more songs that are SCRIPTURE and the WORD.

Take time today to SING or WORSHIP. Take time today to PRAISE your Creator. I believe it will lighten your load and help you win the battle.

When we come to the realization that PRAISING HIM is part of winning the battle, than we can find REST in Him. We will RESTORE ourselves to Him. We are then REFRESHED to walk forward day to day.

Love and blessings,

Rose Horton

 

Image – Benjamin Davies / Unsplash

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kind Words

Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body (Proverbs 16:24, NLT)

Sometimes, I think that I may be in the kindest environment in the world – or at least the kindest environment I have ever seen in my life.  My friends are super kind and generous with their words, and my Church and work environments are as well.

 I LOVE how people are choosing to speak life over each other and their circumstances.  I have been so moved and challenged by this!

I’ve been thinking a great deal about the power behind these kind words.  In the past few weeks, when I have needed it most, I received cards or private messages with really kind things being said about me.  This isn’t a boast of how awesome I am or anything, but just a testimony to the love of my Heavenly Father who KNOWS when I need a kind word to bring healing to my soul.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad (Proverbs 12:25, ESV).

 What’s the best way that I can remove anxiety from my friend?  A kind word.  A word that, like Proverbs 16:24 states, is dripping from the comb and overflowing (Strong’s H6686).  The Hebrew translation behind Solomon’s words in Proverbs are so powerful as they state that kind words aren’t just simply like honey, they are DRIPPING and OVERFLOWING from the source!  Our tongues can drip and overflow life, health and repair to those around us.

He also says in Proverbs 18:21 that our tongues actually hold the power of life or death, and we reap the consequences of what we sow with our words.  WOW – how awesome if every consequence that I reaped was HEALTH and LIFE and COURAGE and JOY to my friends!  This sounds to me like a fantastic invitation into an assignment from Heaven.  I believe that I can partner my words with Heaven to literally lift up the countenance of my friends (and myself if needed).  Proverbs 12:18 says that the tongue of the wise brings healing, and I believe that if I surrender my tongue to the Lord, He will use me to repair people’s hearts.  

As my friends have challenged me with their kind words lately, allow me to challenge you:  Who can YOU be kind to with your words today?  Your tongue is like a sharp sword (Isaiah 49:2) and with your encouragement you can obliterate the anxiety and pain that weighs someone down.  

Let’s bring the dripping overflow of Heaven down to Earth today over someone with our kind words!  We have the power of LIFE, so let’s always choose life.

~ Mandy Woodhouse

The Dry Empty Places

The key to watering those dry places – and filling up the emptiest of places…

Grab ahold of this Promise!

“Then Yahweh will answer you when you pray.

When you cry out for help, He will say I am here.

If you banish every form of oppression, the scornful accusations, and vicious slander, and if you offer yourselves in compassion for the hungry and relieve those in misery, then your dawning light will rise in the darkness and your gloom will turn into noonday splendor!

Yahweh will guide you where to go and what to do.

He will fill you with refreshment even when you are in a dry, difficult place.

He will continually restore strength to you, so you will flourish like a well-watered garden and like an ever flowing, trustworthy spring of blessing.

Your people rebuild long-deserted ruins, building anew on foundations laid long before you.

You will be known as Repairers of the Cities and Restorers of Communities.”

~ Isaiah 58:9-12 TPT

~ XXOO Michelle

Restored Ministries

Your Healing Hour

Three Sins Of The Church

There may be only three main sins that Our Savior hates in his church: the love of money, the disregard of his commands, and the persecution of the righteous.  

“In his church?,” you ask.  

“I thought these sins were in the world, not in his holy saints.”  

If they were in the world, the Lord would know just what to do about them; he would preach repentance from all sin and faith in Christ.

Mixed in and among his people, however, it is a little trickier proposition.  He is faced with the monumental task of purifying his people while still allowing less than perfect churches to exist.  

This requires eternal vigilance on the part of his saints.  

Do we see the love of money, the disregard of his commands, and the persecution of the righteous in our individual churches?  

If so, we should not be amazed, for such problems have been around since the beginning of time, and Our Father and Our Lord are no mere novices in dealing with such fallen humanity.

Our only concern should be to be found partnering with sin, especially sin among believers.  It is not easy, but we can gather with the saints and still maintain our integrity, even if it means standing against the status quo sometimes.  

This may be one means that God uses to purify his servants: that we love the church enough to speak up when it gets off course.

If we do, nothing may change in the church; but, if we don’t, we will change and not for the better.  We will become religious cowards, condemning sin in the world but allowing it in our midst—what God and the world both call “hypocrisy.”

So, when we need to make a stand, we do so gently, yet firmly.  If we are rejected, which we often will be, it will just be practice for the rejection that comes frequently when presenting the gospel to the lost.  

Oftentimes, we should “keep our knowledge to ourselves.”  However, there will come a time to speak, for “a time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine.”  God’s solution: “You preach the word in season and out; correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.”  

Let us stay in the word, in prayer, and in the Spirit.  For it is written: “The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure, for there is a proper time and procedure for every matter.”

~ Brad Heilhecker

A Remnant Will Arise

So many daughters

going through challenges 

Running in circles

for remedies that are in vain

Trying to fill the voids 

with many things

Giving everything and 

everyone a chance 

To erase the pain

they try to hide

We don’t want to go through

the processes of healing

The high price of surrender 

is too much to ask

We live in a world 

of quick fixes

No one has time

to visit the wilderness

We have places to go

People to meet

We cannot afford interruptions

A journey of healing

requires commitment

and obedience

It requires dying daily

in different areas 

It require coming aside 

to face our issues

To face every demon

that keep us in chains

For many daughters

it’s too much to ask

We prefer to drift through life 

Repeating cycles passed down

from generation to generation

Walking around

the same mountains

going nowhere

While Papa has called us 

for so much more

than the mediocre lives

we live!

A remnant is arising 

A set apart holy people

That have been through

the fire, the storms, the valleys

They paid the ultimate price

of reckless obedience

Not bound by their circumstances anymore

They have overcome

They have conquered

What kept them in chains

A remnant trained

under the watchful eyes

of Father Himself

Who were fed up

with the conditions of their lives

Challenging the status quo

Scared, uncertain,

yet they went

where others fear to tread

Pressed pass their fears 

into the unknown

Focused, determined

they won every battle

New identities were birthed

Once scared, insecure, shy daughters and sons

Are stepping out boldly and unashamed into every plan and purpose reserved for them

A new breed so in love

with the Father

Anointed, empowered

for such a time as this!

~ Ebigale Wilson

A Remnant Will Arise

The Journey