Meeting in the Clouds

While I’m not really sure where my recent fascination with clouds came from, I do know that I have always enjoyed looking at them since I was a kid. As of late, I have been going outside taking pictures of the sunsets or any type of cloud formation that I find interesting around the perimeters of my home. Occasionally I will take pictures if I am out with my family and my camera just so happens to tag along. This photography hobby has been keeping me preoccupied and it gives me a broader outlook when I capture God’s creations in still form.

I have noticed that the more I think about creation, it was and is by One source that all this came to be.

God created the heavens and the earth! I enjoy living simply in abundance of His blessings. Truly!!

There are some days that I find myself going to sit outside during the day or as the sun starts to set and have a “meeting in the clouds” with the Lord. I find myself singing or praying while smiling with a heart filled with gladness knowing that I have favor upon my life. What a reason to be thankful….. because He surely did not have to give me anything.

I take the time to converse with the Lord about my day, my thoughts and prayers for others who are in need of Him. Many are laying up in hospitals, some are literally lost due to being kidnapped, children are being forced in sex-trafficking, someone is plotting to take the lives of innocent people for no just cause, a new life has been brought into this world, a lost soul just gave their life to Christ after fighting the desire to live by the ways of this world. So much to think about. So much to be in prayer about. Much to rejoice in as well as times to mourn with others.

We only have one life to live. May we not take it for granted. It can disappear before our very eyes.

PRAYER IS KEY. It is our lifeline of communication with the Lord. It’s a time of communion and fellowship with our Creator.

Will we forsake the glorious ways of our God, his majestic splendor, his love and mercy? How awesome is He?!!

Our God is “the Man with the master plan”. He’s “all that and then some”. You get what I am saying.

Jesus tells us : Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:30-34 NKJV)

My front porch

So whether it is on your front porch, outside taking a stroll or just sitting still thinking, take some time to thank the Lord for all He has done. Today may not be all that it could be but at least you are still here. You can choose to make the best of it or wallow in pity. Someone has it worse right about now. Someone is on their death-bed and the clock still keeps ticking. When they pass on….. they will never be able to say that they wish they could have done things differently in their life. We all will go through various things in our life time. Storms do not last always. You cannot have a rainbow without the rain.

Make the best of today and live it like there is no tomorrow. God is good. He is faithful and He is present.

Creative photshop editing after a thunderstorm

Will you go meet Him in the clouds today?

Enjoy the slideshow of pictures (< link) amongst others that I have taken over time. I stand in awe of the works of His hands. What a wonderful God of heaven and earth!

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*Here’s a song I’d love to share with you. I can’t help but lift up my hands and worship the Lord for He is Glorious!

Recycled Sin: Has it become a trend to the point that we are accepting it as truth??

Are you wondering what Recycled Sin means? Take a look at the pictures below. See if you can figure it out before reading the rest of the post.

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Okay so how about this one?

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So I’m sure you are wondering what I meant by my title Recycled Sin.

Well I will tell you. No sin is new sin. It keeps going and going and going. God is not gasping as He watches us. He knows our very thoughts, words and actions before we commit them whether they are good or bad.

Heaven and Hell is REAL.

Time and time again we take chances. We convince ourselves that if we are good people that we will make it into heaven. Now hear me when I say that I am not judging anyone and I surely have no power to put anyone in heaven or hell BUT my walk with the Lord can be a reflection of how I live my life and where I want to go when I leave this earth.

God is our Judge and He alone will decide where we go for eternity.

Good works will not get any one of us into heaven. If we have not accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, if we have not received salvation…. our decision is taking us to one place or the other.

IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP PEOPLE.

When we know in part, we should live out what we believe. We cannot take the Bible and sugarcoat pieces of it just so that we can still have “the best of both worlds”. This does not cut it with God.

The Bible tells us that we cannot serve two Masters. We will love and serve one or the other. This does not apply only to money as people tend to naturally think about because it’s like a well known slogan especially when and if we do not know God’s word for ourself.

Satan himself knows that God is real yet I can say that he was still dumb enough to try and take God’s position. Before you know it he was given the ole heave-ho into hell along with those who followed him.

Be careful and be not deceived. Satan knows Scriptures just like us. He can take them and twist them to make you believe that what you see, hear, speak and believe is the truth. He lies, he sugarcoats and can get you to believe anything unless you come back at him with the Word of God.

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11 NKJV)

Let’s take a look at Who could NOT be fooled.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He shall give His angels charge over you, and, In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God. Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me. Then Jesus said to him, Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve. Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. (Matthew 4:1-11 NKJV)

Whether its lying, adultery, homosexuality, or whatever it is that was spoken by God that is considered as sin, people treat it as if it’s a trend; that it is normal because it has been done for centuries; that it is acceptable as to not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings or that you will not fit in though your mind and heart tells you that you just do want to stand OUT because you know the truth.

So who are we siding with? Do we really care where someone is going for eternity?

I get the pause and cricket syndrome when I ask if a person had salvation before he/she passed away.

Sadly I hate to say that it happens too often. Recently I found out that someone who was supposedly not living a life as a heterosexual passed away. Now whether it was true or not, it is not the big issue because one could be a murderer, rapist, cheater or a pathological liar. If they did not repent of their sins, if they did not receive salvation they likely are not spending eternity in heaven. I say likely because anything can take place in between the last minutes/days of life.

God knows and sees the heart for what’s true and what’s not.

I’m not playing judge and I am not pointing fingers but the Bible tells us clearly what’s true. There is no gray area.

Heaven or Hell. Isn’t that clear enough? Perhaps not for some. I pray that this mindset will become less and less and the fear of where one will be for eternity will kick in.

Where’s the compassion, where’s the love and concern? Are we too wrapped up in pleasing man instead of God? If we love and care the way we say we do then we will speak up.

No coaxing, no sugarcoating, no taking a blind eye and deaf ear to the very things we know are WRONG. Let’s do right by God when conviction sets in our heart. ( if we know the truth )

There is a time and place for everything and a way of handling people and circumstances. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was a living example to us all as to how to treat people. He hung out with those we would turn our noses up to or be quick to open our mouths and call them out on their sin, yet without taking a look in the mirror and seeing our own.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 NKJV)

Does casting stones sound familiar?

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first. (John 8:7 NKJV)

I encourage you to read this entire chapter being that a portion of it is talking about an adulterous woman who was about to be stoned to death for her sin but Jesus set the record straight.

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Living Sacrifices to God

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1, 2 NKJV)

Scriptures to read and meditate on:
Romans 8 ( in its entirety )

Let’s wake up and take life seriously. To appease others can cause a soul to spend eternity in hell. Think about it and act. Remember that we will all be held accountable for our actions. Is pacifying sin worth the cost?

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31 NKJV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. (Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV)

wickedness strutting about

A must read for today’s living. How easily people can accept and conform to the very things that are immoral and unhealthy for the mind body and soul just as well as the spirit. Wickedness comes in so many disguises yet some are so visible to the eye and ear but we still take blind eyes and deaf ears to the things that are displeasing to the Lord. Let’s wake up and live our lives in His truth!

Sweet Melody Resonating

Lord I worship and rejoice with a heart of thanksgiving. I love it when songs are placed on my heart to worship You! Whether it be with or without music, let it be a sweet , sweet sound in Your ear.

I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. (Psalm 9:1-2 NKJV)

How full of abundant blessings, mercy and grace I receive from King Jesus. This moment I share leaves me wanting more of His presence. How I long to be with Him one day in heaven praising and rejoicing for eternity with my brothers and sisters in Christ! One day we will all be together. God bless each and every soul that cleaves unto the Lord for He is worthy of our praises.

I thank Him for giving me such a blessing in this video. The song stands all by itself in how I feel about Him, but to incorporate it with the very things that make me smile has me feeling quite giddy. Butterflies and flowers!

Amazing……Butterflies have my face beaming from one cheek to the other!

Thank you Lord for the every day creations that we were given to enjoy! ~ Living Simply In Your Abundance!

Little Birdie Minding Their Own Business or It Teaching Us A Life Lesson?!!

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV)

*instead of Pressing It from my photography blog Divine Creations Photograpy, I chose to share this post from my primary blog. Hope you enjoy it.

Now this was a super sweet moment for me when I took this picture. My girls were outside playing with their friends on the side of the house and found this little birdie just sitting. One of the other neighbor’s pet Chihuahua named J.C. snuck out of her fence (as usual ) to come and try to nip at the bird. The girls came in and told me about it. I surely had to grab my camera and run out! J.C. left the bird alone being as it was that she seen me coming, so I think she thought I was going to chase her. (giggling)

NOTTTTTT!!! I was not about to waste my time chasing a dog when I have the opportunity to get a picture of this cute little bird that did not move from where it was standing.

I was in awe of this little bird just sitting under the tree in the shade of the few leafs that surrounded the bottom of the trunk. It was just looking up toward the sky and kept blinking it’s cute little eyes. I was overjoyed that God has been providing opportunities for me to capture His creations right around my own home! Now I don’t know if this little birdie was sick simply because it did not budge as close as the kids and I were as well as the dog. I said a prayer under my breath for this lonesome animal for I did not know how it got there and if it was sick. I just did not want the dog or any other animal come and maul it to death. I was also taking into to consideration that it could be carrying a disease so I warned the kids to stay away from it and to not touch it.

One of my best friends was in agreeance since she happened to be on the phone as I was snapping pics. I was glad that she was able to share the experience with me. I took a picture on my iPhone and sent it to her. The picture above was taken with my photography camera.

This picture is raw and unedited. I simply wanted to leave it as is because I had a close encounter with this little bird that seemingly was not afraid. It never took its eyes off of the skies.

Kinda reminds me of how we are to be with Jesus. No matter what is going on in our life, especially the hard times, we are to not take our eyes off of Him. Just like Peter stepping out into the body of water to meet Jesus, he could walk on water UNTIL he shifted his focus. He took his eyes off of Christ when the sea started to move around him due to the strong wind. He became scared and started to sink. Christ rescued him though . Just imagine that……. (you can read this story in the Bible. Matthew 14:22-33)

The little bird did not budge though I could have harmed it or little J.C. could have killed it. It made a simple statement to me with a HUGE impact on life.

“Do not be afraid of the unknown if you have God on your side.”

For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you! (Isaiah 41:13 AMP)

After I finished taking pictures I walked away to go back into the house. The dog came back to bother the quiet and still bird just for it to show that it was not afraid. It took off in flight with ease and landed on top of my neighbor’s roof and joined the family of birds that was watching us all from above!

Isn’t God amazing?!!

Shift In the Atmosphere

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If only you could only see the smile on my face……. the Lord is GLORIOUS!!

There is a shift in the atmosphere. The Lord calls us to worship Him in song and dance. It’s been some days now that I have been posting worship songs and sharing my experience. I tell ya…. God is moving His children! Change is taking place.

It’s as if I have butterflies in my stomach! When I think about the goodness of the Lord, it warms my soul. It stirs my spirit and I fall deeper in love.

Now I’ve been married almost 18yrs Lord willing that my husband and I live to see this coming August. I love my husband dearly. He makes me smile and laugh. I still get butterflies when he looks at me or I greet him at the door coming home from a long day at work. The more we’ve grown to know each other intimately, ( not just sexually ) the more united we’ve become as one.

I say this as I think about Jesus being the lover of my soul. I’m sitting at the wellspring drawing knowledge and truth from our Lord and Savior. I’ve asked for wisdom and it’s been given to me. To read more on a post I’ve written about being at the feet of Jesus, click the following link to Wellspring At His Feet

He loves me and I love Him.

Just like my earthly husband, Jesus is my Groom. I yearn to please Him, to sit down and share my heart’s thoughts, dreams and desires. My heart shares prayers of those near and dear to my heart as well of those all around the world. I need intimacy with the Lord. I need to worship. I need to sing His praises in song and dance. Not because I think or feel its the right thing to do but I want to have a closer relationship with Him.

Worship brings so much out of me! It’s more than words could ever describe! It’s a divine connection that I do not want to be without. Just like today at church, the presence of the Lord was felt. Permission for the Holy Spirit to be present was amazing. The love of the Father surpassed any hurt and pain felt. We allowed our emotional walls to come down and have the Lord into our hearts. Now I can’t speak for everyone but I seen a great amount of people stepping away from themselves just to glorify the Lord.

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. (Psalm 33:1 NKJV)

He reigns on high! How the angels above sing praises to him just as well as we do here on earth!

Hands went up and hands went out and praised our Father in heaven. There was no worry or concern for who was watching. It was all about surrendering. Surrendering all that we have and all that we are to Him Who alone can help us, Him alone who can bring an inner peace to us that no one else can give.

Voices lifted, tapping of toes, murmurs under the breath and dancing! Being free to be amongst other fellow believers worshipping God! However people felt led to praise the Lord, it was done!

I can sing of His love forever!

Today has just been another day that I can testify to the goodness of the Lord. Worship does not happen within the church-house and stay there. It’s meant to be an every day act of love and reverence even if we don’t “feel” like it. We have so much to be grateful for. Worship does not mean we only do it when we feel happy or are having a joyous moment over something that took place in our life, but to see the hand of the Lord at work in our lives and that of others.

When there is a shift in the atmosphere it could likely be because you chose to worship the Lord regardless of what your circumstances say, regardless of how you feel, regardless of the lies and hurt before you. When we stand in faith and choose to believe that our God is bigger, our God is greater, our God is stronger than our problems, we know that He is mighty and capable of carrying us through any storm, even if the storm does not cease any time soon. We trust Him with our life and are reassured that all will be well.

Peace is ours.

To God be the glory forever and always. Hallelujah!!

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. (Habakkuk 3:17-19 KJV)

The Potter’s Hand

I will sing of Your love forever my Lord. I am yours. Create in me all that is meant to be. Praises ring in the courts, praise will continously be my song! I release tears of joy. My mind cannot fathom the magnitude of Your holiness. How great Thou Art! Oh bless my soul and all that is within me. May righteousness be my guide all my days. May my feet be rooted in Your word springing forth life as I go before man sharing the Gospel for the sake of knowledge and salvation. I am clay wanting to be used. Keep my thoughts O Lord that I may stand firm when evil strikes. Keep my soul stirred and fired up that I may not wander away. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I worship You my God. My Redeemer. My source of living You are. Blessed be Your name is all the earth! Amen.

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:13-17 NKJV)

Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. (Psalm 96:9 NKJV)