Facetime with My Lord

Greetings dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

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I pray that you all are doing well in mind, body and spirit. God is truly good to us. (even in difficult times. ) Would you agree?

The last few weeks have been somewhat challenging in my spirit. Keeping things bottled up for the most part has not been a wise choice.

Rolling waves come crashing down on me. Again.

“Lord, I don’t know how I am going to get through this but I trust You with the outcome.” These words have been going through my mind over and over as the days pass.

My family lost a loved one last week. My uncle passed away but God bless His soul…. before he became ill and died from cancer on Monday he gave his life to the Lord! Hallelujah!!

Feeling overwhelmed doesn’t even seem like the right word to scratch the surface of how I have been coping with life. Why was I trying to keep it together and stay afloat the best I knew how without crying out in desperation is beyond me. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and yet I found myself closing up. Not one word to utter out loud to my Savior; the very One who sustains me. My heart cried out and soon I found myself needing face time with my Lord.

I needed to talk. I needed to pour out. I needed to be held and comforted unlike any other time.

Facetime. Something we all need with the Lord. Not only should we go to Him with our heavy hearts and burdens but also to lift Him up and glorify His name. He is to be exalted, praised and lifted up! Let us share the good news of Christ and all He’s done in us and through us. Amen?!!

As I found this time of retreat and solace beginning to take its place within me, I was still having unsettled peace reside.

I wasn’t giving up control.

My sister Patricia (link) contacted me as well as my other sister Dulcinea (link). They were not giving up on me at all! Each one came in at a time to give me a word of encouragement and shown me love when I wasn’t seeking it. Or so I thought. God’s arms stretch wide and His words of comfort come from afar. He knew just what I needed and though I had alone time with Him, He gave me more. He poured into me through others. All I can say is: timely. God shows up right on time. He’s not a minute too early or a second late. He comes right on time.

My God blessed me. He lifted me up from the hollow and dark place that I had been sitting in and fighting. I tell you and I encourage you all to not give up. I encourage you to rise up from the pit that tries to hold you captive. We are free in Jesus. The chains have been broken. We do not have to be enslaved to things that hurt us. I want to share a portion of a message Patricia sent me. I wish I could add the voicemail that Dulci (Sissy as I call her) sent me but I can’t. I love these women with all my heart. Thank you Jesus for them!! Here it goes:

“I know that it truly is a process at times, but be encouraged by the fact that God’s Word never changes and neither does his love for you. He understands every single bit of what you’re going through and every emotion that you  have, and he can dry every tear and hold you stronger and tighter than anybody can!” 

Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30: 5)

Faith Triumphs in Trouble
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 NKJV)


Are you in need of FaceTime with the Lord today? Seek Him today while He may be found. Today is of the essence. Tomorrow may never come. Come one, come all and call upon the Name that’s above all names.

JESUS

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Hasten to His Throne

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Psalm 84
1HOW LOVELY are Your tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
2My soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God.

3Yes, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young–even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

4Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence; they will be singing Your praises all the day long. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

5Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

6Passing through the Valley of Weeping (Baca), they make it a place of springs; the early rain also fills [the pools] with blessings.

7They go from strength to strength [increasing in victorious power]; each of them appears before God in Zion.

8.O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

9Behold our shield [the king as Your agent], O God, and look upon the face of Your anointed!

10For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else]; I would rather be a doorkeeper and stand at the threshold in the house of my God than to dwell [at ease] in the tents of wickedness.

11For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

12O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]!

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Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!! Praise the Lord wherever you are dear brethren for our God reigns on the throne forevermore! Hasten to His throne….go bow down before the Almighty King and give him the praises, the honor and glory. Be in reverence of Him. Mercies are anew, grace and blessings are abundant!

We are a peculiar people to our Father! No matter what we go through, he will be right there with us through the good and bad days in our lives. Strength to endure comes from He alone. Stand out and let your light shine! Sing a new song unto the Lord. He is the center of my joy and your joy alone!

The Blessedness of Dwelling in the House of God is what Psalm 84 is talking about. Who wants to walk around with the “old man” on? Take him off and put on the “new man”; the new creation that you are in Christ! Being a child of God doesn’t mean everyday will be peaches n’ cream but if you take a moment to pause (Selah) think on the goodness of the Lord! He’s brought you a mighty long way. You may not be where you want to be, but you are NOT where you were once before!

Sing, dance, shout, lay face down humbling yourself in the presence of The One Who is the Great I Am! Do whatever you need to do to clear out any thoughts and distractions that keep you from coming with a clear mind and heart before the Lord. Ask Him to make you over. Cleanse you, purify you and make you whole in Him. He is The Potter and Refiner!

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Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me! Bless Your holy name! I can’t help but sing praises to Him. He’s been nothing but good to me! He’s been good to you too! He’s been better to us than we have been to ourselves. Dwell in his presence my friends. Give yourself over and submit in mind, body and spirit to Him who gives you peace and a right state of mind.

Hasten to His throne and glorify all that he is worthy of. The Living Well is waiting to teach you, to show you how to live each and every day in abundance. Thirst no more.

Be blessed in your day!

I cannot help but share the love and joy given to me this morning. He’s the source of everything that I am and do in his name. Without Him, I am nothing. I cannot do anything that is righteous without his aid and presence. All praises, all glory and worthiness belongs to God. Today would not be had he not spoken it into existence.

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Encourage Yourself! Stay in the Word of God and speak IT over your life, those of your family and friends as well as those living in darkness. We were once there before. Invite them in so that they too can inherit the blessings and promises of God. Eternity in heaven or hell is the only choices there are. There’s no middle place to dwell. Share the love of Jesus and the change that has made your life worth living in him and for him!

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“Surely His salvation is near to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, [and is ready to be appropriated] that [the manifest presence of God, His] glory may tabernacle and abide in our land. Mercy and loving-kindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness shall go before Him and shall make His footsteps a way in which to walk.” (Psalm 85:9-13 AMP )