The Blood of Jesus

Lord God, I put my faith in the Blood of Jesus. My trust and confidence is in You and in His Blood. You are my Source. Your Blood is my anchor in our covenant.

Lord God, I cannot possibly keep up with all the times I choose differently than you would have me choose or with my inability to live, love, and respond as You would have me. I am in constant need of mercy and forgiveness. I am in constant need of You.

Lord God, my faith is in You and in the Blood of Jesus. Thank You, Lord, that Your Blood ever flows and cleanses me of every sin, every offense, and every iniquity. Lord, I humbly ask that Your Blood cleanse me, even when I don’t realize that I am in need. Thank You that I am freed not only from the guilt of sin, but also from the punishment for sin. Thank You that Your Blood opens the doors to grace, mercy, and Your heart.

Lord God, I treasure my faith in Your promises. Thank You for the gift of faith. I treasure the trust You are building in me. I trust Your ways; I choose Your ways, Lord. I walk in Your ways; I walk in the light as You are in the light because of Jesus’ Blood.

Wisdom from Above

Lord, sanctify my mind! Just as your angels put a clean turban on Joshua’s head, thereby cleansing and clothing his mind, cleanse and clothe my mind. Sanctify my mind that I may have the mind of Christ. Give me faith to look at problems from Your perspective. Give me eyes to see each trial as an opportunity to experience Your faithfulness and provision.

Lord, I ask for wisdom, for Your wisdom is pure and sincere, full of peace and mercy. I stand on Your promise to generously give wisdom to all who ask, and I will rejoice in what You reveal to me. I receive your wisdom and direction.

Lord, it is Your good pleasure to allow me to reach deep into Your wisdom to solve problems. In my weakness You reveal wisdom and give me strength. I am blessed with joy as I face new challenges, for as I lean into You, You give me knowledge and understanding. Thank You, Lord.

 

Zech 3:3-5 NASB  Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel. He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.” Then I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments, while the angel of the Lord was standing by.

1 Cor 2:16 NASB 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

James 1:5 TPT  And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace.

Saying No to Destiny Destroyers

Recently, the Lord reminded of an evening in the 3nd year of ministry school, when my ex-husband and I simultaneously received a vision of ministering as a family – with our sons. This was part of our destiny that God had planned for us. We shared the initial steps into this destiny through our first trip to India. Sadly, my ex walked away from His plans for us when he walked out on me.

In that moment, all my hopes and dreams were destroyed. My “happily ever after” was destroyed. I was crushed in spirit. Then, on a beautiful December morning during church service, God reminded me of the time He told me that I would have no one before Him. In that moment I was convicted of idolatry. I had put my ex before Him; I had put our marriage before my marriage to Him. I was willing to sacrifice me and my dreams and destiny to placate and keep my ex. God was clear: none of that was His best for me.

Then I heard the Pastor caution us not to be married to the past and thus miss the promise for today. Bam! In that moment, I renounced my poor choices and rebuked destiny destroyers. I severed and disconnected from them; I severed all agreements and communications, and I renounced and rebuked all word curses spoken over me by myself and by others. I asked for and I am thankful for forgiveness for partnering with any and all of that muck. Thank You, Jesus, for your Blood which cleanses me and speaks on my behalf.

I declare and decree that I have ears to hear what the One True Jesus of Nazareth speaks, for I know His voice and I obey Him. I have eyes to see Him, feet to follow Him, hands to do what He is doing, and a heart that loves as He loves. I declare and decree that I walk in His will, for He is my Rock and my Salvation. I am the head and not the tail, the lender and not the borrower. I am a voice of strength and encouragement, for I speak what I hear my Father speaking. Thank You, Father, for reminding me of these words that You have spoken over me.

I now remember who I am and Whose I am. I will accept nothing less than what God has prepared for me. I walk in covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. LORD, I am Your Daughter and Your Warrior, and I walk in the destiny You prepared for me from before the creation of the world. I walk in victory. My faith, my love, and my covenant are true and rest securely in my covenant with You, the One True God. Thank You, Lord, for calling these truths to remembrance.

embroidered kintsugi

As I journaled my prayers today, I was reminded of kintsugi, the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer dusted with powdered gold. The brokenness is made beautiful. I then discovered the following, which brought gold to my prayers.

Embroidered kintsugi

I found this photo of broken pieces made beautiful by English embroidery artist Charlotte Bailey. Rather than fill the broken places with gold lacquer, she covered them with cloth and stitched them together with gold thread.

Lord, I declare the promises of Genesis 50:19-20 over myself this day and every day. Lord, You know every right and wrong decision. You see every seed sown and You know its harvest. Lord, I give it all to You. Release Your gold in to the broken places. Use it for Your glory. I declare that You reweave every situation and use it to bless many.

Lord, I give you the tattered fabric of my life. I ask You to reweave it into a beautiful tapestry that radiates Your glory.

 

 

Fiorini, Donna. “The Answer For Life.” ILNcenter.com. 2011.          https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/kintsugi-japanese-art-ceramic-repair

 

Forgiving Myself

I choose to forgive myself and release myself from every expectation I had in myself to be a better wife and mother, to have known better, and to have done better.

I have never intended to cause harm in any way. I have unintentionally hurt myself and others out of my brokenness, just as others have hurt me unintentionally out of their brokenness. I may have acted out of pain, rage, anger, fear… I may be reaping the curses from the harvest of seed sown by my generations. Perhaps I am perishing for lack of knowledge. I declare that the revelatory light of God will illuminate my understanding of my situations and I will not be misled by my distorted lenses.

I repent for taking the enemy’s bait. I repent for holding offense and unforgiveness towards myself, towards others, and even towards God. Lord, I am sorry. I release myself. I release others. I release them from every expectation I had in them. I release them from my belief in them and I bless them by placing them in your hands, Jesus.

I give all debts or perceived obligations to you, Jesus. I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen

Tiny feathers, tiny tears

Most mornings I fill all the bird feeders and clean out the bird bath. I walk around our home looking for feathers. Almost every day I find an especially beautiful one; almost always it is a blue jay feather. They are so pretty and I am always thrilled to find one.
So this morning as I bent over to pick up a feather I spotted a very small feather. It was maybe a half inch long. It was black and its very tip was blue. I was so excited. I thank the birds every morning for their gift of feathers, but today I realized it was Papa God whom I should thank for this gift. He was up to something!
I retrieved a small jar and began my earnest search for these tiny feathers. You don’t notice them until you realize they are there and you search for them.
As I am picking up a tiny one I hear Papa say, “These are like the tears I collect. I capture every tear that falls. Every tear. Large or small. Every tear. I hear every cry and I hold every tear. Not one tear falls that I do not see.”
WOW.
I’m learning… so I immediately asked, “Who needs to hear this right now, Papa?” I sensed a few beautiful friends, but I also sensed this was for someone else, and I will continue to release the revelation of His intimacy and intentionality over the ones who need to hear this today. He hears your cries and He holds your every tear.
And then suddenly these little feathers start flowing to me. There is no breeze this morning, not to mention that I have never seen any feathers carried by a breeze, let alone these tiny feathers that fall between the blades of grass. I sensed it was another gift. Papa loves to give good gifts.
I shared this whole encounter with my girl Heather. She sensed that the little feathers blown to me were like the tears that flow to Papa. All tears flow to Papa God. That’s a good word.

Nota bene: According to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, it is illegal to collect these feathers, so I am just showing them here before I return them to my yard.

Careless in the Care of God

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Today we celebrate the house finch. God sees each of us and He loves each of us, no matter what. He cares for every bird; how much more He cares for us.
Psalm 50:11 “I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is Mine.
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
The Message adds that the birds are “careless in the care of God,” and we “count far more to him than birds.”

We Love You, Lord

We love You, Lord

You freed our souls. You have freed us, and we stand wide-eyed, amazed at how light life truly is.

Freedom

Peace

Rest

Taste and see.

See all that I have prepared for you. I created the universe for you. I created trees and flowers, beasts and lizards, all things furry and feathered. See the beauty I created for you. But Know This: None of this compares to the beauty of you. You are beautiful.

You were created to be free. You were created to dance, to be free of everything that holds you down. You were created to fly… to soar with the eagles to greater and greater heights… to be lifted up by My Spirit and carried to new realms of discovery.

I am calling you deeper into Me. You are My heart’s desire. Spending time with you fills My heart with joy.

Look into My eyes. See the unconditional love I have for you. See the delight in My eyes as you approach. I stand each day on the hill, waiting, watching for you. See Me run to you! Run to Me, Child, and let Me overwhelm you with My love.

Step into my Presence. Step into My throne room of grace. Grace flows easily and deeply. It washes away all the tears of sorrow and regret. Let it wash away all the things that have held you back from My love. As Isaiah allowed the coal to touch his lips, allow My river of grace to touch yours.

I have called you to be a voice of grace. I have called you to be my voice of blessing and encouragement. You will release My grace and My love to a world that believes it is unlovable. Even the most unlovable are My heart’s desire. They are guests of honor at My table, and you carry their invitation.

So, come into My arms. Let me give you rest and refreshing. Let Me blanket you in My love. Lay your head on My chest and feel My heart beat. Feel its rhythm. Let its sound resonate through your entire being.

I have chosen you. You are mine.

I am your good, good Father, and you are loved by me.

Nagging Cough Abolished

1339173560-hand_over_mouthLast Saturday and Sunday (Feb 15/16 2014) Tree of Life Transformation Center taught a Sozo seminar in Fremont. It was an amazing weekend; nearly 100 people participated in the training. The following testimony is one of many amazing God moments.

Saturday afternoon, as I was walking down the hall with my friend Sadie, our friend Raylene called out to us. She pointed to a woman named E** who had a terrible, persistent cough. She told us we should go over and pray for her. Hahaha. I called Raylene over to join us – we three would pray for her together. Raylene did not share that God had told her that one of E**s legs was longer than the other, and when it grew out her cough would leave her.

Raylene, Sadie, and I approached E** and asked her if we could pray for her nasty cough. E** explained to us that she had to sit in the foyer and watch the speakers via the monitor because her cough disturbed everyone. In fact, it kept her from church, seminars, and even prayer groups. E** was pleased to have us pray for her. Raylene asked, then laid her hand on E**s shoulder, and released love and healing.

I then felt impressed to tell E** that God loved her and it deeply pleased Him when she read His Word. It wasn’t reading the Bible out of duty or obligation; instead, she read it out of deep love and pleasure. It was intimate and joyful for them both! Sadie then got a word of knowledge – swimming pool or water. She asked if this meant anything to E**. It did not seem to, until she recalled a swimming incident in her youth when her brother held her underwater. She said from that day on she had lived with great fear. We prayed for forgiveness and renounced fear. E** felt lighter and at peace, but she was still coughing.

Raylene had left our group, and her husband Billy joined us. He had a word of knowledge for pain in the left leg, running from the hip down to the ankle. E** did not have such a pain, but she did have pain in her right ankle. Yay, God! Billy prayed for the pain to leave. He then suggested that one of her legs was longer than the other. We asked her if we could grow out her leg. Sadie prayed for her, and allowed God to do what He does. E**s leg grew out. She then remarked that she felt heat in her right heel. We celebrated God and what He was doing for E**.

E** then shared that God had led her to begin a prayer group at a local college. She had put it off, but finally chose a date to begin. On the first day before the meeting she had sat outside overlooking the bay, immersed in her Bible. As she was enjoying her quiet time with the Lord, looking at the water, she felt her first cough. From that time on, it grew steadily worse and worse, to the point that she felt hindered and too much a distraction for her study group. Hahahaha! The roots were uncovered; the lie was exposed.  The water, the fears, the unforgiveness, God’s pleasure in E**s quiet time in the Word, God’s leading her to start a prayer group, the origin of the cough… hahahahahaha! We laughed at the schemes of the enemy, and we celebrated God’s plans for E**. We blessed E** and the amazing plans God has for her, and we thanked God for the healing work He had begun in her.

After rejoicing we returned to the seminar. At the end of the day, Raylene commented that she had not heard E** cough the rest of the afternoon. On Sunday, E** joined us in the sanctuary where the teaching was conducted – NO MORE COUGHING!

Sunday evening as I shared Billy’s word of knowledge with a friend, this friend started laughing, and she claimed the healing – her left leg from thigh to ankle had been hurting! God is good!

Lord, thank You for this wild and fun opportunity You gave to the four of us to pray for E**! We thank You for E**. We thank You for her passion for You and her compassion for others. We thank You for healing!

Photo found at http://clclt.com/binary/16f9/1339173560-hand_over_mouth.jpg.

No Permanent Damage

water drainAbout two weeks ago my dad texted me for prayer. A friend of his was rushed to the emergency room. He had suffered either a stroke or a heart attack. I texted back, commanding immediate healing with no damage, in Jesus’ Name. A day later my dad updated me. This man had had a heart attack, and there were large blood clots in his lungs and leg. I texted back, commanding all blood clots to be immediately dissolved and flushed harmlessly from the man’s body, with no damage to any part of his body.

My dad met up with his friend’s brother 3 or 4 days later. My dad learned that not only was the man released from the hospital with no damage to his heart, brain, or any other part of his body, but also this man is back to work – full duty! Thank You, Jesus!

Father God, Thank You! You are Jehovah Rophe, the One who Heals! Thank You for empowering each of us to carry out the work you have given to Jesus and to us through His authority. I bless this man whom You have healed. I bless him with renewed strength and love of life, and I bless him with a passion to know You more intimately.