Answer God’s Call

As his phone rang, Danny handed it to me. “Here you answer it”. It was yet another unknown number. We both figured it was another scam or robo call. As I answered I didn’t say hello immediately. Finally I did. Turns out it was one of Danny’s co-workers. He too thought he had made a wrong call. Danny would have missed the call and it was important.

Oh beloved, just because you’ve met with troublesome messages, don’t quit taking calls. The Lord is calling you right now. He’s speaking clearly to your heart. He wants to send you new plans, new friends and new messages. You may not even know at first if it’s Him. But don’t give up and don’t quit responding. Life can send some really mixed messages. The world says you can’t hear from God and He doesn’t still speak to His own. But beloved, He does. That still small voice, that inner knowing, that call to prayer – these are God’s calls to you.

He knows what you’ve been through. He understands your reluctance. He sympathizes with the misunderstandings, the misgivings and the mistakes made. But He says this is a new day! You aren’t the sum of the fakes of life you’ve encountered. You are His! He is yours! Communication is essential and it builds your heart and mind so that you can move on and into the fresh anointing. Don’t let other people decide your call, for with every call of God your fate is sealed. It’s your destiny to live for Jesus, filled with Holy Spirit and walking in direct communication with the Father every single day!

God loves you and He’s for you. Scams will happen even in the spirit realm. But it’s a call for you to get closer to the Lord, to know His voice, to believe His Word and to triumph over evil. Rejoice as you go to Him this morning, rest in His love and live in the Light of His Truth for your life!


Proverbs 8:33 Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it.

Acts 22:14 And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know His will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from His mouth;

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

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Personal Experience

Danny showed me photos of what is known in south Arkansas as the Little Grand Canyon. It is on White Oak Lake. We’ve never heard of it although we’ve been in this are a long time. The pictures are beautiful and showcase some amazing territory. Unless you have heard of it or seen it for yourself how could you know it even existed? And seeing photos I’m sure doesn’t do it justice. We want to see it for ourselves. To encounter it for ourselves. That way we are sure of it. You cannot talk someone out of anything they’ve seen or experienced personally.

Oh beloved, have you heard? There is a God who sees you and knows you and loves you. He is The River of Life. He is the Everlasting God. He is always for you – seeking your heart, wooing you to come to Him for the answers to all of life’s problems. You may have heard about Him, but He wants you to experience Him personally – to know Him and the Power of Christ’s resurrection.

God wants you to know everything about Him as well. He is the Only Living God and He sees nothing as impossible, calls nothing impossible and operates in a realm where all things are possible. He doesn’t just sit back stoically watching you go through the stuff of life. He understands it all – He knows the end from the beginning of every source of pain, every broken heart episode, all the troubles of life and all your deepest hurts, regrets and fears. He gets you in ways no human being ever will. And He will help you beyond the realm of human abilities. His love for you is not based on your performance, but on Christ’s performance at the cross. That’s real love. His care for you is not based on your ability to do the right thing or make all the right choices. His love for imperfect you is perfectly amazing. His loving care is beyond normal – others may have walked away, chosen other friends, helped other people and you may feel total alone and used up, worn out and thrown away. But not with the Lord! He says I AM faithful – I provide all your needs – the eternal riches of the Spirit realm as well as providing all your earthly needs. You can trust Him for He alone is trustworthy. AS you learn more and more about Him, experiencing Him personally, no one will be able to talk you out of what you know – not even the devil himself.

God loves you and He’s for you. Give Him permission to guide you to even more beautiful spiritual scenery – the deep deep love, knowledge and wisdom that the average life traveler never sees. This walk of faith is meant to be lived fully, falling into the arms of His wonderful love, and trusting that He hears every prayer, and wants what is best for you. Rejoice that you can really know Him and live for Jesus in the power of Holy Spirit all the days of your life!

Isaiah 40:28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.

John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

Psalm 26:8 O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.

Psalm 27:4 The one thing I ask of the LORD–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

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Stronger While Waiting

Danny had a work meeting at 6 last night. He assured me he’d be home pretty quick so I enjoyed the afternoon with the front door open and the spring breeze making the wind chimes sing. Unfortunately, it got dark and I had to close the door and lower the blinds. I was about to get frantic. We just don’t spend a whole lot of time apart these days. And when the time passed that I thought he would return, I started to fret just a little. Long after I thought he would be here I heard the door rattle and there he was! Finally, he was home and I was thankful. I wondered why I had even spent a moment worrying.

We do this don’t we when it comes to God. We have this huge trust built with Him. We know He says He will be with us and He will work things out. But we begin to worry when He doesn’t show up when we think He should. It doesn’t take long for us to lose our knowledge and replace it with fear. Thankfully, God comes through for us – based on His nature, not our fears. And just as we think we might give up or give in – there He is – our Lord, our King, our Protector and our Savior.

Oh beloved, God wants you to trust Him. Your troubles are real. But the Word says our troubles are actually small and won’t last very long. Momentary and light. They don’t feel that way do they? You feel the vice grip of fear bearing on your heart like an elephant sitting on your chest. The what if’s place through your heart and begin to take over your mind. It’s not that you don’t trust God, but why is He lingering, why isn’t He here with His answer yet, what will you do? Pretty soon the enemy has you captured in weakness. God says remember Me. I AM that I AM. No one can keep Me from fulfilling life for you. He wants to remind you that you have the mind of Christ and that strength rises in you as you wait on Him. It’s not your destiny to lose heart or waste away longing for something yet to be seen. Your destiny is to tarry in His presence and know that with God you are totally safe and He is all you need. This is where the anointing grows – as you learn to trust Him more and more. Power wells up within you as you forget the hours and remember the promises of God!

God loves you and He’s for you. Jesus proved that. Holy Spirit seals it. Oh for grace to trust Him more! Lord we ask for Your manifest presence to be enough for us no matter what is going on around us. We ask that You set a seal upon our hearts and give us a heart to be used by you for your glory and to wait in peace for your answers. Thank You, Lord, that we can trust in Your unfailing love and perfect timing all the days of our lives.

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

James 1:3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

Isaiah 40:3 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Psalm 31:24 Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm 27:14 Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.

Psalm 121:3 He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.

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Ever so often we find a movie that is truly outstanding. One of those movies is “Woman in Gold”. Only one outburst of curse words makes any movie better, but this movie is a wonderful reminder of goodness triumphing and a stellar portrayal of restoration following artwork looted from Jewish families by the Nazis during the war. Mrs. Altman, the niece of the woman in the $135 million portrait, had to face her fears and return to the country she fled during the war. But with the help of a young, inexperienced lawyer, the portrait and many other works of art were returned to the rightful owner.

Restoration is a precious gift and the enemy will work hard to keep you from what is rightfully yours. But as you and I prevail in prayer and submit our lives to God, we can trust Him to return what we truly need and miraculously achieve this for us.

Oh beloved, perhaps your family didn’t lose millions of dollars’ worth of fine portraits and artworks. But you feel robbed just the same. Your heart was stolen and your hope feels gone. As you look back at the past, you have huge regrets over things you can do nothing about. And as you look forward you have fears that seem insurmountable. God wants you to know this morning that He is in the restoration business. He alone can retrieve your hopes and dreams. He alone can make all things new for you. But this is for sure – God wants to heal your broken places and restore you to your full worth in Christ. You may have to face some fears and allow God into the hidden recesses of your life – where you felt robbed and where you feel raided. But as you spend time with the Lord, confess your life’s heartaches and ask Him to do what only He can do – He does exceedingly abundantly above all you could ever ask or think.

He wants you to know Him and the power of His resurrection. He wants to give you precious jewels of faith, hope, joy, peace and more. He wants you to have rest in the weary days of life. He wants to return your value to you – that you are more than a number on a list, more than a spot on a pew, more than a worker in an office or a factory. You are His and that gives you great value – more value than you can imagine. As you listen to your Father God and look at His Word, you will find great riches that are waiting for you to take back and live the lavish life of a believer. You aren’t the sum of the things you’ve lost – you are the grand total of all that is available to you as you relish the Presence of Holy Spirit and the blessings given through your Savior.

God loves you and He’s for you. Start there. Move forward into expectation of restoration. Watch as you live a more fervent life in Christ! Pray without ceasing – always talking to the Father about your needs and those of the ones you may be seeking restoration with. And rejoice that you have wealth untold as you live in the Light of God’s abundant portions for your life!

Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!

Colossians 2:2-3 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Psalm 19:9-10 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

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Fully Alive Today!

We got out and enjoyed the beautiful weather yesterday. One of our daughters and her children joined us. We visited the cemetery where my parents and some of my mother’s family are buried. We went to the lake where Danny and I had our honeymoon. And we went by the first house we lived in. Finally, we drove by Danny’s mother’s old place on our return home. All these places are great to visit, but not one of them do we want to abide in. The cemetery is not for the living, the lake is still flooded in areas and our first little house is far too little anymore. Of course, Danny’s mother’s place looks completely different now and she’s no longer there.

We love old memories, don’t we? Although old stomping grounds are fun to revisit it would be ridiculous to wish we were back, want to still be there or feel sorrow because those days are gone. Our hope is in another place now, our dreams are not all behind us and we have more living to do before the cemetery takes us in.

Oh beloved, God says to you and me today – Live your life! He puts an exclamation mark behind the words because He wants His children to live fully alive in the here and now. Regardless of age, you have a destiny to fulfill. You are still in the land of the living, so use the time wisely for the Kingdom. No believer should be filled with regrets of the past, fear of the future or just wishing for things to be like they once were. Even if you could go back, nothing would be the same. And you would be wasting today. This is your best day ever. Sure there are hardships, yes you have things to deal with, but beloved, you woke up today and that is the sign that God still wants to use you, bless you and give you purpose. Wishing for yesterday will just cause you to be confused and tired. Hoping for tomorrow will keep you frustrated and weak. But living your life fully today gives you renewed confidence and courage for the here and now. You aren’t the sum of all your reminiscences. You are more than that – you are living, breathing proof that God is with you and will give you a life worth living today!

God loves you and He’s for you. Thank Him for the blessings from your past, praise Him for forgiveness of your regrets and rejoice in what He is handing you right now – this day! Release your worries, cares and hopes to God and allow Him to come more fully alive in your heart. And enjoy this day as you live for Jesus and live gratefully in this wonderful gift of today.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

Colossians 3:3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Proverbs 15:13 A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.

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