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Scripture Point Friday | Double Portion

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Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
Isaiah 61:7

Do you recall the story of Hannah, married to Elkanah whose other wife’s name was Peninnah. Peninnah had children for him, but Hannah did not. When the husband would give meat – he always gave double portions to Hannah and just a portion to everybody else. The bible tell us that his love for her was great even though she had not conceived. Now Peninnah would taunt Hannah about her inability to produce children – I’m sure causing great stress to her. We are told she wept and didn’t have an appetite.

The taunting caused by Peninnah caused her to go and pray at the tabernacle. Eli the priest watched her weep and cry out to God. He assumes perhaps she had been drinking. She responds by telling him “I’ve been pouring out my heart to God.” Eli blessed her saying “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant the petition you’ve requested from him.”

She eventually would conceive and give birth to Samuel – giving him to the Lord because he had blessed her. The story goes on to tell us that she give birth to more children.

Hannah’s inability to conceive brought her to the face of the Lord. She poured out her heart – God poured back into her double blessing. Her current place made her move into action by faith to claim what was already given her. Do you relate to Hannah? The same God that blessed Hannah with an overflow – is the same God who is ready to give you a double portion. Stay connected to God – give him what you have. He hears your whispers and sees your praise. God says that nothing good will he withhold from you – step into position to receive your double portion. You will receive your inheritance!

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Scripture Point Thursday | Patience

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Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s temper, than capturing a city.
Proverbs 16:32

Today look for opportunities to draw upon your patience. This means not being controlled by emotions, or letting circumstances unravel you. It’s easier to deal with something when you use a calm reserved demeanor.

Anger, strife can leave one exhausted and incapable of finding solutions – it can escalate things that should not be.

Declare today I am capable of remaining calm. I can learn to solve problems in a calm manner in dealing with my spouse,  children, my boss – or the stranger that just cut me off on the road. I will dwell in the spirit of kindess and understanding – living like God wants me to.

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Creative Imagery

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Who likes fiction? What about christian fiction? My imagination has been unleashed like a lion just let out of it’s cage. He’s roaring louder now – can you hear him? I’ve begun my first fiction novel. Im in deep – so excited to see the characters unfold. I am playing with colorful word imagery – creating their persona one click at a time – only backspacing to add a little detail – a little cinamon and spice. The funny thing is I haven’t thought of the title yet – waiting for the characters to eventually speak through their personalities. God is about to show up in Tamara’s life – first she has to do some decluttering. I’m not going to give up too much to soon. Hold tight to your ropes the excerpt is coming soon. Find yourself in the different characters and see how God can transform a life.

In the meantime stop and pick up ” The Chains That Love broke” on amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0615994814?cache=89fbab6f96889602b055ef5dc6bd68be&pi=SY200_QL40&qid=1407972005&sr=8-1#ref=mp_s_a_1_1

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Scripture Point Wednesday | Thirsty

tumblr_mdnzyiXSBY1ri5mzgo1_400Jesus said, Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never thirst again – ever! In fact that water that I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life. John 4:13-14

We can find a temporary fufillment of satisfaction from things in our life, but true satisfaction comes from the new life we have in Jesus Christ.

I had this conversation with my daugther early this morning about what blessings, happiness, joy,  contentment consisted of. As I go into my explanation, she stopped me in my tracks – asked you call this blessed? A little shell shocked I answered yes. Our needs are met, we are living and breathing and that we serve a God who is capable of anything. She wasn’t convinced, but then I realized she was young – the truth I know about God and who he is to me probably would take her to learn through her own life.

The God of grace and mercy wants to fill you with a confidence that only he can give. Look to him who will quench your thirst – for he understands. Whatever else are blessings he bestows – focus on him above all else! He is waiting for the surrendered heart.

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Scripture Point Tuesday | Thankfulness

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I will give you thanks with all my heart; I will praise before the heavenly beings. I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your constant love and truth. You have exalted your name and your promise above everything else. On the day I called, you answered me; you increased strength within me.
Psalms 138:1-3

Today we give you thanks Mighty God for your everlasting love. We place no-one above you. We keep you at the doorposts of our hearts. We share your love with everybody we meet. We honor you by word and deed. We thank you for guiding our steps – for protection and covering over our lives. You satisfy every thirsty place and we thank you – for being king of kings!

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Depression | Suffering In Silence

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The infectious smile. I recall sitting in front of the television watching Mrs Doubtfire – hilariously funny comedy of a man who would do anything to stay close and connected to his family – going as far as to turning himself into a woman to play nanny for his children. All the twist, turns and mishaps that kept you on the edge of your seat – frantically cheering him on – emphatically wanting for him what he desired. How many other times have you sat in your living room watching Robin Williams – laughing uncontrollably at his fun nature? Perhaps many that you can recall – moments moreso when you needed a good laugh – he was there to supply.

In all seriousness he was super funny – did that constitute his happiness? It did not. Rumaging through my FB timeline I was hit with the fact that Robin Williams was gone. What! It couldnt be so. Could the laughter producing bellyache of a man take his own life? The truth of the matter is that every smile you see wore on a face – doesnt paint the true picture of what is happening on the inside. Can we discuss depression for just a moment? It’s not those occasional moments of sadness – we all have those. Depression is those moments of sadness that goes from an occassional sadness to days – weeks – months of lows that don’t seem to disappear. Cloudiness that covers your days with pending storms that seem all to evident. Can we see it – or do we pass the signs as fleeting – it’s not as bad as it seems demeanor. Depression is as real as our waking and sleeping. It’s so real that often its overlooked. We have to pay attention to those that cry out in silence. We have to reconnect to people on deeper levels than those quick “how are you” moments – thats not given enough time for a true answer. The face of depression – what does it look like? Could it be you – could it be your sister, brother, friend, spouse, etcetera?  If there was a familiar face would we find the urgency to intervene? Hopelessness is the state of despair – feelings of all is lost – above help. When one can’t seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel – darkness invades every space.

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We don’t have to sit on the sidelines and watch this – there is hope. As a church we have to get honest about the seriousness of this illness. Its time to take God out of the box – release the light of truth that sits – not shining on those whom truly need it. Just maybe in our shouting – praise God moments – the church can extend the hours to counsel them that need more than just a sermon and a song or two. We need a church that says my calling is much bigger than me. Just maybe one needs to be not only told that God loves them – but that we are willing to walk and talk with those who need a listening ear. That we are willing to talk and pray with them – that we also are willing to encourage professional help of counselor,  psychologist, and psychiatrist. We have to be willing to pull from a multitude of resources. We don’t need a one size fits all – we need every dark place brought to light. We need to encourage people – remind them that darkness don’t last always. We have to be willing to let them bask in our light till they are able to see their own. Most of sucidal tendencies catch us off guard – because those that can go through with It – never tell a soul.

Seek help if I’m talking to someone who needs an uplift. What you are facing doesn’t have to be faced alone. Talk to people about what your feeling. You matter! You can live through it. We need one another to survive.  The national suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Visit a church – speak to your families. Don’t battle alone – stay connected to people who can share hope and help you to conquer the darkness. When you cant take another step – let God carry you. God shows up in those around you. Seek his face. Life isn’t better without you – its greater with you here.

Let is draw near to the throne of grace,  that we may recieve mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrew 4:16

In the face of depression – behind the perfect smiles are people who are suffering in silence. Today be a friend – give a hug – shine your light that others may be able to see their paths clearer. Take the time to listen to someone today. We will all be better for creating a better world. Each one reach one!

Robin Williams – thanks for the laughs. You will truly be remembered and missed! Rest now!

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Trusting God Conference

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Join us tonight as we discuss trusting God for everyday living. It is the glue that keep us connected and focused on the will of God. To see purpose and promise come to fruition. To remove the need to question – to believing him at his word and achieving strength and stamina to go forward. Yes – he who holds the future – he will take care of you and yours. Join us why don’t you. We going to pray the gates of heaven open. If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you. Matthew 18:20

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Scripture Point Monday | Trust God

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But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles;  they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Today you have an opportunity to trust God. To give him every single part of your life. It’s the opportunity to see him work in your life and to witness his faithfulness over your life. He provides the strength to carry you through. If you would operate in this principle you will be renewed in strength and you will do the things you thought you couldn’t. Say today I will discover how to trust God!

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Scripture Point Saturday

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The man who trust in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. Jeremiah 17:7

Saturday Thought: we are blessed in every way. May the blessed reach out to be a blessing unto the world. We can go confidently and bodly forward knowing our God is with us. God our strength and stronghold – we trust your plan for our life. We know in you there is a hope and a future. When we seek you – we find you. When we knock – you open doors. When we ask you always answer us. Today it is that faith that carries us – we are steadfast knowing he who is the great orchestrator – Is continually at work in and through us! May we grasp hold of how blessed we truly are today and always.