Praying with Surrender

I had been dwelling about a dream I had two nights ago. Usually I don’t like sharing this, it is uncomfortable, vulnerable, and I discern if this was just another dream or God speaking to me as crystal clear water without any doubt it was from Him.

 

It was about prayer and the position you put yourself in when you pray.

 

Did you know when you pray, when you earnestly pray you put your life down for someone else!

 

 

Let me explain: The recent horrific shooting in the Orlando Florida night club prompted me to pray not only for the families who have lost a family member, those who were killed, but also for the person who did the evil acts. I prayed that many Muslims, specially the group called ISIS will see the truth and no longer be bound by the devil with his lies, but to see the love and compassion of Christ in their dreams and visions and being freed by Him.

 

You see when you intercede in prayers you place your own life down for those who hate you, for those who want to kill you, for those who want to completely destroy you. The devil hates those who pray so boldly. He hates me because I pray for them.

 

This is where fear comes in and the devil places that on you if you pray like that. Because you pray so boldly, because you pray with courage, and because you pray with victory, power, and strength you are the greatest threat to him and he wants to take you out with much discouragement. He wants to destroy you, put fear in you, take what you love, and put anything and everything in your way.

 

Now to the dream… are you still listening to my story or did I lose you?

 

 

I know many Christians don’t believe you can hear God audible, but I am going to be bold enough and tell you that when you pray, fast, and are willing to lay all of your life down for Him then you will hear God.

In my dream I started fearing for my life. It was my life that was taken, it was death. The fear of ISIS taking my life, the fear of terrorism, the fear those souls in Orlando had to face.

 

I was so full of fear and hanging on to life. Then I heard Him speak to me, “Why do you hang on to life so much, did you not know that this world you want to stay in is the devil’s world, but when you surrender to My will you enter into heaven and see Me.”

I might have lost you by now and you might think this was just a dream as terror entered this country once again and the brain has to process all this evil. But when you wake up and can’t stop thinking about it, then please give this a chance that God does speak to us.

 

My conclusion to this dream is simple, the Lord Jesus asked His followers to pray for the enemy, to love on them, to love on all sinners, and just like He laid His life down for us and the entire world, so do we. Pray for the entire homosexual community who is hurting, pray for the Muslims who do not know Christ yet, and pray for those who hate you and are bound by the devil.

 

If you truly are a follower of Christ would you lay down your life for others?

 

I questioned my walk with Christ as fear came over me, the fear of terror, the fear of losing my life.

Why do I hang on to it so much when I surrendered to Christ?

 

Please pray for ISIS, be so bold and pray for those who hate you, pray for those who want to do much terror and are filled with evil.

 

Instead of debating again and again of gun-control, LGBT, and about those bathroom issues, go a little deeper and pray for those who hate so much, stretch your wings a little further and touch someone with compassion and a love that can only come from Christ. Because that is what Christ Jesus had done and if you truly follow Christ, then this is what is required of you.

 

Pray!

 

Are you willing to be part of the answer? When you pray you need to be willing to be part of it.

 

If you pray for others and intercede like Jesus taught us, you must be willing to pay the price.

Count your cost and what you hang on to in life.

 

We all seem to react to the actions of others, but God tells you to respond to the Holy Spirit instead.

 

Simple terms: Don’t react to all the posts and words on social media, instead respond through prayer with love and compassion to all of humanity.

 

Let me give you the words of Jesus instead of mine…

 

Matthew 5:44 (NLT)

But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

 

Luke 12:4 (NLT)

“Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that.

~Jesus Christ

 

Hand out Love

 

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Meet Bob! aka – Bob the Alligator Man

Meet Bob!
This is Bob, also known as Bob the Alligator man.
Bob is homeless, Bob sleeps in the park at night, the open sky, the wind that blows around him in the cool evening breeze, and the sounds of all the critters at night are all his new familiar sounds of home.

 

Bob was standing on the bridge at the Greenville Park, a plastic bag in one of his hands filled with white bread crumbs to feed the wild animals. Because a hungry man knows what hunger looks like.
In his other hand a can, a drink to drown out pain, to numb the painful memories and in hopes it would all go away.

 

Bob has smiling eyes and speaks quite well. You wouldn’t even think he was homeless until you listen and he tells you his story.

 

While husband-man and I were ready for a speedy fast walk; God stopped us in the tracks. He introduced us to Bob the Alligator man.
The reason for his name is that he rests at night and sees the Alligator rest close to him. He speaks to him like it was his friend and the Alligator listens to Bob. My heart bleeds to hear his loneliness and pain hidden behind those smiling eyes.

He lived in a home for 20 years with his girl-friend, raised her children, and was a handy man at home. Bob served in the US Army and is a Veteran. He’s been to foreign countries, served his country, and had a normal life. But then just in December his bride he loved broke up and a world ended for this man with smiling eyes. His world was so broken, he lost it all, the home, the family, and all hope.

 

Don’t ever judge a person just because he or she is homeless or has given up. Trust me when I say when you get one blow after another, you come to a point of giving up at times. That is why it is so important you have a good friend or two and a church family that carries you through these times.

 

Bob met a young lady named Lyssa. She walked the park and saw this hungry man. Everyday she goes to the park and feeds him as he feeds the alligator, the ducks, and turtles. He gave them all a name.
Thank God for angels on earth named Lyssa who show such compassion for another soul.

 

Bob writes a lot he says. I encouraged him to not give up and to share his writings with the world. He was afraid people would take that too from him. But I assured him that a gift from God has to be shared to encourage others and told him about royalty checks. We also encouraged him to take the home he might be getting from the VA to help a veteran.

 

Friends, keep you eyes open for the lost and hurt people out there in this world. We all get very hung up on issues in our own life and those of politicians and get so blindsided of the injured and hurt out there.
I am just as guilty and God has shown me last night in the park to keep on walking a straight path forward and look for broken people. To feed the hungry, not just with food, but with kindness and words of encouragement, to give one time to tell their story.

 

This world is hungry! Hungry for God!

 

Friends, those are lovenotes from God  and I hope you see one each day! Pray for Bob that he does not give up in life and most of all trusts in the Lord!

 

Bob first gave me a handshake to say good-bye, then he stopped, took my hand, and kissed it!

Bob the Alligator Man

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The Easter Lily

While walking the trails in Reston Virginia the leaves still laying from past winter on the ground, covering the grass and walking trails. Broken pieces of tree limbs that had fallen from storms that raged throughout autumn and winter are all laying broken on the ground.

 

The trees and bushes are all dressed in their gray attire. So anything looking unusual would pop right out of this gray color scheme.

 

It seemed like another moment catching one of God’s Love Notes right in the middle of debris and the cold color gray. Standing straight up was this beautiful and so very lonesome yellow flower.

 

The Easter Lily!

 

When you walk in nature God tells you much about Himself. You only have to take the time and watch, smell, and listen of what is right in front of you. How can you not smile when you see this glimpse of beauty come through the drought, debris, and broken pieces that had fallen on her from winter’s past storms.

 

Isn’t that what happens when we journey through life?

 

Don’t we have to go through the autumn rains, the winds that rage bursting into giant storms, broken pieces that fall upon you.

 

That’s life…you say…perhaps…

 

But what can we learn from this Easter Lily that has the courage to grow through the hardest winter ground that has not even softened from spring soft rains or summers late afternoon thunderstorms?

 

What lesson does God teach?

 

In Christian tradition, the Easter Lily is a symbol of rebirth and a new beginning, the resurrection of Christ. The symbol of purity, joy, hope, life, a new beginning.

 

She pushes herself through the hardest ground, regardless of what had fallen on her, growing with courage she pushes herself up and stands strong and boldly, giving off a fragrance of hope, beauty, and grace.

 

Yes, that is the lesson God teaches!

 

If you are beaten by autumn storms and debris has fallen overwhelmingly over you and the ground seems way too hard to handle, then take this Easter Lily as a great example and push forward.

Keep growing strongly and boldly with such beauty that can only come from Christ.

You know, the Easter Lily doesn’t even know it and does it anyway. It is protected and clothed.

 

How much more do you think He will be by your side, protect you, clothe you with His grace!

 

Keep your eyes wide open of what God has to show you!

Count Love Notes from God! This might be your new beginning!

 

The Easter Lily

The Easter Lily

Courtesy of my daughter Rebecca. Winking smile

 

https://soundcloud.com/untilsheflies/the-easter-lily

 

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The Oak Tree

I was dwelling on my own spiritual growth and in a way disappointed of how slow I grow as a believer and follower in Jesus Christ.
I came to a point of disappointment in myself of how slow I gained understanding and growth. It didn’t make sense.

 

There are moments you want to do it all in one day but lack understanding, wisdom, faith, and maturity.

Maybe you have never felt that way and grew like bamboo out of the ground, shooting straight up to heaven.
To me it was like standing next to a mushroom that grew overnight to full bloom and an oak tree that nobody even sees until 20 years later.
Winking smile

 

So today I want to encourage the soul that is the oak tree and it takes time to grow. But at the end, you grew stronger then you will ever know and you will give shade to so many in your home, your work, your community, and all who take shelter in and around you.

 

Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you grow slow. "Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

So, keep growing, keep being in His Word, don’t keep up with others, but enjoy your own growth. Thank the Lord each day what He is showing you through your mistakes and embrace what you have learned new and apply it.

 

I thank the Lord today for growing just a millimeter, but this millimeter is straight up. Winking smile

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The Oak Tree

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Blossom

Here is my daughter Rebecca’s new art piece. I love the art piece as it speaks to me. When you look closely you see a dark side, one with thorns and on the opposite side is light with bubbles and a flower that is blossoming.

 

Isn’t that how life is?

Think about it…How else are you being made beautiful in Christ Jesus?

Isn’t it the prick of your heart?

 

The moment you were in darkness and He pricks it with His love. The sweetness and beauty of love happens the moment He pricks it in the dark only to bloom into a flower ready to love Him in return.

Today will you made the decision to let Him prick your heart, will you let His love enter your darkness so you can love Him in return?

 

Don’t wait!

 

Let love in and God is the ONLY love! You say love wins, I amen that, because God is love. Only He is love!

If you thirst for love and He pricks you in your darkness or darkest hours, then feel the sweetness of your love grow for Him.

 

Blossom!

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Light and Darkness

Courtesy of my daughter Rebecca. Winking smile

 

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Love Notes

You always reflect the image you focus on.~Until She Flies

Focus on Christ Jesus and you will reflect Him!
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Reflect Focus

 

 

A chapter of your life is NOT your whole story. ~Until She Flies

Isn’t that the best news that God can use your chapter and make it into a new and beautiful story!

While hunting for the many lovenotes from God, this devastating sight of destruction caught my attention.
Trust in God and walk by faith, this is only a chapter in your life, not the whole story.

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Shards of Broken Pieces

I can’t play any instrument and have that gentle touch as you push each key note on that piano down and out comes a music note, but I have the gentle touch when I hit the keyboard’s button down on my PC and out comes a lovenote from God.

I guess I just play my music differently and hope the tune is one you like and brings always honour and glory to Him alone. We all play our music differently and I hope you have that music in your heart and hide it no longer. I hope you play it and live it well for His glory.

 

Walking the beach, hunting for lovenotes from God. Because when you are hunting for Him, you will always find Him. When you look for mercy, He shows you the beauty of grace.

 

And if you are too exhausted of going out walking the journey to hunt for his lovenotes, He will just carry you.

 

Many times I am homesick for my country and many times I am more then homesick for God and to see Him in the midst of everything. The journey we walk, the journey each has been given and trust me He knows what each of us is going through and you have not slipped His mind.

 

He sees, He sees it all and no task He gave is too hard to overcome. Though it feels overwhelming and you wonder if He has lost track of you and somehow forgotten you. But if you are a child of God, then all promises that He said are true, or God would be a liar. Since God is not a liar, the promise still holds true. So patiently we wait for His promise to come true that all things work together for good for those who believe in Him.

 

The beach was full of broken seashells, just shards and pieces of brokenness. All just laying there with no beauty and useless for me to pick one up. The sun was shining, the light beaming and pushing its way through the clouds. A shard of seashell laying beneath my foot. Pearly colors of purple, turquoise and blue were giving it the most beautiful shine.

 

 

It is the light…the light has to shine right on this beauty and tiny shard of brokenness.

 

 

My feet stopped in the tracks, I bent over, picked it up and held it in my hand.

What beauty that a broken peace of shard can give when the light shines on it.

 

Have you ever thought about it? Have you ever seen it?

 

So it is with God. Are you broken? Are you just laying down and overwhelmed, defeated and just simply exhausted? Look up for a moment, remember whose child you are if you have trusted in our Holy God. Do you remember?

 

 

The light shines on you. He sees you!

 

 

He stops while He walks with you, He bends down, and He picks you up.

 

You are beautiful! You are a beautiful shard of brokenness, only to shine and perhaps become a piece of art or a piece of a crown, a special vase, or jewelry for the most special occasion.

 

 

Don’t ever miss it you pearly shard of broken piece, you are just a piece of His crown for His glory!

 

Romans 5:3-5 (MSG)

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

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Jacob-Wrestling God–One Wheeled Plane

While flying across the ocean the captain of the last Delta flight spoke over the speaker, "Please do not be alarmed but there will be emergency vehicles on the ground waiting for us as our hydraulic system is not working on one side."

 

Say what? No wheels on one side?

 

I could have panicked right there and then in this tiny seat on this Delta flight. But for the first time I had peace that surpasses all understanding. Still surprised by it as I am usually the person who panics quickly.

I took out my cell phone to open my Bible application and read this one verse over and over until I memorized it by heart. Praying to God that I need to be here for my family, but also trusting if the landing does not go so well.

 

 

Psalm 46:7, 11 (MSG)
Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

 

 

I looked out the window and thanked the Lord and trusted His plan. Whatever the outcome would be.

Truly I tell you the devil wanted to steal my joy that day and I had peace that was not of me. I simply turned my fear straight to God.

The captain spoke once more over the speakers to store every single item away as the cabin grew oddly quiet.

 

 

"Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
God-of-Angel-Armies protects us."

 

 

It was time to land this international plane with a full load of people and it was as angels themselves landed it. I have never had a better landing then this one on one wheel. Not one single bump or shake, it was peaceful!

 

"Praise the Lord", I shouted out and the entire crew of passengers applauded at once. But the applaud truly goes to the Lord!

 

So, what to make of this story? What can you take from this?

When you are about to go into a battle, maybe the battle with your finances, your health, your children, marriage, family, depression, etc…

Call out to the Lord with praises and turn your fear to faith. Sing with Psalms to our Holy God.

 

 

"Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us."

Psalm 46711 MSG

 

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My One Word – RIVER

Happy New Year! I can’t believe we embark on a brand-new year of 2016 and we hope for a brighter future and blessings that can only come from our Holy God. But this is the time to also reflect on last year and to let it go…

The past year had some ups and downs, just like all people in life have.
I lost my dearest friend who I miss daily, I have been betrayed by another friend, and I got to see family from my home country whom I haven’t been able to see for three years and the good-byes always rip open the wound and the heart aches all over.
But I have also so much more to be grateful for and stories of hope and joy. God is so good to us and He makes such melody in my heart.

 

I believe that many of us have forgotten to play their song. We all have music in our heart, we were meant to praise and sing, to speak of His wondrous works and marvelous creation, His story of redemption and love, grace and mercy…

 

This time it was nearly impossible to come up with my ONE WORD. I dwelt and dwelt on a word. There are just too many I like…

 

But then it just hit me…RIVER! My one word this year is RIVER. Because everything and I mean everything flows from a river.

My God, the One and Only is my river. My river of rest, river of joy, river of peace, river of renewal, river of strength, river of change, river of refreshing, river of love, river of hope…

 

I could go on and on just like the river. It never ends! But you have to make the decision to let it flow through you and be the life giving refreshing water for others. He is my living-water and my prayer is that each person I know will take on this living-water.

 

Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV)
“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.

 

Psalm 46:4-5 (ESV)
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
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River

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God’s Love Notes

I want to tell you a Christmas story, one that took place 36,000 feet above ground. The long flight from Amsterdam to Atlanta.
During the 10 hours flight you just got to get up and walk a bit in that overcrowded plane or your legs will cramp up.
I got to talk to one lady who was sitting in the middle isle, a very young lady with two small children ages 3 and 5. Their names I won’t forget, River and Journey, both named after stories of the Word. The young lady’s name is Bethany.

 

You know what is interesting, you know when you have a believing soul sister on board. I have never met Bethany before, but we immediately started talking about our Lord. She told me about their mission work in China and that she is travelling back from Tanzania. She had to get away, to help her 5 year old cope. You see, Bethany, with tears in her eyes, talked about her husband-man as he had died only 8 weeks ago. She misses him so very much and now a single mom of two beautiful small children.

 

My heart was so heavy for her and what do you say to a beautiful soul so young and no husband-man by her side.

 

I leaned over to her seat while standing in the isle and we just hugged and I prayed. Praying and hugging, loving and caring 36,000 feet over the wild raging ocean.
Her tears were flowing and His peace came over us.

 

Bethany was so grateful, took off her necklace she just got in Tanzania and gave it to me. "Oh no, I can’t take it", I replied. But she insisted and I cherished it and took it carefully back to my seat.

 

She told me to look up Psalm 46:4-5 which her daughter River was named after.

 

As we landed I waited til most of the passengers have exited to give her a gift to remember this moment. I gave her my bracelet that read "WJD" (What Jesus Did). Actually that bracelet is what got our conversation started.

 

What Jesus Did!

 

He gave us of Himself so we have peace with our Father and joy, and most of all hope.

 

Many more incredible stories happened on this plane ride from Amsterdam to Atlanta, but this one was one was the best.

 

Our heavenly Father knows what we need wherever we are. God will provide for His followers, not just our physical needs, but also our emotional needs.

 

I hope this story encourages you that you can trust our God and that He is in our business, in our mess, pain, and in our life. Whatever is going on in your life, trust in Him and believe. He is our hope and our future and He cares about YOU!

 

Psalm 46:4-5 (NIV)
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

 

Luke 10:27a (ESV)
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’

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Heart Necklace

 

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