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Do you need FAITH? ~ I’ve Got A Testimony

I know that so many of us have prayer concerns and desperate situations that we need God to break in on. He alone is the One that does the impossible! I love the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18: 1-8. In verses 7-8 it says:

And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly…”

“Justice” – To make the wrong things right, or I like to think about it as — To take back what the enemy has stolen. This past Tuesday night at the House of Prayer we prayed for Salvation, Unity, and Revival – and my testimony is WOW! During the time of worship and prayer and even after – I came away with my FAITH soaring and believing that God is so good and that He can do what no one else can do!

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The rest of verse 8 says:  “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find FAITH on the earth?”

Do you need a FAITH builder? Are you feeling like the enemy is winning sometimes or that things will never change? Again, let me testify about the power behind corporate worship & prayer… when everyone is pressing in and believing on God and placing all of their FAITH upon Him…it is an amazing atmosphere to be in!

What is God looking for?

He is looking for FAITH!

Hebrews 11:6 says: And without FAITH it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

He is a good good Father and He wants to give good gifts to His children. So remember – Keep believing and place your FAITH in the FAITH GIVER! All glory to God!

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1

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Connecting the Dots….

My mind sometimes takes me to strange places. And sometimes, it can be scary there : ) But sometimes, I find treasure there, like the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Bear with me here…..

Driving to the airport to pick up Husband, I began to think about the recent, tragic air disaster in the French Alps….. Thinking about pilots, wondering….are they assigned certain routes and that’s the only ones they fly, or are the assignments random….what is it like to literally hold the lives of hundreds in your hands at the controls of an airliner….do pilots reach a level of complacency like when I’m driving from Kirbyville to Beaumont, and suddenly I’m in Evadale with no memory of the trip or is it like the profession of law enforcement where you realize that any outing or shift could be your last….what is it like to deal with that as part of your job…..but, you know, any of us could take our last breath at any time….the driver in that car could cross the center line….that light pole or tree could fall just as I’m passing it…. even a piece of space junk could hurtle out of the sky and crush my vehicle….that kind of thinking could literally make a person fear to face life….

Strange rabbit trails of my mind, but at the end, my conclusion, my treasure, if you will, is this: rather than live your life in FEAR that the terrible, the tragic COULD happen, live your life PREPARED that it MAY happen. Are any of us exempt from the distracted driver, the unexpected disease or even the space junk that falls out of the sky? Our little community has sadly seen recently that the answer is: no. We are still reeling at the shocking, unexpected loss of a loved one, seemingly before his time, at the news of children and young adults facing the battle of cancer. Doesn’t God cause the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and the rain to fall on the just and the unjust? To me, the question is not, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”, but “How will you respond when they do?”

So, how DO you live your life, prepared? Simple. The Hebrew word for safety is yasha, the root of the name of Yeshua ~ “he will save”. Put the whole of your life in Jesus, our Messiah, the only place to live a prepared life. How WILL you respond when the unknown, the tragic, the evil comes on you? When Job was at the lowest point of his life, his children dead, his health destroyed, Job’s wife told him to curse God and die. Yet Job’s response was, “How can I accept good from God, but not adversity?” Just as He formed us in our mother’s womb to be born into this world, He is forming us in this life, as we submit to Him, preparing us for the life to come. God ~ the ultimate prepper : ) If only we had eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit is saying!

Jesus ~ our safety, our salvation, our deliverance, our rescue!


The TRUE LIGHT~ My Testimony

Have you ever walked through a time of darkness? A time when your sight was hindered and you felt numb on the inside? I have, and it is not a pleasant place in which to be. It was as if I was just going through the motions of being a Christian and I seemed to have lost my passion. I even began to allow myself to question and doubt things about God that I had grown up knowing and believing. I knew deep down that the enemy was speaking lies to me and bringing disillusionments to my mind.

Well, I have a testimony about Jesus!

He is so loving, kind, and patient with us and He welcomes our questions. Nothing is too hard for Him. As I continued in Bible study and prayer, God began to gradually illuminate and renew my mind again with His truth and light. But, it was not an easy process or a journey that I would have chosen.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LordAs the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” ~ Isaiah 55:8-9

God has allowed me to walk through some really tough life experiences during this last year. Things that I would have NEVER chosen to go through. But God is always faithful! He can take what the enemy means for harm and turn it around and use it for His good. I can truly say that as I continue to travel on this journey and experience things that are very painful and heartbreaking, I can see how God is using this trial to answer the questions and doubts that I had brought before Him. He truly has awakened my heart again with eyes to see who He really is and a passion to love Him wholeheartedly. How crazy is that! As this storm blew into my life, it would have been very easy to become offended and angry at God. I could have run from Him and even fallen into unbelief. But God! He is SO strong and faithful and loving. He truly desires for us to be near Him. He delights in each one of us and lavishes us with His divine love. He revealed Himself as my Rock, my Hiding Place, my Refuge and Strong Tower! He was strong when I was weak!

“I’m holding on to Your divine Love. I’m holding on and I’m not letting go. It’s not my strength, it’s that Your love is strong. It’s not my zeal, it’s that You’re faithful” ~ Jon Thurlow


“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” ~ James 1:2-4

So, I want to encourage you.

If you find yourself in a place like I was – just going through the motions, lacking the true passion and zeal for God that you once had, a place of disillusionment or doubt – please take my testimony, press in and believe that He is who He says He is. Seek Him with all of your heart and He promises He will be found by you. If you are walking through a trial, please don’t be offended at God. He can use it to bring a divine reversal in your life. If you seek Him, He will not leave you in the dark place.

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Jesus really is the TRUE LIGHT that has come into this world. He is the TRUE LIGHT that gives light to every man. And no darkness can hide who He is!

“If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.”          ~ Psalm 139:11-12

The painful trial that I am walking through is still very real and remains ever before me, but God has used it to work a miracle in my life. God has used it to open my eyes. Jesus really is The Way, The Truth, and The Life! There is no other way to the Father. And Jesus alone is worthy of my worship. People may try to convince you to look in other places for truth and the enemy may come at you with lies, but I beseech you beloved, to never turn away from God. Nothing else will ever satisfy. Truth and real freedom is only found in trusting in Jesus Christ as Your Redeemer, Savior, Deliverer, and Exceeding Great Reward!

Thanks be to God for His indescribable Gift!” ~ 2 Corinthians 9:15

That Gift is Jesus Christ! There is no other! He is the altogether lovely One. He is fairer than the sons of men and Chief among ten thousand. He is the Holy One and worthy of all of our thanksgiving and praise, our unending extravagant devotion, and our ceaseless adoration and worship. He is our beautiful Savior that turns our darkness to LIGHT. He can turn things around with just one touch from His Spirit and everything can change in an instant. He makes all things new! I’m still in the middle of my trial, but I will not give up on God. I will continue to seek Him and to stand upon His promises that cannot return void. He is the faithful and true Witness and He cannot tell a lie. So, remember that He really is who He says He is and that nothing is too hard for Him.

“Jesus looked straight at them, and said, “This is something men cannot do. But God can do it. He can do all things.” ~ Mark 10:27

Beloved – Never give up! Cry out to Jesus! During the waiting, call aloud for understanding, wisdom, and revelation!

He will answer you! There is no one like Him!

He is the Great I Am

I Am the bread of life (John 6:35,48)

I Am the light of the world (John 8: 12, 9:5)

I Am the door (John 10:9)

I Am the good shepherd (John 10:11)

I Am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25)

I Am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)

I Am the true vine (John 15:1)


Stones of Remembrance

Have you ever had a serious illness or disaster or a situation befall you, from which God has healed or saved or delivered you? Something that you KNOW was God and could ONLY have been God? I have, and it stands in my mind and spirit as a shining beacon of remembrance, something to which I can and do return often, to remind myself and God ~ “You did this! You healed me! You brought me up out of a horrible pit!”

The Bible tells of something similar in Joshua 4. Moses, the servant of the Lord, had died, and God told Joshua to prepare to enter the Promised Land with all the nation of Israel. The descendants of the very people who had turned away from following the Lord at a crucial time, the first time He brought them to the Land of Promise, were now faced with the same decision. Would they be found faithful? Would they follow Joshua, God’s appointed leader? In order to establish Joshua and exalt him in the eyes of the Israelites, God instructed him to have the priests carry the Ark of the Covenant into the Jordan River. God would stop the flow of the Jordan and the Israelites would cross over on dry ground. This people, the Apple of God’s eye, whose parents and grandparents had miraculously crossed the Red Sea ahead of Pharaoh and his army, were about to experience their own miraculous crossing.

The Lord further instructed Joshua to select 12 men, one from each tribe, and as they crossed the Jordan, they were each to pick up a stone from the place where the priest’s feet stood. The stones were to be set as a memorial to what the Lord had done.

Memorials are important in our lives. I have personally visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The black granite dips silently into the earth, bearing mute witness to 58,000 + dead. I have also visited the Holocaust museum, a somber place where one’s spirit cries out a resounding NO to the horrors visited on humanity. These memorials are sobering remembrances of terrible times in history, commemorating the loss of so many lives. I have visited the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, with its quietly lapping waves and flags snapping in the wind. Within the shrine, the roster of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice glistens in white marble. We know of the inspiring 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero, with it’s reflecting pool and towers of light. And anyone who spends much time on the road has passed countless roadside memorials, each one remembering someone who is dearly loved and sadly missed.

But the memorial at the Jordan served a different purpose. It was not recalling a terrible time in history or the loss of many lives. It was not a place of sobering reflection. It was not a memorial to death. It was a place of celebration, of LIFE! This memorial shouted to the people of Israel, “Look what God did!! He brought us through the Jordan, at flood stage, on dry ground! He brought us into the Land of Promise!” Joshua instructed the people, “In the future, when your children ask their fathers, ‘What is the meaning of these stones?’, you should tell them…!” Tell them what the Lord did! Tell them, so all the people of the earth will know that the Lord’s hand is mighty!!

Let it be said, then, that on November 5, 2014, the people of Kirbyville, Texas, a small town in the heart of the Pineywoods, walked through the Jordan on dry ground. The Lord’s mighty hand intervened in a serious and potentially horrific school bus accident. And now, instead of grieving parents setting up roadside memorials in remembrance of their children, instead of travelers thinking thoughts of sobering reflection as they pass the scene of the accident, we can celebrate, and we can celebrate LIFE! So set up that stone of remembrance, Kirbyville! Set it up in your mind and spirit! Make it a bright and shining memorial to the Lord!! Make it a place to which you return often, and of which you speak to your children and grandchildren!

“This is what God did! His hand of protection was on our children and therefore on our whole community!”

It wasn’t chance, it wasn’t luck, and it wasn’t happenstance. It was Providence.


Me?!? An Intercessor?!?

How does one be a Christian for 35 years and not understand intercession and what it is to be an intercessor? Raised in a Baptist church, faithful and active as a child and teen in youth group; attending summer camps and Vacation Bible Schools year after year; serving as a young adult as Sunday School teacher, children and youth choir director, Vacation Bible School director, mission trips, etc. etc. etc. Faithful attender and participant in weekly prayer meetings, cottage prayer meetings, whatever kind of prayer meeting was on the calendar, I knew all the acronyms: A. C. T. S., P. R. A. Y., F. A. C. T. S., P. R. A. I. S. E., and kept up an ongoing dialogue with God, yet still knew something was lacking in my prayer life.

Then, in December 2007, I encountered the LORD in a new (to me) way, in Intercessory Worship. Somehow, the combining of worship WITH intercession and intercession WITH worship unlocked my understanding. The prayer format is based on the heavenly picture that we see in Revelation 5, which speaks of the harp and the bowl—worship and prayer. After being a Christian for 35 years and always seeking a deeper walk with God, it was like night and day. The Holy Spirit impacted my heart and placed a calling on my life. I wish I could put into words how it has deepened my relationship with God.

I have a testimony about Jesus!

He is the faithful God. So glad He is the patient God, too! It took me almost 5 years to hear and understand, and then accept the assignment of what He was calling me to do. But, He is worthy of it all. Even when I don’t feel equipped and capable of doing what He has called me to, it’s not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord.

“Great is Your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:23

If you have never experienced Intercessory Worship, come visit Jasper House of Prayer. Are you called to be an intercessor, a worshiper, a singer, musician?  Yes! Is God calling you to partner with Him in changing the spiritual atmosphere of our city and the surrounding area? Again, yes!! I invite you to check us out on Facebook, Jasper House of Prayer (JHOP), and at www.jasperhop.org.

Answer His call.