There was a torrential downpour at my boys’ soccer clinic this evening. Everyone left the field for cover under the buildings at the park. The rain eventually subsided; and we all went back onto the fields. Many of us noticed the rainbow in the sky; and reminded the children that it was God’s promise from a very long time ago. I felt my heart fill with gratitude and thanksgiving. After all of these thousands of years; God is so faithful to His every promise. I just began to thank God right there on the spot; because that moment was between Him and me. He promised that He would supply all of my needs, according to His riches and glory (Philippians 4:19). He promised that He would bring me into a land, with houses filled with good things that I did not put there, with wells that were already dug; and vineyards and groves already planted (Deuteronomy 6:11). He promised that He would contend who and whatever contended with me; and that He would save my children. As a matter of fact, He’s given me a promise for every area of my life….. and at that very moment, I was reminded of how faithful He is; and that all that I believe Him for, will surely come to pass.
Even at this very moment as I write, my insides are bursting with excitement, joy and expectation! How exciting and wonderful it is, that the God (YHWH) of the universe takes such an interest in me. He is more real to me than anyone else. He’s my father, mother, friend, judge, counselor, cheerleader, encourager, leader, life coach, disciplinarian and so much more. From hanging out with Him, I can now differentiate what thoughts and emotions are not mine or His. Various thoughts and emotions present themselves; and try to pass as being yours. I’ve learned that my power lies in my understanding that I have a choice to accept or reject them. I do not have to agree and take on any and every thought that comes to mind. My filter is Philippians 4:8 (ESV): Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Paraphrasing Earl Nightingale: Our lives go in the direction of our most dominant thoughts. I always tell my children to speak ONLY those things that they wish to show up in their lives. If they don’t want it in their lives, then don’t say it with their mouths. Their is always something to be grateful for; and we must train ourselves to look for and see it. Well, this is it for now. Enjoy the rest of your week!
YHWH/God is good! My life is anything but ordinary. I’ve had some pretty cool things happen throughout my life; but nothing like in these past couple of years. It’s still mind-boggling to me that God…. The Most High…Creator of the Universe…. I AM…. talks to me. It’s just amazing! I’m a total God groupie, holy rolling, Jesus/Yeshua-freak! I totally dig God! He’s fascinating, loving, patient, persistent, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, ALL THAT and then some! I can totally be doing something like washing dishes, showering, or even taking an exercise class, and God just says something to me. It can be a revelation, a next step or an answer to prayer. I remember I has asked God a question. Two years later, I was sitting at my dining room table one morning; and God asked did I want to know the answer to the question. Of course I responded, yes! He answered the question and gave me a vision. That TOTALLY was a revelation!
Another time, God told me to stop working. I was like: “That must be the devil!” So, I ignored it. He said it again later. I was like a two-year old throwing a temperature tantrum: “Noooooo Father…….I’ve been working all of my adult life. I don’t want to have to depend on any one.” He said: ” You’ve been saying that I’m your only source.” I was like, yes that’s true…but that was quite the process for me. It took me nearly a year to let go of ALL of my employment. I was an independent contractor for a couple of different companies. I was an employee at a company; and I owned a small business. I began letting them go one by one. I was down to one last place of employment. My family and I attended a faith conference. While there; a couple of people (whom I’ve never even seen; much less met before) walked up to me and gave me money. I was like WOW!!! Okay Father, I get it. You truly are my only source. So when I returned, I let go of that employment.
During that time, God showed up and showed OUT!!! I continued to receive money and other goods (unexpectedly) from various sources. One of the most miraculous experiences was when I needed a specific amount of money for a project that involved other people. The night before the event, I said a short prayer…. something like: Father, you know what I need. I trust you. I thought no more about it and went right to sleep. The next morning, I was making breakfast for the kids. The doorbell rang; and I was just going to ignore it, because I had so much to do. It rang again; and that familiar inner voice said: “Go answer the door.” I went and answered the door. A man appeared at my door and handed me an envelope with some bible verses written on front. I thanked him. When I opened the envelope…. you guessed it! It was the amount of money that I needed for the event that was planned for that day.
I hope this post encourages someone today. God is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). His word is true (Psalm 33:4); and truly He will take care of us (Philippians 4:19). Have an excellent week; and I declare blessings and favor upon your life!