Today, I'm sharing the Let's TALK LIVE video from Wednesday. It’s vulnerable. It’s real. It’s God’s thoughts about our assignment in a spiritually mismatched marriage.
I love you. March on Warriors!! Lynn
Today, I'm sharing the Let's TALK LIVE video from Wednesday. It’s vulnerable. It’s real. It’s God’s thoughts about our assignment in a spiritually mismatched marriage.
I love you. March on Warriors!! Lynn
*Photo credit: Arkdiscovery.com, this is the forever blackened top of Mount Sinai, where God's presence came in fire.
I've heard throughout my lifetime that the God of the Bible (specifically the Old Testament) is mean and unmerciful and a murderer. I'm sure you have heard things similar...maybe even last week. There are a lot of people who hold this viewpoint. I never knew how to really answer these types of comments. Sure I could mention that Jesus died on the cross and rose again for our sins to take the wrath of God upon Himself. But I was always left confused when my heart and mind could not make the connection with all of the death and destruction in the Old Testament with a loving God. I mean after all God never changes right? (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17; Hebrews 33:8)
I would like to place a quick interjection here. Thanks to you, my loving SUM family I have been taking ministry classes with my church. I cannot thank you enough for your generous support, love, and encouragement. 6-7 months into this 2 year program and I am absolutely blown away by all the things being revealed to me. It is amazing. I say this because it is in a recent class that Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.
There are 5 major covenants that God made with His people throughout history. I won't go into detail here because there is a lot to explain (and quite frankly I am still trying to soak it all in) but suffice it to say, each and every one of these covenants was for the benefit of His people. (A covenant is simply an agreement between two parties. I say this with all sincerity. If you would like a copy of my class notes to better understand the covenants, I would love to share. This stuff is truly fascinating and has really opened up my eyes in how to read the Bible!)
The covenant made with Moses is where God introduces the law. Here is the kicker though. God did not want to give a set of rules for His people to be bound by. Did you know that the covenant relationship we have right now with God - through Jesus - is what He wanted for His people all along?
3 And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” (Exodus 19)
This is the covenant that God wanted. He wanted all of Israel to priests. A holy nation, set apart from the rest of the world to be a light and represent God to the rest of the world. What? I had no idea! So what happened?
Exodus 19:8 - Israel agreed to it
Exodus 19:9-13 - God is giving them a consecration period (this is always the case where there is covenant or relationship with God)
Exodus 19:18-19 - God shows up in with lightning, fire, a loud trumpet, etc (see Deuteronomy 5:23-27 fore more details of this) which scared the Israelites.
Exodus 19:20-25 - Moses and the priests (which in that time were simply the oldest males from each family line, meaning every family was represented on the mountain) go up on the mountain and decide, now we don't want any of this. We don't want to have a face to face relationship with God. Let's send Moses as a mediator and whatever he says, we will do.
What does this mean for us today? The work of Jesus on the cross opened us up to the exact covenant that God talked about in Exodus 19:3-6. Check this out:
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2)
Family, I don't know about you but understanding God's heart in Exodus 19 is absolutely wrecking me. I hope I explained it well here. I don't feel like I can do it justice. We serve a truly loving and merciful God! He has always had a heart for His people. He has always desired a face to face relationship. He has always desired to draw and woo and take good care of us. This doesn't sound like a mean, wrathful, and unmerciful God to me!
Thank you Jesus that you gave us the greatest gift we could ever have. Relationship with our Daddy God. I pray this has blessed you. I've run a little long but let's chat in the comments. How does this insight into God's Heart in the Old Testament affect your view of His heart for you today?
A few weeks ago, this question arrived on our Instagram:
"What to do with that guilt I feel sometimes for marrying someone who is not a believer?”
A while back I had a conversation with a very close friend of mine who was tormented by shame and guilt because of past decisions in her life. Through that conversation I was made acutely aware of the unworthiness that plagues many of God’s children. Regularly the devil will beat believers up, both emotionally and spiritually, using our guilt over past mistakes we regret. We carry enormous gilt over the tremendous errors in our judgment that have brought pain into our lives, our kids and spouse.
On dark days the enemy snakes in and whispers, failure! Shame! Worthless. You are stupid for making that decision.
He tells us to say to ourselves, Oh, how I wish I wouldn’t have said that. I would give my life to make a different decision. I have suffered so greatly because I chose to do this instead of doing that. Marry an unbeliever.
If we could see this shame and guilt upon us in the spiritual realm, it would look like enormous hole in our heart that is festering and bleeding.
So right now I want you to hear what I heard from the Father. Receive this as your truth and step into His words of freedom right now.
My Sweet and Holy Child,
Do you not understand that I know how very difficult it is to live on earth? Are you not aware that I am fully and completely sensitive of how hard it is to live there? I know the pain you face. I didn’t send you to earth as your Father, blindly-unaware of every tiny detail that you would face.
I know it’s hard to live there. I knew that before I sent you. And I knew that you would make mistakes. You would make big mistakes. You would make choices that would affect your life adversely for the rest of your earthly life. I knew that would happen. I knew your choices would cause you pain. And choices that your parents made would cause you hurt and struggle. I knew the decisions you made would hurt your children too.
I am fully aware my child that your words have hurt others deeply. So deeply that they have forever separated you from a loved one. And I know that words spoken to you in carelessness have been giant swords that pierced your heart and left you broken.
I know this life is hard. It is hard from the beginning and there will be struggles until you die. But I know all about every one of your struggles, your guilt, your shame and your difficulties. And it’s all okay.
I knew when you arrived of the planet you would struggle. And I knew you would make poor choices at times. And it’s the same for every person on earth.
You all make bad choices at times. It’s not like you are the only person who hurt someone with a choice you made. Everyone does it. Everyone makes tremendous blunders and messes up their life and the life of others.
It’s all okay.
You are not worse than anyone else because they ALL MAKE mistakes. Big mistakes.
What I want from you is simple. Admit you made them. Ask for forgiveness. I WILL FORGIVE YOU IMMEDIATELY. Make right what you can. Then FORGIVE YOURSELF.
I expected you to make these giant mistakes because life is hard on planet earth. So live in this truth. The lie you have believed is that no one else screws up this badly. It’s a lie. Everyone messes up their life and the life of others.
But I am your Papa of Grace. It will all work out in the end. For I use all things for the good of those who love Me. You’ll see. Give yourself grace. Grace is forgiveness and kindness and love. But grace is also empowerment to do better the next time. And you will do better the next time.
So let go of this shame and guilt. I will not condemn you because my Son stood before me with your name on His lips. He died for you and He speaks to Me often on your behalf. I love you. My Son loves you and the Holy Spirit is with you to help you do better next time.
The best thing you can do is to follow hard after the teaching in my Holy Word, talk with me all the time, bring your life before me and let Me direct your path. I will never leave you nor forsake you my child. You can learn to walk through this very difficult life with grace, love, joy and peace. That is what I want for you for the rest of your life.
I adore you. Please adore yourself.
Signed, Your Papa
PS. Jesus says, “Hi.”
Some SUM moments are so tough they’re funny when you look back, and I couldn’t resist sharing one with you. It was the time a well-meant speaker at church said these words from the pulpit:
“Every year my wife and I sit down and decide how much to give to church.”
I'm afraid that did it for me. I crumpled into a self-pitying heap in the back of church. See, I’d been attending for months, and gave nothing. Not a dollar. I hadn’t felt able to ask it of my husband.
It was painful, I guess, because my heart badly wanted to give. I knew the pastor needed to at least eat. I knew God wants us to financially support the one who sacrifices their life for that work, so that they can survive (Gal 6:6).
Eventually, I asked, saying to my husband, “Look, I at least need to cover the cost of the teabags I’m consuming.” Point taken. “How much are you thinking?” he said. I put forward an amount the size of the widow’s coin (Mark 12:42). “That’s substantial,” he said. Any money going to a church was a sacrifice on his part.
Both of us made a sacrifice that day out of love. We agreed on that small amount.
This was step one in my giving. But months passed and a new conviction came. I wanted to support some of the other ministries that have helped me: They too need money to function. But how could I?
I went for months feeling convicted and frustrated until, one day, I seemed to hear God whisper: “How about you give me $5, Ann?” I had a sense this had something to do with coffee.
It took a while to get it, but eventually an a-ha moment came. It seemed God was saying this:
“Why don’t you go without a latte and give that amount to a ministry?”
What a great idea! My daily latte was a highlight. I could still get a coffee in the kitchen at work; but the bought latte was the ‘fat’, like Abel’s best sheep in Genesis 4:4. "Ok, God," I said. “It’s a deal!”
Once again I approached my husband. “Um, you know I like lattes. I’d like to do without those and donate the $5 to some ministries that have helped me.” Graciously, he agreed. So it began. He would see the occasional bank item for “xyz ministries,” sometimes he’d ask me, and I’d say “coffee money.”
It was always nerve-wracking, but one night I couldn’t believe it when he thanked me. Thanked me!? He said, “I really appreciate how you’ve thought about my feelings. Thank you.” My heart soared. I felt like God had given me a strategy to give my best: not just to Him, but also to my husband. As we often say here, honoring our spouse is honoring God.
That was a while ago now, and I’ve moved past the coffee method to other ways of giving. But lately I’ve felt God show me something about that situation that brought new perspective. It came in the form of a vision. In this vision, all I saw was a little coffee scoop and that scoop was filled with oil, pouring over.
I wonder if you’ll see the meaning of this picture quicker than I did, but I didn’t get it (that’s always a sign to me that I couldn’t have made it up!) It took me a few days, and then I went “Ohhhh, Wow!” It’s a visual of this:
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38 (NKJV).
I struggle to convey everything this means to me, but oil, in scripture, symbolizes the Holy Spirit, His anointing, His light, His glory, His crowning. SUMites, for some of us our giving feels as small as the widow’s penny in Mark 12:42. Yet, God knows exactly what it cost us. His eyes fall on us in return. Pressed down. Overflowing. A latte looks small but, to me, it wasn't; And I now know what follows.
Several days ago, I received a phone call from a woman who lives in Wisconsin ( I live in California). She had heard about our book and took time to call me. She shared that she has lived with her unbelieving spouse now for 33 years. Wow, thirty-three years. She loves him and in the past, fought many spiritual battles and persevered with Christ. She went on to tell me that her strength to walk this road came from a scripture verse she heard as a young woman.
Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s (woman’s) ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him (her).
She told me that she believed this and this verse has proven true throughout her life. “Think about it Lynn. My husband doesn’t believe in God. He is an enemy of God.”
I reply, “Wow, I hadn’t really thought of it that way.”
She responds, “He is an enemy of God out of ignorance. But I have lived my life the best that I can to be a woman, pleasing to God. And just as His word proves, God has brought peace even within my marriage where my spouse remains an unbeliever. It has been God’s promise to me all these years and I believe Him.”
I thanked her for imparting this scripture verse to me and the promise it holds for all of us living unequally yoked.
Now I don’t believe my spouse is my enemy because I KNOW who the enemy really is. But, I also see how, as we wait for our unsaved spouse to discover the truths of Christ, we can trust God to bring peace into our lives, homes, and marriages. We need only take delight in the Lord and live for Him.
Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Be blessed, Lynn
A few months ago, a friend of mine shared a short, warfare prayer. Every day since then, during my walk-n-pray, I open my phone to the link and read/pray it out loud inserting my name, my husband’s name, children's names, grandchildren's, SUM ministries, Centerpoint ministries (my home church) and all my prayer ministries, and all the leadership and those there-under.
I read it aloud and adapt it as led by the Holy Spirit. I’ve found merely reading it aloud moves my spirit into a higher realm of authoritative prayer. Then i'm led to pray further about issues in my life that need prayer covering.
So, it’s time to share. I’ve adapted it to apply to us. SAVE this link in your favorites, on your smart phone. Pray this prayer aloud every morning!
Father, In the name of Jesus, I thank you for giving me power over ALL the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).
I exercise that power now and I bind and break the power of the spirit of the witch, the wizard, the warlock, the witchdoctor, and voodoo priests. In the name of Jesus, I bind and break the power of every spirit from the kingdom of darkness working against me and (names of persons or ministries, etc). AMEN
I break the power of every negative word spoken against me and all word-curses being spoken against me and (names of persons or ministries, etc). They must fall to the ground powerless! In Jesus name.
I send out the warring angels (Heb 1:14) to scramble the plans and the assignments that the enemy has for me, my family, and ministries this day!
I bind every evil spirit that is sent to watch me, eavesdrop, gather information, trip me up, block or hinder the works of God in my life! In the name of Jesus, I bind every spirit of darkness and command it to return to the pit. And now I receive a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit.
Father in the name of Jesus, I assign mighty angels to stand shoulder-to-shoulder around every person in our family, all those in leadership, the shepherds and the sheep, to guard and protect that no evil penetrate. I assign mighty angels to stand guard, with swords drawn, at every door and window of my home and places I minister. I also assign angels to travel with me and mine wherever we go.
Father, I ask that you would expose any terroristic acts and unholy activity before it has time to take root. Give me keen discernment and wisdom that I might be as wise as a serpent, but harmless as dove (Matthew 10:16), and I thank you now for turning every curse that would come against me or mine into a blessing. I declare the enemy must pay back, times seven, everything that has been taken or destroyed....for our good and your glory. (Num 24:1-9; Deut 23:5)
I cover myself (names of persons, ministries, etc.) with the Precious Blood of Jesus this day. We are sanctified, set free, powerful children of God. Reveal to us this day, the Kingdom assignments declared for our lives.
Lord I cover all forms of communication, written and oral, with the Blood of Jesus, and I bind every little bird that would carry my words with intent to harm or use them for evil...Place a cover over my lips, mouth, and tongue. In Jesus' Name. (Eccl 10:20)
Now to You, Lord, be all honor, power, glory, love and highest praise. In the mighty name of Jesus. AMEN and AMEN!
With their adrenalin still running high right after miraculously crossing the Jordan River, Joshua, Caleb and a new generation of Israelites had to make a “pit stop” for three things to take place before moving forward into Canaan.
It happened like this in a little town called Gilgal:
1. Don’t Move Forward Before Building Memorial Stones
God instructed Joshua to choose twelve men, one from each tribe to take a stone and carry it back out into the place where the priests were still standing in the middle of the Jordan River. Pile the stones up as a monument. “In the future, when your children ask you, 'What is this monument for', you can tell them it is to remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the ark of the covenant went across. The monument will be a permanent reminder to the people of Israel of this amazing miracle." (Joshua 4:1-7)
2. Don’t Move Forward in Disobedience
The new generation that had come out of Egypt had stopped practicing the sign of the covenant that God had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. To be a Hebrew male, that meant circumcision. God is now saying in essence, “don’t move forward in disobedience; get the sin out of your life; get this thing straight before you take another step!” (Joshua 5: 4-8)
3. Don’t Move Forward Until You Remember the Blood Sacrifice
The Hebrew people smeared lamb’s blood on their doorposts to recall the final plaque back in Egypt, when the firstborn of their oppressors died while their own children lived. God had declared, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plaque will touch you when I strike Egypt”. (Exodus 12:13) So, before moving forward into Canaan, God instructed the Israelites to celebrate the Passover. (Joshua 5:10-11)
You might say that what happened in the little town called Gilgal was where God taught the Israelites three lessons that made future victories possible.
Jim Cymbalta, author of You Were Meant for More, suggests that these three lessons are still significant to us today.
When I read Jim’s book several years ago, it occurred to me that it would be interesting for my Sumite Group in Orange, Texas to have what we now refer to as our annual Gilgal Ceremony, the first Sunday in January each year.
Please allow me to share with you our pit stop at Gilgal for 2019.
1. Memorial Stones
Each of the ladies brings in objects as a symbolism of God’s faithfulness to them the past year or in years past. I recall one year a lady brought in a frying pan that still bore the signs of God’s faithfulness during a house fire.
My memorial objects this year were place settings on my dining table. (See image)
Five generations in my family who have served the Lord. Their Bibles and journals, that have been handed down to me, tell stories of God’s faithfulness to them over the years. What a joy it was for me to serve my SUM group a meal on these place settings from these women of faith.
Our circumcision today is, of course, getting our hearts aligned with God’s word and His will. There is nothing like a small group in which to feel safe to confess our most secret sins. Because of our confessions, we have been able to walk one another through healing and deliverance ranging from bitterness to addictions.
3. Blood Sacrifice
In the center of my table is the platter that held the communion cups and bread that we partake of every month. The platter belonged to my very first Sunday School teacher, who later became my Mother-in-law. Say what? Why, my pre-believer probably ate on that little platter at his mom’s table when he was growing up, and now, I am serving communion from it in our home. Thank God for a praying mom who believed in God’s faithfulness for the salvation of all her children.
As time went on, Gilgal became a base camp in which the Israelites sought the Lord on how to fight their battles in Canaan.
I’d like to think that our annual SUMITE Fast is symbolic of Gilgal’s base camp. It is here that our leader, Lynn Donovan, brings us to the place of seeking the Lord as she did this year with such questions as:
And so, my dear Sumite friends, as we move forward into 2019, let’s heed the words of our fierce leader, Lynn:
“March on Warriors!”
I slipped up…. AGAIN….
I continue to be disappointed in myself because I have this sin, this ugly thing, that I battle on and off.
I wonder, Is God mad at me?
Is God disappointed with me?
I want God to be pleased with me, perhaps He will bless me more if I can just get this right. If I can just do more good and stop this ugly thing.
Can anyone relate?
Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves. We are quick to condemn our failures and faults and to come to a point where we want to give up because we are convinced that God is tired of our continual mess ups.
My friends, I dare you to read this story differently today.
John 8:1 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Think about this……
This woman was caught in her sin. It was the law of the Old Testament that she be stoned to death. And how quick EVERYONE gathered around to cast accusation upon her. As Jesus stood there, He didn’t deny the law, did He?
In His great wisdom, He turned the accusations back upon the accusers.
But what we miss in this story is that there was someone in the crowd who WAS WITHOUT SIN.
Do you know who it was?
He is the only person legitimately entitled to cast a stone of justice and punishment upon this guilty woman. What blows my mind is that Christ wasn’t the accuser. No, he was her recue.
And as this woman who looked at her liberator with a tear-stained face, trembling under the rush of adrenalin, entered into an encounter with love and forgiveness.
She encountered God!
As the accusers slipped silently away, the love from her Savior’s eyes flooded her soul. A lifetime of pain, soul wounds, rejection, and failures, also slipped away. She met grace in a moment of time and this single encounter released her from a lifetime of condemnation and shame.
She wasn’t without sin. But He loved her.
She knew the law and was in rebellion against God. But He loved her.
Her failures, her pain, her sins fell away, silent. Because He loved her.
It’s out of this revelation of His love that she departed knowing that his last words, “Go now and leave your life of sin,” wasn’t a command but a decree for her freedom.
His love and acceptance became her revelation and empowerment that she would not sin again.
I don’t know about you but for me, I focus too many times on the areas where I miss the mark, sin, and failure. But I’m beginning to see that our God is not just tolerating me. He is enjoying me.
The God of the Old Testament is the same God of the new Testament, reflected in Jesus. He is not reluctant to love us. Nor does He need convincing through our good works. He loves us just as we are, sin and all.
It’s out of His tremendous love that we are truly set free from our pain, addictions, tribulations and rebellion. It’s His love that leads us to repentance and not performance.
I’m asking for the Spirit of Revelation and Wisdom to overwhelm my soul today. I ask you to encounter me with this kind of life-changing love. I ask you to reveal to me Your love in increasing measure. Let me see you as the overcomer in the dark as well as in the light. Let me release my guilt and to walk in childlike faith as a son/daughter who is loved by a good Father. AMEN
I love you
Happy Valentines Day
Love, Your Good Father
Hello my dear friends,
I have had a heavy heart for all of you who are in the throes of battle right now. So, today, I’m not going to talk about marriage killers.
I want to talk about the marriage saver.
I’ve been in a deep reflection upon my life in the past few weeks. It’s as though Jesus is pouring revelation upon me about the many seasons of my marriage. Pointing to how He used my very own wrong choices to work with. How inside my rebellion, He loved me, taught me, and led me into peace.
I’m on a wonderful journey right now with the Savior. And the tension of what waits around the corner of the unknown, is almost palatable to my spirit. It’s BIG… REALLY, REALLY BIG!
With that said, I’m not going to write much today. But share one of my NEW experiences with Jesus.
A GREAT RISK! It’s worth a listen.
I want you to know something. Truly, from the depths of my heart: I LOVE YOU. I love you as my family. I grieve with you. I rejoice in your victory. I see you in my prayer time, sitting with your Bible and talking with our Jesus. I pray over you OUT LOUD daily now and for your families.
Something GREAT….. The GREATEST is about to dawn. I feel it in my bones.
Please feel my love wrap around you. As it is love from my heart and the heart of our Father. Hugs, Lynn
When he went into the Tabernacle of the Covenant the next day, he found that Aaron's staff, representing the tribe of Levi, had sprouted, budded, blossomed, and produced ripe almonds! -Numbers 17:8
PS. I'm still praying! I believe!
Hello, dear friends. Ian from sunny Sydney here. It seems ages since I’ve written. I trust the New Year has started well for you and you’re excited for what 2019 holds for you and your family.
Recently, I was reading something written by Will Graham, the grandson of the late Billy Graham, where he sought some counsel from his famous granddad on navigating the challenges of a ministry that required a lot of travel around the globe.
He was expecting some advice on how to run meetings better or how better to emphasize a point but instead received this simple message, “Pray, pray, pray” and “study, study, study.” It made good sense as this was what Will had seen his granddad doing most times he visited, praying and studying.
Abiding and Bearing Fruit
“I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches. As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless.” John 15:5 (TPT)
We desire to make an impact, don’t we? Even in the smallest way. Often we apply ourselves to various efforts and activities in order to make an impact. But what’s clear from the impact Billy Graham had was that he knew what was required to produce it – ‘live in union’ with God.
What I find fascinating about this verse is that Jesus tells us the answer to doing life well. And the answer is very straightforward: ‘live in union’ with God.
Living in Union
You’d think we’d all be doing this, right? It sounds pretty straightforward. Okay I’ll have my time with the Lord in the morning and everything will be sweet. Right? Well, that lasted 30 minutes (add you own number here), now what do we do for the next 23.5 hours of the day? BTW, how long do we need to spend with God to be ‘living in union’ with Him?
I’m no expert at any of this and I’m also very conscious of becoming overly religious about it all but what I sense matters is it all starts with the state of our hearts. As I think I’ve mentioned before, we gotta want Him. In order to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, body and soul we gotta want to do it.
Listen to David’s heartbeat:
“Here’s the one thing I crave from God,
the one thing I seek above all else:
I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house,
finding the sweet loveliness of his face,
filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace.
I want to live my life so close to him
that he takes pleasure in my every prayer.” Psalm 27:4 (TPT)
When I read this verse last week I was challenged by David’s ‘one thing.’ What’s my ‘one thing’? This is a man after God’s own heart as David is described. It’s very clear what’s his ‘one thing’. But he stuffed up. He got fearful and anxious many times but he kept coming back to the North Star of his heart: his desire for God.
Now back to Granddad Graham. I expect the North Star of his heart was similar to David’s and he kept fuelling his desire by always praying and studying the Word. The reason we need to do both is that the Word is a key way in which the Lord speaks to us (not the only way). We can be continually reminded of God’s greatness and goodness, His immense love for us through studying the Word. In so doing it helps build up our faith and so prayer becomes easier.
(One thing a lot of us forget is the best way to enhance one’s prayer life is by building up one’s faith. The greater our passion for the Lord, the stronger the desire we have to spend time with Him.)
I struggle with being intentional about studying the Word. It’s very easy to quickly read a passage or a few verses and then move on. But I find the more time I set aside meditating and reflecting on some verses the greater my desire for prayer and reading even more of the Word becomes. As I mentioned before, one of the things I’ve done these past few years is to continuously read the Psalms (because I want what David has!) I love how they’re full of emotion: joy, anger, anxiety, fear, love and passion.
May I encourage you this year to set the North Star of your heart to more of God, not more from God, but more of Him. Dive into the Word. Try different methods, mix up which books of the Bible you read, do it with friends, journal some notes each day on what you discovered, use a commentary, listen to it in your car, etc etc.
Share in the comments something about how you study the Word as it's likely to give all of us some different ideas.
Would you mind if I finished with this blessing from the book of Numbers: (pray it over yourself :))
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’ (Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV)
.....looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame.
While Jesus carried His cross, THIS MOMENT was on His mind.... This moment in time when His bride gathers together in unity! Astounding!
Hi My Dear Friends, let me tell you that I KNOW that our God is on the move!!!! Below is what I shared with the Facebook travel group last week:
Oh my gosh. What the LORD is downloading for me to share at the Summit is truly pivotal. Our purpose in our marriage is beyond what you understand. Our mission and legacy, these are tangible things. Our long years of disappointment are being redeemed. (I can’t wait to share about how that’s going to happen). And gang. OH, MY HEART. What we are building in eternity. It will stun you. Fill you. Make you cry and encourage you to keep walking our mission forward. Also want to talk about how our faith impacts our spouse and family for eternity. This is going to be the best gathering ever. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!! Love you all so much!!!!
THERE ARE STILL CHEAP FLIGHTS NOW. Don’t wait. Prices go up the closer we get to the event.
We may never have a change again to meet face-to-face this side of heaven. And I want to look into your face and thank you for your love and to bless you into peace in your marriage and release you into the next great move of God.
GREAT conversations are happening in the travel group. If you are still considering attending, but not certain yet, join the group anyway. You may be surprised what God will do to help you to share expenses and spend time with other SUMites!!!
SUMite Travel Group <--- click here
Hear The Roar <<<<---- To register, visit this page
There are miracles happening. Ask God to get you here. Book your ticket.
Photos from our last get-together. It was amazing!
THIS IS AN EPIC, ONCE IN A LIFE TIME CHANCE! DON'T MISS IT!
A lasting power outage yesterday kept me from writing. So I'm sharing two videos that are worth a listen. Turn them on when doing the dishes or driving and I pray you feel the Presence of the Lord and the Spirit of Wisdom in the words. Hugs, Lynn