Lovely Living

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“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life–your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

Romans 12:1,2  (The Message)

So tonight I watched a couple of my favorite shows… It was like one episode was enough. I wanted to watch another… and I could. But my Lord was calling me. The indwelling resurrected Spirit of Jesus that I know lives in me was calling me. I couldn’t ignore him. I opened one of my favorite Bible’s and opened right up to Paul encouraging me not to conform to the pattern of this world (-nightly TV); but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (-the Word). The enemy says, ok you already read the scriptures this morning for two hours. That was enough. You deserve to relax after a long productive day. Right before I turned off the TV one of those beauty commercials lit up the screen.

It was all about body image. Buy ‘this’ and you will be beautiful… Then I thought “How would I describe my body? Would I use the words of the  Apostle Paul … that I offer my body as a living sacrifice? I am definitely challenged to view my body as God’s possession. Thats the righteous way to think. I am challenged with comparing my appearance to others and I deny myself the luxery of worrying about what others think of my body. Is it because I want to be noticed or to feel a sense of approval? Paul says, my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. How humbling is that!  How humbling is it to face the fact  that the purpose of my life is to glorify God by loving him and loving others. It is not about me. It’s about laying down my life, my heart, my mind, soul and body–all for the sake of God’s kingdom!

Its all about lovely living for him. Ok Jesus, I’m listening. Thanks for calling me.

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BE Deliberate

IMG_1611   BE Deliberate

Be decided on as a result of careful thought

Be calculated, measured, reasoned, studied,

thoughtful, weighed premeditated; educated, informed;

Be intentional, purposeful; designed, intended, planned, projected;

Be meticulous

for you Lord!!!

I write these words this morning for me, for you… Most of my life I have been very indecisive. I have been very confused about this process of mind until I discovered the power of words. Until I discovered that I can make decisions. I can have an opinion. I don’t have to be passive. As I discover this beautiful life giving force, life gets exciting so this morning I am giving you a blessing…

“May the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)

May the Peace of Christ be with you today

-angela

Living In Peace

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“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, I do not give as the world gives, do not let your heart be troubled.” -says Jesus in John 14:27.

Before Jesus ascended to be with Our Father in heaven he promised the disciples that the Comforter would come after him. The Holy Spirit is the one who comes along side and helps. The Holy Spirit’s ministry to the believer is beautifully portrayed in the name, and in this verse. He is “with” the believer, and an ever-present resource to us.

Forty years ago when I invited the Lord Jesus into my heart, I asked for peace of mind. I was in constant mental turmoil as a result of childhood abuse and the immature choices I had made for myself.

Jesus, through the Holy Spirit teaches us all we need to know to respond to Jesus daily, and He gives us an inner peace that is independent of our circumstances. The Spirit’s presence makes it possible for us to choose not to be troubled or fearful. He is the unbreakable link of our living relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I am encouraged by the Psalmist in chapter 116:1,2 when he says, “I love the Lord, He heard my voice. He heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear toward me, I will call on him as long as I live.”

I am committed to practicing affirmations that declare my position of peace:

-I am a beautiful being and I am at peace

-I am God’s temple

-I am redeemed

-I am God’s co-worker

O Lord, build in me a place of contentment. I am resting in You. I am waiting for You. I am worthy of Love. I enjoy celebrating myself in You. I am a beautiful being and I am at peace.

-angela

Expect Results!

 

 

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The Lord God Almighty answers prayer. “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me” (Psalm 17:6).

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).

The power of prayer does not flow from us; it is not special words we say or the special way we say them or even how often we say them. The power of prayer is not based on a certain direction we face or a certain position of our bodies. The power of prayer does not come from the use of artifacts or icons or candles or beads. The power of prayer comes from the omnipotent One who hears our prayers and answers them. Prayer places us in contact with Almighty God, and we should expect almighty results, whether or not He chooses to grant our petitions or deny our requests. Whatever the answer to our prayers, the God to whom we pray is the source of the power of prayer, and He can and will answer us, according to His perfect will and timing.

Will you talk to Jesus today?     He is listening!

Take a Soul Walk…

IMG_1642 Lets go for a walk – a soul walk.

Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8). There is forward movement here. It is true that we are forgiven. It is true that we are going to heaven. Nothing can change those statements.

The Scripture gives us an invitation to come closer to God. Distance can come in our relation with God, just as there can be distance with friends or family. A coldness can come, an awkwardness in his presence – its like the lapse of time feels like we are not on speaking terms. This happens when we are tempted and give in to sin.We have stopped talking to Jesus because we don’t feel worthy, or we feel shame, but the longer we distance ourselves a coldness can come. Lack of communication allows ‘ice’ to form. Creates a spiritual barrier and a window for the enemy to crawl into our hearts.

There is a forward movement in the words “Come near to God and he will come near to you”. Our walk with God the Father is always a journey towards him.

My friends, no failure or sin is too great. Jesus’ love compels him to wait for us. Lets not deprive ourselves of the good that God would do. Drawing close to God is what we  as believers in Christ do.

Go for a walk today – a soul walk.

Here is a place to start…

  • Pray for greater intimacy with God.
  • Pray for greater understanding
  • Wait & listen to what he may be saying to you in your inmost heart, then decide what you are going to do about it.

Just take one step at a time and when you do He matches your step twofold and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Key?

IMG_2156       Christ taught us

that knowing God’s will and living in obedience to that will is the key to it all! God is the potter; we are the clay. God keeps us spinning on his potter’s wheel, shaping and reshaping us as He bathes our lives in tears to make us more Christ-like so He can use us for his will. The hardest part of living in God’s will is doing the right thing. It took me 25 years + to stop trying to be right. Matthew 6:33 taught me that all I needed to do was to seek Him first and move out of the way. I had to let Him do His will in my life His way and not my way.

Surrender daily.

Keep your clay moist through daily prayer – prayer that is in accordance to his will. The best way to achieve a life of surrender is to pray scripture. Start with a Psalm (25, 51, 116, or 139).

“Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human.

It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, He lived a selfless, obedient life and then died of selfless, obedient death – and the worst kind of death at that – a crucifixion.

 

Because of that obedience, God listed him high and honored to him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth–even those long ago dead and buried–will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.”        Philippians 2:5-11 (MSG)

Hear our prayers, O Lord. We can’t do this without you!

Spirit Power!

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Gracious Father

Almighty God

Thank you

I humble myself before you

In sweet adoration

for the embrace

that is mine

You are my confidant

My king

My Redeemer

My refuge

My sanctuary

forever

“You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!”                                             John 14: 13-14

I witnessed Spirit Power today.

While in a hot tub at the gym, I listened to a woman tell me that she endured five back surgeries. I could see why she enjoyed the pulsating water up and down her spine. We shared our stories she was strengthened and so was I. My face turned toward her when she said her faith is what gets her through each day. God is so good! After we showed each other our neck scars she began to apologetically express the help she receives from her husband. I assured her that she has the authority to call on the Lord, the God of the universe, to intervene on her behalf. There is no need for her to be sorry. We can’t exhaust ourselves trying to fix people or problems in our own strength. We acknowledged that God had provided both of us with good husbands. Jesus is the one who can make a way when there appears to be no way. If I utter any despairing words I am reminded of the words Ray says with me. No Worries, No Pressure, No Baggage, No Shame. We do not need to apologize for needing help. It took me years to receive this grace.

Before I left the gym I realized I had lost my wallet. I called Ray and he told me not to worry just to let it go. I received an inner peace and took a nap when I got home. Three hours later Ray called and asked me if I had I let it go. He knows how I sometime dwell on things that I cannot change. Then in his next breath he says, the fitness center found your wallet! WOW!

I will not underestimate the power of prayer just because I cannot see the change. We can call on Jesus, and know that he will come.

It was a good day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Him? him? or her?

IMG_1536                            Today

This has been an interesting day

                                Full of love. . . laughter

                                                   a complete day accept

                     for little mental disorganization

                                           woke up depressed

                                 thinking about all of them

                                                  Him in my spirit

                                                     him in my heart

                                                   her in my psyche

                                               then there is me. . .

                                                                I think

                                        Maybe it’s anesthetic

                         the way I think in the morning

                                   residue from old dreams

                                                 and faded faces

                  maybe it’s the fantasy line I play

                                       wishing for the Butler          

                                     to help me with my bath

                     and Missy the maid to bring me

                                     cream and strawberries

                      Maybe it’s lost lavish thoughts of lust

                                       pleasures and all their

                            damned directed erections

                                                           to get there

                      There is so much to wake up to

                                           but what to do first?

                       Suddenly I realize I can do anything

                                                        I am in charge of me

                                                       I start to get excited

                                                                    I want it all

                                                                  but what first?

                                                                     who first?

                                                                         Him. . .

                                                                           him. . .

                                                                           or her?

When I was in my third decade of life, around the year I was diagnosed with MS, I was a true fuzz ball in my head. My body was changing. My children were 7, 8, & 9 and my mother was driving me crazy. I wrote the poem “Today” processing whose voice I would listen to. The Lord was chastising me, my male friend constantly reminded me of my flesh and my mother’s demands fought my growing integrity. More than anything I wanted to escape and find peace. I was only 11 years old in the Lord… just a baby Christian in a grown up body. I cried out unto the Lord using Psalm 51. “Have mercy on me, O Lord, according to your unfailing love… according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions…  Create in my a pure heart O God…” Twenty years later I realized how much he was loving me and how much mercy he was bestowing upon me. He was shaping me.

Jesus opened my eyes. He taught me how to walk with him. He taught me how to talk to him anytime and anywhere. All that crying out unto the Lord taught me that prayer is my most powerful resource. “The Lord is my shepherd… I shall not be in want.”  Today, I join you in remembering that part of our royal privilege is raising our voices to heaven.

Hold on brothers and sisters to the promises that are yours. Don’t give up because you don’t see the answers. Be persistent, stay alert at all times and on every occasion. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. That light is HIM.

I chose Jesus!

Peace to you all

-angela

I Hear The Spirit. . .

IMG_2117   Tonight is a bit rough.

I am restless. I hear the Spirit telling me to be still. Will you join me? Let the noise go. Slow down your thinking. Don’t follow the stray thoughts and distractions. Concenrate on your breathing. Let go as best as you can. Prepare to be in the presence of God. Imagine yourself coming to one of the persons of the Trinity:

Father, Son, or Holy Spirit.

What image comes to your mind? Are you walking hand in hand with Jesus? Are you laying your head on the Father’s shoulder? Are you sensing the wind of the Spirit that blows where it wills? Stay with God. Be open and listen. Allow God’s name to draw you into the company of the holy Three in One.

Is there a name of God that is particularly meaningful to you at this moment? For instance, “Healer,” “Good Shepherd” or “Creator.” Breathing deeply quietly repeat the name. Tell God what you sense about him through this name. Thank and honor the God who comes.

Here are a few other names: Almighty, Awesome, Adored; Blessed, Burden-Bearer, Barrier-Breaker; Christ, Comforter, Companion… there are so many more.

Rest in God. Continually thank God for his presence using your chosen name.

Sing songs that lead you into reflecting on who God is.

Let these names lead you into prayers of gratitude for the presence of God in your life.

Thanks for joining me. We will do this again.

Peace to you        -angela

 

 

good space place

IMG_2142  I am an amazing woman!

I marvel at all God puts on my mind

and I just smile

I just smile

With me

So sweet to smile with me

I can do that with you, Lord

just by myself

I use to try and put some man

in every one of my good thoughts

the rare times I would feel love

for myself

I would enter in, some “man”

Who didn’t appreciate this

good space place

I was having with myself

there I would go

having him over

or me over

I’m feeling so good

I’m beautiful –I’m sexy MMMMMM he smells good

I smell good

and there I go messin’ up

Lettin’ him in my good space place…

Sometimes

some thoughts are meant to be shared

by just you

so you know that you have a place

that you can feel good about yourself

by yourself                              -atperry

Before I realized the depth of God’s love for me I chose surrogate lovers over and over again. I call 2000 my wilderness year because the space I was in was lower than low. I spent the year studying to convert to Catholocism. The dedication came to an abrubt halt when I was to fill out an eight-page form recording the graphic desolate details of my previous marriage. After that a Bishop would decide if my marriage was real or not. Imagine that! I decided this conversion was not for me. Even though I enjoyed the liturgy in Mass I knew my communion with Jesus was certain. I did not need a man to tell me this. At the end of this year I followed Jesus into 4 years of seminary training.

I had to grow up. I know who I am. I have no doubts. I am hidden with Christ. I am God’s co-worker. I have been redeemed and forgiven. I belong to God.

It is my prayer that the sharing of my story will help you define yours.

-angela