Wednesday, 22 November 2017

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."



I was inspired to write this last month but through much busyness, I forgot to post it.  The pictures were taken by a dear friend of mine Debbie who lives in Vancouver and this is beauty she gets to behold each day from her apartment.  Thank you Debbie, you inspire me often!


Words are powerful.  The word tells us that,“ Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Prov 18:21)  So it’s important to be careful what we say.  There is innate power in the word of God and what He speaks over us.  The word tells us in Isaiah 55:11 that, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

Lately God has been bringing a word forth that He gave me 2002.  I remember at the time my spirit bore witness that it was God speaking to me but it was too great and big for my mind to comprehend.  From where I was standing it didn’t seem possible.  Of course I was looking at it through my natural eyes and what I conceived as possible and from where I was standing it seemed outrageous!

But our God is big!  And if we will just get in agreement with what He is saying, we will surely see it come to pass.  Today I can now see glimmers of the possibility but my confidence is not in my capabilities but rather it lies in His faithfulness.  (Phil 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;)

In 2002 while on my first mission trip, just three short years after being saved and still very much a babe in Christ, God spoke a clear word through a new friend.  I was at Heidi Baker’s orphanage in Mozambique and we had just met a team from Germany that had come as missionaries too.  One evening while in prayer a husband and wife asked if they could pray over me.

I agreed and what he saw shook my little world and simple mind.  It was much too big and beyond my imagination.  He said he saw me in a room.  It was very dark.  He said you are going to a place that is filled with much darkness, God is sending you there. He said that he saw me there and at first I was frightened because of all the darkness that surrounded me.  The darkness was thick and foreboding.  He could feel the demons there nipping at me.  It was tangible.  Clawing at me and frightening me.
I was intimidated with the darkness.  

My light was small but then my light began to increase…….  He began to hear this wretched sound.  It was loud and piercing!  Then he saw that at first I had been running from the enemy, demons and darkness.  I was afraid but then all of a sudden I began to realize who was with me…..Jesus…… and then I turned around and we started to chase the devil!

The sound he could hear that was piercing his ears where the cries of demons fleeing as I chased them out and light began to permeate the place and filled the room and the region.  It was a powerful visual reminder of the power of God at work in the heart of a believing, believer.  That light expels the darkness, it cannot remain! 

Throughout different seasons in my life, I have recalled that word spoken over my life.  I would mull it over and ponder it in my heart.  Not really sure what to do with it but knowing it came from God and if He said it then He would do it.  Lately God has brought it to mind again but the neat thing about it this time is that I am starting to see evidence of it coming to pass.  That word spoken over fourteen years ago is now starting to bear fruit.  I have times where this tenacity will come over me and I just can’t accept what the enemy is doing in someone’s life and I chase him out in Jesus name!

I am seeing lives transformed as God’s healing breaks forth.  I am seeing people delivered as we stand in agreement for their freedom because Christ came to set the captives free.  How one word from heaven, from Christ can change everything.  We continue to see lives transformed when we kick darkness out and the light of the kingdom of God comes in and invades the place.  It is marvellous and the liberty I am personally experiencing in Christ is remarkable!

I am humbled and grateful that King of Kings would make His home in me.  Taking a simple, at one time frightened bit of a girl and make me someone bold who goes out in the power of His might, watching every plan of the enemy bow and yield to authority and purposes of Jesus Christ to the praise and glory our Heavenly Father!  What a mighty God we serve!  His ways are not our ways they are so much higher than our ways.








Monday, 20 November 2017




A SWEET START TO MY DAY.





They say “The early bird gets the worm.”  Yesterday I was blessed with much sweetness as I wander through Yogo village early in the morning.  Many Kenyan’s live off the land through subsistence farming.  Lately by the grace of God much rain has been falling, helping to end a prolonged period of drought in the nation and we are grateful! So things are looking lush, vibrant and healthy.  Here are some of the sweet sounds and beautiful people I met along the way at the start of my day.



Some sweets sounds of morning in Yogo village, Kenya.





HAVE A BLESSED DAY!

Monday, 16 January 2017




Today I am tired…I am weary.  Sometimes I feel like my life has been so much fuller of the miry clay than it has anything else good and beautiful.  Today, I am weary of it all!!.  When my heart would want answers yesterday.  When life would be so much easier if I just gave up.  He calls me forward.  When I would want to lay down in defeat, He calls me onward.  Today He speaks boldly to my heart to take courage.  He is not done yet!

My heart replies, “I trust you Father.” 

His encouragement was found in a song I had never heard until this morning.  Thank you Abba for the many ways you love me and love on me!  You are indeed beautiful and gracious!  I trust You!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r49V9QcYheQ  (Make sure you go right to the end.)


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

HIDDEN IN CHRIST






This is a new favorite song.  I keep playing it over and over…letting it wash over me…letting it penetrate every place…saturating my soul.  Oh the riches we have in Christ.  They are unsearchable….I love that He invites us to search them out.  He unveils them as we pursue Him.  When we search for Him….He will be found.  He doesn’t hide so that He can’t be found but rather that we would pursue Him, intentionally.  Love is intentional…it is worth the effort…it requires effort…great effort…but the rewards are great…beyond what we could dare to imagine.  Everything is found in Him!  Hidden in Christ.  Search it out saints….search for Him and don’t ever stop.  There is so much that has been hidden in Christ.  It is us to rise to the invitation to search out the unimaginable riches in Christ.


Ephesians 3:8-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
Purpose of the Mystery
To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship[a] of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;[b] 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

Colossians 1:24-27




Thursday, 25 August 2016

OUR FATHER IS SO TRUSTWORTHY!





This morning I was revisiting a revelation God gave me quite a few years ago.  At the time I was marveling at how responsive Jesus was with our Father.  I was struck by His commitment and heart to be so quick to obey to the Father.  I was meditating on the scripture verses found in John 5:19 & 12:49,50 about how Jesus only does what He sees the Father doing.  That He only speaks what the Father says.

I swiftly came face to face with the very ugly gaping lack in this department for myself.  I couldn’t honestly say, I was quick to obey?  In fact, on many occasions it became almost a wrestling match until I finally conceded and begrudgingly obeyed, knowing it was the right thing to do.  After all who can fight with God and win?

As I meditated on those scripture verses something began to take shape in my mind.  First, it started as admiring Jesus’s level of submission.  I mean, He became obedient to the point of death…death on the cross!?  Philippians 2:8  "And being found in the appearance as a man, He humbled  Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross."  I began to think…who does that?  Who is that committed to following someone’s directions, even to the point of death? 

As I pondered that, I recognized that there must be this huge level of trust that Jesus had in the Father?  Trust that could only develop out of quality time spent with the Father.  I could also see that He must have a great respect for the Father, in order to follow through.  Relationships like that are grounded in an incredible depth of mutual love that doesn’t happen overnight but ever grows and deepens!

Then suddenly the coin was flipped over.  The other side of this picture began to emerge.  In order for all that to take place, for Jesus to have that level of trust, the Father…our Father must be trustworthy.  He must be someone you can trust and count on.!  Not just in a simple everyday kind of casual way where you don’t have much invested in the outcome.  But a deep trust you can count on with your very life!!

That revelation began to seep into my heart as I rolled it over in my mind, letting it run down, filling up every place.  My Father, my heavenly Father is trustworthy!  In fact, He is the most trustworthy person there is.  There is no one more trustworthy than Him.  As that truth started to penetrate every place in me, it has become so much easier to obey.  Recognizing that He is trustworthy and knows best and has my best in mind.

Also, it gave me a key to understanding that most obedience flows out of this level of intimacy with the Father…not from an attitude or behavior of me trying to be good and obey.  The more love and intimacy grows between us as I spend time with Him, the easier it is for me to obey and the more I desire to obey. 

From that place, obedience becomes the fruit and evidence of how much I love Him. That fruit is not something I strain to produce by my good behavior but naturally and effortlessly flows out of sincere love, respect and an unshakable trust in His goodness!

John 14: 23  Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."  

So today, let us walk into our day, knowing that He is so trustworthy!  Let us abandon any cares or concerns, knowing He is a good Father, who has good plans for His children and let us be quick to obey!





Friday, 15 July 2016

COME AND LET US BE FILLED!





I marvel once again that when I quiet myself before, my God, He speaks.  He speaks to my heart and I hear Him.  Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice and they follow me.”  (John 10: 3, 4)  So I am listening and I am hearing and I am following.  He also tells us to seek Him and we will find Him.  I am seeking and indeed, I am finding, the One Who promises to be found. (Math 7:7,8)

I am walking through a season in my life where the waters are deep and threatening.  They feel like they can swallow me up at any time, but I know they can’t.  (Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.,”  vs16 “Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea And a path through the mighty waters,”)

 Today the Lord is speaking to my heart that when things are hard when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord raises up a standard against him.  (Isa 59:19)
This far he (the little itty bitty devil) may come, but NO further.  Just as God marked out the line where the seas meet the shore, they are not permitted to cross onto the land, so He possessively marks out that line in our lives.  There is a line that the devil is not allowed to cross and since God is Sovereign, He has the final say!

What God was speaking to my heart on this particular day, was the provision He has stored up for me during these hard times.  He is all knowing and this time in my life came as no surprise to Him.  So in the midst of this difficult time of pain and deep waters, He has refreshing, strength, and even joy.  In fact, the Word tells us that the Joy of the Lord is our strength.  It is for us!  It is part of our inheritance!

The focus or the awareness that He wanted me to have, was that He has a plan for this time and He has provision for this time.  He doesn’t just give you enough to survive or get through by the skin of your teeth but that there is a reservoir of deep abiding provision for this time and thatmust learn to drink deeply.

The devil can never do more than our God can do.  God is always greater, bigger more powerful.  In fact, it is no contest.  Just turn on a light and see.  The darkness has to flee!  It’s not a fight for the Light of the world! 

The devil is no competition for our God!  With that truth and awareness in mind, we should understand that when the devil brings something into our lives, God has something so much greater!  God has a way out…a way through in fact a much better plan in mind.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you a hope and a future.  What the devil meant for harm, and to destroy you, God will turn for your good. 

In fact, we know all things work together for the good of those who love God, those whom He has called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28)  What a promise!  What hope!   What confidence we can have in the midst of all the storms in our lives.

He reminded me that when sin abounds, grace abounds more.   When there was a drought in the land, He fed His prophet meat and bread by the mouth of a bird.  During that same drought, He fed a widow and her son with oil and flour that never ran out.  She could eat as much as she needed.  She could be filled and return again and again, without limit, for that season of drought.  (1 Kings 17:1-15)  

When thousands were hungry and needed to be fed, He used a handful of fish and few loaves of bread so that all ate and were filled and there were left-overs!  Baskets of left-overs!  Our God is lavish and gracious!  (Luke 9:10-17)

Beloved, if you are in a drought, the devil may want you looking at the barrenness in the landscape of your life but God says, look at the Rock, that has a spring of refreshing, strength and provision for you right now and for every tomorrow you have.  A well of water that when you drink deeply, will never run dry.  (Exod 17:5 & John 4:13,14)

No good thing does He withhold, there is a bounty of provision and substance for this season, this time, so let us drink deeply.  Drink and be filled.  Let us go to Him, seek Him, find Him, be strengthened in Him, be refreshed in Him, and take joy in Him. 

Let the precious river of life wash away every weight and burden, let His perfect love that casts out all fear, fill us to overflowing.   Let His light penetrate every dark place, as we go out in His strength and not our own.

He has prepared a banqueting table…

Let us eat and be filled!



I hope you enjoy this beautiful song that I found on the web.  To me, it so describes this incredible invitation the Lord extends to all of us, without exception or exclusion.  To come…drink…and be filled.  He is so good!  So lavish and generous.  There is no need for us to hunger or thirst anymore.


I’m wading in deeper…won’t you join me…






Saturday, 9 July 2016

WALKING AND TALKING WITH GOD.....





These posts over the next little while  are an ongoing journal from my time spent with God.  They were inspired by a journey I began with my friend Ky, who committed to pray with me for 21 days. Each day she would call me in Kenya and we would share what God laid in our hearts and we would pray together.  To my astonishment, what I found was that everyday, without fail, when I made time for God, He made time for me.  I began to see that God was regularly speaking things to my heart..... every day!  I was surprise to see that He has so much to say...so much to say to me!  I didn't want miss a thing...not one beat of His heart.  So hear is my record of time spent with Him.  (Math 7:7-8 John 10:3-5)

I had a nap late this afternoon, to rest and reboot.  After waking up, I was remembering a bit of a dream but more than that I just felt an encouragement in my heart.  Lately I have been hearing these whispering's from the Holy Spirit.

I call them a whisper because they are so fleeting that many times one could easily dismiss them away, unnoticed.  It is like it wafts by like a sweet momentary fragrance carried by a gentle wind.  The kind you might get passing someone carrying a box of freshly baked croissants.  Not the lingering kind you would get passing by a bakery, but rather a brief one that you would have to be present for, or you would miss it.

I’ve been growing keen in my spirit and when I catch a whiff of that sweet fragrance, I stop and pay attention.  I give Him my time, I still myself and concentrate on what He is saying.  Then I toss it over in my mind and meditate on it in my heart and hope begins to take flight.

I begin to worship Him and thank Him, and the idea begins to take shape and my heart is encouraged, my spirit is lifted and I know I am following Him.  I am following what is right and it brings life and goodness.  I walk away in strength, with a plan, with direction and His leading.  His peace rests on it and there is joy and I move forward in Him.

On one of those days, when He began to whisper in my ear, something beautiful began to take shape in my heart.  I was feeling particularly low that day.  By the time night had found me, I was on an out of control binge with food, trying to stuff the pain that was sneaking its way out of my heart.  Caught in sin…one could say.  I was turning to food and not to Him.

When all of a sudden He whispered.  What if God has a banquet, right where the enemy wants me to binge and eat?  I leaned in to listen….I was curious about what He could mean…He had my full attention as I stopped dead in my tracks of another mouth full of potato chips.

Another whisper, this time leaving an impression in my heart of this beautiful infilling of the presence of God.  A banquet so lavish…so deeply nourishing, wonderful, delightful, and fulfilling.  Filling up places that no man, with the kindest of words could reach.  

So tender and loving it melted my heart along with any possible care or concern.  So consuming and passionate it took my breath away, inviting me in for more…to be filled and overflowing, not lacking anywhere, hungry no more but longing for that deep meaningful affection that only He could satisfy.

Then a question arose…..  Would He really do that?  I laughed with a knowing, that it would be just like the kindness of God to take my current biggest weakness and turn it into a beautiful place of refreshing and strength. 

I lingered there….recognizing His presence and love.  I began to worship Him.  So delighted in the idea and the very truth of His heart.  That revelation of who He is!  He loves to visit our place of weakness with the love of Himself and turned what use to be a temptation or desert or broken place into an oasis of love, strength and beauty. 

What use to be my place of torment, my former place of shame becomes my holy visitation of His presence and love which then becomes my victory, my testimony of His love and faithfulness.  My breaking through because Christ always leads us in victory and the Holy Spirit always guides us into the fullness of truth.  (2 Corth 2:14, John 16:13)  The truth in Christ.

How remarkable is our God!


Now when the night hours come, I get excited about how my God is going to meet with me.