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July 2012

Missing Link to Your JOY & PEACE

Missing Link to YOUR Joy & Peace #BloggingontheGO Romans 15:13 NIV May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Greetings! BlogFam, There is a reason why you are moping and restless devoid of joy and longing for peace. Its not all in your mind. Its not all somebody else's fault. And its not just because x, y, or z happened to you. Its time for a moment of deep reflection because your joy and peace are fruits of the Holy Spirit that should abound regardless of your situations or circumstances. Your joy and your peace grow out of your soul's connection to the divine and if you are feeling as if your joy and your peace are nonexistent or at least waning, then perhaps today is a great day to just check your connection to the divine. For as you TRUST in God, the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace. This is what we read on today. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. So, my friends, how is your connection? Seriously, do you have joy unspeakable and a peace that surpasses all understanding? Or has this time in your life felt like the complete opposite of what Paul prays for the church in this verse? If you are struggling in this area of your life, you are not alone! And I do not mean to belittle your feelings or to say anything to keep you in that head space. I do want to encourage you by saying that there are other brothers and sisters whose connection to the divine seems to be out of range. You are not the only one who may be feeling out of sync in prayer, praise, worship, or fellowship. You are not the only one; but more than the reality that there are others in our BlogFam, in your small group, at your church, and other places who are experiencing similar feelings, there is a solution. There is hope from the God of all hope that this too shall pass and you can pass over, pass through, without passing out over this. The God of hope, possibility, revival, and renewal will indeed fill you with all joy and peace AS YOU TRUST IN GOD. Friends, God is available and willing to help you through this and pull you out of this. You are not alone because our God loves you and is present with you and if you choose to trust God, I also pray.... May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. And because of your connection to the God of hope you will also overflow with hope. Wow! Have you ever thought about what it means to live your life overflowing with hope? Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had and that everything will turn out for the best. BlogFam, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you can OVERFLOW with hope. You can be filled with all joy and peace and overflow with hope. You can be the one who is positive, optimistic, passionate, and inspiring. You can be the one who is the bright light in a gloomy crowd. You can be the one who dispels the negative energy and declare that YES the glass is half full! BlogFam, TRUST IN GOD! Your trust in the most reliable source of good and perfect gifts is indeed the key to your joy, your peace, and your hope. So if the supply of these gifts within you is fading or nearly undetectable or just gone, then check your connection! And TRUST IN GOD!!! May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. God LOVES You and I Do Too!!! Delesslyn FOLLOW @AudraSunshine or @Spiritedconcept

WHOLLY PRESERVED.... Psalm 121:7-8

Wholly Preserved Ps. 121:7-8 #BloggingontheGO Psalm 121:7-8 KJV The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Greetings! BlogFam, Today's blog is just a quick reminder to you that YOU ARE COVERED! Our God loves you so much that God chooses to protect and preserve you in every way. Every part of your life is covered by God and there is nothing about your life that can remain untouched by God. Now you might choose to walk beyond the parameters of Gods protection and you might choose to forfeit Gods preservation of your mind, body, and soul through disobedience but as long as your heart is guided by the Holy Spirit and the Lord's will is the ruling authority over your life.... you are covered! Friends, I know that you are fully aware of many of the benefits of a life surrendered to the Lord our God and one of those miraculous promises /benefits is the protection and preservation of our whole lives. This protection and preservation is from dangers seen and unseen, heard and unheard, physical and spiritual. This promise goes so far beyond your physical, tangible, and material reality. As indicated by the verses for today, it actually begins with the fortifyng of the depth of your soul and then extends to the areas of your life you can perceive with your five senses. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy SOUL. BlogFam, this is the kind of protection/preservation that Paul refers to when he admonishes believers to put on the whole armor of God. Ephesians 6:11-12 KJV Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. This kind of protection/preservation is the priority of the Lord our God. You cannot purchase a house alarm loud enough or a watch dog fierce enough or a deadbolt strong enough to provide the protection /preservation you need for your soul. This kind of protection is divine and impenetrable by all of those things you cannot see. And whether you realize it or not, appreciate it or not, understand it or not, YOU ARE COVERED! You are covered BlogFam! This is the promise of our Creator to each of us individually and collectively. And the protection and preservation of our souls, that eternal essence and core of our being, is paramount priority of the holy one. A level of security that we cannot provide for ourselves. We might take some precautionary measures in order to guard our souls but ultimately... Psalm 121:7 KJV The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. AND the body in which our soul resides is secondarily given the same benefit today and every tomorrow thereafter. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Friends, TO GOD BE THE GLORY! We are wholly preserved by the Almighty! Inside and out, outside and in, we are covered!!! You do not have to guess about it. You do not need to inspect it. You do not have to trimble because of it. Wherever you are and wherever you go, your mind, body, and soul can and will be under the divine protection and righteous preservation of the Lord who is able to keep you wholly from this time forth, and even forevermore! Lord, we thank you for your keeping power. We thank you that you love us so much that you will protect and preserve every part of us especially the parts of ourselves with which you are most intimately acquainted. We look to you to keep us from all evil - thoughts, ideas, people, places, and things. Protect us and preserve us along our journey for your glory... we are covered... IN JESUS NAME... AMEN. God LOVES You and I Do Too!!! Delesslyn VISIT the E-Store and SUBSCRIBE to get the blog sent directly to your email!

Getting to Know God....

Getting to Know God... Getting to Know All about God #BloggingontheGO 2 Peter 1:1-4 MSG I, Simon Peter, am a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. I write this to you whose experience with God is as life-changing as ours, all due to our God's straight dealing and the intervention of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to you many times over as you deepen in your experience with God and Jesus, our Master. Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust. Greetings! BlogFam, if there is any one relationship that you must prioritize in every season, at every stage, in every transition, with every opportunity, through all adversity, you must prioritize your relationship with God through Jesus Christ. You will meet a lot of people. You will leave a lot of people. You will carry some people with you. And in order to know who to meet, leave, or carry, you must be hearing from God. I know that this sounds like an elementary admonition but as elementary as it may be, too many of us take God's presence for granted when we see that God's purposes and promises are being fulfilled in our lives. Yes it is true. We somehow tend to disregard some of the most basic spiritual practices when we see the light at the end of the tunnel, when we see that the Lord has not left or forsaken us, when we see that all things are definitely working together for our good. We have a tendency, in those significant moments, to push out prayer, sit out of Bible Study, forego fasting, and walk away from worship when we are clearly walking in favor. Unfortunately, too often we begin to do the opposite or at least the intensity and passion with which we sought God before the windows of heaven were open begins to fade fast. And on today, you are being forewarned! You do not get a pass to excuse you from doing everything you know to do that is right and righteous, good and godly, healthy and holy. You are not excused because things are going well. You are not excused because of your present success. You are not excused because you think you have already done enough of that "churchy stuff" to last you until the next bump in the road. BlogFam, you knew God on yesterday and in what used to be but things have changed, you have changed and its high time that you diligently pursue getting to know all about God in this new season of your life. When Peter pens this letter, he is an old man, a seasoned saint, he has more years behind than he has ahead YET he has not lost his fervor, his passion, or his zeal for the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even in his old age, he is getting to know God and encouraging those who read his letter to do the same. I, Simon Peter, am a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. I write this to you whose experience with God is as life-changing as ours, all due to our God's straight dealing and the intervention of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Peter identifies himself and then he jumps directly into the purpose of his letter. He is clearly addressing those who say they know God, those who can appreciate God's willingness to be known, those whose life experiences have revealed the presence and the character of God and God's Son, Jesus. He continues.... Grace and peace to you many times over as you deepen in your experience with God and Jesus, our Master. Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! Peter exhorts the recipients of this letter to grace and peace and godly living. Though he is seeing hints of the sun setting on his life, he does not alleviate the responsibility of those in a life changing relationship with God from daily accepting God's invitation to a personal and intimate relationship. Saying YES to this holy invitation...this is what pleases God. AND... We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust. Peter essentially reminds us of the rewards of accepting God's invitation. When we say YES, we also are given certain promises and privileges. Furthermore, when we say YES to God, we are turning our back and closing our ears to the beck and call of a world corrupted by lust. When we say YES to God, we are also saying NO to every option that is not in line with a life of God. In other words, just because you said YES one time does not mean you will not have to say YES again and again and again and again. BlogFam, as you move on, say goodbye, prepare to transition, or accept your current position, your previous life experiences with God are clues to how God will keep you in the future and reminders that you must continue to say YES to even the most basic acts of service and sacrifice in order to keep getting to know God. You cannot afford to get comfortable with fulfilling the desires of your flesh or satisfying the priorities of this corrupt world. You must continue to accept God's invitation to a personal and intimate relationship with you as you have in the past, as you need to do right now, and as you will have to do in the future. BlogFam, today I pray that you will have a personal revival so that you can get to know God in a fresh way. I pray that grace and peace and godly living would be yours richly. I pray that you would have no regrets about declining the world's corrupt way of being and doing. I pray that your YES to God and Christ would be filled with joy. I pray that you would never get tired of getting to know God, of getting to know all about God in a personal and intimate way. I pray that the promises and privileges of being in a loving relationship with God would not tarry but will come quickly and overflow in your life..... IN JESUS NAME.... God loves you and I do too!!! Delesslyn VISIT THE E-STORE on this website and SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG so you get it directly to your email.

When it is NOT your turn to move...

When It's NOT Your Turn To Move... #BloggingontheGO Romans 15:5-6 NIV May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Greetings! BlogFam, for the last month or so I have been writing about transition, changing, moving on, and saying goodbye. However, I do realize that there are some of you who feel somewhat disconnected from the conversation simply because it is not your turn to move. You are excited about the shifts in the lives of your friends. You are not jealous. You want to see them do well. However you are not moving yourself. You are not moving because perhaps you are awaiting that final word of confirmation or perhaps you are resolutely clear that you are already exactly where you need to be and until your assignment is complete in that place and with those people, you are being still. Today, my friends, will you indulge me and allow this word to minister to those whose assignment is to be still? PLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE THE HYPE!!! Moving On is not all that some of those around you have made it appear to be... especially for those who are moving out of order, out of turn, out of line, out of the timing of God. And those who are moving need the support and love and patience of those who remain still. It is not a dishonorable position for one to remain... particularly if you know that this is where the Lord would have you to serve at this juncture. If you are choosing to remain stable, still, set in the place where God has you in a season that is not yet over, then KEEP STANDING!!! Your prayerful presence is a testimony of our text on today... Romans 15:5-6 NIV May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In other words... BlogFam, your stability in the midst of the movement of those around you is a witness that God is able to help you to endure whatever you face right where you are as well as encourage you, uplift you, strengthen you, and give you the peace of mind to remain. Just because there is movement around you and seemingly without you, check again. Look in the mirror. Go back to your prayer closet. Get in tune with the Holy Spirit. The movement in your life may not be the kind that warrants a going away celebration or a moving truck or a new place to live, work, or play. God moves us in so many ways including ways that keep us exactly in the same space and place where we have been. And your ability to just be still in obedience to the One who set you there in the first place has been God's creative way to bless those around you who have no idea where they will land when all their moving halts. And since God has already given you endurance and encouragement, you are now being summoned in this hour to share the same with those who are moving around. It may not be your turn to move but it is your time to remain as a stabilizing presence by the power of God that looks with compassion upon those whose life is shifting for good....or for bad. It is your witness to them about the keeping power of God that will bring the shifting and the standing together so that with one mind and one voice you all may together glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. My friends, do not dismiss this season of stillness and stability and stick-to-it-ness as a time that you are being left out or forgotten or weak. No! If you are in a place where peace reigns in your heart and you know you were set in this particular situation for a reason, a divine purpose and all apart of God's miraculous plan, BE STILL. IT IS NOT YOUR TURN TO MOVE! It is your turn to be a witness to all who are moving all around you. It is your turn to allow our God to show them through your life that God will help you to endure, to hold out, to keep pressing on. It is your turn to speak words of life and encouragement to remind them that God truly is in the mix of it all. It is your turn to remember the times you have moved in your own life and to be a resource, a companion, a prayer warrior, and a friend in the same spirit that you once received. It may not be your turn to move but it is your turn to just be still in the mind of Christ and... May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN. God Loves You and I Do Too!!! Delesslyn FOLLOW @AudraSunshine or @Spiritedconcept

Ready or Not.... God is NOW!

Ready or Not... God is NOW!!! #bloggingontheGO Hebrews 13:20-21 KJV Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Greetings! BlogFam, contrary to your personal assumptions about this stiletto wearing sista, I do own a pair of tennis. Now I will admit to you that the two pair of tennis that I do own no longer comfortably support my feet because they are in need of support due to my overuse of said shoes over the last do not ask how many years. LOL! I laugh myself because having a decent pair of tennis is just not that high on my list of priorities. Well, actually, a tennis update was not a priority not until more recently when my feet started bothering me after my walking exercises. And BlogFam there is nothing like walking or running or standing still when your dogs are barking! For those of us who are able to use our feet as a means to get us from point A to point B, each step you take on that journey with feet that are hurting can be a painstakingly aggravating, frustrating, attitude adjusting, and face contorting process. All you need is a seat, a foot rub, a slower pace, or just a brand new pair of shoes. Whether you or those with whom you stand or move, are ready or not, something has got to give because ready or not your feet need attention, relief, and some peace. If you are paying attention to your feet, there are some shoes based on previous experience with those shoes, you knew before you put them on the kind of experience you would have. This pain comes as no surprise when your toes start to curl, or those shoes are conspicuously released from your feet for quick seconds at a time . You are not surprised. You knew this would be the case by virtue of this shoe. Some shoes do surprise you like my tennis did as I was walking around the track. In my mind, tennis are not supposed to hurt. But whether or not you anticipate the shift in your comfort level and whether or not you are in a position to relieve your feet of their misery immediately, I do know this: The anxiety that arises in that moment is akin to the restlessness we feel when God says NOW. When God says NOW we get uncomfortable. We look for a place to sit down. We might even keep on walking towards our destiny in spite of the pain. And we just may want to relieve ourselves of that next assignment like an ill fitting pair of shoes that might look good or were made for a decent purpose, because none of that is working now. Yet NOW is the time and ready or not, God is moving, working, answering, fixing, healing, and doing WHATEVER God needs to do to Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Friends, when God says NOW, you are already prepared, groomed, fixed, and ready for the task at hand. When God says NOW, it is time for your prayers to shift to agree with where God already is. And whether you have asked for this particular assignment or not, no longer matters. If our God has seen fit to bring you to this place or to allow these circumstances to be where you find yourself, ready or not, GOD IS NOW. God is the same God of yesterday and will be the same God of tomorrow yet it is wonderful to celebrate and rely upon the God of today, the present, the right now. BlogFam, YOU ARE READY!!! And you know that you are ready and even if you think that you are not, GOD IS NOW! Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. AND I also pray that just like your hurting feet, whether or not you anticipated the shift in your comfort level and whether or not you desire or are even in a position to relieve yourself of what this new move may bring, I do know this: when God says NOW, NEXT, NEW, ready or not, it is time for YOU to say YES. Amen.
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