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Archive for August, 2010

Invade Me!

Lord have mercy on me!

I so desire to be used for Your Glory!

Nothing else will satisfy my soul!

Nothing else can make my spirit whole!

 

I have been broken.

I have been shattered.

Beyond repair

Nothing seemed to matter!

 

You swept in with Your grace!

Touched  my heart,

Putting joy on my face!

 

Reaching to the deepest depths of me,

Changing them for Your glory!

 

The hurts , the sins,

The things I regret;

You tell me, they are “forever forgiven”,

You have chosen to forget!

 

I feel Your blood wash over my spirit!

Cleansing me, making me new!

Invading every part of me,

Not just a chosen few!

 

You alone can break me free!

You alone can keep me free!

 

You alone have paid the price!

My redemption You bought!

My sinful soul You sought!

 

You have brought me to Yourself,

For nothing I have done.

Only because You wanted to give me life,

Through the name of Jesus, Your Son!

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Truth For Today

When my faith seems shallow and weak,

You ask, “Is anything too hard for Me?”

When my emotions hit a very high peak,

You ask, “Is anything too hard for Me?”

 

Lord, I know the correct answer,

The spiritual thing to say

The one that says I have no fears

Because You are in charge of my day.

 

But, if I get honest

Letting the mask fall away

I do have questions which cause me to struggle

Things that sometimes seem fuzzy and gray.

 

Turning my eyes to Your Word, I see,

People with questions

People with doubts just like me

Sinners, not “super- Christians”.

 

“Is anything too hard for Me?”

You asked of two like this,

Not waiting for their answer,

You just spoke the promise.

 

Thank You that You see my heart,

My desire to lean on Your Word.

I am clinging to this truth,

Nothing is too hard for MY LORD.

 

Genesis 18:14 Is anything too hard for the LORD?

 

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Gray Hair? Who Cares?

I recently had a birthday. I am now thirty-four. In some ways it seems like I should still be in my early twenties but at the very same time, in other ways I feel as if I should be in my fifties. I suppose most people can identify with that.

There have been so many things my Lord has carried me through. So many things my Lord has bourne for me. And so many things my Lord has saved me from!

It truly is a miracle of God that Deanna Gott is alive for this moment of time. How many times I was aware that the enemy was after my very life, not just my sanity! How many times I know that unless God intervened I was done for!

I love this verse; Isaiah 46:4 Even to old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you, I have made, and I will bear, I will carry and will save.

Every time I read it I get a lump in my throat from the emotion welling up in me towards my Saviour.

A lot of women my age have started looking for gray hairs. They may have found them and pulled them out before they started covering them up… I have found two in the last year… I left them. Why? Because I felt like God was hugging me letting me know He has carried me thus far.

I could spend three or four hours typing up the things God has carried me through or saved me from in the past 20 years but I don’t have that kind of time… besides I think God just wants our focus on Him. After all He is the One that carries. He is the One who saves. Praise His glorious name! He is!

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I have much on my mind and heart as I start to write this morning. It has been a busy couple of weeks with lots going on and emotions at times running very high. Anytime busyness gets the best of me, I have to fight for time with the Lord. Anytime I have to fight for time with the Lord, I have to contend with the flesh more than if I died to it early on in the day.

Reading Proverbs 17 this morning, the Lord shrunk the room for me and became my Teacher once again on the issue of strife and pride.

I have learned to love peace and hate strife. I hate tension, wanting to run from it, especially if I know it is not my fight and I cannot do anything about it. My oldest son, Nekoda is like this too. When he was a baby, he would cry and cry if there was the slightest bit of tension or strife (which there always seemed to be.)

What causes such strife and tension? Well, according to Proverbs 17, it is pride. I heard this a few years ago, Pride; “The one sin that makes everyone sick, except the one who is wearing it.” But, is that a true statement?  NO. According to scripture, when we wear pride, it affects our relationships with others, invites destruction from God, and causes us to have major strife in our lives.

Some people seem to feed off of strife. Thinking that something was done against them, or just looking for something to argue or be mad about all the time. These people drain me. But, they also drain themselves, I think.

When your relationship with God and man is off-balance, you become destructive to yourself and to others. You become judgemental of others, trying to make yourself look and feel better, with no truth just opinion, and that is a very dangerous place to be.

I have had to search myself and ask these questions of myself the past couple of days reading Proverbs 16 and 17.

1. How much of the strife that I may feel have I started or just plain looked for?

2. How can I end an argument before it breaks out?

3. Has pride taken over my heart?

4. Do I have more opinion of my own or what has been fed to me, then I do the truth of God’s Word?

All of these questions are “OUCH” questions. But if I want peace in my life, I must “humble myself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift me up.” I cannot fool Him, no matter how “righteous” I sound. And you know what? I am glad He loves me enough to not let me get by with trying to fool myself either.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Proverbs 13:10  By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.

Proverbs 17:4 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

Proverbs 17:19 Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction.

Proverbs 20:3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

Isaiah 54:15 If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you.

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Fix It

Psalm 103:13,14 “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame, he remembers that we are dust.”

Two nights ago my family, my sister, and her husband spent some much needed time in prayer. Something had occurred that caused us all to be burdened and heavy in heart. Tony suggested we pray. It was one of those sweet moments that I hope to never forget. We went in a circle starting with Tony and ending with Jay. We all poured out our hearts to God in our own way, tears being shed on behalf of the burden of our hearts.  When it got to Jay, he prayed so simple and so trusting that it caused a renewed faith in me and my walk with Christ. His prayer was simple, “Father, fix it.”, he said. Not in a demanding, selfish way, but in a quiet trusting way which made my heart swell with emotion.

It has stayed with me the past two days. We as adult Christians get caught up (even if we won’t admit it) in the words or posture of prayer. Thinking that maybe we need to say just the right thing or hold ourselves in the correct posture, when Jesus tells us to mimic our faith as a child.

I truly desire to learn the lesson from this moment of redeemed time.

The situations I face and we all face may turn out a little different if we would take the time to take them to our Father, and simply say, “Fix it.”

God wants this. I remember growing up thinking my daddy or my mama could fix anything. I never worried about if they couldn’t. But yet, with my All Powerful, All Knowing, Heavenly Father, I tend to doubt His ability or His desire to “fix it”. How silly of me.

“Father, thank you for this reminder that You are a good Daddy. That You desire to “fix the issues of my heart.”

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