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Catchy Rhymes and Rhythmic Beats-Meditative Monday Devotional

When I began dancing again, I was in such high spirits one afternoon that I was dancing and moving to just about anything with a gospel phrase  and swaying beat!

Practicing, my dance hours each day… after all one must respect their craft by studying to show one self approved, right?
On this specific afternoon I as my husband was driving and I was happily bouncing along in the car, I  heard these words spoken to me…. Be careful not to get carried off by the music or the beat!

How is it that feelings can change as suddenly as the direction of the wind?

I awoke one morning in March with great joy in my heart, so much so I felt as if I would bust!

So, I jumped up and danced to “Like Never Before” by Shekinah Glory, while tears streamed down my face.

And …. With joy like that I thought all my days of experiencing sorrow were surely behind me:-)

A sneak attack by the enemy out of no where it seems. Confusion set in. Once again, left me wondering….

If other outlets might do the trick?

I searched, but I found them to be shallow and hollow, nothing compares to having the Spirit of God dwell deep inside our hearts( so much so that we are busting at the seams)!

The dance….

The Jackson’s old 70’s tune states….  don’t blame it on the sunshine, don’t blame it on the moonlight, don’t blame it on the good-time… blame it on the boogie!

Not even the boogie, the catchy rhymes or rhythmic beats could stir me this time,  while GOD was making a point;  HE demanded my undivided attention!

And here is what HE whispered into my heart…..

No earthly pleasure can compare to my real joy!

For HIS (Jesus Christ) goodness and HIS glory, for the joy inside HIS story is the reason I worship, my own pleasure is secondary and a by-product of true worship!

Now, I’ve learned to build my hope and happiness on nothing less than Jesus,HIS righteousness, hope and healing that HIS Word brings!

Without God’s Word ( that has HIS very Spirit infused in it) what would I even have to dance, sing or write about?

Heaven and earth will disappear, but (GOD) tells us HIS words will remain forever!!!!

Check out my husband Rev. William Boddie sermon on Sunday June 24th! Then enjoy the song Like Never Before

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Silent Praise and Sweet-Sour Worship -Wonderous Wednesday Devotional

God‘s ways don’t always make sense to us but they have great purpose.

Have you ever noticed that the power of GOD rest best in humble places?

Mark 8:36 Message Bible

Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?”

Months ago now, the Lord spoke to me and told me my identity was about to be tested!

Serious stuff!

Do you really know who you are in Christ?

When the enemy makes every effort to twist you into a pretzel spiritually can you still pin point your location as a child of GOD?

Since I had been in the mist of an intense challenge from what is now a former friend during the time the Lord spoke those words to me I had believed that the “testing” would be around that issue and that by late to mid March all would be coming to an end.

The time frame turned out to be much longer and this testing would take on tones and avenues that I had never been exposed to before.

New levels… new devils!

As I am recovering from this trail I feel in many ways I’ve being asked to “start over” as yet a newer creation in Christ Jesus and more dependent on HIM than I was even before this testing and trial began. Then my perception was that I would  do was pick-up from where I left off!

This fantasy was also dashed:-0

My husband’s surgery story illustrates how I have felt during my recovery process very well.

First of all anesthesia taken for surgical operations can leave a person with a distorted perception of time. Patients report missing whole blocks of time and or confusing days!

Have you ever felt as if you were inside slow motion or being fast forwarded?

Well, I can’t explain it but I had some of those kind of experiences during my identity testing and recovery period.

And honestly, I am totally drug free! Some would even consider me a bit exacting regarding my health and what goes into my body. I mean the temple of The Holy Spirit.

Now on to my husband’s nasal/throat surgery story!

More than 9 years ago my husband had surgery on his nasal cavity and throat. This surgery was done because he was narcoleptic.

Narcolepsy is one of the most serious sleep disorders that affects people This particular condition can cause disruptions in a person’s life, and may even be dangerous in some situations. Although there is no cure for narcolepsy, it can be treated to help manage the symptoms that accompany this disorder.

To read more on Narcolepsy click here.

The procedure was done to prolong his life and the surgery was very successful and we remain deeply thankful to the Lord for its success!

However, this surgical process left all of my husbands taste buds  misfiring.

When he ate cake or other sweets it did not taste like anything except cardboard ( he reported) and on top of this it was very painful for him to even swallow even with pain medication!

My husband had to eat based on his bodily need and choose foods based on his memory of them and their taste!

No pleasure in his eating process would come for many, many months.

There are times in our christian walk when we might go through a trial that leaves us back at Christianity 101 with much of the former sweetness having disappeared and our spiritual taste buds not being able to perceive and discern sweetness and instead everything tasting bland or signals misfiring!

Depending on the type of trauma and persecution we’ve experienced it will point to what we need to fully recover so that we can dance and sing HIS praises once again with our full and whole heart.

Even in stopping to reflect on pain, mistreatment or our fears parts of our hearts are processing other matters and not able to be fully engaged to the max in our praise of him.

I think this is part of the reason why the enemy comes after believers with such a vengeance because if he can inflict enough pain then many times we are not able to fully walk in joy and praise GOD with wild abandon!

In those times spiritually when sweet taste like salty and hot taste sour, remember Jesus Christ knows how to read and process the deepest recesses of our hearts and a weak sounding praise in affliction may sound louder in heaven than all the running and shouting up and down the isles at church.

Praise and worship are about the shouts from the deepest recess of our souls and many are only heard in heavenly sound-waves!

Genesis 32:24-30

The Message Bible

24-25 But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he couldn’t get the best of Jacob as they wrestled, he deliberately threw Jacob’s hip out of joint.

26 The man said, “Let me go; it’s daybreak.”

Jacob said, “I’m not letting you go ’til you bless me.”

27 The man said, “What’s your name?”

He answered, “Jacob.”

28 The man said, “But no longer. Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it’s Israel (God-Wrestler); you’ve wrestled with God and you’ve come through.”

29 Jacob asked, “And what’s your name?”

The man said, “Why do you want to know my name?” And then, right then and there, he blessed him.

30 Jacob named the place Peniel (God’s Face) because, he said, “I saw God face-to-face and lived to tell the story!”

Worship Wednesday- Me Myself and Lies Bible Study Mid Week Update

Did you know that Hebrew name Pharisee means separated ones?

What thoughts do you need to separate from?

There are many ways  to come by faulty thinking!

A painful event in your life, constantly being around negative speaking people etc.

Have you ever struggled with unproductive or negative the thoughts?

A “label” perhaps placed on you by someone else?

Or, even perhaps unkind names you have spoken to yourself in those difficult moments in life?

This “label” although it may have some factual basis should not place a “fate” on you less desirable than the label itself!

Perhaps, someone told you that you were average looking?

Or perhaps you were told that your eyes their color or shape were unattractive.

As a result of being told that … what kinds of things did you began to think or envision?

Ultimately, labels should drive us back to the Word of GOD to find and speak a “faith” statement.

Our thought closets craves God’s Word so that we can put on the mind of Christ!

 

 

 

Aside

Reasons Why My Heart Sings-25

I am thankful this week because I was able to drive myself to bible study even in the face of deception, threats and some near sleep episodes while driving.

You see, I have been under heavy fire by the enemy since promising GOD all but I am still standing for our Lord and Savior!

Now enjoy the short devotional below!

“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.” Romans 12:12 MSG Bible.

To all my fellow warriors and saints remember the battle is not yours but it belongs to the Lord!

Preparing oneself for ministry. Well actually I should say in God’s preparation to send us into ministry is it’s time to put cute and fluffy things aside.

I have not been hindered because I realize that the timing for all things belong to the LORD!

I have a question are you ready to live for our LORD?

Or is you motivation to help people along the way.

There is nothing innately bad about loving your fellow man but it is not the same as living for our Lord.

Here are some of the pro’s and con’s to both sides.

Most live life solely for themselves so they would benefit by having thoughts for the needs and concerns for others.

Actually we all benefit when we learn to live a life directed by the Holy Spirit.

This is not an either or place to be drafted from.

But the question is motive.

What is your and mine motive for the things we do? Are we seeking admiration? Friends or perhaps meaning in our lives?

Man needs many things, not doubt but a relationship with God is top on the list. If you seek any of these other things first then a call to ministry could be misused.

Glorifying God is not in how many times we post a blog or in how many people that like a Facebook positing.

To glorify God means to give of oneself for the purposes of having HIM (God know) that HE is your most treasured gift no matter what.

Can you remember how good God is when pressure is mounting on all sides?

I am thankful I can and I am praying the same for all of you:-)

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Do you remember that song from our childhood that we sang in Sunday School?

It starts off… Deep and wide, deep and wide there is a fountain flowing deep and wide!

Have you missed out on this deep and wide fountain lately?

Has life felt long, dry, hard, twisted and winding lately?

Both love and joy are rich in nutrients unto the human soul!

Without them in adequate amounts in our lives we experience dehydration and undernourishment.

A long narrow winding canal, is what a river bed appears like when naked and stripped of its vital nourishment.

Can we still even call it a river bed, if its function has been forgotten?

Can existing ( the number of breaths taken) be called living?

Maybe, the riverbed has been dried up for so long that it is now being used for other functions.

Even creative functions may have emerged during this time of dormancy but a river-bed remains dry until it can perform its original intended function!

Many of us in the body of Christ are  experiencing dry and cracking places in our lives where hardly anything grows anymore!

Even when regenerated  spiritually by our confession of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we can remain vastly untapped and walk out our lives in an  UN regenerated state in our souls, minds and bodies!

The rich flowing waters of “THE GOSPEL” or Good News is fully capable of interweaving itself through each of us holistically.

And that’s my prophetic point today that I am bubbling over with thankfulness for….

Wholeness in Christ!

You see, when we go through the daily life motions  and we don’t experience GOD’s joy  we are not walking out the fullness of HIS greatness! In this case our steps feel disintegrated and we miss out on sharing the beautiful dance with HIM through this life, while dropping bread crumbs for others to follow so they too can met the Master!

His signature those things which makes my Master so irresistible universally and the best thing since sliced bread are  HIS boundless  love and joy!

Jesus speaks love and joy in an effortless fashion through HIS unspoken body language. Have you allowed these attributes to embody you? I promise it will make witnessing super painless and ultra effective!!! You’ll see, the next time there is an opportunity to witness to others about Jesus ( show them these two pieces of polished fruit of HIS Spirit) operating in your lives and watch them salivate for more of HIM!!!

I’ve danced and dinned in the presence of the Divine today!

Have you?

Reasons Why My Heart Sings-23

Each evening I read my sons’ a bible story.

Honestly, I think I enjoy them more than the kids!!!

God never fails to minister to that little girl in me as I read the stories for my sons’ spiritual growth:-)

 

Spending time with our children is precious indeed!

Living love ( Jesus Christ ) in a way to imprints itself upon the heart as treasured memories to be counted as more valuable than gold!

As a child I remember a neighbor that was a dear woman of GOD and she after working a long day at her place of employment would come home and take the time to sit down at her kitchen table and present snacks. But the icing on that cake is that this woman would take the time to share the bible-study with my best friend and I!

What impressed me so about this is the fact that this woman hardly knew me personally but opened up her heart and home to my friend and I!

I did not have the bible taught to me in my own home as a child! Which makes this act of kindness mean even more to me.

GOD always has a ram in the bush:-)

Bible study teachers are specially chosen by GOD!!

Mrs. Bolton I know that most likely you’re long gone from this side of life now and are directly in heaven worshiping GOD.

 

But that seed the God used you to plant into the soil of my life and heart is now very much bearing fruit:-)

I love you!!!

Isn’t HIS Throne beautiful, Mrs. Bolton?

Befitting such a magnificent KING of KINGS as our God!!!

 

Heavenly Father I want you to know that You fill me and fulfill me like nothing else can!

My gratitude list is going to be short but profoundly sweet this week.

I am so thankful being  that little girl sitting at Your feet just waiting for your next Word, smile, encouragement or even waiting for You to challenge me to reach for even more of You and Your wonders!

Thank you for knowing and reading my heart as if it were words dancing around on a piece of paper. You know me better than I know myself I look to You for all the answers.

I also want to share this poem that reminded me of some important things about GOD’s Promises!

 

What God Hath Promised -by Annie Johnson Flint

God hath not promised

Skies always blue,

Flower-strewn pathways

All our lives through.

God hath not promised

Sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow

Peace without pain.

But God hath promised

Strength for the day,

Rest for the labor,

Light for the way,

Grace for the trials,

Help from above,

Unfailing sympathy,

Undying Love.

 

 

 

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From a human perspective love feels right/ means being comforted and being understood emotionally.

God’s version of love requires us to put on the Whole Armor so that we can stand!

God takes into consideration our need to be comforted, understood, to have real and lasting stability, for unconditional love and opportunities to grow!

God does not waste one single moment of our life experiences. They all can be turned into divine teaching sessions!

God does not want you and I to bow to  fear AKA ( false evidence appearing real) .

In prayer we often ask God to divert our fears or we ask HIM to direct us around our fears.

Danger and fears are not always perceived as the same, by GOD.

What God  often does instead is to walk with us through our fears in very creative ways and HE provides us with the tools to over come them and place the enemy under our feet!

Good earthly fathers have many of these same qualities of helping their children do things that they did not think they were capable of achieving!

God’s way of nurturing is also to give us a deep sense of our real identity and sense of worth.

When we know our value and worth to HIM, then we can love ourselves although we are perfectly imperfect!

 

 

My heart sings HIS praises at this moment because…

 

205. I do not have to be perfect God’s strength is made perfect in my weaknesses! Through my cracks and breaks HIS glory can be seen by others that much more:-)

206.  I am so thankful for the fact that I continue to bear fruit in HIM.

207.  I don’t even mind and am thankful for the pruning that must take place constantly in my life so that I can continue to bear fruit into my old age!

208.  I am thankful being delivered from being B.U.S.Y (being under Satan yoke). God desires instead for me to BE more in HIM  not do more in an already impossible schedule.

209.  I am thankful for the God opening the eyes of my heart to see how perfectly HE has molded and made me to fulfill the unique calling that HE has placed on my life.

210. Thank you GOD for making me totally unique and irreplaceable no-one else can ‘snatch my value”  or take my place in your heart nor walk the path and reach souls exactly as You have crafted me to show YOU to this dying world.

211. Thank you, Heavenly Father for rescuing me from no-mans-land of self-service!

212. Thank you for the special gift promised to each of us that reads the book of revelation. Each time I have read it ( twice now) I have consciously been aware of being blessed but at this time I want to really focus in and thank you for the blessings that I have given that I have yet to perceive!

213.  Thank you, beloved Father for being the sweetener in my life that otherwise would be quite sour!

214. Lord, you’re so good and I am so thankful for YOUR heart, virtues and aspects of your character in each person, or situation you have ever provided to bless me  in this life! You’re not invisible to my heart, soul and spirit! You are everywhere! Thank you for for giving me the means ( method) to see and be with YOU in this life ( and beyond).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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