kingdom come

kingdom mindset

kingdom mindset

I’m currently in a kingdom ministry class and loving it!

Do you ever read through the Word with a special focus, like Holy Spirit, Kingdom, Strength? I do, because sometimes in my listening to His Voice…a word comes repeatedly.

Maybe you will want to read the Gospels with a “Kingdom” mindset…

Many verses say the kingdom has come near and others talk of the coming kingdom of heaven. (Scholars go deeper but I’m trying for 150 words!)

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. Matthew 4:23

This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ Matthew 6:9-10

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

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power of words

bring joy

bring joy

“The voice of the Lord…” is powerful, majestic, breaks, strikes, shakes and twists. Psalm 29

In Genesis, His words brought things into being.
His breath is what gave man life.

Is God still speaking and breathing?
Are we discounting the power of His word and promises?

“Life and death are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21

Do we take our own words seriously?
What does God think of what comes out of our mouths?

In Luke 9, James and John knew the power of their words and were going to call down fire to destroy. Jesus rebuked them.

His greatest desire is for us to love Him and love others.

It has definitely made me more aware of my words…

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

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what door

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Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives;
the one who seeks finds;
and to the one who knocks,
the door will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8

We all have unique things we’ve asked in prayer along our journeys. God’s peace, provision, healing, understanding, wisdom and more.

Today I am more drawn to ask:

What are we seeking?
What door are we knocking on?

I have been working on sanding and painting my metal “cellar door” or flap as I call it. I was feeling that some think they are caught in the basement and the only door they want, goes to the main floor. I feel even from the basement, the door to the throne room is where He is asking us to knock.

God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:6-10

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formless

breaking through encaustic

breaking through encaustic

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:2

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mutual trust

TRUST - encaustic

TRUST – encaustic

We often say, “I trust God.”

I was thinking, “Can God trust us?”

I thought of Jesus after his baptism, the Spirit comes on Him, God proclaims, “This is my Son, in whom I am WELL pleased!” He hadn’t even done anything yet…

God is pleased but Jesus is brought to the wilderness for 40 days. That doesn’t seem to fit the picture does it?

Why wasn’t He put in a Kings chair in a palace?

Jesus was of God and of Man and yet He was “tested”. Do you think God was wondering if the “man” in him would want the power and control the deceiver was tempting Him with? God knows all… why test?

But here we are, made NEW by Jesus’ blood with His Spirit in us….do we require a test, a wilderness?

I felt it needs to be mutual. He tests us before He places us. A God placement agency… We may evaluate the tests one way but He is the one who knows the right answers, our final grade, and the positions He can trust us with. Not trusting our skills or knowledge – but our heart, our focus…

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hot wax

Iris encaustic

Iris encaustic

Waxing or waning, coming or going, working or rest.

It’s not always about one or the other.

I’ve found REST isn’t a matter of not doing but more a feeling of peace. Some ways we find REST, others call work. Painting, gardening, cooking – these can bring a rest to the soul that laying on the couch will never do.

Encaustic painting is a medium that is not precisely controlled. You layer the wax, apply more heat and watch it move and blend.

Requiring control…you seldom find rest.

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Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:11-14

I pray His Presence will bring you rest in all that you do.

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home work

It can be great working from home…
No travel time
Casual dress
You get to decide break time

Hard parts of working at home…
Days don’t always end at 5
Not much chatting
Cats like kids want attention

IMG_0449Last week seemed to be an extra needy week for the cats…
Along with seeking the the cushion of the spreadsheets I was working on, Symi wanted the heat of the computer fan and Calli wanted my hand to pet her instead of the mouse.
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We ALL have distractions that try to get our attention. It’s a matter of recognizing what tries to divert our attention and then NOT letting it!

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In the cats case, a minute of holding too close and they are ready to jump away.

Stand firm, and you will win life. Luke 21:19

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blown away

to...

to…

A windy and somewhat wet weekend here. The trees and flowers were “dancing up a storm.”

Isn’t it strange how many of our ‘isms are really real?

I was thinking of the flowers being tossed to and fro and how often life seems that way…a dance!

Will we follow the lead or resist?

Ephesians 4:11-14
Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching…

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fro…

James 1:5-7
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

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honoring mom

mom hawaiiToday is mom’s 75th birthday!

She doesn’t look it or act it and I know it’s another way I am like her – teehee!

One of the most precious parts to this year has been walking the beaches with mom again. She is a woman who wants to share life with others, shower them with blessings, and always stay in touch. She is definitely the glue that keeps our distant and diverse family together.

When you see that woman with the smile,
You can trust she wants to bring you joy.
She is protective of her family,
A guardian to those alone and
Courageous to causes close to her heart.
She will do all she can to honor you,
Encouraging along the way.

She is my beautiful mother and
Today is her special day!

Love you momma!
Thank you for being you!

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island humor

boat watchin

boat watchin

Living alone you realize that most laughter comes from conversations with others. Sure I can laugh at myself or at the cats but with this couple, laughter happens frequently!

After Abe’s time in the service in Hawaii, the smart man decided to stay. He was even smarter to marry this wonderful woman Margaret. They came to MI to care for his mom and I have been blessed to get to know them both. (Mama too – my Spanish is definitely limited.)

Marge had a second stroke when she came here this winter. I think it was our weather!!! (How can I joke? Because laughter is great medicine…ask Marge.)

flower pickin

flower pickin

I have been enjoying getting her out of the house, to the beach, in the garden, and meeting others. And I haven’t laughed so much in years!

I was reading through Isaiah one week and she didn’t know that but said, “He’s doing a new thing…do you not perceive it?”

YES – many new things are coming!!

Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19

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