Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wind and Waves

A great wind is coming, a new wave of God's glory. It will shake this nation, and it will refine our hearts. Let us run into the arms of Christ as the storm rages on! Let us abide in the shelter of His wings of love.

The waters will rise around us, but if we fix our eyes on Jesus, we can walk upon the waves.

O God, restore our faith, Father. Renew our hope. We need You now more than ever. Give us power to speak against the fear that would consume us. Give us strength to stand against the devil's evil schemes.

We know that Your love conquers all. It never fails, but remains through every trial. Let love be the instrument that binds our hearts together. Let us walk in peace, knowing that Your steadfast love will abide - and us within it. In all of our goings-on, let us not forget to come into the presence of our great and glorious King.

We praise You, Father, for You are faithful. Even in our heartache You are near, waiting to wipe our tears away. Lord, we praise You! For we know that, while the weeping may last for the night, Your joy comes in the morning.

Let us not lose hope. Let us not cling to fear. Rather, let us trust in You. Empower us, dear God, that we might glorify Your holy Name as we overcome every obstacle and gain the victory.

O Lord, cleanse our hearts. Purify our minds. Let our ways be righteous and our motives pure, as we march ahead in this fight for truth.

There will be an acid wash, a bitterness that will consume all those who do not consistently taste from the sweetness of My Word. It is honey in a world of sourness. Taste and see that the Lord is good. His food will nourish your famishes souls. Deny the world and its vices, for they all will perish. But cling to the Creator, as He makes all things new again. Your empty hearts will be filled. Your broken hearts will be mended; they will be seamless, as if no damage has ever been done. Simply come to the Father. Kneel at My feet, and I will raise you up.

He will extend His scepter in mercy if we confess our sins.



"So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good. Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God— you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."
{1 Peter 2:1-5, 9-10}

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Battle Is Raging

Another message I receive while resting. I've often been reminded how important rest is, and I do believe that I've sometimes been allowed to get sick just so I would slow down and listen. I could be wrong, but either way, I'm doing my best to take time regularly to simply be still.


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It is time, and I’ll keep quiet no longer. A change is coming, and it has come. The world will never be the same. The war between good and evil is raging, but things are not as they seem. This is a battle between love and hate, between mercy and condemnation, and between grace and malice. 

These earthquakes,these fires and other natural disasters are merely birthing pains as the earth labors to deliver a new world. The riots and beheadings and such are simply human manifestations of the spiritual upheaval across the continents. There will be an end to this, but it will be an end to the world as we know it. 

Subsequently, the new world will arise, and with it both pain and glory. The oceans will lay bare secrets that have long been hidden, and the high places will crumble into the sea. We must be ready, as the Lord asks: 

Whose side will you be on? Will you contend on behalf of the holy King of Love? Or will your striving be in vain?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Is your name on the scroll?

I heard this spoken to me as I was lying in bed. I believe the voice I heard was that of an angel.




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I saw the Lord seated on the throne, and in His hand was a scroll. Onthe scroll were many names. And it was called the “Lamb’s Book of Life”.

Is your name on the scroll?

Those whose names are there will be blessed. But those whose names are not on the scroll are cursed, for their fate has already been sealed.

Are you among the cursed? Come to the Father, and He will give you rest. Confess your sins. Forgiveness is yours if you repent. The price has been paid; you need only to humble yourselves before your Maker.

To the ones who think they are saved: You believe your heart is clean, because you live a good life and engage in good works and perform good deeds.You refrain from outright evil and think that makes you safe. But you’re wrong. Only Christ can set you free. Only Truth can make you righteous. Only God’slove can make you clean. Your sins are like scarlet to the King. You call them "little white lies," but to Him it is black as soot! You call it "tolerance" and "compromise," but to Him it is disobedience and witchcraft! You say you will do better next time, but the Master says the time is now! Your time is running out! You can’t afford to put it off any longer. Get right with God today! Rend your heart to Him, that you might be saved when the Day of Judgment arrives.

The world is crying out to be freed. The earth cannot withstand very much more of this pain. The new era must be born.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Love before Judgement

This is part of a conversation I had with Yahweh. I've hesitated in sharing things like this, because the idea sounds completely insane to anyone who doesn't believe in God's gift of prophecy. But in keeping silent, I've been disobeying and neglecting my gift. So think what you will, I'm surrendering my pride today. 

(My words are regular, with God's words in bold italics.)

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What's on Your mind, Father? What would You have me think about? Lay it on my heart, o great God, that I may glorify you.

My heart is heavy, dear one. My people have gone astray, and there is no one to intercede.

Gone astray how?

In judgement. They hate one another over trivial sins. They have forgotten to love.

What can I do, Lord? How can I help?

Continue to love. Shine a light in the Church to show that I still care.

What trivial sin are You speaking of?

Homosexuality. Yes, they are breaking that first commandBut the earth has been filled. It won't make a difference in the grand scheme of things.

So You're saying that some sins really are of less consequence than others?

Yes. The end is coming soon. I can overlook and forgive those things that will not alter My plan. You lie, don't you?

Well, yes, I guess I do about little things sometimes.

And have you ever used unclean speech?

You know I have.

So aren't you guilty of breaking the whole law?

Yes, Lord, and I've done so many worse things, too.

So you see, I forgive. Even before you've committed a sin, I forgive. And them, too. My people like to get worked up over what they see as the "worst evil". But I tell you, the worst evil is to harm a child. The worst evil is to prevent unbelievers from knowing Me. The worst evil is certainly not loving the wrong person. I Am a God of love.

But, Lord, I don't understand how You can be okay with something that You clearly stated is a sin.

I'm not okay with it. But I will forgive it.

So do homosexuals need to repent and turn from that lifestyle in order to receive forgiveness?

It will be good when they do, but that's not the first thing. First, they need to love Me, then they need to learn about Me, and then - if time permits - they should make a change.

But that's not the point. My concern is over the Church, those who have taken it upon themselves to judge for Me who can or cannot enter My Kingdom. That is not good. Nor are they right, for they do not know what I know. My ways are higher than your earthly ways.

Father, forgive me for the times I've judged others unfairly. Help me to walk in love.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My 500 Words ~ Day 1

Jeff Goins is hosting a writing challenge for January, 2014. And since I've been desperately needing to get back into writing regularly, I figured, why not?! The basic idea is to free-write 500 words every day. No editing, no critiquing, just get the words down. So here goes...


A new year, a new beginning, a new opportunity to become devoted to what truly matters…

So here I am, endeavoring to write 500 words per day every day this month. Thirty-one days times five hundred words equals fifteen thousand, five hundred words in all. See what I did there? I wrote out the numbers to make my word count grow faster. Clever I am, young padawan. And blank. Totally blank. I’ve got no clue what to write, even though the challenge page had a list of suggestions. Hmm…

I remember a time when I could write about anything, anywhere, any time. Life was always happening. Everything was meaningful and beautiful and bright. But now, now it’s like my muse has left me. I miss it so much! I envy the younger me, who was free to be, whose only obligation was to grow up and learn and experience life. If only I had known how good I had it. My youth was rough, sure, but my prisons then were of my own making.

Today, however, I’m trapped in adulthood. Money is tight. Time is tighter. Responsibilities exceed all possibility, with no end in sight. And yet it’s wonderful. Wonderfully crazy. Wonderfully hard. Wonderfully FULL - life now is so full. And while there are times when I would give anything just to get a break, there are many more moments that I wish would never end. Those moments in which my children’s laughter drowns out all other sounds, when a child’s smile is the brightest light I’ve ever seen, when a lingering hug contains all the power and love of God himself. Those moments are worth growing up for. They’re worth this prison of sorts, in which my goal is not just to survive but to teach these little ones about what life is. And life is beautiful.

The crumpled pages strewn about with crayon-drawn pictures, paper plates that should have made it to the trash, a random spoon hidden under a dirty shirt that hasn’t made its way to the laundry… these things are beautiful. The sink full of dishes, refrigerator overflowing with half-eaten meals and more condiments than any family should need, the crumbs on the counter where a boy made his own toast for breakfast, all eight cups cluttering the counter… all beautiful. Even the drips on the toilet seat, as annoying as they can be, the toothbrushes that someone forgot to rinse, and the laundry laying on the floor right next to the basket… God, thank you for this beautiful, blessing-filled life!

There are days in which I think I can’t stand another moment. The bickering of small voices drives me crazy. The refusal to do school. The messes made in anger. The sleep deprivation. A person could go mad! But somehow, every time I’ve reached my limit, just as I’m at the melting point and know for sure that this is the day I lose my mind, Love steps in and shows me the way. And I realize that, even now, life is always happening. Everything has meaning. The world may be dark, but my hope is bright. My old muse may be gone, but I’ve got a house full of new ones. I don’t really envy the younger me - she may have had it easy, but I have it better. I am still free, and I choose to be the best mother/wife/woman I can be. I am obliged only to the King of Kings, who simply asks me to follow His lead as I experience life. Perhaps I am not trapped in any prison at all.

Perhaps, after all is said and done, the only thing holding me back from a truly joyful life is the cell I’ve devised for myself, built out of good intentions, society’s negative influence, and fear. So I break down the walls. I cast off my fear. I toss society’s mumbo-jumbo in the furnace. Lord, take my good intentions and help me soar!
 Kathy^

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hiatus

I've been wanting to write this post for a couple months, but Blogger didn't seem to want to load for me. I finally realized today that it could be a browser issue and installed firefox. Why Google Chrome won't let me use Google Blogs I'll never know...

Anywho, yes. We're taking a hiatus from the blog. So much is happening in all our lives that there's simply no way to keep up with everything. And as much as we love our readers, family and real life come first.

At some point - most likely next year - there will be a relaunch of the site, but for now we're offline. So, in the words of Ted Baxter, "Good night, and good news."

And in the words of Kathy, "Have a happy day!"

 Kathy^

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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