It's All Grace

Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

You Are A Linch Pin

Everyone is a hinge generation.  You’re the linch pin that attaches you to the generation in front of you and the one behind you! Your legacy will grow when you share the truth about God and your experience of God.  What are you leaving for the generation that’s coming behind you?

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Is That Sand Under Your Feet?

Have you thought about the 30 years that John the Baptist lived in the desert?  IN the desert was where God was preparing John to meet the Lord face to face!  And we whine because HE leaves US in the desert for a month or two!  God has a purpose in each one of our lives.  The purpose is different, because of what HE has called us to endure.

Sometimes a lot of the wear and tear on our lives is from fighting the circumstances that God has allowed to come into our lives.  Sometimes it’s in the desert where God will give you glimpses of HIS hand and HIS heart that you could not have had anywhere else!

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The Power of Example

The Power of “Example” – Those around you watch your actions NOT your instructions.  They are affected more by your lifestyle than your hairstyle.  They are impacted by your walk NOT your talk.  And adopt your habits, NOT your rules.  What kind of an example are you being?   Think about it and let it sink in.

We are all an example – we will either be a good one or a bad one!

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My Personal Testimony

I’ve been redeemed from the rubble!

I grew up in a Nazarene church and a religious home with wonderful parents who were “good” people and demonstrated a love for each other and us 3 girls.  We had a large family Bible, but I didn’t have a Bible of my own.  My parents would read us stories from the Bible, but didn’t elaborate, “teaching us” what the Bible said to do and not to do – how to live our lives and crucify our flesh.  Maybe they believed some of the same lies that many parents today believe:  That it’s the churches’ responsibility to teach their children, or that we were just “good kids”.   I’ve recently learned after 26 years of being a mom, that if you’ve missed your children’s heart, you’ve missed it all.

At 12 years old I made a profession of faith at church camp after seeing a movie called, “A Thief in the Night”.  I spent a lot of (17) years living in fear of being left behind and knowing that God, heaven and hell was very real.

At age 29, I was invited to a Christian Concert at Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma, where Al Denson spoke and sang – as The Lord was speaking to my heart and drawing me to Himself.  Al shared a personal heart wrenching story of losing his best friend (who he’d spent years witnessing to) in an airplane crash.

The airplane had lost one of the twin engines and as the airplane was descending rapidly, Al made one last attempt to lead his friend to Christ, to which he denied for the last time!  His friend died and Al was in a coma for over a month.  When Al recovered from the coma, he wrote a song called “Do You Know This Man?”.  He told the story behind the song, set the stage, then sang it.  Afterwards, he asked the congregation, “If you knew you only had 60 seconds left to live, do you KNOW THAT YOU KNOW, in your heart, that you would go to heaven?”  I DID NOT!  I felt like I had a bowling ball in my throat.  I (literally) RAN to the altar weeping and asking The Lord to save me because I knew I was headed to hell and needed a Saviour!  I got up from that altar feeling as if I’d lost 500 pounds!  That day, HE set my feet on a path, burned a desire DEEP within my heart to know Him and to know truth.  I knew that moment, my life radically changed and I was definitely a new creature!  I was so excited about what had happened to me and IN me!

January 14, 1996 I GAVE MY LIFE to Christ asking Him to be my Lord and Saviour.  I had made a mess of the last 29 years, and HE has spent the next 17 years cleaning me up, teaching me HIS ways, HIS character, HIS voice, HIS grace, HIS love and mercy, HIS long suffering, HIS healing power, and HIS redemptive plan for each one of us.  He is now teaching me things that I was not willing to learn before.  I will never be the same.  Praise The Lord!

On this journey, God has given me a heart for “women whose hearts are hurting” and burdened me to teach the younger girls how to stay on the right path – the way of The Lord, so that they can NEVER say, “no one told me”.  I want to be a voice of truth, making disciples who will carry the torch into the future.  I heard it once said, “Our children are a piece of time, that we will send ahead to a place in time that we will never see.”  So, we must teach and share all that we know with a fervency.  I know it was my past, and God’s spirit, that has given me a passion to share what I know and have learned through His Word and His ways.

In September 2002, I had been invited by a friend to attend a Precept Bible Study at First Southern Baptist in Del City, Oklahoma.  We studied Precept Upon Precept, the book of Deuteronomy!  I began to enjoy and understand God’s Word.  It was not only real to me but precious.  I couldn’t get enough of it!  I would find myself sitting for 2 and 3 hours in the mornings, studying and not wanting to put it away.  The Bible began to come to life for me in a way I’d never seen it.  God’s timing in my life had always been perfect, as it was during this time in my life when I had 2 teenagers leave home (in rebellion) within 6 months of each other.  It felt as if someone was driving a stake through my heart.  Yet it was in those days, I sensed God’s presence and drew near to HIM.

God was teaching me (in Deuteronomy) the blessings of obedience vs. disobedience, to “do just as I commanded, don’t veer to the left and don’t veer to the right, but do just as I commanded”.  God taught me to focus on HIM and do what is right, what HE had called me to do, NOT what my kids desired.  It was one of the most difficult moments in my life as a mother, yet looking back it was one of the most intimate times in my life with The Lord, because I began to see HIS character and trust HIS hand, even when what I was experiencing was disastrous and heartbreaking to lose two children to the world!  He began to show me that HE had a will for them apart from me, and that although I had lost them, HE knew right where they were.

If there is ONE thing I have come to know since my salvation, it is that HE is always there and can be trusted as you walk through the fires!

The Lord has given me this blog to share truth with others, be a light, sharing lessons learned as well as paths to be avoided.  I am grateful to God, for the grace HE has poured upon me.  That grace is there for you as well.  All you have to do is ask for it, surrendering your ways, letting HIM lead your life.

He can do a lot more with what you don’t have, than you can do with what you do have!

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Stormy Waters

How’s the weather in your life?

The same ONE who stirs up the storm . . . calms the storm.  God will not remove the storm until we cry out to Him.  Psalm 107:23-28

You are either IN a storm, coming OUT of a storm, or going INTO a storm.  Sometimes God doesn’t change a difficult circumstance until that circumstance has changed us.  We are so busy trying to get ourselves OUT of the storm that we don’t even sense God’s presence!

We are interested in the end result, yet God is interested in the PROCESS.  You can’t always determine your circumstances, but you CAN choose your attitude!  If you have a bad attitude, it’s no one else’s fault but your own.

Unfortunately, there is no escaping.  It is the storms that grow us and cause us to look to the ONE who has created the storm and then allowed it to be stirred up.  Even stormy waters are better than the good times — if the good times keep us from the Word of God!

 

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My Friends Mary & Martha

Lord, help me to be LESS of Martha and MORE like Mary!

In Luke 10:38 Martha opened her home to Jesus! She was the hostess with the mostest-the sister with an extraordinary flair for hospitality.  Can you just imagine this highly organized, efficient woman as she flies into action, giving orders and demanding all that is to be done?  Bread kneaded and baked, meat prepared and grilled, veggies scrubbed and boiled, floors , table set, drinks poured, etc.

As you read, you sense things aren’t falling together quite right, as you watch Mary begin to get edgy and agitated.  Perhaps it was when she forgot to set the timer and the rolls burned that Martha’s simmering frustration finally began to boil as she looked around and realized that her younger sister was nowhere to be found!  Martha was DISTRACTED by all the preparations that had to be made.

As she began to demand, “Where’s Mary!”  Then she realized she’s in the living room with the men!  When the explosion came, it was NOT directed at Mary, but at Jesus.

When we become preoccupied with earthly things rather than eternal matters, we become resentful, self-centered and angry. Our party turns into a pity-party, and we start to believe that no one-not even Jesus-knows or cares about all the sacrifices we’ve made!

I can almost hear Jesus saying to Martha, “We don’t have to have a five-course meal tonight.  It’s OK with Me if we just have soup and crackers.  It’s OK if dinner’s late, if the rolls get burned, or even if we don’t have dinner at all.  None of that really matters. What DOES matter, is My relationship with you!  That’s why I came to your house!  That’s why I came to this world.  Your company means more to Me than your cooking.  YOU are more important to Me than anything you can do for Me.”

The Lord has given me the gift of Hospitality as well as the gift of Exhortation.  I have found myself from time to time getting out of balance in the area of Hospitality because I love to serve.  However, worldly business is a snare to us when it hinders us from serving God and gaining food for our souls.

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Weight Loss Program

Looking for a good weight loss program?

Try forgiveness. Forgiveness is the best way to lose weight!

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What’s In Your Wallet?

Saying Surrender.  Lord, I’ve heard people say, “Give God your wallet and He’ll have you.”  You have my wallet, God.  That’s easy — it’s usually empty anyway.  So, how do I begin to give myself completely?  “Give me your mouth, child.  It’s never empty.  Then I’ll have you.”  OUCH

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Get In Line!

Nancy Leigh DeMoss says that the way we line ourselves up under our husband’s authority and respect him will change our husband as it changes us!

Submission is your willingness to cooperate especially when you don’t agree!  Wow!  Is that clear or what?

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Obedient Love

Homeschool disciplining would be easier if, like new clothes, our children came with a label.  Directions would clearly state whether to use hot (spanking), warm (time out), or cold (grounded) water and when to line dry (take away privileges) or tumble dry (extra chores/community service).  Unfortunately, our children don’t come with wash and wear tags. We must rely on the Lord’s wisdom to guide us when correcting and instructing our children in obedience.

Since all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), teaching our children to be obedient is a big part of a homeschooling parent’s day. Training in righteousness falls on us, and we must teach our children to embrace the truth of Ephesians 6:1: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” However, building this godly character trait takes time. As homeschooling parents persist in their disciplining efforts, children eventually learn to be obedient both to their parents and the Lord.

Christian parents must also learn to be obedient to the Lord. We may say we love the Lord, but often we fail to prove this love with our actions. Like a rebellious child, we pout, talk back, and demand our own way. God gives us the example of obedience in His Son: “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Will you seek to show your true love for the Lord by obeying and doing what He asks? “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21).

Lord, help me to honor you by doing what you have asked of me.

AOP Homeschooling Devotions

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