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My Freshly Brewed Life: August 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

I went to the Women's Conference at Bethel Church in Redding, CA last weekend. It was truly an amazing experience to be in a room with 979 other women who were radically in love with God. We worshipped together, prayed, laughed and cried. On the drive up to Redding, I saw a picture with my spiritual eyes of a rainbow. I shared with the ladies in the car that I felt God wanted them to know that He is the God of promises yet unfulfilled. The rainbow was God's promise to Noah to never flood the earth again. When I look at a rainbow, it reminds me of what He has spoken to me in His word, as well as prophetic words, dreams and visions that are still yet to be fulfilled. The rainbow gives me courage and strength to press through and reach for the promises of God over my life.
One of the speakers spoke on transition. Just like a woman in labor, we are in a time of transition in our spiritual laboring. We cannot give up. We have to PUSH so that the baby is birthed -- so that our dreams will become reality and our destiny in God will be fulfilled. We as women have a huge part in the Kingdom of God. We matter; we have a voice and a purpose. It doesn't matter if we work full-time or stay home with our kids; it doesn't matter if we are rich or poor, fat or thin, young or old. We have something to accomplish. What are your dreams? Maybe unfulfilled dreams have laid dorment for so many years that you have stopped reaching for them; maybe you don't remember ever dreaming about anything of any real significance (that was me). Maybe you think that God did not put a dream inside of you. If we believe the enemy's lie that we have no destiny, then we will walk in medocrity our entire life.
Did you know that YOU are God's dream? God dreamed about you before He ever created you. You were created by God to partner with God in seeing His promises fulfilled on the earth. Ask God to awaken you to your destiny. What are you passionate about? What do you enjoy doing? What makes you come alive? Do you have a dream list? I don't, but I am going to make one and will share it with you in a future post. Get your notebook out. Begin to dream with God. Write those things down that you want to accomplish during your lifetime, no matter how big or small. Your dreams may not yet be fulfilled, but I can promise you that if you partner with God, somwhere over the rainbow, dreams really do come true.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Faith to Believe what we Cannot See

As a follow up to my post last week on contending for breakthough, I am in the process of healing. A few weeks ago, I woke up with severe pain in my hand/wrist. It hurt so bad I could barely move it. Almost every morning I would wake up with this extreme pain. Last week I finally went to the doctor because the pain was beginning to affect my typing, which I do alot of during the day at the office. Based on the doctor's evaluation, I have inflammation due to "overuse". She told me to stay off the computer. This was not acceptable to me as my ability to type affects my job. I immediately sent an email out to some of those on our prayer chain. Friday night I was running Pro Presenter in the Prayer Room and noticed I had absolutely no pain. I claimed my healing right then and there (and was even able to lay hands on others and see them partially healed). However, over the last few days, this pain has been rearing it's ugly head again. Some people would immediately think, "well, I guess God DIDN"T heal me". But no, this is not the case. I believe that God IS healing me, and that I am to walk out my healing with faith in knowing that He is able. The scripture tells us that "by His stripes we ARE healed":
Is. 53:5
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
Even though I may not see the healing fully manifested yet, it does not mean that it is not happening. Jesus already paid the price on the cross for my healing. I must continue to press through until what is in heaven becomes a reality in my life here on earth. This is where faith and trust come into play. Faith is not believing that God can, but that He will! Do I trust God enough to complete that which He started? I must have faith to believe and continue to press pull on proclaim what is not as though it is. Just because I cannot see it, does not mean I can't believe it. I will not give up. I will continue to remind God of His Word and of His promise of healing towards me:
Psa. 30:2
O LORD my God, I cried out to You,
And You healed me.

God is able. I am still contending!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Contending for Breakthrough

I have been praying for breakthough in a few areas of my life. I have to say, I haven't been diligent to pray and contend on a daily basis and have had to ask myself, "How bad do I want the breakthough?" Sometimes it's hard to continue to fight for something when there appears to be an invisible wall towering in front of me that appears immoveable. Climbing is exhausting. You need a lot of strength! But then again, I have to remind myself that I serve a God who promised me that He would move those things in front of me if I asked Him to. Over the years as I have contended for breakthrough in various areas of my life, I would always picture myself trying to scale a very large wall. It took a lot of work and perseverance to finally reach the other side of the wall, but I did it. However, at this time in my life, I am not content to take the journey of climbing the wall. If God asked me to climb, I would climb, knowing that there would be a greater lesson learned from my perseverance. However, these days, I want to "go through the wall", to press through which such faith and force that the very wall in front of me crumbles before my eyes. I believe God has given me the ability to immediately "breakthrough" whatever barrier is standing in front of me. That takes alot of faith! How do I continue to contend when my faith is tested? Here are a few of the steps I am taking to receive my breakthough:
  1. ACKNOWLEDGE - What am I contending for? This has to be clear. What is the name of this great wall that stands before me? I must know what I am up against. And at the same time, I must know that my God is greater.
  2. BELIEVE that I have already received the breakthough in Jesus. Christ has already paid the ultimate price for my breakthough on the cross. I simply must begin to pull on heaven to bring that into reality in my life here on earth. I must be diligent in calling forth those things that aren't, as though they are.
  3. ASK for the wall to be removed. This is not always an easy one. You would think that when faced with a wall in front of me that I would immediately ask God to allow me to breakthrough. But sometimes, I have held onto the wall as a means of protection from something which might be lurking on the other side -- fear of the unknown, something from my past, a new challenge, etc. I have even been known to camp at the base of the wall, all the while desiring for it to be moved. However, until I am able to ask, and truly have a desire for the wall to come down, there it will stay. Asking is the first step. God has promised to come and give me the strength, courage and ability to face what is on the other side.
  4. Have FAITH, don't give up! I think of breakthrough as immediate, and although in and of itself it is an immediate action, the steps to breakthrough are not always so immediate. Joyce Meyer once said, "God is the God of suddenlies", but sometimes waiting for the suddenly can take a while. So in the process of the waiting, I cannot give up. I refuse to give up and stop short when my sudden breakthrough could just be seconds away. What would happen if I gave up one second short of my miracle?

So there you have it -- acknoweldge, believe, ask and never give up! My breakthrough moment is on the horizon. Until them, I choose to believe and have faith. God's timing is perfect and I will trust Him!

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