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Monday
Mar092009

Running with horses?

In my new role with Precept Ministries (PMI), one of my things I've been trying to help do is organize pre and post PMI events around Kay Arthur's speaking engagements. So, on occasion, I will accompany her. I just returned from a great trip to the DC, VA, MD areas. It was wonderful to meet with many leaders and supporters of PMI in/around the DC area. Then, we headed to MD for a women's conference. The "perk" in all this is getting to sit under Kay Arthur's teaching and teach she did. The group of women were hungry and seemed to hang on God's every Word...precious! It was a HARD message, but it was TRUTH! The organizer of the conference gave Kay the freedom to speak what God put on her heart and take all the time she needed. Even though I was there in a support role and to serve, God spoke to me too!

Have you ever felt like God had a key repeated word or subject going in your life? You know, subjects that seem to keep coming up, being repeated until you finally think - okay God, you've got a theme going!

Harlotry...War...Battle...Fight...Boot Camp...Weary

Over the last few years, when I hear the above words, my spiritual ears seem to perk up! I've blogged about some of what God has been showing me as a way to help me process and get my mind around what I believe God is putting in my heart. God has definitely shown and convicted me that I've played the harlot, must be totally set apart for Him, need to toughen up, stop whining and learn to FIGHT! I'm coming to look at trials and testings as being in God's "boot camp" and understand that boot camp is preparation for combat. I know I'm not ready, yet I sense the battle rages and valiant warriors are needed - yesterday.

God used the messages that Kay shared over the weekend to confirm that these impressions are definitely from Him. Two passages jumped off the pages and pricked my heart.

...sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do...1 Chronicles 12:32

WOW! If ever sons (and daughters) of Issachar were needed - IT IS NOW! Are we ready for what is coming? Am I ready to do battle? Do I understand the times and do I know - accordingly to the Word of God - what to do? That leads me to the next verse that grabbed my heart this past weekend. Interestingly, it was given to me only a week or so ago by a new friend on facebook. It's a real attitude adjuster!

If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, how will you do in the ticket of the Jordan? Jeremiah 12:5

Whine, whine, whine. If I get tired with the day to day trials and testings, how am I ever going to hold up in the real heat of a batte? If I am this inept during times of relative ease and comfort how will I ever be able to hold up when all my comforts and freedoms have been stripped from me? If I can't see, discern and stand firm against the schemes of the enemy now, how I ever see him coming in the thick jungle or a thicket? Well, I won't. I need to toughen up. I want to toughen up. I want to be God's woman for this hour. A valiant warrior who understands the times, knows what to do and can compete with horses and stand even in the thicket. Will I? Oh, dear God - I pray so...

...but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. Daniel 11:32(b)

Saturday
Dec272008

Painting pictures of Eqypt

I don't want you to think that I obsess about "playing the harlot" 365 days a year. But, I'm still studying the book of Hosea so what can I say? The truths from this precious book leave me scratching my head. How could God's people EVER want to return to Eygpt? How could they turn and keep turning from a God who loves them so much and went to such great lenghts to save them? Why would they want what Egypt has to offer when the Almighty God has promised them so very much? The truths from Hosea also hit home. I know I have done and am capable of doing the very same thing. I can quickly and easily begin to "paint picture of Egypt in my mind." Reminds me of a song by Sara Groves (see below).

Maybe it's not such a bad thing to remember the days (actually years) I played the harlot. Maybe in remembering, I'll never return to Egypt (so to speak). Oh, God forbid. As I read through chapter 11 of Hosea today, I was struck with the emotions expressed by the Almighty God. He says things like..."I took them in My arms, I bent down, How can I give you up, How can I surrender you, My heart is turned over within Me, my compassions are kindled." He says all of this in the context of their turning from Him and to Egypt. WOW. My human mind has a hard time grasping God's love. But, the truths from Hosea assure me that God's covenant of love with me will NEVER let me go. Double WOW.

Jeremiah 31:3 is true and I CAN personalize it. So can you! "I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness."