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THE MAN

Charlie Williams (pictured below), is a wonderfully talented man, wrote and shared this poem with me this morning. I’m happy to call this man my friend! I hope it moves you as much as it moved me! Happy 4th!

The Man

charlie williamsI watched a tall willowy man, with a shock of radiant white hair
He was knelt in peaceful silence, deep within his prayer
His prayer was spoke for unity, in this embattled world
For all the goodness that’s within us all, to be universally unfurled
More patience and understanding, more kindness was his hope
More helping hands to those in need, a loving embrace to help them cope
A prayer for no more bloodshed, to be spilt by hatred deeds
A prayer to calm those with anger, which grows deep within their seeds
The cry for help to be answered, from the child that has no food
For we, are all responsible, no one, should we preclude
Let all the disenchanted know, that deliverance is very near
There’s no need to live in terror, and no need to dwell in fear
For we all can live together, let good hearts show us the way
Changing a life, one at a time, each and every single day
Blessed peace and harmony, should be the objective of us all
Eradication of discrimination, build a bridge, knock down a wall
Let the weary know relief, may all the abused slaves be set free
May happiness and joy be the glorious light, the blind can clearly see
Then a glow of light surrounded him, he was cocooned in the purity of love
The brightest, whitest light emanated from him, and lit up the skies above
He stood and turned and looked at me, the beauty of his eyes calmed me to my core
My heart swelled with exultation, Exquisite love raised me off the floor
For serenity, compassion and gentleness was mine
For now I was bestowed the secret, and its everlasting Love, divine
His prayers were now within me, and I will live them out each day
I will spread the word of Love and kindness, to all I meet along my way
A smile of love will be my weapon, for it is far greater than any sword
For I have gazed into the eyes, the loving eyes of My Sweet Lord.

CDW © all copyrights reserved.
7/2/15

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Battle Weary Soldier

Soldier for ChristWhen I looked at this picture on the morning of August 12, 2014, my soul was stirred.

You see, I had just heard the news that Robin Williams had passed away. I do not know what went through Robin Williams’ mind when he chose to take his life on that day, but I vividly remember endless days when I felt lonely, isolated and full of despair. I had been betrayed in one of the worst ways an individual can be betrayed and at the end of it all I wanted to take my own life. Fortunately for me, thoughts of my daughter flooded my mind and that kept me from harming myself!

For a fleeting moment, I thought again about just taking the same shortcut and immediately spend the rest of my life in eternity with Jesus. But I could not do it.

Because of the battles I’ve been facing (along with several of my closest friends) I have wanted to throw in the towel more than once these past few months! Instead of wearing a clean white dress (as shown in this picture) and holding my battle sword, I feel as though my outer clothes should really depict what is going on in my life. The white dress should be pictured with blood stains and be frayed, ragged, tattered, dirty, and torn.

The truth is . . . I feel “Battle Weary”! The term battle weary is used to describe soldiers who have been on battle lines too long and are tired of being there; it is also used to describe someone who has been doing any difficult job for too long.

Life is more than difficult and trials last much longer than I would like. Right now, I feel beaten, torn down, dense, depressed and non caring. When I ask the “why” question in my prayers I get no answer. When I ask the “when” question in my prayers I get no answer. When I ask “what am I to do” in my prayers I get no answer. Why do I keep getting up day after day after day when God is silent? I guess it boils down to trust. I know God loves me. I know He cares for me. I know that He knows everything that is going on in my life. To be honest, somewhere deep down inside of me I have hope in my soul. I also sense a lighted candle that silently says “keep going”. “Maybe today will be the day for breakthrough”. “Maybe today will be the day for a miracle”. Just maybe. God’s timing is perfect. Although I can’t see it now, I know He’s working everything out in a way that will bless me beyond what I could ask Him or even imagine!

Yes, I am a soldier in the army of my God. The Lord Jesus Christ is my Commanding Officer. The Holy Scripture is my code of conduct. Faith, prayer and the Word are my weapons of warfare. I have been taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by experience, tried by adversity and tested by fire.

I know my God is the author of unfailing love – steadfast love. The psalmist in the Bible says ““Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:8).

If you, like me, are a soldier who is weary of the battle, I pray these verses uplift and encourage you as they have me:

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

FOR STRENGTH:

Psalms 18:31-36 For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?—the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.

FOR TRUST:
Deuteronomy 31:8 “… It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Isaiah 41:10 “… fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalms 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Isaiah 43:1-2 But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

I’ll end with this quote by Charles Spurgeon:
“The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”

I hope all of you will stay on the battle field with me and claim the promise I continue to stand on:
Psalm 27:13: I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

THE MOST POWERFUL HUMAN QUALITY

choiceThe most powerful human quality is “CHOICE”! I believe that “choice” is actually more powerful than Love because we get to CHOOSE to BE LOVE and GIVE LOVE. Love is not a state of happiness all the time.

As we’re told in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Love is a verb and we get to choose TO Love. The word “love” is thrown around a lot as a term of affection for everything from shoes to music, but real love demands action and commitment. Love is dedication . . . not just a chemical high in the early stages of a romance.

This brings me to the most powerful human quality we have, which is choice. Many teachings will tell you that you are 100% responsible for your circumstances. Now – I’m not totally on board with that assessment because it’s hard to think about starving children and believe that they chose that, or that someone would “choose” to be violated or taken advantage of or worse. I think life is a combination of events, outside of our control, happening, plus our taking independent action to change the events, or the meaning of the events, to empower us.

I’m not going to say that we are 100% responsible for the events of our lives, but I will say that we are at least 80% responsible for the circumstances of our lives, and that boils down to choice. Sure, crazy things happen, sometimes even “evil” things happen; but once they happen, how WE deal with them will determine the outcome. And every moment we are choosing our way into the next moment, and in every moment, as things happen we are giving those events a meaning. And when we become aware of the fact that we are choosing ourselves into every moment and that our minds are the meaning makers of our lives, we get to see the MAJOR role we play in how our lives turn out.

Sure, tragedies happen. But some people thrive afterwards and some don’t. Why? It’s because each person gave the event a different meaning. Some people have abusive parents and then become abusive parents. Some people have abusive parents and then never abuse their children because they don’t want them to go through the same torment.

Throughout our lives, many of us will face circumstances that are unfair, painful and traumatic. And, in the moment, that is true. But as we grow, we get to see that once we accept what happened, we now have the power of choice to be able to redefine the meaning of the event. Was it GRACE, or was it a disaster? Was it the worst thing that happened to you or was it an amazing lesson? Was it a tragedy or an opportunity for you to be able to see how loving you can be? Was it a dark chapter in your life or was it that the events had to happen in order for you to discover your light?

When we realize we are the meaning makers of our lives, it doesn’t mean that everything was/is or will be hunky dory. But it does mean that we can accept and eventually rise above our circumstances because we realize at our essence we are a child of God and that we have the power to CHOOSE how we are going to respond, interpret and live our lives.

I’m reminded of the story of Ruth. When I re-read the first chapter of Ruth, I see that Ruth CHOSE to love Naomi, even when the consequences looked bleak and hopeless. If Ruth turned back and left Naomi, she would have had an easier time remarrying, which was crucial to a woman’s worth in those times. She was still young. She could have really done something with her life if she had just stayed with her own people … and that is what Naomi urged her to do. But Ruth responded:

Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me. Ruth 1:16-17

In verse 18, I read that Naomi finally realized that Ruth was “determined”. Any lesser love would not have been enough. It took a deliberate, almost stubborn love to prove to Naomi that Ruth was serious about her commitment. Naomi was almost all the family that Ruth had left. Maybe she was not the family member that Ruth would have chosen to love, but Ruth chose to love her anyway.

We have all been put on earth together for a reason, and the difficulty of love is exactly what enables it to be so powerful. When we have no choice about who to love, love becomes harder. Perhaps we need to stop waiting for a feeling of love. The fact is, when we can’t choose the people we love, we choose to love the people we have, and that is a far richer experience. And in doing so, we reflect the love of God, who chose to love us before any of us loved Him.

1 Peter 1:22 says, “. . . love one another deeply.” This kind of love is not a noun, not an adjective, it’s a verb. It’s a very deliberate action.

The truth is, we live in a broken world full of broken people and we get to CHOOSE how we respond to every person and every event in our lives. So, if you are the meaning maker of your life, and if choice is the most important quality of human behavior, what meanings are you giving the events of your life and what are you choosing to create? If it’s not what you want, ask yourself if you would you like to change that?

If You Want to Give Up . . . . DON’T!

DON'T GIVE UP 1I am part of and speaking at an upcoming conference this Saturday, April 20th, 2013 being done by Elevated to Excellence, a ministry started by Christina Williams, which speaks value into the life of every person.  The theme for this conference is “VICTORIOUS” . . . and right now, many of us on the team do not “feel” that way as has been evidenced by the flood of emails the “team” has been sending back and forth over the last two weeks!  I know all of us, me included, have been feeling the onslaught of the enemy these past few weeks in every area of life imaginable!  What I know to be true is this . . . EXTRAordinary obedience unleashes EXTRAordinary favor from our Lord which is why there has been EXTRAordinary backlash from the enemy!

And so . . . after three months of silence and not writing anything for my blog, “Fresh Start 007”, I felt led to put this together to encourage and uplift all of us who are in the trenches!

DON’T GIVE UP!!! Many times I have stood on my balcony at home which overlooks green hills and I can’t help but be fascinated with the idea that we, all of us, find the evidence that we go looking for.

For example, these hills, are they a barrier or a challenge?  Are they too tall to hike over or a wonderful journey to climb?

Whatever we go looking for, we will find.  When we believe that we are not enough, we will find evidence in the world to support that belief.  Not because it’s true, but because our minds tend to find what we go looking for . . . even if it isn’t always there.

In my old house, I had an unobstructed view of the Saddleback Mountains.  Thinking of a mountain, or even a hill, is a great example for the challenges in our lives.  What if it were true that the obstacle, mountain or hill was the path we were supposed to be on?

A few years ago I can remember talking with a man who asked if he should take the MCAT (“Medical College Admission Test”).  He was a couple years out of college and instead of becoming a doctor he was working for a limo company, driving for a living.  He went on and told me a wonderful story about how after college he traveled to China and taught.  It helped him to realize that he wanted to work overseas.

When he came back, he tried to look for a job for about six months, but then gave up.  Even though he had found that he wanted to work overseas, he still wondered if the journey he had taken to China had actually changed his life.

I remember asking him what he learned.  He told me that he had learned that he wanted to work overseas and that he must be patient.  Yet, when he got back home, he started hanging out with all of his old friends who had a different mind-set and standard than what he had acquired while he was overseas.  Slowly and surely he began to sink back into his old mind-set and set of standards and, before he knew it, he had re-adopted his old habits.

Scripture tells us:  “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.   The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.  Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.” Proverbs 12:25-27 NLT

In other words . . . we need to be careful about the friends we choose to spend time with.  Why?  Because, for better or worse, our friends will “rub-off “on us!

This young man looked for a job for six months and then gave up.  The story he made up was that it was just too hard to find a job, so he might as well not even try.  Ends up he took the same approach with taking the MCAT tests.  I asked him what his biggest challenge was in taking the MCAT.  He said it was the money.

Not knowing anything about the cost of an MCAT exam, I was thinking that it was going to cost him about $2,000 to take this test.  When this young man told me the cost was $150, I knew something was up.  So I chose to go a little deeper with him.

He mentioned that he did not feel academically ready to take the test and that if he took the test and failed, it would be hard to face that kind of failure.

Let’s take a look at this person’s psychology.  That is to say, his state of mind.  He was basically looking for evidence to support why he was not “good enough.”  He was looking at that “MCAT Mountain” as a setback and a stopping point instead of as a challenge and a journey.

I suggested that he could take the MCAT many times and each time get better and better because he would know what areas to study.  I also suggested that he hadn’t looked for jobs in EVERY country he wanted to work in (which was a list of about ten countries outside the US).  And, I also mentioned that he had adopted the mindset and standards of his current group of friends, and most of them had either resigned or given up on the future in some way.

You see, it’s very rarely the conditions of our lives that stop us, but what we MAKE UP about the conditions of our lives.  After our chat, he decided to go look for more jobs AND apply to take the MCAT.  I never saw this young man again.  It was a one-time divine appointment.  Only God knows what happened.  All I know is that it was amazing how a brief conversation with a stranger could change a life.

Ask yourself these questions: 

  • Are there any places in your life where you’ve given up? 
  • Are you surrounded with people who push you to the next level? 
  • Do you have people in your life who encourage you to believe in yourself? 
  • Do you have cheerleaders in your life? 
  • Can you decide to see the mountains in front of you as a wonderful challenge and journey instead of a stopping point?

Let me know.

Romans 8:31, 35-39 NIV

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nevertheless

I heard my  old friend, Jeff Blugrind, passed away unexpectedly this week.  He was a good man, an integrous man, a family man, a wonderful husband, father and friend!  There will be a hole in the lives of all who knew him!

After hearing of his unexpected passing, my thoughts kept going to something I had written back in 2009 which I wanted to share with all of you!  I hope this blesses you!

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As we all continue to struggle our way along with what is going on in the economy, this one word would not leave my heart . . . “NEVERTHELESS”!

“NEVERTHELESS” . . . An adverb which indicates the opportunity to change, yet maintaining the same direction or course of action.

This one word serves as a major turning point throughout the Word of God. This one word has stood center stage throughout the course of human history. Allow me to explain.
In March of this year, our dear sister, Kelly Goldsmith, lost a fellow employee of the Southern California Edison Company–his name was Paul Miller.  This man, Kelly’s fellow employee, had battled colon cancer for three years.  Many times Kelly would send out prayer requests for Paul and his family, but what amazed me is that this man exhibited tremendous courage in the face of cancer.  As we learned more about him from Kelly, it became very evident that he used his illness as an opportunity to minister to others.  When others shared words of encouragement with him, he in turn, took that same moment to encourage them!  This note, written to his son, shows you what kind of a man he was:

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It was clear to me that he faced and conquered what I call a “nevertheless moment”.

In Mark 14:36, we find Jesus at one of the most crushing moments in His life. Temptation was pulling on Him, causing His flesh to war against His spirit. The agony that Jesus went through at that moment in the Garden of Gethsemane caused Him to cry out to His Father for help.

“And He said, “Abba Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me…” – Mark 14:36 NKJV.

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if God (the Father) would have answered that prayer? What if Jesus yielded to His own desire that night?

Satan would have certainly won. The virgin birth, the baptism, the miracles, the teachings, everything would have been for nothing!
But praise be unto God for this one small word: “nevertheless”.
“…Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” – Mark 14:36 NKJV.
Precisely at this moment in time, Jesus stood at the crossroads of eternity and held humanity in His hands. Jesus through prayer completely yielded His will, His desires, His flesh, and His plans to the Will of His Father.

If Jesus turned His back at that moment, we would not be reading what is written here today.  We would not have a moral compass to guide our thoughts, nor an ethical path to lead us to correct decisions.
Today we all face, at times, “nevertheless” moments. The decisions we make and the prayers we pray can change the very course of our lives or that of another person.
Let’s be sure that our prayers do not enable us to take the easy way out. Let’s look and take the example of our Savior.

Today, let us walk in His footsteps.

Three Little Words

If someone mentioned the phrase “three little words” what would your mind conjure up? So many of the most significant messages that people deliver to one another often come in just three words. When spoken or conveyed, those statements have the power to forge new friendships, deepen old ones and restore relationships that have cooled. The following three word phrases can enrich every relationship every bit as much as the most obvious one.

I AM HERE. Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give. When we are truly present for other people, important things happen to them and to us. We are renewed in love and friendship. We are restored emotionally and spiritually.

I MISS YOU. Perhaps more friendships could be salvaged and strengthened if people simply and sincerely said to each other, “I miss you.” This powerful affirmation tells others that they are wanted, needed, desired and loved.

I RESPECT YOU. Respect is another way of showing love. Respect conveys the feeling that another person is a true equal. It is a powerful way to affirm the importance of a relationship.

YOU ARE RIGHT. This phrase is highly effective in diffusing an argument and restoring frayed emotions and, of course, the flipside of “you are right” is the humility of admitting “I am wrong.”

PLEASE FORGIVE ME. Many broken relationships could be restored and healed if people would admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. All of us are vulnerable to faults and failures. A person should never be ashamed to own up that they have been in the wrong, which is saying in other words that they are wiser today than they were yesterday.

I THANK YOU. Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy. People who enjoy the companionship of good, close friends are those who don’t take daily courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank their friends for their many expressions of kindness. On the other hand, people whose circle of friends is constricted often do not have attitude.

COUNT ON ME. “A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.” Loyalty is an essential ingredient for true friendship; it is the emotional glue that bonds people. When troubles come, a good friend is there saying “you can count on me.”

LET ME HELP. The best of friends see a need and try to fill it. When they spot a hurt they do what they can to heal it. Without being asked they pitch in and help.

I UNDERSTAND YOU. People become closer and enjoy each other more if they feel that the other person accepts and understands them. Letting other people know in so many little ways that you understand them is one of the most powerful tools for strengthening a relationship.

GO FOR IT. Some of your friends may have dreams and plans that may seem beyond reach. Support them and rather than urging them to conform, encourage their uniqueness. Everyone has dreams that no one else has.

I LOVE YOU. Of course three little words that you were probably expecting to see first in this list have to be reserved for someone very special in our lives. So often God speaks to us in messages of three words and, even if our relationship with Him is not as close as it should be at times, we can still be reassured that no matter when we turn to him, he will always say to us:

I forgive you,
I love you.
You are mine,
Take my hand,
Go in peace.

This week use whatever three little words are required to restore and deepen relationships with the important people in your life.

Even when you have reached your lowest point, when days are dark, and when even so-called friends and loved ones have turned against you, know that there is always One true and sincere life companion you can count on – GOD. (From God’s message)

In the Darkest Night, in the Deepest Pain… REST IN GOD’S PRESENCE, RELY ON GOD’S POWER and BELIEVE GOD’S PROMISES.

Hebrews 13:5
“I will never leave you nor forsake you!”

How Many Times Have You . . . . ?

How many times have you felt yourself shrink?

How many times have you made yourself small enough to fit into some role that you wanted no part of?

How many times have you kept your mouth shut when you wanted to scream loudly?

How many times have you handed over your right to make a decision to someone who didn’t have your best interests at heart?

How many times have you succumbed to an impulsive or addictive behavior rather than making a clear-minded choice?

How many times have you told yourself, “I can’t.  I’m not strong enough.  I can’t do this.  I’m not courageous or confident enough to be all that I desire to be.”

Every day we are confronted with hundreds of choices that either make us feel confident and strong, or rob us of the things we desire the most.  When we lack confidence, we feel unworthy of having what we want.  We are afraid of speaking the truth. We feel insecure about making decisions that will improve our lives.  We’re always waiting for someone else’s approval.

When we feel weak, helpless, or powerless, we lack the strength to ward off the thoughts of defeat, negativity, and fear that fill our minds and prevent us from moving forward and living our lives in harmony with our deepest desires and what is really in our hearts.

I recently read something that Graham Cooke wrote:

            “The enemy is miserable and wants to make you the same. Criticism, cynicism, sarcasm, complaining and moaning are all the worship language of Hell.”

To keep my mind at peace I simply need to focus and do what God has asked me to do:

            8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 NIV

 The truth is, we are all born with a part of us that is determined and aggressive – an inner strength that we call upon when we fight the good fight – for our children and when we protect our families.

This can be the healthiest part of us – the part of us that has us go after something.  The part of us that should always be ready for combat, to be ready to win, and to engage in the battle with the dark thoughts the enemy loves to put in our minds – the lies, the deceit, the misinterpretations, the criticism, the sarcasm, the cynicism, the moaning and complaining, and even – shame.

There are times when we need the strength to say, “STOP.”  We need the courage to say, “I’m NOT going to listen to you.”, or “That’s not true.”

We need the backbone of a warrior if we are to be willing to go face-to-face with that which has made us feel weak, powerless, and unable to change.

This is true whether we’ve been battling a craving because we want sugar to make us feel loved, or fighting the impulse to spend when we need to save.  Maybe we need the strength to say “No” to alcohol, or pornography.  Maybe we need the strength of a warrior to set a boundary, to say, “No more!” or to stop enabling someone we love.

Or maybe the warrior is there to save our lives when we need to fight a disease of our own or of someone we love.  A warrior does not think:  “I’m a bad person if I don’t  .. . (you fill in the blank)”.  “What will they think of me?”  “If I say this or that I’ll be all alone and I won’t have any friends.”  Or, “I just have to lie down and die because I have a disease most everyone dies from anyway.”

A warrior will instead fight to be set free!

I don’t know about men, but most women have given up their true warrior in exchange for approval, for position, or for the illusion of safety.  There are also women who may feel that they are using the “warrior within” when, indeed, they are mistaken because there are times they are making decisions that come from a place of fear rather than a place of love.  Some make decisions of control and manipulation rather than make a decision from a place of compassion or understanding.

The warrior who comes forth from the ego (“It’s all about me”) is a warrior of weakness and control – intent on his/her own power, designed to protect some shattered self-image, rather than a warrior for the greater power of love.  A courageous warrior is a spiritual warrior, ready to fight for the Divine in all its expressions.

When you discover your own courageous warrior, I promise you that she will change your life!

I glad to say that I found my warrior within.  I took one year off of ministry of any kind so I could heal and get my head on straight.  During that year, God gave me a promise of better things to come.  He was giving me a priceless key for life and having it abundantly. When I went through some of the things I went through during that year, here is one of the things God told me:

“Sandra, I’ve chosen for you to endure; and where you have wept and thought it was “for nothing” you will come to find it has worked to ignite the brilliant, raging flame within you, the greatest treasure concerning darkness.  If you will allow Me, Your life will carry the very I AM.”

As I allowed God to work through me that year, I found that I excelled in my ministry.  I was able to overcome abandonment, rejection, divorce, a heartbreaking betrayal and several backstabbing wounds.  I transformed my fear, unworthiness, insecurity and powerlessness into courage, confidence and emotional freedom.

How?  By allowing the LORD to be my all-in-all so that the very I AM was carried in the DNA of my heart and soul.  More so, remembering that the Lord wanted:

  • To be my provider;
  • To sing love songs over me;
  • To dance with me;
  • To protect me;
  • To guard me;
  • To guide me
  • To love on me;
  • To restore me;
  • To heal me;
  • To replenish me.
  • TO HOLD ME.

I’m talking about God, El Shaddai, the One who is more than enough.  I was so focused on all that had gone wrong in my life, that I once again CHOSE to make God the centerpiece of my life.

When God is the centerpiece of your life, your warrior within can’t help but come out – no matter what kind of a situation you find yourself in.

Will you join me today in allowing the LORD to be your all-in-all so that the very I AM is carried in the DNA of your heart and soul . . . ready to fight any battle, and moreover, WIN!