Thursday, June 26, 2008

I AM so you don't have to be Lesson 14

I AM so you don't have to be Lesson 14

Focal Text

"Say therefore to the sons of Israel, 'I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgements. Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the LORD'." Exodus 6:6-8

"In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; in Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation." Exodus 15:13

"But He brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that He promised on oath to our forefathers." Deuteronomy 6:23

Lisa writes:

We introduced this last chapter by considering four purposes for the Promise based on Leviticus 26. They were: A sense of self-worth, security, provision, and finally and perhaps most importantly, an assurance of love.

Let's set up today's Lesson. In Exodus 6, Moses has gone to Pharaoh to ask for the Israelite's release. Instead of freedom, Pharaoh increased their labor unmercifully.

Moses' doubt soon turned to determination when God unleashed all the plagues upon Egypt. Pharaoh, under compulsion (Exodus 6:1), finally let the Israelites leave the country.

Moses sang. For the first time noted in Scripture, Moses opened his mouth - the one unskilled in speech - and belted out a tune to the Highly Exalted, Warrior God. A big change from the Moses at the end of Exodus 6!

The words of Moses' song in Exodus 15 mark an important shift in his ministry.

When the Israelites saw the great power God displayed against Egypt, they not only believed in Jehovah, but in Moses also. Hear me on this one, girls. We hold an amazing amount of power in our words. It is our duty as women of God to build one another up in the Lord lest our sister lose heart in the individual mission God has laid before her. The Israelites' complaining at the end of Chapter 6 caused Moses to return to an old place of unbelief in regard to his stammering lips. However, the realization of the people that God indeed positioned Moses as a Judge and Deliverer in turn gave Moses the courage to shout praises to the Lord in front of the whole assembly. We don't dare ever be the reason one of our girlfriends stutters! Instead, try an 'I believe in you'. You have no idea how brave you'll make her!

Perhaps the most fascinating part of Moses' worship is seeing him transcend before our very eyes beyond Egypt and the desert to spiritually inhabit the Promise.

Which begs the question: What is the difference in living the abundant life within Spiritual Promise and remaining yet outside it? Based on the experience of Israel, I think we can fairly evaluate our own position by the following:

1. Living Outside the Promise - The purpose of the desert was to humble and test the Israelites to see if they would obey God. God caused the Hebrews to hunger so He could fill them with manna they had not known. Though He was not obligated to such extravagances, God wanted to prove He would provide every single physical and spiritual need. God was building trust between His people and Himself, therefore; the ongoing fight was against unbelief and distrust. (Deuteronomy 8)

2. Living Inside the Promise - The unbelief of the Israelites cost forty long years in the desert until a new generation raised up who believed God enough to allow Him to go ahead of them and overtake the inhabiting nations. Joshua and Caleb were the only two scouts in the first generation who believed their Warrior God would bring them victory. When it was time to once again attempt a conquest, the greatest issue was no longer unbelief but the internal effect of Satan's schemes in the specific area of idolatry. The fight would also continue externally on behalf of the brethren. Many battles would ensue in which a group of Israelite tribes would fight alongside one another in order to clear out their inheritance from the Canaanites.

Burning Questions:

1. We talked of the importance of encouragement when God has called us to task. Has a lack of encouragement or even ridicule ever taken you back to a place of insufficiency you thought you had conquered?
Yes, any negative words spoken can bring me to a standstill. I have not discovered who I am in Christ yet, working on it.

2. Is there someone you know right now who is attempting a new ministry that could use a world of encouragement from you? Why do you think this thing may be scary for her? Will you commit to write a note, make a call, or send an email with a dose of courage inside?
No, but I have several friends both blog based and local based that I try to keep encouraged in their daily walk.

3. Read Moses' song in Exodus 15:3-18 What line speaks to you most? Why does it touch you?
Verse 2 which was not included but states "The LORD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him." This verse shows who Moses knew God is. His salvation, it is very personal and possesive. I want to be this way with my Father.

4. Based on the applications of living either inside or outside the Promise, where would you now say you currently reside? (As I read your answers, if this one point seems to have been confusing, I'll elaborate in a separate post. Again remember I am asking this question in terms of abundant living and not in determining salvation.;))
I am living outside the promise, but can see it and am moving toward it.

5. If you are 'Somewhere in the Middle' between the girl you were and the one you want to be, how do you plan on changing that? Is there a barrier you feel you can't climb? Knowing God is for you and this study group is for you, is there a way we can help?
By giving over to God, opening my hand and letting stuff fall away, not clinging to tightly to the plantings that God is pulling up.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Are you an Oak Tree?

Are you an Oak Tree

This morning has been time spent with my Father.

Psalms 1 is one of my most favorite psalms

1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

I have been pondering the verses about the tree. I have observed the Oak Trees in my neighbors yard.

An Oak Tree always has green leaves on it. They are never without them. They bear fruit in their season, and they are always growing.

This is what I am suppose to be according to the above verses. I am always suppose to have leaves, which are the word of the Lord in my life, I should never be bare. I should have fruit in season. And I should always be growing. The oak also has learned especially in West Texas how to bend with the wind. This I am still having to learn.


I AM so you don't have to be and No Other Gods

I am finishing up the Blog Bible study I AM so you don’t have to be by Lisa AKA the Preacher’s Wife, and beginning No Other Gods by Kelly Minter.

The ending of one and the beginning of the other are walking hand in hand in dealing with issues in my life. Lisa made a statement in Lesson 14 “Let's set up today's Lesson. In Exodus 6, Moses has gone to Pharaoh to ask for the Israelite's release. Instead of freedom, Pharaoh increased their labor unmercifully.” I am finding that as God is working to make me let go of my “pharaohs” that instead of freedom, I become bound more tightly to them. Why? Could it be that just like the Hebrew children, that I do moan and groan under the “pharaoh”, but when shown how to live without them, I get scared, because God is taking what has basically become my reality or my identity, and saying “Here Sallye let me relive that and give you this.” The first step I am finding is changing my attitude. Even if I am saying with my mouth “Please God come set me free”, if I am not saying the same in my heart, I will not allow God to change me. It’s all about getting to the bottom of the barrel, and finally giving it over to God. Words can be written on a page that announce this, but until my heart is crying out to God, change can not and will not happen. Now all I have to do is move this from head knowledge to heart knowledge.

I am going to let God pull up all the plantings that are not of Him (Matthew 15:13 Amped) He answered, Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be torn up by the roots.
And I am going to live Isaiah 60:21 Amped Your people also shall all be [uncompromisingly and consistently] righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.

I am going to listen to my Father tell my pharaohs. “Let my Sallye go” And when He turns to me and says “Sallye open your hand and let it go” I am going to look up to Him and open my hand and not even look at what is falling away.

Wow. Father I love you, and I come before you and ask that You come and You do a work in this child that has not acted like Your child. Father God You are I AM, You are the creator of the universe. You are able to handle this. Father I lift a hand to you, while the other holds tightly to my pharaohs, and I ask that You show me how to let go of all of the things that You are asking that I do. Father please come and prune, cut, and pull up anything in this life that does not glorify You. Father please hold me as You do this. Thank you that Your Word promises that You will bind up the broken hearted. Father I give you all the glory and praise. Please forgive me when I yell it hurts, it’s painful, and it’s uncomfortable. Father please restore to me the joy of my salvation. Father, I want to love You whole heartedly. In Jesus name, Amen

Thursday, June 19, 2008

No Other Gods Week One

OK, So lets talk about this.

Beth Moore in her instructions for the first week said:

To please share what you perceive as your biggest challenge toward walking with God victoriously this summer.

Me, I am the problem. I have all this wonderful HEAD knowledge, but no, zip, zero, Nada HEART knowledge. It is like there is this huge wall between me and God. Who built it, me.

Those that know me say that I am kind and generous, an encourager and a good listener. Which I am sure that I am. You see God does use me in spite of me.

I am a very angry person, most people do not see it, but inside I have to be angry about someone or something all of the time. I have this face I put on for the public, but home it's another story.

What does it say about a person, when their first thought on seeing some one is not a kind one?

I want easy, and with this there is no easy. I am afraid, I am afraid to tear down the wall, because...

I don't think I can even go there.

Am I posting this to get sympathy? No I am being honest first with my Father, and second with me.

The memory verse for the study is Jude 1:24-25:

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.

My Father is able, if I am willing.


I AM so you don't have to be Lesson 13

I AM so you don’t have to be Lesson 13

I AM study Lesson Thirteen
The Purpose of Promise

Focal Verses
"After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: 'Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward'." Genesis 15:1

I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase then thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you. I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. You will still be eating last year's harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high." Leviticus 26:6-13

"And [God] passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin." Exodus 34:6

"And through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me." Genesis 22:18

"The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: 'All nations will be blessed through you'." Galatians 3:8

This spoke to me very deeply:

Blessed To Be a Blessing
Our culture teaches us we can either manufacture within ourselves or purchase all of these basic things, but God created us to need the things only He can fully provide. There is a huge difference between pride and righteous confidence. Pride fools one into thinking we can create our own Promised Land. The other recognizes, just as Abram did, God is our Portion, our shield, and our very great reward.
I believe we can define living in a spiritual Canaan as being in a place of righteous confidence in the Father. A place of our identity completely being wrapped inside of His. A place we can live with our faces turned unashamedly towards the sky. A place of faith in the means of God's provision and being satisfied if what we receive is a huge portion of Him. In this place is where we will be able to operate in a mode of full effectiveness for the Kingdom unbound by the carnal baggage Satan continually piles on our shoulders. As we evaluate the experiences of our lives, it is time we process those with the covering of God's Word so we can move into the Promise - the place where we can use our blessings to minister to others. As Galatians 3:8 says, this is how the Gospel is spread!

1. Do you struggle with a sense of self-worth? How do you perceive this has affected the way you are able to 'keep your head upright'? If not, do you know someone who suffers in this area?
Yes, what others see as an over inflated ego, is actually low self esteem. If I receive a voice message from a friend asking me to call my first thought is “what have I done wrong?” My head is held up by a stiff spine.

2. What are you most afraid of? Does this fear affect the way you move through life? (Ex. Are you overprotective with children? Afraid to take risks?)
Of not being accepted, loved and valued.

3. What is one of the most marvelous ways God has provided a need? I can't wait to hear your stories on this one!
My job that I have had for nearly 30 years. I put in an application, six months later received a call asking if I was still interested in the job. (This was even before I became a Christian) God knew that I would not be married to my first husband for much longer (total surprise to me) and that when Rusty and I married, that I would be the main means of support in our home. This job has met all of our needs and a few wants.

4. Steve Brown, a Moody Broadcasting Bible Teacher, is one of the first people I ever heard teach the concept that God was not mad at me. I grew up in a denomination that led me to believe He was in a continuous state of disappointment over my failures. How about you? Though in your heart you know God says He loves you, does Satan in your mind ever try to convince you otherwise?
Yes, but I always thought that was just normal. I didn’t realize that we are suppose to be safe in that unconditional love. Even though this is the same type of love I have tried to give my children. One of the greatest gifts I ever received was my Mother telling me, that there would never be anything that I could do that would cause her to stop loving me.

5. How close are you to your own Promised Land? Not at all, 1/2 way, almost there? By this I mean the place of abundant living and effectiveness here on earth, not the ultimate fulfillment in Glory! Though I hope you are going to heaven, I don't want it to be today! :)
I look forward to our discussion this week!
Not at all. I feel like Moses must have when he stood and saw the Promised land, I can see it, but can not find the trail or the map.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I AM so you don't have to be Lesson 12

I AM so you don’t have to be Lesson 12

I AM Study Lesson Twelve
A Face With The Name

Background Passages
Exodus 33
John 14

Focal Verses
Then Moses said to Him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, don not send us up from here. How will anyone know that You are pleased with me and with Your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and Your people from all the other people on earth?’ And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name’. Then Moses said, ‘Now show me Your glory’.
Exodus 33:15-18

Phillip said, ‘Lord show us the Father and that will be enough for us’. Jesus answered, ‘Don’t you know me, Phillip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.’
John 14:8-9

‘I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me; for they are Yours. All I have is Yours, and all You have is Mine. And glory has come to me through them.’
John 17:10

Lisa writes:

The only kind of recognition we should ever seek for ourselves is the kind which will point directly back to our God. Anything less sets up the same type of idolatry the Israelites were so prone to practice.

Been here done this got the T-shirt, and it was pretty shredded when all was said and done. If I shine the light on anyone other than may Father, I am setting myself up for either a large fall or as Bethany at Beyond this Moment said “a trip to the time-out chair.”

Lisa writes:

I hope you have taken the opportunity to read the Background Passages. To gain context, remember Moses has just returned from Sinai with the first copy of the Tablets of Testimony to find the Israelites worshipping a golden calf fashioned from the plunder of Egypt. God threatened annihilation of the people and offered starting over with Moses as the father of a new nation of Israel. (Exodus 32:9)

I have to stick something in that I find very funny. In Exodus 32:7 God tells Moses to “go get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.” I can just see Moses getting all ramped up and stomping off the to take care of things..then to have God say “I’ll just kill them and start over with you” The expression on Moses’ face probably said “UH- NO!”, we’ll deal with what we got.’ Moses was a holy man of God, but was also very human. Moses was probably mad enough to “spit nails”, but when given the “easy” option of starting over, He chose the “holy” option of taking what is and letting God make it what it will be. This is all God is asking of me, to let Him take what is, and make it what it will be.

Lisa writes:

In Moses’ experience, the success of the Israelite nation in its deliverance would either be a credit to or slander against its God. Moses’ love for Jehovah caused him to take seriously the Third Commandment, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His Name.” (Exodus 20:7). This reverence for God’s name spilled over into protection it at all cost against defamation.

How sad that we as a nation and a body have lost this reverence for the Name of God.

Lisa writes:

There is one thing God will always be, and that is the One who fills the Universe with marvelous light. God’s eternal, transcending glory is never compromised. However, in a divine mystery we can scarce comprehend, human agency has been allowed to have effect on God’s fame in the mortal realm.

Lisa states in regards to Jobs trials:

“Satan is not omniscient so he could not know that with every new ruin brought fresh resolve, every pang of suffering birthed supernatural strength, and each rebuke of a friend forged a relationship with God so strong that the gates of hell would not be able to prevail against it. God’s glory will not come unintentionally or without great determination.”

I say: satan is not omni anything. God has always got him on a leash whether we see it or not.

Lisa writes:

Moses has seen the Wonders- now he desired God’s glory. This is defined in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary as ‘his goodness, his entire character, and nature’. To say Moses’ request pleased God is an understatement. More than anything, God wants us to seek relationship over provision, intimacy over the miraculous, the intangible over the material. Would you like to know the amazing thing which happens when we do this? The former request is often coupled with the latter based on the concept of Matthew 6:33 which says ‘But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ God caused all His goodness to pass in front of Moses and covered him with His own hand and yet the sight of it was not as precious to Moses as the love of the Father who would arrange this display.

Burning Questions

1. We discussed how we are God’s fame and He is ours. Have you ever been in a situation where you are applauded for your ministry and had to fight back the idol of pride? Ever been tempted to believe your own press? It’s okay to admit it! Your testimony will help others in their resolve!
Yes I have, and sadly I have not fought back the idol of pride, and as a result stole God’s glory. I try to stay off that pedestal as much as possible.

2. Did it ever occur to you in the 3-way drama of God, Job, and Satan that Satan was the only one outside the loop as far as Job’s reactions would be? Does this encourage you in resolving to make a fool of him when he attempts to use you to defame the Name?
Yes, although I do forget at times that satan CAN NOT read my mind. He can only affect my surroundings. Yes, it again reminds me that satan is under God’s control at all times.

3. Are you in a situation now where you feel you are being overcome? Better yet, are you in a situation where you should have been overcome but are not?
Yes I feel like I am being overcome by my big god Money or the lack thereof. I feel like I have done the right thing in taking a part time job, but counsel from friends is leading me to doubt this. And now I am tired, unsure, and unhappy.

4. Have you ever failed in a Satan-designed trial? Can you recognize God intends for this failure to refine and resolve you for the next time? God is not out for your destruction but your perfection!
Yes, because I am human. Yes nothing is wasted with God

5. Can you describe yourself as a Wonders Junkie? Found yourself in spiritual highs and lows depending on whether you perceived God was doing wondrous things or not?
No, I am still surprised when God shows up and shows His Wonder.

6. Have you ever been like Phillip and had God right in your face and not recognized Him?
Yes, sadly several times, and He ended up tapping me on the end of the nose and asking if I was paying attention.

7. Journal a brief prayer asking God for His Glory. Let it be the thing we all desire above all else…
Father God, I can not at this point ask you to show me You Glory. Father I would ask that you move me closer to you. I do not want to be like the Hebrew child and be consumed by your anger.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Please be praying

Please be praying for my friend Cindy, her husband Wesley, their son William, and Wesley's sisters and other family.

Wesley's Father had lung cancer surgery today. He came through the surgey fine, and was in recovery where he died. The Dr had come out spoken to Wesley said that they thought they got it all, and that recovery would be long and painful. Wesley had called Cindy at work to let her know. Then called back about an hour later telling her Bill had died.

Their son William is having to fly in from CA.

They do not have a home church. Cindy is a non-practicing Christian. I do not know if either Wesley or William have made a profession of faith.

There is a lot of healing that will need to go on in this family.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

kids and dogs ain't it good

I'm sorry I do not have a picture to go with it, you will just have to use your imagation.

Tanner middle child, he and the "granddog Whiskey" have been living with his older sister Pamella and her two children Benjamin 5 and Hanna 2. Tanner said that Whiskey has decided that Pamella's bed is better than the blow up or the couch. Benjamin, since his father has been in Iraq also decided that Momma's bed was better than his.
Well, home comes Dustin, son-in-law and he wants his spot back. They,for privicy sake have started locking their bedroom door.
Tanner said about 2am in the morning, Benjamin and Whiskey are at Pamella and Dustin's bedroom door knocking asking if they can come in. He said it is to funny cause Whiskey just waits for Benjamin to come through the livingroom so she can go with him.

Kids and dogs what would we do without them?


Hey check out Brain under Gifts from God

If you have not wandered over and checked out the gifts from God..Please do click on Brain, he has a youtube clip that with have you dancing and crying and looking for cardboard..don't forget to read his article to go with it.


My God is so GOOD


Just spoke to Brad and Dona...The football was trapped gas!!!! Miracles of miracles. They do have to do a colonoscopy the middle of next month..

I am doing the happy dance...


I AM so you don't have to be Lesson 11

I AM so you don’t have to be Lesson 11

I AM Study Lesson Eleven
Fist Shakers vs. Faith Takers

Background Passage
Joshua Chapter 2

Focal Verses:
"This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the people everywhere under the heavens, who, when they hear the report of you, will tremble and be in anguish because of you." Deut. 2:25

"When we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath."
Joshua 2:11

Lisa writes:

The fame of the Lord will always strike fear into the hearts of men (and women). Some people will not admit they are afraid of a coming judgment, but I do not believe there is a person anywhere who has never given eternity a second thought or secretly wondered, 'what if it's all true?'. The fear of the Lord is our common ground, but the response to that fear can be broken down into two types of people:

1. 'The Fist Shakers' respond in mortal fear for their temporal bodies.

Often, when people are threatened with impending judgment, instead of submitting to the one who has power to execute justice they instead go into defense mode.

2. The Faith Takers will experience a holy fear that will transcend their bodies and cut straight to their souls.

Faith is a gift which is freely offered to everyone (Romans 10:17, Eph 2:8) however, the open hand of the 'Faith Taker' manifests itself in action instead of anger.

Lisa makes this statement:

The same love God demonstrates towards His children is what Rahab both gave and received. Because she allowed her fear to become faith, Rahab "lived in the midst of Israel" for the rest of her life.

Wow this is the basis of salvation when we allow our fear to become faith. Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

In all these things, what stirred action was fear met with faith instead of fist.
One of the things I found interesting about this lesson is Rahab telling the spies that they had heard:
The LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you
And what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.

I think that we forget sometimes that while we are in the middle of a trial as the Hebrew Children were, that others hear and often see what is going on and talk about it to others. And that while they may not believe when we receive victory in an area, they talk about it too.

Burning Questions

1. When is the last time you encountered a Fist Shaker? This may be a stranger to you or as close as a loved one in your own home. Does anything in our description help you to understand their animosity towards God? Are you able to have more compassion towards them?

My Mother and my Sister are fist shakers. My mother who at one time walked very closely with God, has told me she does not want to hear about my God. My sister is angry at God for discipline He put her though. I have more confusion that compassion towards them. I do not understand how you can walk with God and then not. I try to be a light to them. I do call my mother when I have issues and ask her to pray for me.

2. Does anything about Rahab's redemption strike a nerve? This may be a question you would like to ponder privately. Sexual sin and/or victimization can be an area where Satan has an enormous stronghold because it can hold so many painful and shameful memories. If Rahab teaches us anything, please know God can redeem any life and any situation, no matter how heinous it seems, and plant you unashamedly 'in the midst of Israel'. Rahab deserved death according to Mosaic Law, however she was shown nothing but lovingkindness by the God and nation of Israel.

All of it. God took what we would see as beyond redemption and below us. God’s compassion went so far as to place Rahab in the lineage of our Lord. Now if that does not say nothing is impossible with God…

3. Is there an area of your life in which you feel you have come full circle? Where you've come to a place where everything and nothing are the same? (I'm thinking Lord of the Rings when Frodo goes back to the Shire after his long adventure. You have no clue what I just said if you are not an LOTR nerd so just ignore this if it doesn't make sense! :)

Yes, after my trip to Israel, I came home changed, but everything else had stayed the same, but was different.

4. When you were born again, did you gain a new appreciation for your surroundings as Rahab did when she received the Promise along with the Promised Land? Has some old place, object, or relationship been redeemed by now serving a 'high and holy purpose'?

Yes and no. Yes I gained a new appreciation for my surroundings as far as my husband family and that they had prayed me into the kingdom. And no I have not seen anything old that has been redeemed.

5. Believers can still be Fist Shakers. Do you have circumstances in your life in which you find yourself shaking your fist at God? Something He has asked you to endure, asked you to do, seemingly taken away from you? Can you see how shaking your fist is keeping you from your Promise? (I'm not talking eternal security here - Only abundant living.)

I had an answer and God made me erase it because I was airing dirty laundry in public that should be in the family.

Thank you Lisa for this study. It is growing me.


Sunday, June 8, 2008

I AM so you don't have to be Lesson 10

I AM Study Lesson Ten
‘Keeping it in the Family’

Background Passage :
Exodus 32:9-14

Focal Verse:

"Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, 'With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth? Turn from your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people." Exodus 32:12

Lisa writes:

God's longsuffering will never undermine His divine judgement. I know I have walked in seasons of disobedience that I do not know why God didn't knock me flat on my back immediately. I truly believe He wanted me to experience a full range of consequences before He finally put an end to my obstinance. Because of the ministry to women I believe He has given me, it has been necessary to understand in great detail different issues you may be facing. I have found myself in messes and thought, "Why in the world am I in this awful place?"

His response? And I do mean one of the most clear responses I have ever received from the Lord? "For her."

I have been walking in this season of disobedience, and I stupidly thought that God would not “see”. I am now in a season of reaping what I have sown, and boy am I reaping a whirlwind. Could that be why the wind will not quit blowing here?

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you ever experienced trials that were best dealt with "in the family" for either your reputation's sake or God's? You may still choose to leave them there, but you are welcome to share if you are comfortable.
I think that at times God has tried to keep things “in the family” , but I whined to all that would listen, making something private very public. Guess this something God is still working with on me.

2. Have you ever found yourself in a bizarre circumstance and later were able to walk someone through the same/similar situation? Did you recognize the hand of God in it?
I would not call the m bizarre circumstances, but I was later able to walk with someone through the same/similar situation. Yes I saw God’s had when I was in the situation, and when I walked the friend through it.

3. I was in my late twenties before I ever let myself believe God was for me instead of waiting to smack me upside the head everytime I made a mistake. Do you truly believe God is on your side?
This is a hard one, I would like to say that I have always know that God was for me, and in my heart of hearts I guess I have always known it, but it was not always walked out in my life.
4. If God has ever had you in the Holy Spirit Chokehold (and who hasn't He?), how have you reacted to God's chastisement? Were you bitter? Brokenhearted? Grateful?
Like any strong willed child, I screamed hollered and threw a fit. When the situation only became worse, I came into line. Sometimes I think I still get angry over it.

5. Write a brief prayer of Thanksgiving for God's longsuffering.
Father God, Thank you so much for your longsuffering. Father I know that most of the time I can be a trial to You. Thank you that You never give up on me. That you wait patiently for me to see things from your view point.

This has been an interesting lesson. I am having to ask God to show me some things and places in my life that I am still in rebellion.


Friday, June 6, 2008

First Things First

Well my Father opened a door and I walked through it.

Missy from It's almost nap time was so kind to send me the name of a book that she used to help with the issue of Heart Based Discipline it is "Conversation Peace" by Mary Kassian.

I told Missy that I would order the book and get started ASAP, and that I was hoping she would stay on my bumper about this.

As I have been seeking God in this, He has very clearly stated the first thing that has to be dealt with, is that I have to learn my place, meaning that I have been stealing His Glory. Yep you read it correctly I have been taking the glory when it should have gone to Him. In doing this I have made me more important than Him. So one of the first things I am going to have to learn is that there is no I in God. God has made this person very aware of how often the use of first person pronouns leave my lips.

Step 1 Identify the sin
So the sin has been identified:

Step 2 What does the Bible say about my actions:

James 4:13-17
13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will to to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit",
14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
15 Instead you ought to say "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that".
16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Step 3 How could I have handled the situation better?

Psalms 34:2 My soul shall boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Romans 8:11 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

Step 4 Repentence

Psalms 44:8 In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever. Selah.
Father God, please forgive me for stealing Your Glory. Father I have boasted in self and not in You. Father please change me so that Your Glory is seen in this cracked vessel. Keep my eyes sharp and my mouth humble, so that Your Glory can be seen and shouted from the rooftops.

Step 5 Encouragement
Philippians 4:4-5
5 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
6 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Father God, I can not thank you enough for bringing Missy and her devo into my life. Thank you for shining your Holy Spirit on this dark spot, so that it can be dealt with by You and turned and changed to bring Glory to Your Holy Name. Please do not stop even when I holler uncle. I love you God. In Jesus name Amen.

In Him,

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Heart Based Discipline

I have attempted several times to work on Lesson Ten from the I AM so you don’t have to be online Bible study by Lisa aka The Preacher’s Wife.

But today God has had another Plan and He keeps bringing me back to Missy from It’s almost nap time devotion on Internet CafĂ© Devotion, regarding “Heart-based discipline” I have included parts of it below:

Heart-based discipline focuses on changing the heart of the child as opposed to simply the behavior. Most of us were raised using classic behavior modification techniques, which in my case, meant as soon as no one was watching or as soon as I ran a favorable risk analysis, I frequently made the bad choice. But I want my children's hearts to be made more holy, not just their actions. I want their behavior choices to be based on biblical truths and a desire to please God, instead of a reward/punishment mentality or a desire to please mom and dad.

You see, this isn't the first time I have blown my top and yelled at my children. I've been trying to stop doing this for a while. I have been trying to modify my behavior, and I have made some improvement, no doubt. Until my husband works late and I am tired and I am hormonal and and and...

Suddenly That Voice whispers inside my head, Sounds like you need a little heart-based discipline.

Conviction, meet Hypocrite.
Oh, we've met before. Many times!

So here I go with a little Grownup Version of Heart Based Discipline.

Step one: Identify the sin.
Anger is not a sin. Yelling at a four year old is.
What is at the root of my sin?
-Being easily angered.

What does the bible say regarding my actions?

1 Corinthians 13: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Proverbs 29:11: A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.

How could I have handled the situation better?

Proverbs 12:18: Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 16:21: Pleasant words promote instruction.


Psalm 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Dear Lord, please forgive me for taking my frustration out on my precious children. Please change my heart so that my temper is kept in check and my words are kind.

And now, the best part, encouragement:

Hebrews 4:16: Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Are there any behaviors for which you seem to be on the "repent and repeat" track?
Can you identify the specific sin behind the behavior? (Sometimes a mature friend in Christ can help you narrow it down.)
Find some bible verses that apply to your sin (googling works great!)
Repent and ask God's forgiveness, remembering that he will forgive and purify those who earnestly seek his grace (1 John 1:9)
Apply the verses to your life, and pray them for yourself.
Wait with me for the Lord to change our hearts and our lives!
God really spoke to me through Missy’s writing, and He will not let this go. So along with the prayer from Lynn at Spiritually Unequal Marriage (see previous post). This is where God is calling me to work.

Thank you Missy for being the faith filled woman of God you are and being willing to tell it like it is.

Some of the areas that I know God is going to want to deal with up front are:

My Mouth
My Thoughts
Lack of self discipline

I am needing you ladies to hold me accountable and to pray with me over this. I know that this is going to be a challenge. As I have stated in a couple of Lesson blogs I am holding on with both hands to the root that God is trying to pull out (Matt 15:13). I can not hold on to that and grab hold of God at the same time. And I am claiming that I will be Isaiah 60:21 “Also your people shall all be righteous: They shall inherit the land forever, The branch of My planting. The work of My hands. That I may be glorified.” Because how can I be used of God if the log is in my eye?

Father God,

I believe that since You have called me to this You will see me through it. I will admit to you up front that I am scared to death of what will have to go. Father I know that you are able to change me, I just don’t know if I am willing to change. So I am going to step out on faith and trust that You will never leave my side in this season, and that the changes that You are going to bring about are things that will glorify You in the end. Father I want to be so in love with You that You are the desire of my heart. Father I ask that You be gentle with me in this, and that You send Your Holy Spirit to comfort and guide me in this. Father thank you for the Ladies that You have surrounded me with to see me through and cheer me on. I love You, in Jesus name Amen.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I AM so you don't have to be Lesson 9

I AM Bible Study
Chapter Three
I AM your fame

Lesson Nine
‘A Set Up for a Show Up’

Background Reading:
Exodus 5:1-7:7

Key Verse:
"But I will harden Pharaoh's heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in Egypt." Exodus 7:3

I have always been intrigued by the concept of the fame of the Lord. It is mind-boggling to discover God is our identity and likewise we are His. How utterly terrifying to think that how others respond to our God is directly tied to what and how much they have heard about Him from us! In the same manner, our fame as a woman of God is directly tied to the mighty acts He has done on our behalf.

I had never thought of this concept, and yet it is very biblical. I have heard and even stated that I am all the Bible some people may ever read, and yet it had never struck the cord that the above statement by Lisa did.

God orchestrated the harsh servitude of the Israelites and used the hardening of Pharaoh's heart 'in order to multiply His wonders in Egypt.' The Egyptians may not have heard of the God of Israel before the Exodus, but He would not remain anonymous for long!

This is one of the most difficult statements as Christian that we have to deal with. A God that orchestrates the kind of harsh servitude of the Israelites that He did can not be a God of love, and this is so far from the truth. It is because of His great love for me that I have some of the trials that I do, He is trying to teach me, correct me, and grow me. And sometimes it takes a “strong hand” to get my attention.

Are there any of you out there who will raise your hands to the fact that rock bottom is the place where God is most visible?

I love this statement, because it is so true. God is already at the bottom of whatever ‘barrel’ He has us in just waiting to catch us, if we would just fall and quit trying to save ourselves.

"Now, Moses, you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh." Now, you shall see. When all hope is gone, when things can not get any worse. When the debt is crushing, when the husband is unfaithful. When the child is wayward, when the friend betrays, when the health is gone. Now is when you are in a place to credit God for a deliverance only He can bring. And what happens as a result? When you proclaim what He has done on your behalf, You will make your God famous. Those who hear will either respond in worship, fear, or denial. We will discuss in future lessons the implications of each of these.

I want to make God famous in my life. I want there to be so much of Him and so little of me. Hard to get there. I have to either go through the fire, or get on the potter’s wheel.

Discussion Questions:

1. On a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on how often your conversation is seasoned with the works of the Lord on your behalf? If you speak very little of Him, is there a reason you know of? If you speak often, how do people respond?
Does negative numbers count? Sadly depends on whom I am with. If it is my “Christian friends I would say 3 to 5, if it is the non-Christian or non practicing Christian 0 to -5. Why, because if they don’t see it in my life, they will not believe my words.

2. Have you experienced a Set Up for a Show Up when you were uncertain whether the situation was the chastisement of the Lord or a temptation of Satan?
Yes, Rusty and I were suddenly without a home at one time. We hunted and hunted, and I cried and weep, when we found what we thought we were suppose to do-God told me very clearly not to sign the lease, I did it anyway, and the next day He gave us the home we had prayed for and replaced all the money that we lost breaking the first lease.

3. Have you ever or are you now experiencing any Job trials where you can still not identify any wrong-doing on your part?
No, but I have always said that I would like to have the faith of Job.

4. Apply this principle: How can my response make my God famous? Will obedience result in my sanctification and God's Glory?
God’s desire is for me to walk with Him not against Him. My obedience always results in my sanctification and God’s Glory.

5. Does the origin of our affliction matter in view of the fame God can gain from it?
No, I believe that nothing is outside of God’s control, so if an affliction was started by the enemy, it is still in God’s control, and will in the end bring Glory to Him.

Lots to chew on.


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Need your help Ladies

I do not know if any of you read Laced by Grace.

Lynn from Spiritually Unequal Marriage did the devo today, and has issued an invitation to join her for one month in praying that God change us. Below is the prayer that I will be praying for the next month in regards to the wounding words I have let out of my mouth toward Rusty. Please be praying for me, and hold me accountable to this.

The prayer:

Lord, I approach your throne with Jesus at my side. I have a heart which needs changing. Father, I have spoken with criticism and harshness about __Rusty______. I repent and no longer want to speak this way. Work a change in me. Let me see him/her with your eyes and love them wholeheartedly. Help me to practice speaking kind words and keep me from speaking unkind words. It is only by your strength that I can make this change. I ask you to make it a lasting change. I forever give you the honor and glory of a life changed by the love of Christ. I ask this Lord in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Love and Hugs,

I AM so you don't have to be Lesson 8

I AM Bible Study Lesson Eight Instrument of Wonders

Key Verses:

"That they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob has appeared to you." Exodus 4:5

"I have written to you fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one." 1 John 2:14

This is a good lesson, and has really touched some things deep inside.

God re-introduced Himself to Moses as 'I AM' or 'Yahweh', a Name of God that had not yet been revealed to the children of Israel. By giving Himself this memorial name, God forever established His faithfulness to His covenant people in times past, present, and future.

What a promise there is in this statement! I just have to stop for a minute and take it in. I, Sallye King by my faith in Christ Jesus am one of His covenant people!

Then Lisa wrote this statement;

When asking ourselves, 'Who am I?', be certain the answer is bound in the heart of Christ. He is everything we can not be and sufficient to fill every needy place. He is beautiful, all-knowing, strong, self-assured, and so much more so we do not have to be! When our lives are entertwined with His Spirit, we will never have to long to be more than we are, for HE IS. Praise Him!

I so want this to be the cry of my heart, I don't want God to be ashamed of me, or me ashamed of all I am not, and in turn be so unable to lift me head before my Father.

Lisa made a statement that really struck home with me;

There comes a time when it is necessary to overcome our fear, stop wallowing in misery, and embrace the experiences of our lives for what they are - a tool for the wonders of God. Why? 'So they will believe God appeared to you'.

So many Christians today are so focused on themselves, that they can't see God, or the good He is trying to bring about.

I to am a very visual learner, God taught me long ago when we are going through the valley, that the trials are wells we are digging for those who come after us to drink from. So dig good wells!

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you ever been in a situation where you had to 'go back' to a place of shame or ridicule? How did that make you feel?
Yes, I had been a pain in the sit upon to several people in a department I worked in. After my Walk to Emmaus, I had to go back and apologize to each one and ask for their forgiveness. Very humbling. Sad thing is I didn't allow God to change me so I am in a new department with the same ole attitude.

2. Is there any circumstance in your life that still has you running for cover? Share if you feel comfortable.
Many, what you see is not a prime example of a christian walk. I have hurt and abused many people, and to think of it, still brings tears to my eyes and hurt to my heart.

. When is the last time you felt like an overcomer?
December 1997, First breast biopsy and My Father in Law had gone into afflatic shock and been clinically dead for 8 minutes, I have never in my life walked in the kind of overcoming peace as I did that Christmas.

4. If you have not yet taken the serpent by the tail, are you willing to stop running, take hold and trust God to transform it into a tool for wonders?
Would be real nice to be able to shout YES, but I can't. I am still holding on to the old with both hands.

5. I would like for you to write down this statement based on 1 John 2:14 somewhere you will see it often this week: "I am strong, the Word of God abides in me, and I have overcome the evil one." Memorize it. Say it over and over until you believe it. Will you do this?? Most of the time, there are no right or wrong answers, but on this one, I'm expecting a 'yes'!

Yes I will.

Good Lesson! Lots to think on.

Thank you Lisa.

Prayer Request Please

I talked to Dona earlier today, and she told me that her husband Brad, has not been feeling well for the last month or so and finally decided to go to the doctor today. The doctor took x-rays and found a tumor about the size of a football behind one of the kidneys. Please be praying for Brad and Dona.

The doctor is sending the x-rays to the radiologist to review then they will make a plan. Dona said the doctor did not give them hope one way or the other, he did not think that it looks like cancer.

As soon as I hear something I will let you all know.


Monday, June 2, 2008

I AM so you don't have to be Lesson 7

"I AM" Bible Study Lesson Seven Who Am I?

Background Passages
Exodus 3:10-22
Key Verse:
"But Moses said to God, 'Who am I, that I should to to Pharaoh and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?'"
Exodus 3:11

Discussion Questions:1. How would you answer the questions, "Who Am I?"

I think for some reason I am missing the point that Lisa is trying to get across to me. I just didn't seem to get this lesson.

2. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt inadequate because of your lack of a 'tagline'?
All the time, and I over compensate by trying to be the one with all the answers. Leading people to think that I am a know it all, and I truely hate that. I think that I have learned to be comfortable in my own skin, God is teaching me that is no where my comfort/faith is suppose to be, that I need to be comfortable in who I am in Christ Jesus.

3. Do you have skills or position that you believe God could use mightily if only He would?
No, I am still living in the desert, and there are no skills there.

4. Have you ever lost a position or station in life you believe could have 'helped God out' with something He has asked you to do? If you haven't lost out, do you perhaps feel you have to gain this in order to be useful to the Kingdom?
I have never lost a position or station in live, that could have 'helped God out'.

5. How are you with your dialogue vs. doubt conversations with God? Which does God hear most from you?
Most of my conversations with God of late have been trying to praise Him enough to something I need. I hate where I am, but am to afraid to do anything about it.

6. Do you believe God's Wonders become more wonderful if they originate in the ordinary? Any Scripture references come to mind?
Yes, one of my favorite scenes of late is that of Mary washing Jesus' feet with her tears, and wiping them dry with her hair.