Friday, December 11, 2015

In trying times, remember the one who can move mountains, stop storms, change hearts...no matter who judges or criticizes or condescends you...the only one that matters is the one and only God Almighty and Jesus Christ Our King. I feel today that someone out there is crying out for protection from the wickedness that is out in the world. Hang on...God is watching and He is in control.

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him

    and show him my salvation.”


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Equipping yourself for Spiritual Battles: Your own private War Room

AUSTIN, TX – Last night my husband and I were invited for a pre-screening of War Room, a Kendrick brothers film (makers of Facing the Giants and Fireproof) that will be released for theaters in August 2015. I don't know how I got included on the list, but it was just what my husband and I needed to get refueled and reminded of the strategies of spiritual warfare. The minute we returned to America in 2010, we started getting busy and we had gotten to a busy place that is so common in America. Things in Africa are much simpler and slower paced. We are struggling to find time to adequately seek God. God is the only One that can weed out all the clutter in our lives. America is a clutter magnet and that is how the enemy gets you lost. The enemy fills your life with a forest of clutter so that you lose sight of God.

This morning as I was driving, I told my husband that I used to have such a close relationship with God. He used to lead my daily Bible lessons and speak to my heart. I miss that. God had taught me that He is constantly communicating with us, constantly sending us signs (believe it or not, I got that message while watching the horror movie Final Destination2) but we just don't know how to read the signs. Then, I started to see signs...Now, I can't see any signs. The difference from now and then is the depth and breadth of my prayer time with God. I used to be in the Word constantly. God shared with me that He remembers us always. We are the ones who forget Him. So, I am attempting to re-build my dwelling place where I meet with God and worship Him privately, where He reads my heart and shares with me the desires of His heart.

Its been tough. Heartbreak is the worst thing that comes between us and God, but its the time we need to be closest to Him. Heartbreak brings a flood of tears that cloud our emotions and our vision. Then we go on emotional numbness. But its okay. TD Jakes says in his book "Why? because you are anointed" that, despite what most people say, its okay to question God. He says that God will not be offended. He will answer your whys. Its not disrespectful to question God. He wants us to have that dialogue with Him. Wow! Everyone had been telling me not to question God, but He is the only one I can ask these questions. Without an answer, I remain in confusion and doubt. God knows.

And in War Room, the elderly lady says that in any battle you have to strategize against the enemy. So, our prayers need to be strategic.

So, I am now tasking myself to rebuild my war room, the place where I meet God face to face.

Beloved friends, I hope you are blessed by this blog. I hope you have a war room somewhere where you strategize and get with God. He is already there waiting for you. The Bible tells us to be still and wait on God, but it also tells us in the story of the prodigal son that God waits for us too, to come home to His safe place.

I would like to buy the War Room DVD and send it to my pastor friends in Africa. It has many messages about faith and family that are valuable to any culture and would bless Africa.

Love in Christ Jesus,
L

Thursday, April 16, 2015

There is Light Behind the Clouds....

AUSTIN, TX – Sometimes you are on a roll and running all over the place for God...then a stumbling block thwarts your momentum and cloudy days become stormy times...but never despair, God's plans do not get thwarted and every cloud in your way is strategically placed by the Almighty God...soon you will see the light peeking through the clouds and the momentum will begin to build again, better that ever.

This is how I have felt since I returned from Rwanda 5 years ago. This especially happens when you are in a life-changing high experience like working for God in a developing country.

Today as I struggle waiting on God and struggle with decisions and pains, I reflect upon a devotional from John Bevere...it starts with this verse:

Joseph said to them… “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…”
Genesis 50:19–20 NKJV

[FROM JOHN BEVERE'S E-DEVOTIONAL]
Joseph’s brother tried hard to destroy the vision God gave him. They threw him in a pit and then sold him into slavery. They thought they had ended it for Joseph, and Joseph had every reason to think his brothers were to blame for his misfortunes. But look at what the psalmist said:

Moreover [God] called for a famine in the land; He destroyed all the provision of bread. He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. (Psalm 105:16–17 NKJV, emphasis added)

Who sent Joseph to Egypt, his brothers or God? We can clearly see it was God who sent him, as Joseph said plainly to his brothers, “It was not you who sent me” (Genesis 45:8 NKJV).

Hear what the Spirit is saying! No mortal man or devil can supersede the plan of God on your life. If you lay hold of this truth, it will set you free. There is only one person who can get you out of the will of God, and that is you!

The truth is that some people truly have been treated unjustly. But their becoming offended only fulfills the enemy’s purposes of getting them out of the will of God. If you stay free from offense, you will stay in God’s will. If you become offended, you will be taken captive by the enemy to fulfill his purpose.

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 NKJV)

We resist the devil by choosing to not become offended. The dream or vision God has given you will probably come about differently than you think it will, but His Word and His promises will not fail. Only our disobedience can thwart what God wants to do in our lives.

Bingo! I see a glimpse of light within my darkness. What has interfered with the mission God sent me on starting in 2007 is all part of His plan. I have had many words of discouragement, people who don't believe I can follow through on the mission, make me question "why?" and what was it all for. I have always known in my heart what I truly felt God called me to do and the vision of Urukundo for the Children ministry is still alive and burning in my heart. I have read of others who were sent on the same mission in another place and succeeded (or so it seems), making me question why I haven't succeeded, but now I see that I have not failed...its all in His plan for the right time and place and way. Perhaps my mission seems the same as theirs, but God wants to do it in a different way for me...

I want everyone to know that I have not given up. The enemy has tried to dissuade me of the validity of my calling....and to sidetrack me with other life hardships....but I AM ALWAYS FOR GOD, NO MATTER WHAT, AND GOD'S PURPOSE FOR ME WILL NOT DIE, NOT EVEN WHEN MY FLESH HAS DIED. I see now its all in the perspective of your perception. God used Joseph's brother's evil deed to send Joseph to the people of Egypt. I too am now in a time where God is sending me somewhere somehow. It seems like I'm sent nowhere for nothing, but just wait and see.

So, wherever you are, change your perspective and perception of where you are and why you are there. Most likely, if you are in the right way with your relationship with God, you are on the right track, although it looks gloomy....there is light behind the clouds.

I hope this message helps you see a glimpse of light...May God bless you mightily.

Love in Christ,
L