God Changed my Mood, And it was Simple

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Over the past week, I have been trying to concentrate on my blog and getting about a thousand-other thing ready for Halloween and other Fall festivities, with normal things thrown on top of that. I was concentrating so much on other people, all things I had to do, and my blog, Romantic Remedies and Fairy Tale Treasures (yes, I have two), that I just had not spent the time with God that I needed. I did pray consistently, but there was something in his word that I was missing, and I did not figure it out until I did my Bible study this morning. I was talking to God, telling him all my woes and my reasons for doing what I want to do, blah, blah, blah, but I didnot take the hint and look inside my Bible. Well, after going through the Bible study today, I felt a surge of energy, inspiration, and the will to do the things I have been telling myself to do for the past few weeks. God changed my mood from blah, to “Let’s go!”, and He can change yours too.

All it took was listening to him, and aligning myself with hisword, so naturally I wanted to obey. Naturally, I wanted to seek His face, and not my own desires. Do not get me wrong. God still cares about my desires and my little woes, but without trusting our Saviour, I was falling short on the whole inspiration thing. Any blogger knows how much time it takes to build a blog, acquire a following, post all sorts of things to social media (and if you are not consistent, people get mad and quit following you, even if you just miss a single day), there is all sorts of pressure, however, the silver lining in all of that is when you follow more experienced bloggers’ advice and learn to schedule your stuff, but it still takes long hours of hard work and meticulous planning, every month or whenever. I feel like the only way I am going to get-it-together is if God is involved in every step of it. When I wake up, I do so with Him. When I start a new blog post or photoshoot, I need to do so with Him. We are told to, “. . . pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people,” Ephesians 6:18.

We are told to pray on ALL occasions, this means that we can pray as we work. Should we pray for our work, YES! God wants us to bring everything to him, because he knows what we are struggling with, and he will realign us with His word every time we need realignment. He tells us, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you,” Psalm 32.8. Guys, God has given us a destiny! How awesome is that? We have choice though, we get to choose our careers and what we do with our lives, God will shape us from the inside out, so that we choose His desires for us, because He loves us. We must let him, and it is easier if we love him back, so that he is able to shape us, and we choose what aligns with his desires for our lives. We will be reshaped by the renewing of our minds. How do we renew our minds? We do that by reading and studying His word. The word of truth.

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Dear Lord,

 

I thank you for realigning me with your Holy Spirit. You have given me such wonderful talents, and I am so grateful for them. We ask you today to realign our hearts, our mind, and our souls with you and your will for our live. Please protect our loved ones, and guide us through any tragedy, big or small. Help us to live day-to-day in your presence.

 

In Jesus Name,

Amen

 

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A Prayer for Us All.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all of your blessings and favor.

The United States is hurting right now,

from massive forest fires in the west,

to the hurricanes in the southeast,

to an attempt at our history to get erased,

to all of the bad, the hate, the lies, and the illegal cheating,

we need you, Lord.

We need you to shine in the hearts of all of the good people,

saved or not.

We need you breath your life into our souls,

cast your light into our darkness,

give us strength, courage, and humbleness

to help those we can.

Take away our selfishness.

Our lack of vision to care for our fellow neighbor,

even if they are miles away

across state lines.

Help us to reach out,

even in the smallest ways,

because those ways still matter.

Lord, we pray for all of the animals involved,

those who had to flee.

We pray for their habitat,

that it will grow back,

and that nice people will go in

and help them out.

Their homes are important too.

Trees that give us fresh air.

Shrubs that conceal burrows.

Rocks for coolness and for sunbathing.

The grass which feeds so many,

and gives the earth its softness and beauty.

Dear Lord, grow it all back for them,

Let it flourish.

Let it be.

We Thank You.

We Love you.

In Jesus Name,

Amen.

 

 

 

 

Finding Normalcy in the Wake of a Disaster

Hurricane Harvey

           In the wake of this horrific hurricane, remember that God is still here and that He hears you. He hears your cry out. He can feel your pain, understand your grief, and see your struggle. Do no discount God. He has not abandoned you or forsaken you. Even though in the mist of this flood, left here by Hurricane Harvey, it seems as though God unleashed His furry over Houston and the Gulf Coast, but that is not the case. No matter how horrifying, devastating or extreme things seem, God’s plan is perfect and supreme. Although, we do not understand everything God is  doing, he promises that all will be revealed. For now, let us look at Psalm 16 as it gives us hope when we are feeling hopeless.

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            This Psalm of David begins with asking to be kept safe. “Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.” Once we become a Christ follower, we have give our souls to the Lord. Their new address is His address. This is where our peace is found. Then, David Praises the Lord saying, “. . . apart from you, I have no good thing.” The Lord is perfect and good. Nothing will ever be bad that is from Him, because He loves His people unconditionally. David goes on to  address the mounting sorrow of unbelievers, “ the sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods.” Anything that always seems to be more important than God is an idol or another god. This can come in many forms, such as panic, anxiety, fear when not dealt with through prayer. Those emotions can take over and send you spiraling further and further into darkness until you have lost all hope and faith in anything good, eventually leading away from God and towards Satan. Nothing good ever comes from Satan, no matter how beautiful, perfect, and how wonderful the timing is. Evil breeds evil, but God is good and He will give you goodness and light.

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            Next, David speaks of that goodness and light, “Lord, you have assigned me my cup; you have made my lot secure. . . surely I have a delightful inheritance.” This verse speaks about our place in heaven, knowing where your are going is a simple step to gaining your inheritance. For all those in pain because they lost a loved one or loved ones, note that as long as they gave their life over to Christ, they have no more pain, no more suffering, no more fear, panic or anxiety. They are safe, happy and at peace. Know that today.

            Lastly, David rejoices, because God has, “. . . made known to me the path of life. You will fill me with joy in your right had.” David was secure in the Lord. Hopelessness did not overtake him, but the Lord did.

 

Love Others; Judge Not

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Love Others; Judge Not

“Owe no one anything except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘A person shall not commit adultery, A person shall not murder, A person shall not steal, A person shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Romans 13:8-10

Let’s talk about love.

Love is a four letter word that can either be taken for granted, not meant when said or the most meaningful thing in the world for a person. Now, let’s talk about homosexuals, of all sorts. Not too many people actually want to keep reading, but hear me out. We learn, as Christians, to love our neighbor as ourself. It is actually a commandment. However, there are far too many Christians who do not follow that commandment as they should, particularly, in connection to the LGBTQ community. Are they not still people? Do they not still possess the natural and normal human emotions, like love, loss, envy, sadness, emptiness, happiness, and so on? Why does a person judge them because they have feelings for a person that the person does not think they should not have emotions for? God taught us to love. End of story. So, condemning a person is the same as condemning yourself:

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“Therefore, you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of  God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man – you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself – that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead a person to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”

Not exactly homosexually, but some sort of sexual immorality that was not completely washed clean, or hate, or and other range of reasons or emotions for why a person feels like a person needs to judge another. This goes far beyond being anti-homosexual, these are feelings deep inside that need healing. Broken people tend to lash out at others because of their brokenness, thus judging, criticizing, and complaining about others. The best thing a broken person can do is to be open to reminders about how much God loves them. If there is a righteous reason for their complaint, they should pray to God about how to fix said situation, then do it. Every little inconvenience in a person’s life can be brought to God, and He, creator of all, will orchestrate how it is to be fixed. Pray to Him and he will lead His people out of the deepest waters and the worst Hell – on – Earth situation they can find themselves in.

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I know this is what He did for me, and I am getting better for it. He made me stronger, in so many ways. Leaning on God gave me back the “play button” for my life, and He gave me the power to push it in my own time. When a person is one of God’s fruit, He will let you ripen, before He cuts you off. For me, I have a long way to fully ripen. I do judge others. I do complain. However, I do also pray, and I listen, and I am working towards better, more healthy relationships with people, and I am trying, ever so much, to use that wisdom that he has bestowed on me to make the best choices for me and my boys, that I can possibly make. So, I might have been away from this blog for a while. I may have distanced myself from my friends, but, God has His hand on me and my family, and I know, He will never remove it. Originally, this post was about treating the LBGTQ community with love and respect, but, really, we need to treat all people will love and respect. And if they do not return the love and respect you give them, just keep going with it, and, well, eventually, they should, in turn, return the love and respect you sent them.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for redirecting my path, and setting an article in the newspaper that had a headline that called for my attention. Thank you for leading me back to you and back to this blog. Thank you for orchestrating my life, and giving me time to heal and breath before taking me back into the deep. Thank you for friends and family who have helped me through this rough time. Thank you for loving me and for me to feel your love, so deeply, before all of this became this. Dear Lord, I pray over all who are broken, that they may so very deeply feel your love for them. Please, express to them your love for all people, and please bless them with reminders that you sent your one and only son to die on the cross for all of our sins. That anyone who confesses with their mouth and accepts you in their heart is saved, and their sins have been washed clean. I pray that people read this to the end. Thank you, Lord.

In Jesus Name, I Pray,

Amen.

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Satan, you are Not welcome Here

Satan, you are Not welcome Here

“In their case the god of the world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

Have you ever entered a home where you can just feel the presence of peace and holiness, and then walked into a home and you feel the anxiety of something weighing you down and as if something is lurking just below the surface that isn’t good? That is the feeling a person gets when they enter a house of God, in which Satin in not allowed in, and one of which he is. It becomes straining on a Christian when they tell Satan to leave daily and there is someone else in the house who is praying to him. I bet you have heard the saying that, “A house divided cannot stand,” well, it is true. It is true that the house will divide, because if two people are polar opposite in their faith, then what do they have to hold the house together? Loving each other sometimes doesn’t seem to be enough to hold the “house” together. Satan can shatter love. He is good at it. However, since God made people in the image of him, the believer, born again Christian is strong enough to hold onto that love, and that belief, that faith is what will conquer Satan, and save the non-believer’s life.

It may not be an easy fight, but it is a fight nonetheless. It gets even worse when the Christian is close to God, because Satan likes to raddle his chains even more, because he wants nothing more than to separate a Christian from God. He takes pleasure in distracting a Christian, giving them the silliest reasons to not want to go to church or just making them extra tired that morning. Satan will even use the Christian, when they are off their guard, to say the one hurtful thing to a non-believer that will delay the non-believer to come close to Jesus.

Satan will use the non-believer to cause the Christian pain, because they are incapable of forgiving quickly and whole heartily.

However, no matter what kind of pain the Christian might feel they have been given power and authority by Jesus, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” Therefore, the Christian can tell Satan to hit the road and go to hell, in Jesus name. For example,

“You are NOT welcome here Satan! Leave and take your demons with you in Jesus Name! Go to HELL and Never come back, IN JESUS NAME! Jesus, I thank you for sending Satan and his demons away, please send in your angels, send in the Holy Ghost, and cover me in your love. God, you are ruler of my life! In Jesus name, Amen.”

That is what we must do, and it doesn’t matter how many times you must do it, because sending Satan away is the only good thing you can ever do with him. Taking back your life and then placing it safely back in God’s hands, is the best thing you can do. God understands. He gets it. Sometimes Satan gets the best of us. Sometimes Satan just won’t seem to leave, and you must be persistent, constantly using the authority Jesus gave you to make him leave, and surrendering to God. It might seem like an infinity loop, but it you claim victory in Jesus Name, you will receive victory, but you must make Satan and his demons leave for Good. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. God knows you are serious, and God is seriously working for your victory.

Dear Lord,

Satan is a nasty trickster, I don’t like him, and I will send him away whenever I feel like his coming near. Keep me close to you. Change my heart oh, God, make it ever new. Please, free my husband from Satan’s grasps. Soften his heart to be receptive to you. Cover him in your love and mercy. Please give him a heart full of forgiveness. Captivate him. Send him people into his life who will pray for him and not be afraid of sharing the gospel with him. Give him good, true Christian men to model after. Ones with families and strong faith.

For anyone reading this post, Lord, lead them to salvation. Bring them victory. Let them find peace and joy. Give them a heart full of grace.

I pray these things in Jesus Name,

Amen.

A Battle Ground for God

A Battle Ground for God

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Letting God fight your battles for you possibly seems like one of the most backwards things anyone could ever think of. However, ask yourself, “Am I getting anywhere with the person I am fighting with, with the way that I am fight them?” If you don’t see things improving, then it is time to let God take the reins, and don’t take them back. The movie, “War Room” serves as a good example for showing viewers what that might look like, and even if it just seems like everything is just too perfect in the movie, let me ask you this, “When you pray and give things up to God, do things not ever get better? If not right away, then with time?” If you actually do what God wants you to do, He will get in the middle of your situation. He will start to break down walls. He will begin to shed layers off people and change their heart. Be faithful, and he will be faithful. Let us take a gander as some scripture:

Matthew 21:22 “And whatever you ask for in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Mark 9:29 “And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

James 5:14-16 “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.15 And the prayer offered in faith will save the one who is sick (make the sick person well), and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

With this kind of prayer strategy, the Devil will try to slip in and make you stumble. He will give you petty reasons to be angry. He will get into your mind and begin to feed you lies, like “It doesn’t matter, since nobody believes you can do it anyway. You’re just a loser for getting pregnant before you finished your degree. Now, you have no bachelor’s degree, no credentials, and you’re just living the life everyone thought you would live, because you’re too stupid and weak to make anything of yourself.” It is enough to drive anyone into depression, or to give up on their dreams, when in reality, he person’s dreams have only gotten put on hold for the time being.

Satan is also a master at stirring up trouble in close relationships, like a marriage union or between two best-friends. He will use the fact that you know the other person’s strengths and weaknesses to his advantage, so that he can fuel the situation with the party members being able to really dig underneath the other person’s skin by what they say, what they do, or how they act. Not taking notice of something specific that the other person has done for them, would really get to them; as would something done out of spite. They will say things like, “I’m trying to change, but I know that you will never change.” Satan is good at giving us a deaf ear to those that we love, so that they stop listening, so they can be right, so that they will stop caring, and therefore, not have to change at all. That is not what God wants for us. When God is involved, change is good, because He is molding us to be the Godly person that He wants us to be.

When God and Satan are at battle, it transfers into the minds of the people who God is battling for. Satan is bringing up bad memories, emotions, or just flat out distractions, so that they will not stop to pray or to feel or to know whatever it is that God wants them to feel or to know. It takes determination to stand fast in the Lord. It takes strength and courage to do something to push away the Devil like, telling Satan and his demons to leave in Jesus name and declaring the Lord over your life. Satan is in the business of making you miserable. What you pin as your passions, he put in every effort to make them seem unimportant or that they can wait, and for you to go spend your time on unfruitful pleasures. Satan likes to lie to us, telling us that he will give us “the desires of our heart,” but only God knows what that is. God knows us better than ourselves, and only He can give us everything that we desire.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for being Lord over my life. Thank you for all that you have done for me. Thank you for giving me the gift to spread your word to others. Please raise up a generation of believers, who will allow you to fight for them. Give us not a spirit of fear, but one of courage and peace. May you do the things you do that surpass all our understanding. Please rain your blessing down on this nation, on our government, on our military and police forces, rain your blessing down on us, every one of us, and turn our nation back to God.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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Today is September 27, 2016

Today is September 27, 2016

One month ago, today, we had a typical baby, but not in a typical way. It was one in the morning and I had just gone to bed after cleaning the house and taking a shower. I decided to try to get some rest, because I was scheduled for an inducement of labor the following morning at 7:00 am. My legs had been hurting off and on all night, normally it was just my left leg that hurt, but that night both legs were hurting. It wasn’t even an hour, when I woke up screaming. My body was in complete pain. There were only seconds between me telling my husband it was time to go and my water breaking. 2:00 am. I barely made it to the bathroom, before it would have been everywhere. My husband, Bud, had already dressed, put the cat cage outside and opened it, before I could ask him for a towel. While I was dressing, and trying to figure out if underwear was even necessary, he was already out the door, prepping the car, and loading our stuff inside. He came back to get me and we wobbled our way to the car. The only thing I had to tell him to do was to shut the gate, because he was already buckling up. He set his GPS, and we raced down the driveway and out of Liverpool. With hazard lights on we were on our way to the hospital, going as fast and as safely as we could down our pitch black country road.

With the hospital located in Galveston, an hour away from our house, he was already on the phone, with the hospital, notifying them that I was in labor and we were on our way. Bud was highly stressed, because every few minutes I would start screaming from another contraction. Somehow, though, he remained calm and focused. Just a few minutes after he hung up with the hospital, I went through my last period of no pain until the pain was so intense that I started hollering for Bud to call an ambulance; that the baby was coming. As he called 9-1-1, he had to ask me several times to try to not scream. The dispatch notified the police and called an ambulance for us. We pulled into the deserted Texaco, as we were told.

For several minutes, it felt as if nobody was going to show up. Bud stayed on the line with 9-1-1, and when it seemed like Bud was going to have to deliver the baby himself, the dispatcher was already starting to prepare him with instructions, like reminding me to breath.

I was completely contorted in my seat, clutching the seat belt holder shrieking in pain. All I wanted was somebody to show up. That baby was minutes away from coming out, and the last we heard, the deputy was stuck behind a train. Then, in the midst of all my screaming, we heard it. Sirens. Someone was about to arrive!

It was a Sheriff’s car. The officer, Deputy Gómez, already had his gloves on, and started to get his partner in position and started to talk to us, shocked that the ambulance wasn’t there yet. After he introduced himself to me, and had already told me to breath and tried to get me to calm down some, I noticed him talking to Bud, telling him to get the car seat out from behind my seat, but with the baby literally seconds away and my contractions being so close together, I yelled at him to look at me. He commanded me to breath and to lean my chair back as far as it would go. That’s when it started.

Before I knew it, I was pushing, breathing, and crying all at the same time. I found Bud with my eyes, squeezed his hand, and I yelled that I loved him in between pushing and breathing. I saw the EMS man get into the driver’s seat. By that time the baby’s head had crowned. Deputy Gómez repeatedly commanded that I breath, push, and that I open my eyes to let him know that I was still with him. “One more push!” I heard him say, and the baby was out. Staring at my newborn baby in his hands, I could tell that he was panicked, hitting our baby to make him cry, and there was a celebration of relief when he did. Frantically, I started yelling about the umbilical cord. The EMS man wasn’t confident on where to cut it, so Deputy Gómez took the scissors from him and cut it himself.

It was time to move me. The EMS lady and the other policeman had everything in place for me to get on the stretcher. Once I was on and realized my robe was soiled, I had them take it off me, and EMS belted me to the stretcher so that I wouldn’t tumble off while they were loading me in the back of the ambulance. I made sure Bud loaded all of my bags in the ambulance, so that they would be with me, no matter what. He was going to drive the car to the hospital, but I couldn’t hold the baby during the ride, because I still had to give birth the placenta, and I was still having strong contractions.

While Bud was parking the car, I asked if I could hold my baby. I didn’t get to hold my baby first last time, and I want to make sure I was the first one to hold him this time. He was so small and gentle in my arms. I couldn’t think of loving anything so small, so new, so much in my life. It only lasted for a moment, because I felt another contraction coming on, so I hand my newborn son back to the EMS man. Bud got in and we hit the road to the Angleton-Danbury Hospital where I gave birth to the placenta and where we stayed overnight, with my family, Deputy Gómez and his wife, and Channel Eleven New all coming to visit and interview us. We were an overnight sensation.

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William Allen Loper was born at 2:55 am, August 27, 2016, in our car at a Texaco. He is healthy and strong, already trying to hold his head up the first day he was alive.

God was with us every step of the way. It was a pure miracle that William was born safe, strong, and healthy, and that I didn’t have to give my life up in the process.

Glory be to God!