Blog, photo, poetry

Visitation Time

“What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”
‭‭(Genesis‬ ‭28:15‬ ‭NLT)‬‬

If it isn’t accomplished, He hasn’t fulfilled His promise, yet.

Baruch Ata Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, mevaker at amo

Blessed be the Lord our God, King of the Universe who visits His People

Visitation Time
“Visit” in the Hebrew, paqad, means “to personally inspect and pay close attention to.”

Visitation Time

I sense a visitation
Deep within my soul

I sense the promises of God
Written long ago

I feel it in my bones
Like a fire shut up now

But when the time is right
He will reveal the how

The mysteries of God
Continue to unfold

Truths from Ancient of Days
Never ever grow old

I feel it in my spirit
Coursing through my veins

The target indeed hit
The time wasn’t named

What we prayed and sought
Now purging through the land

Yes I feel it in my bones
Another move by His mighty Right Hand

If you feel it too
Stop and bend your knees

Pray for those you love
Hearts of flesh that will believe

Ohhhh we feel it in our bones
Nothing will thwart His plan

The fire of God’s Salvation
Will rage across our land

© laurette laster October 2021

Rage
Synonyms: Verb
boil, burn, foam, fume, rankle, seethe, sizzle, steam, storm

Intransitive verb
to prevail uncontrollably

Our God is a consuming fire! Hope changes everything!

In August of 2021, while recovering from the Delta variant of Covid, The Lord woke me early in the morning and said, “THE GOD OF SALVATION IS VISITING YOUR HOUSEHOLDS!”

I shared this word with close friends then later with my church, delving deeper into what The Lord meant. I have one (1) household, why the emphasis on the plural? There are many prophetic words that came forth after I received this word. The Hebrew aleph bet with the numerical value of two (2) is bet. The pictograph is the tent or the house. As I’ve studied, meditated, prayed, ask, and sought The Lord’s counsel, it is a word for His body of believers and for loved ones we are praying for. This is a promise from long ago, the time is now. Today is the day of salvation.

My prayer is that hearts will not harden, but respond and melt in His Holy presence. For it is God, Adonai, Eloheinu, Almighty Creator, The Sovereign LORD, Who is working both to will and to do FOR HIS GOOD PLEASURE.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thanks for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

H-O-P-E

Hope!

A short four letters
A word spelled H-O-P-E
How can one small word
Offer so much enormity

Likened as an anchor
Storms are sure to come
Fastened to the Mercy Seat
Christ, our anchor, God’s chosen Son

© laurette laster Jan 10, 2022

Honor is BIG with God. However, we who have failed miserably understand His ( gift/charisma/dorea), Grace and Mercy that surrounds and sustains us in our ignorance.

Strong’s # 1431. dórea

a (free) gift, a gift (without repayment).HELPS Word-studies

1431 dōreá (a feminine noun, derived from 1325 /dídōmi) – a gift, freely given and hence not acquired by merit or “entitlement.” 1431/dōreá (a feminine noun) expresses a brand of giving that highlights the beneficent desire of the GIVER

As we move forward in the days ahead we can place our H-O-P-E in the Lord’s unfailing “hesed”. The GIVER gifted us, He summons us into covenant with Him. This covenant is His love toward us. Even when we’ve blown it; missed it; ignored it; refused it; or plain denied it; we have this Hope, He keeps His word when we don’t.

God’s love, while tender is intense (our God is a consuming fire), while unfailing, just, God is faithful yet fierce.

His Power so great we cannot fathom; yet tangible, transforming minds and hearts with an unseen touch, undeniable, only discerned and received by faith. Yes! This is why we HOPE in Him. Our Faithful God keeps covenant for a thousand generations, to those who love Him.

I never needed Him or His “gift” more than when I deserved it least. He freely gave that is why I love Him so!

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, May Your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in You.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭33:18, 22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Hope in His unfailing love…

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thanks for listening with me. Laurette

Blog, New Year, photo, poetry

Treasury of Time

Time is money
Or is it passing
Can be wasted
Or is it lasting

Years they come
Some say they go
Some want better
Than last year’s show

Time and years
Like moments, come and go
I just know this
Each holds precious cargo

Time can march
Fly and flee
Refuses to stand still
For you and for me

Measured in days
A month or a minute
2022 is now
Make sure God is in it

Allow it to march
But never be lost
Savor the moments
Count the cost

The clock will turn
Change is near
Set your hearts on Christ
Do not fear

God created time
It does not own Him
Visitations are here
Hello 2022, welcome and come right in

© laurette laster 12/30/2021

Baruch Ata Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, mevaker at amo

Blessed are You Lord our God, King of the Universe who visits His People

Time is precious, I pray we don’t waste one second.
Hold your loved ones close. Things can change in a moment. If there is something between you and a loved one, I have a few sound words of wisdom for all of us. While there is time; forgive it, get over it, move past it, deal with it, release it, refuse it, heal it, face it, and erase it.

If we do The Lord will redeem it! He longs to restore it. We can count on it!!!

A treasury is a place in which stores of wealth are kept.

“We glide along through the tides of time— so quickly gone, like a dream that fades at dawn, like glistening grass that springs up one day and is dry and withered the next, ready to be cut down!

Lord, who fully knows the power of Your passion and the intensity of Your emotions?
Help us to remember that our days are numbered, and help us to interpret our lives correctly.
Set Your wisdom deeply in our hearts so that we may accept Your correction.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭90:5-6, 11-12‬ ‭TPT‬‬

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

Salvation’s Horn

“Blessed (praised, glorified) be the Lord, the God of Israel, Because He has visited us and brought redemption to His people, And He has raised up a horn of salvation [a mighty and valiant Savior] for us In the house of David His servant—”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:68-69‬ ‭AMP‬‬


A Mighty Valiant Savior

Salvations Horn

Can we review
The happenings of old
The Christmas story
How it did unfold

In the city of Bethlehem
Behold a King shall be born
A descendant of David
Salvation’s Horn

But only to those
Who with expectant heart
Came this message, as Gabriel
Announced this start

They were looking
Eagerly awaited
The consolation of Israel
As scriptures stated

When the timing was right
That star shone bright
Just then the chorus rang out
Gloria, Oh Holy night

From The God of Israel
Salvation has come
And from no other
His Arm is the Son

Salvation had come
In the way of a babe
Sight to the blind
Strength to the lame

Noel Noel
Come and see what God has done
The greatest gift ever known
Jesus, Messiah God’s perfect Son!

© laurette laster 2017

Noël comes to us from the Latin verb nasci, meaning “to be born.”

Noël is “Christmas” in French. Noel can also mean good news, coming from the French phrase bonnes nouvelles (“good news”). Noel can even mean birthday. With this meaning understood, no wonder we sing Noel at Christmas to celebrate the good news of the birth of Jesus!

In seasons of turmoil and confusion we are instructed to take, grab hold of, clasp, embrace: [a close encircling with the arms and pressure to the chest especially as a sign of affection : HUG] refuse to let go, hold fast our faith, which becomes our hope and courage, knowing our King, Valiant Savior reigns. We may not understand His timing, His ways or His why, but we can be assured when the time is right we will know and understand. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

And, in understanding we will see The Gift He planned long ago, still gives and continues to deliver. In the darkest hours His light shines the brightest. Perfectly delivers over and over, precisely at the kairos time, the Right time, the Perfect time, the opportune time…

My prayer is we embrace the change, understanding, if He brings us to it, He surely means to bring us through it and show others His amazing deliverance which is His faithfulness.

According to the scriptures.

“Glory to God in the highest [heaven], And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Merry Christmas

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thanks for listening with me.

poetry

A Miracle Happened Here

“At that time the Ḥanukkah came to be in Yerushalayim, and it was winter. And יהושע was walking in the Set-apart Place, in the porch of Shelomoh.”
‭‭Yoḥanan (John)‬ ‭10:22-23‬ ‭TS2009‬‬ (The Scriptures)

A Miracle Happened Here

A miracle happened here
Our ancestors were shown
The God of Israel
Appeared, yet unknown

A miracle from then
Time of Remembrance
God saves and Gives Light
The Light, His Entrance

A miracle happened there
God’s house had been defiled
Recapturing the Temple
The people no longer beguiled

A bloody fight
People deduce
Never to bow
Or worship Zeus

The miracle of God
Hanukkah, a time to remember
Working to rededicate
One cold December

Kislev is December
For us who study to know
A miracle happened there
Long many years ago

The miracle of oil
Flows in human temples today
If you rededicate The altar, purify
Make Jesus THE ONLY WAY

© laurette laster Hanukkah 2021

Jesus said “I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD! Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12 NIV).

We know our Savior Christ Jesus was not born on December 25th, but we celebrate His miraculous conception and coming birth on this date. Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev.

God has ordained seven Feasts or moedims, (Leviticus 23) set apart times that we are to remember each year. And He also commanded them Sabbath, a time to meet every seven days. God is big on remembering, so much so He created and marks His very own calendar.

Christ fulfilled the first four feasts and no doubt He will fulfill the last three. Purim and Hanukkah have been added remembering miraculous deliverances by the sovereignty of God’s salvation and deliverance, which is Yeshua.

In the gospel of John, chapter 8 and again in chapter 9, Jesus announces and identifies Himself as The Light of the world. His announcement was between The Feast of Tabernacles and Celebrating Hanukkah, which He attended.

Was identifying Himself as The Light of the world at this time a coincidence? I don’t think so.

The miracle of Hanukkah is the miracle of oil, not the long bloody 24 yr. battle won by the Maccabees. Why?

Battles will continue but darkness will never dispel The Light of God. Light dispels darkness.

Jesus said in John 2:19, destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in three days!

By His blood we are cleansed and rededicated back to God. And now we are called the light of the world.

Salvation is the greatest continuation of God’s miracle oil, anointed to burn brightly, so we can go and tell others and share the light.

A miracle happened here and continues…

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

The Season is Nigh

Do you hear what I hear? A time of remembrance…

The Season is Nigh

The season is nigh
The time has come
God all powerful
Three in One

The time has come
Now is near
Listen carefully
Do you hear what I hear

Time had come
His gift Divine
His only Begotten
Fullness of time

God ever merciful
Full of grace
In our unfaithfulness
He paid for our disgrace

When the time was right
Our Gift is Christ
Miracle of Oil
Eternal Light

© laurette laster 2021

Hanukkah begins on Kislev 24, tomorrow night, November 28th on the Gregorian calendar. Our Jewish brothers and sisters light the first candle of the menorah in remembrance, commemorating the miracle of oil.

Are you familiar with Hanukkah? The Hanukkah story includes so many rich deep prophetic images, The Servant Candle, the miracle of oil, taking back the temple, rededication, lighting the menorah with only enough oil for one night available, due to the shortage of purified oil. If you are not I recommend you study this.

Our celebration of Christmas and the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah have many similarities. We know the Light of the World is Christ. Our Messiah is Christ Jesus. He paid the price to rededicate our earthly body back to God, cleansed by His blood, becoming a temple for God’s presence, anointed, housing the oil, giver of life, the light, the life, the eternal promise of Christ’s redemption. Yes, I Believe! It is a miracle.

When man reaches for God we call it prayer, when God reached down to man, we call it CHRIST-MASS. A Savior was born to be our King.

“For today in the city of David a Savior is born for you, He is Christ the Messiah” (Luke 2:11).

Yes I Believe! It is still the greatest miracle ever known to mankind.

“And of His kingdom there shall be no end”

“He will be great and eminent and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:32-33‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

Do you hear what I hear…

poetry

Thanks Giving

I pray you make time for your gratitude list

Thanks Giving

I will give you thanks as long as I live; I will raise my hands to you in prayer. (Psalm 63:4 GNT)

Turkey and Dressing
And pumpkin pie
Giblet gravy and fixings
My oh my

I love all the food
I have a traditional twist
But where shall we go
To make our gratitude list

The table of course
We gather not scatter
It is family time spent
That truly matters

Maybe your family
Is not so traditional
Whatever you do
Make it conditional

Conditioned and slathered
Covered with love
Overflowing with thankfulness
We can all have a part of

Making this world
A better place
Wouldn’t it be heartbreaking
And even a disgrace

To not set aside
A determined time
To be eternally grateful
I think it would be a crime

You can be the one
To make the change
Set a table
Invite the gang

Invite the crew
gather around
Start the list
Of blessings that abound

List at least one
Of the blessings that make you glad
You’ll find countless others
There are many yet to add

I know of one thing
That God has blessed you with
May I help you begin
Your gratitude list

I thank The Lord for you
The breath in your lungs
Now go ahead
Your turn, take the plunge

Make a list
Check it twice
I am so grateful
For this life

Filled with you my friends
That have gathered here
I wish you all
A Great-ful Thanksgiving this year.

laurette laster © 2018 Thanksgiving

“And as he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off; And lifted up their voice, saying: Jesus, master, have mercy on us. Whom when he saw, he said: Go, shew yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were made clean. And one of them, when he saw that he was made clean, went back, with a loud voice glorifying God. And he fell on his face before his feet, giving thanks: and this was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering, said, Were not ten made clean? and where are the nine? There is no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger. And he said to him: Arise, go thy way; for thy faith hath made thee whole.”
‭‭St Luke‬ ‭17:12-19‬ ‭

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

Happy Thanksgiving. This celebration is incorporated from our Puritan brothers and sisters.

The festival of Sukkot, gathering, celebrating, sharing, and tabernacling with our Lord.

Did you know the cornucopia is fashioned from the shofar?

Or that the booths at state fairs and carnivals are imitations is the sukkahs and celebrations?

As we clearly see, leaving God out it becomes twisted and marred, But, at the root the treasure to rebuild remains.

poetry

No To Holiday Blues

“Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).

No to Holiday Blues

The leaves have fallen, seasons change is here
Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays draw near.
Remember the reason and be fully present
Never give up, pull back, or become hesitant.

The holiday blues are sure to pass you by
If you’re determined to do this, not just try.
For try, never accomplished not one thing,
Just fills us full with regret, and leaves us wondering.

The spirit of the holidays is for pouring out love
Just as we’re shown from heaven above.
Rejoicing and sharing out of our abundance
It’s the measure of our heart – never redundant.

If you find you are lonely and start to feel blue
Look around and you’ll find someone who,
Has need of much and is lacking provision
Then simply turn and make this decision.

It is more blessed to give than it is to receive
It works different in ‘The kingdom’ for those who believe.
For when we love and do good to all people,
We become the church, not merely a building holding a steeple.

© laurette laster

Keeping things in perspective during the holidays…

The holidays can be a lonely time, especially if there has been a break in the family, or worse the death of a loved one. “It is more blessed to give” and extremely difficult, almost impossible when we are hurting, and our pain and wound is raw, and real, and fresh, and tender. We understand, Jesus Christ, taught this as a remedy, and a healing balm for broken hearts and wounded emotions, but even more our Savior walked this out for us, becoming our ensample.

Remember: Not everyone is in love; Everybody else doesn’t have it all; Every family isn’t together; Some families are dreading being together; Some will avoid family gatherings; BUT, some will find the beauty of the season and Give to those less fortunate. This is the time to Give Back and share with others, from the abundance The Lord has blessed you with. Go find someone in need and help them, you’ll never regret being the hands and feet of Jesus. Take His light into someone’s darkness and witness His glory transform their lives.

Look around, I dare you…

I double dog dare you…

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40 NIV).

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10 NIV).

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

Fallen Acorn

There is beauty scattered all around. I pray we do not overlook the simple seasonal joys, like one single acorn next to a fallen leaf.

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”

Fallen Acorn

Once we were acorns
Secure and held tight
Then came the time
Much to my fright

Branches were jostled
Winds caused shaking
And just like that
To the ground we went quaking

Where is my crown
I steadied to see
What has happened
To you and me

Christ left His glory
Taking off His crown
He was born
Raised from hard ground

We have come
For such a time as this
Acorns must fall
To form Oaks of righteousness

Might be scary
Dark and lonely
But time will tell
Which is only

Our crowns are for Him
To lay at His feet
Once the acorns
Leave the tree

Fallen and planted
In God’s harvest field
Oaks of righteousness
Increase the yield

Gems in His crown
Fashioned in deep ground
Once we were acorns
Lost but now found

So we mustn’t fear
planting season
Buried and forgotten
Profound reason

In maturity we understand
Soon we will see
Being fruitful is beautiful
Acorns do fall from our very own tree

© laurette laster

In this picture the acorn is almost obscure, yet it is the only thing in the picture with hope of a future. Many years ago our oaks were heavy with fruit. One windy afternoon as the trees were casting off acorns I saw how it is much the same as we are released into the earth.

The psalmist describes our days were written, past tense, in The Book, His Book, His Story written long before we came.

“You saw who You created me to be before I became me! Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days You planned for me were already recorded in your book”
‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭139:16‬ ‭TPT‬‬).

Acorns are attached to the tree with a covering, a crown and with the power to reproduce…

Think about it.

I pray this season you search and find your worth and value in His calling, covered in His righteousness and filled with His truth. I pray you fulfill the Hope of His calling; I pray the Hope He has in you be experienced in overwhelming waves. That dirt may be just what you need.

“I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling —that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!” (Ephesians‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭TPT‬‬).

“to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:3, 10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

Be not broken

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”
Isaiah 41:10

Excerpt from poem, Winds of Change

“God does remind us if we look we’ll find
It isn’t so difficult it’s all in the mind
How I imagine and fear it could be
Remember, His plans only good toward me”

© laurette laster

After the toughest battles we realize we were never alone.

Understanding “we are here”, at this time, for this purpose, in this season, in this chaos, for His good pleasure can be challenging yet invigorating, for others, overwhelming.

Large shopping centers have signs at the entrance and on each level, to help us find our way. Stores, restaurants, restrooms and exits, as well as stairs or escalators are placed in scale for our help.

Seeing ‘you are here’ can be incredibly comforting. Seeing where we are, we can locate the desired destiny, and begin toward our desired location.

Do not be dismayed, the Jewish commentators, with the Targum interpret as: [be not broken].

My prayer for you today, may you hear our Savior say, “you are here”, be not broken, for I Am your Savior, Jesus Christ and I Am with you, I will be your comfort. (John 14:16)

Don’t be dismayed [be not broken], for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭WMBBE‬‬).

“God does remind us if we look we’ll find
It isn’t so difficult it’s all in the mind
How I imagine and fear it could be
Remember, His plans are only good toward me”

I pray you pause in His presence…selah

and remember, His plans are only good toward you!

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette