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Sunset in June

First sunset in June

Speaks loud and proud

Colors more vibrant

In the framework of clouds

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Sunset in June

Is there a message

Keep the Faith

While witnessing the wreckage

 

The enemy is raging

His plans will not succeed

Like this sunset in June

My word will impede

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Speak and declare

Stand and believe

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Hope is an anchor when received

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Faith Hope and Love

These three remain

The greatest is love

If we ascertain

 

 

When the violence ends

The evil is spent

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Pray they repent

 

Revival is coming

Will sweep across the land

When this carnage is over

I’ll make a demand

 

 

Each must give account

For their devious actions

Beautiful Sunset in June

Hope is His glorious attraction

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Today I moved these wooden word plaques to a different area. I had the tape measure ready. Wanting them centered and even, I was holding them trying to get a visual of how I wanted them arranged. I wasn’t sure if I would leave a space in between each one or have them touching. Grabbing them and holding them together I decided on the placement seen in the picture.

I thought this is it and grabbed for my tape measure. Just when I did I had a revelation: If you center hope the placement for faith and love become simple.

Tonight the sunset was so spectacular that I had to grab my camera and go get some pictures. You can have hope in the midst of madness,  you can have hope in a tunnel of turbulence, and you can have hope in the center of crisis. The sun shining in the center of the clouds made the colors magnificent. Keeping Jesus in the center will give us the beautiful prize to run after.

 I love when The Lord Jesus pulls back the curtain and shows me a message in a message. Yes I felt like God was speaking to me in my simple task. “Center hope” and faith and love line up. Keep Jesus as the anchor for your soul and have hope in God. Then just like we see, faith and love automatically hem us in. And by all means do not leave a space in between. These three are to be continual just as the apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:13.

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“Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love–yet love surpasses them all. So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.” (TPT).

In a time of evil and violence I choose to have Hope (Hebrews 6:19) as my center, with faith and love hemming me in. How about you?

 

Sharing my thoughts brought about by the first glorious Sunset in June and rearranging some simple wooden word plaques and a word from The Lord that changes everything. Keep your eyes fixed and feet shod. And by all means if you see injustice do all you can to stop it. If you cannot stop it, report it.

 

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

 

 

 

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day Poem

We owe the brave men and women who fought for our Nation a great debt of gratitude. What we do with the freedoms they have helped secure is how we show or shun their sacrifice.

Have we become distant and disengaged?

“During the Civil War there were some many casualties that nearly every citizen in the United States was directly affected by the conflict. Families and friends of soldiers who lost their lives decided to honor the sacrifices made of the fallen by spending a day of the year decorating their graves, with the rise the establishment of military cemeteries around the nation transformed into a community event.

On May 30, 1868, the first official Decoration Day was declared by General John A. Logan and observed at Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers decorated the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

During World War II, decoration day was expanded and renamed Memorial Day to honor all Americans who died in military service. The day became a national holiday in 1971.” (Information from PBS)

As nations rise–Prepare the way And glorify the Name of Jesus Christ

Memorial Day

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I hear their words
Telling of this story
Accounts of history
While recounting the glory

We should take a moment
Let’s get silent and hush
Listen as they speak
What is it they are saying to us

We never intended to fight
We didn’t comprehend
For reasons then unknown
Fashioned by God’s own hand

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Born out of war
Hearts cry to be free
Then fought again to secure
Laying down our life for liberty

Fought against brother
To put an end to slavery
Ushered into 2 World Wars
Reunited in bravery

Fighting had divided us
The call to war we United again
When they thought to overtake
Destroy this great land

We gathered around
Raised this battle cry
God bless America
Protect her or die

Marching off to war
Cost exacted to be free
Willingly we gave all
Paid the price of Liberty

What we didn’t know
Could never envision
That it could be forgotten
Throw some in derision

Statues torn down
Memorials banished
What is their purpose
What If our memories vanish

We speak from the grave
Hear our battle cry
Oh brothers and sisters
Kiss this apostasy goodbye

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1960s LIBERTY BELL INSIDE INDEPENDENCE HALL PHILADELPHIA (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images)

 

 

We ask of you
Never Let them forget
Don’t allow our memories to gray
Or cause us regret

For we do shudder to think
You cannot imagine
Where you would be today
Trust me you cannot even fathom

The battles we fought, gave our all
We would do it again
Will you protect
Fight and Take a stand

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Memorial Day A day to remember
People of God unite
Life liberty and justice are in your hands
If you exercise your voting right

©️ laurette laster 2020

This past month The Lord has expounded to me that the United States of America has been a warring Nation since our inception. I believe the curtain was pulled back allowing me to see this truth. The USA, the Nation who desired to not war was born out of war, for war, to war and secure and protect our religious freedoms. Their sacrifices allow us today to take the next step.

We fought for our freedom from Europe, then we fought over morality. After this we were drawn into two World Wars. We’ve had other wars, Korean, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf War, bringing the total number of causalities to 1.1 million who gave their lives.

You may he asking how this applies. Think about this; the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached to the world from the United States of America. Today we have a fight on our hands. I would hate to think their battles were in vain.

I cannot sit down and be quiet nor am I supposed to. I will not silence the battle cry. It is time to stand up, speak up, and show up. Anything less would be disgraceful.

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

 

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Counting the Omer

 

Counting the Omer

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When counting the Omer

A days measure counts

Leading into weeks

Forty nine required amount

 

Feast of Weeks mentioned

It is the name of His Feast

What is this purpose

For what do we seek

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What is the Omer

Why so much instruction

Given specific details

Do not allow obstruction

 

The promise to write His laws

In our minds and on our hearts

By counting the Omer

When do we start

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Beginning after Passover

When The Lamb was slain

But why now barley

What is the picture of grain

 

A verbal counting

Prepare to receive the law

Think about it, in one accord

At Sinai there was a roll call

 

We should stop and consider

Their obedience and sacrifice

Just how frightening

This entire experience

Jesus on the Cross

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By counting the days

Reaching forty nine

Just one more to say

 

For Pentecost arrived

Had fully come

Started by counting

Beginning with one

 

God has a plan

Perfect and exemplary

If we shall yet obey

Study His vast treasury

 

And when The Day had fully come

Waiting as Jesus commanded

Peter, the others, and Mary were there

And not a one left empty handed

 

The Gift Of His Spirit

Has been fully poured out

In full measure we understand

The Omer count

© laurette laster April 2019

These are Pentecost clouds. They have the appearance of steam and mist that rise up and come from rolling waves. There has been so much talk about Tsunamis. I think this is a picture of an outpouring.

At Sinai, God, handed down to the children of Israel The Law of God. At Pentecost He poured out over and into His obedient ones His goodness, writing His laws in our hearts and on our minds.

This goodness is secured only by the blood and passion poured out by Jesus Christ. Today at sundown begins the last week of Pentecost. Today is day 43 of counting the Omer. It is also Jerusalem Day. On Shavuot the Torah was given and at Pentecost Holy Spirit came as the sound of a mighty rushing wind… Are you ready?

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

 

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A Tribute to Mothers

She is like a trading ship bringing divine supplies from the merchant. 

 

A Tribute to Mothers

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The crowns of our mothers

Strength and dignity hers

Not jewels and dainty gems

Nor leather, minks, and furs

 

More like grit and tenacity

Mingling with her grace

It was determination in the trial

Etching the lines on her face

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If I could trace those lines

Where would the roadmap lead

I would understand

I need to pick up speed

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It was dogged resistance

No telling what behind that smile

But she didn’t ever quit

More than once going the extra mile

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Struggles polished her inner beauty

Through it all priceless treasures secured

Oh the gold and pearls of wisdom

From the tragedies she endured

 

Those hands worked harder than any

Not the life she desired nor dreamed

With grace she continued onward

Silencing the fear and inward screams

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“You know your mama loves you”

Sweet words I miss today

For now she lives in glory

On earth she saw her end of days

 

Hard work, struggles with heartache

The crowns our mothers displayed

Become half the woman she was

Well I can only pray

 

The crowns worn by our mothers

Transcend words and definition

You must look deep within

To understand their royal position

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Those who have held us up

 

 

May not seem like dignity to others

But to those who knew them well

Their stories ebb from lessons in trials

The crowns of our Mothers, from a love they can tell

 

2019 Copyright © laurette laster

 

Happy Mother’s Day, to my mom in heaven

 

Through her struggles, trials, hardships, lessons, losses, wins, victories, and the many tragedies, I watched her life go from rags to riches. No earthly wealth that some would call riches. But peace with God through forgiveness, that brought an afterglow to her life. We had many supernatural experiences, more precious than diamonds, and more costly that gold. For this I am so grateful.

 

Due to extreme hardships her beginning was not effortless grace on a sofa of luxuries. Some would describe her as hard, or maybe callous but underneath was the heart of gold. However, I’ve yet to meet or find a more loyal, determined, tenacious, ferocious mama bear; not only to hers but others along the way. I never saw her quit.

 

I watched our mother work; (becoming her helper in later years), long hours, rebuild after life changing tragedy (more than once), work to repair damage caused by mistakes made, give back, help others, and train and equip employees, and mentor many women along her journey. But I never saw her quit.

 

She gave me the best she had; I am a better woman today for it. Because I never saw her quit.

 

I’m grateful I had a front row seat in the redemption story of the life of my mother, Donna B. She was not only my best friend on earth, but also my mentor, my encourager, my trainer, and disciplinarian when needed. After a few experiences I became a quick study, thankfully not a lot of discipline was needed.

 

Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. When I watch others with their moms today I will smile; I don’t cry like I thought I would, I just smile and wonder what the reunion in heaven will be.

My desire to make her proud is as strong today as it was when she was here on earth. Her early years of sadness were difficult, but I witnessed the great exchange, God gifting her the oil of joy for mourning, in her latter years. Because she never quit.

 

I fight and win today, in the blessings God is gracing me, knowing this is for and from her losses. I am walking in the fullness of hopes and prayers she prayed, the prayers she thought went unheard. The prayers she believed wouldn’t come true or didn’t manifest. They didn’t in her life, or her mother before her, but I know I am gleaning from these precious fruits. How could I not run the race set before me? When she didn’t quit.

 

I am the recipient of seeds sown by the strong women who have gone before me. I glean from gardens I didn’t till or weed, eat choice foods I didn’t harvest, because she paid a price to bring recovery alive in our family. For this I am grateful. And I never saw her quit.

 

She wasn’t perfect to others, but she was to me.

“Because I never saw her quit.”

She tried quitting a few times but a swift warning from someone she loved and respected jarred her into reality. And then she never quit.

 

We have a promise from Christ; to those that overcome I will give them a seat with Me.

Here and now, but for eternity to come. Because they never quit, we persevere and never quit!

 

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (Revelation 3:21 KJV)

 

“She searches out continually to possess that which is pure and righteous. She delights in the work of her hands. She gives out revelation-truth to feed others. She is like a trading ship bringing divine supplies from the merchant. Even in the night season she arises and sets food on the table for hungry ones in her house and for others.

She wraps herself in strength, might, and power in all her works. She tastes and experiences a better substance, and her shining light will not be extinguished, no matter how dark the night. She stretches out her hands to help the needy and she lays hold of the wheels of government. She is known by her extravagant generosity to the poor, for she always reaches out her hands to those in need. She is not afraid of tribulation, for all her household is covered in the dual garments of righteousness and grace. Her clothing is beautifully knit together— a purple gown of exquisite linen.

Bold power and glorious majesty are wrapped around her as she laughs with joy over the latter days. Her teachings are filled with wisdom and kindness as loving instruction pours from her lips. She watches over the ways of her household and meets every need they have.

So go ahead and give her the credit that is due, for she has become a radiant woman and all her loving works of righteousness deserve to be admired at the gateways of every city!” (Proverbs 31:13-15, 17-22, 25-27, 31 TPT)

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God Whispers

The lovers of God will be glad, rejoicing in the Lord. They will be found in His glorious wrap-around presence, singing songs of praise to God. (Psalms 64:10 TPT)

God Whispers

When I don’t know what to do

I hear You whisper, ‘be still’

In that whisper I understand Your voice

I answer, “I know You will”

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When my heart is scared

Again that sickening sense of dread

I am so grateful for Your whisper

Shhh; in You Father, my fears fall dead

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Your whisper causes me to lean

Enter into Your personal space

I am reminded You invited me here

For an intimate encounter face to face

 

Your word is Your bond

My safe tower and protective hedge

Never fear just continue on

Summons me onward to the edge

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Whisper again Father

As I ignore the wind and rain

For in Your very being

I find the peace to just refrain

 

Refrain from fear and the doubt

Remind myself You are God

And what you have began

Cannot return unto you void

 

It shall accomplish what You please

Prosper in what You have purposed

As long as I stay close to You

Reminded of what You purchased

 

So gentle like the early rains

Soft like summers breeze

When I hear Your whisper

Relax and rest just breathe

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For when the time is right

Until then just press on and prepare

For eye has not seen You whisper to me

All that I have for you there

 

Copyright © laurette laster 2019

 

 

Trying to figure things out can get us in a rut, and unwillingness to change can leave us stuck in the rut of our own making.

If our schedules get too busy we can lose our sense of balance, now in light of covid 19, we find not going about our normal lives and routines has created different issues, throwing us off balance. What is right? What is safe? Who has the answers? Who can we believe? Can we believe what we hear?

Balance is a function of the inner ear. I’m a logical person, so when something doesn’t make sense it will throw me off balance.

It’s nice and comforting when life makes sense, right? If something is off or out of balance I need clarity and resolution. For me to keep my composure and balance, I require an intelligent conversation about the subject with someone I trust. One thing I really valued working for Concord Hospitality, was that conflict resolution and valuing people was key. It was never acceptable to walk away from issues, without both sides offered (at least attempting) understanding, why and what. Asking questions was not only allowed it was expected. So when someone doesn’t know how, or will not allow discussions for clarity this throws me off balance. If motives are pure and upright and honest, what is the problem? Right?

God desires truth in our inward man or inner being. I am reminded the inner ear is where balance functions. There is fluid in the inner ear. If I understand correctly what I read, this area resembles a level and functions the same way. If the fluid gets out of balance we can have the feeling or sensation of dizziness. As I was thinking about the function of the inner ear and comparing this to truth to the inward man, I have a clear realization. It is from this place our spiritual and emotional balance, is managed, and maintained. I see a direct correlation to balance and what The Lord is saying.

 

The inner ear has two main parts. The cochlea, which is the hearing portion and the semicircular canals, is the balance portion.

How can I be sure my actions are pleasing to God ? Can I be certain? Can we know and have understanding? Does the bible give us clear directions?

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV)

 

We find ourselves facing trials and obstacles we’ve never endured before. We do not have to know the outcome to remain balanced and have peace  now. We are assured in the scripture above, that God, has reserved a place where He can communicate with us. There is a place He has access to, a place above our limited  human understanding; a place where He can and will communicate with us. This communication guards our hearts and minds, when we set aside the anxiety and talk with Him. This is covenant talk, Face to face and Holy Spirit to our spirit.

We are comforted, realizing we are in His care. During this time of uncertainty we have a God who promised to lead us and guide us. I continue to remind myself to beware of distractions and foolish arguments, while not being lulled into complacency. I’m seeking God pleasing balance concerning the issues facing us.

We are assured of this, the body of Christ must remain in prayer concerning the virus, our Nation and others, our president and the upcoming elections.

This election will make or break us America. I pray our heart is right before God. I pray Christians vote and that all votes secure a moral and God fearing future.

“for I made the decision to know nothing [that is, to forego philosophical or theological discussions regarding inconsequential things and opinions while] among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified [and the meaning of His redemptive, substitutionary death and His resurrection]. (1 Corinthians 2:2 Amp.)

 

but just as it is written [in Scripture], “things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].”

1 CORINTHIANS 2:2, 9 AMP

Those who love Him…As we hold firm, we will see the glory of God revealed.

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

 

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Think on These Things

“Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One!”
Philippians 4:4 TPT

Think on These Things

Lets take a magic carpet ride
Put this madness all behind
Where could we choose to go
Release that fear in your mind

We will travel high above
The fear and this dread
Take our seat and sit quietly
Think on these things instead

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Whatever things are true
Whatever is noble and just
Set our mind on things above
Simply said, let go and trust

Whatever things are pure and lovely
Along with those of good report
When keeping our mind on these
We are seated in God’s court
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In His presence is fullness of joy
Discover virtue and what is praiseworthy
Come let’s take our seat
Far above what is topsy-turvy

When our mind is stayed on Him
Fear has no place to enter
In prayer we fly high above
Safe in Him our thoughts can center

Let’s stop and travel back in time
When we didn’t fear or dread
Prayer will set us far above
Seated with Christ Who is The Head

Don’t take a seat and entertain
Or listen to evil reports
“What they said was impossible”
Our decisions are made in a Higher Court

We don’t need a magic carpet
We don’t look to soothe sayers
We are seated far above
Circle His throne along with Pray-ers

Then returning back to earth
Realizing we never have to fear
For it is not a magic ride we need
Simply called to pray and draw near

This carpet under my knees
Well yes, I traveled across the miles
Prayers supernaturally lifted to heaven
Oh how that makes me smile

© laurette laster April 20, 2020

On Monday April 6, 2020 while making my bed I was talking to God.

Prophetic word
On the early morning hours of Monday April 6, 2020….
Wow oh wow! Praise God!

This morning while I was making the bed, I had a word from The Lord. I heard from the Lord concerning this virus.

I was talking to The Lord; I was actually questioning my discernment, while asking God to judge my thoughts. With all the talk about the virus still spreading, many saying shelter in place until May 20th, I was talking/praying with The Lord. I said to The Lord, “Lord I’m not trying to deny the seriousness of the virus. I sure don’t want to miss You. I don’t want to be caught unaware. However Lord, I don’t sense an urgency to panic, and I do not buy into what they are saying. I don’t have a witness in my spirit that what they are saying is correct or the right action to take. Am I wrong? Lord, am I not sensing the seriousness of this? What about the vision you gave me on Tuesday morning 3/31/2020? (A humongous water spout of prayers came down from heaven hitting the USA so hard it shook loose the virus, washing it out.) I know the vision was from You. Am I missing it? Am I off?”
Almost immediately, I heard in my spirit, The Lord interjected and said, “They said it was “impossible” for Donald Trump to be elected.” The Lord interjected with ‘they said’! Wow! I fell on my knees right there beside the bed and began to laugh and say; DO IT AGAIN LORD, OH LORD, YES DO IT AGAIN.” I knew what He meant; I knew what The Lord meant. The prayers of the saints…Praise God!

If we buy into the fear, listening to and believing what ‘they say’, it hinders our ability to hear from God. The Spirit of God is truth. Truth is higher than fact.

God warns us of impending danger. He does not scare us. God does not use fear to get our attention. Wisdom and or warnings from The Lord, left unheeded, can and often do bring sudden disaster on us, causing fear. But God doesn’t blind side His people.

I have also leaned and discovered people (myself included) always know. Often using statements like, “something told me” or “I had a sick feeling” or “I knew better”. Not understanding how God speaks can leave some wondering why God didn’t warn us. He definitely does warn us. He warns, corrects, rebukes, trains, disciplines, etc. it is found in His sound doctrine the Bible.

Years ago the Lord showed me a truth that I will always remember. Fear causes our heart rate to increase, and our blood pressure to rise. Then the blood begins to pump through our body faster and faster. If I were to get bit by a venomous snake, fear would increase the speed of the venom throughout my body. If I do not panic the venom will not reach my heart.
Yes the danger is real but our God is Almighty.
If we remain calm, pray, and call on The Name of The Lord, we will survive until help arrives.

I am not suggesting we do not heed good sound advice. I am not suggesting not using precautions and continue with good hygiene (duh). I am saying God doesn’t want our country bankrupt with ungodly folks spewing what ‘they said’!

And I know God is calling His church forth.

I’m reminded of something Greg says often; don’t forget doctors are not God that is why it’s called a practice. I thank God for our medical professionals but our faith food is heaven sent.

This virus has brought out the swamp creatures. Creatures hiding in the abyss and muck, tunneled down deep in the swamp (saw this while praying during early Morning Prayer time at the church, this made me nauseous). I for one had no idea about Bill Gates and others pushing for and wanting requirements mandated for a vaccine. “WTW” Have we lost our freedoms in the United States of America? Or are we passively sitting by as they are being taken from us?
On Friday April 17th I had another word from The Lord, He said, “the Gates of hell will not prevail against My church.” We can relax. I knew The Lord was referring to Bill and Melinda Gates and this vaccine business.

Greg and I said this is like living in the twilight zone.
We know God has allowed these threats to be made known, so that Christians can vote for morality and a descent culture for our future.

We watch elected officials, hired and placed in office by our votes, elected to work for us, those who are paid by our tax dollars who over and over refuse to help the citizens.

We must pray and set our minds on things above. Wisdom from above is pure, from The Father of light.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Philippians 4:6-8 NKJV

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 be gracious to you.

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

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Along The Road To Emmaus

During the forty days after He suffered (His Passion) and died, He appeared to the apostles from time to time, and He proved to them in many ways (many infallible truths) that He was actually alive. And He talked to them about the Kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

Along The Road To Emmaus

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When He broke bread, gave thanks, and gave to them…

Along The Road to Emmaus

How our hearts did burn within
Traveling along Emmaus road
Who is the visitor among us
How had He not been told

He didn’t seem to have a clue
About the story we shared
As if He had mere questions
Along the road we compared

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All that had just happened
Was it factual and true
Continuing down Emmaus road
This Stranger in the company of two

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We told all that Jesus had done
How He did preach, and teach, and heal
Powerful in word and deed
The kingdom of God, He said is near

The tomb had been found empty
The women did go and tell
Peter, John, and the others
Saw that it was vacant as well

Then He made this statement
Oh slow to see and learn
The prophets spoke these very events
Look into the scriptures and turn

He explained to us the prophecies
About Messiahs destiny
How He must suffer many things
Then enter into His glory

Sitting down to eat
He continued on to teach
The words He spoke did penetrate
Deep into our spirits did reach

Breaking bread our eyes were opened
To all He said and knew
Who was this Stranger among us, now gone
Jesus Christ that’s who

So today while you’re walking
Just going about your day
Pay close attention to the signs
That surround you along the way

He will make you come alive
To all He said He’ll do
And your heart will burn within
As He talks and converses with you

The Cross wasn’t just for show
It IS a world changing event
LOVE’S greatest transfer, opens hearts and eyes
When to His will we relent.

Poem written by laurette laster copyright © 2018 March

 

What would it have been like to have been there? Would I have been different? Would you have been different? How would you have responded? Would I have wondered about the Stranger? Would I have attempted to catch Him up, to explain to Him what had happened? Would I have said, “are You the only who doesn’t know about what had happened?” What would you have said?

Yes, I’m sure of it. How in their excitement, amazement, wonderment, the whirlwind of emotions, they were trying to wrap their mind around all the events that had transpired. Can we for a brief moment stop and imagine and experience the raw power of this encounter. Can we see  ourselves with them? In the questions, heated debates, those who tried to explain it, the emotions flowing through their minds and even their heart, they were not sure what they thought or believed. Is it true? Did He rise? Did someone steal the body? I know what He said; we know He was a prophet, but we didn’t see Jesus…Did He really mean He would rise? Is it safe to believe what He said.
and at that moment they found themselves in the midst of a divine encounter and completely unaware.

Luke 24:13-35 NIV
On the Road to Emmaus
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem.

14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.

15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;

16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast.

18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.

20 The chief priests and our rulershanded him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;

21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.

22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning

23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.

24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!

26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”

27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther.

29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them.

30 When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.

31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.

32 They asked each other “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together

34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”

35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

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

 

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The Fight

The Fight
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Isaiah 59:16
“He saw that there was no man–He was amazed that there was no one to intercede; so His own arm brought salvation.”

THE FIGHT
You Were The Reason Why

Rolling up His sleeves
You know those are fighting terms
He had taken all He would
Once and for all the lesson would be learned

I turned away when He made a fist
I just couldn’t bear to look
Stretching out His Arm I saw
It was the nails He took

What kind of Warrior was He
I thought He would do it right
Fisticuffs you know
Isn’t that how real men fight

His arm laid bare to show
That He had made His plan
Coming as our Redeemer
Fully God and fully man

Oh the fight was won I’d say
The day He laid down His life
Have you stopped and considered
It was Jesus Who paid the price

But wait there’s more I must tell
About a borrowed tomb
The devil thought he had won
Shocked the people felt doom and gloom

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But the fight had only just begun
Because early on Sunday morn
Jesus Rose Up out of that grave
Into the gift of Salvation we have torn

The gift God delivered on Christmas
Well it is opened at the Cross
Because Jesus showed that ol devil
Proving to him Exactly Who is BOSS

That fight I couldn’t bear to watch
It was bloody and oh so brutal
He was fighting for you and me
Jesus won it all, the whole kit and caboodle

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I just thought you’d like to know
The fight has already been won
When A Real Man laid bare His Arm
Salvation came by way of crucifixion of His Son

The Cross The nails the mocking
The abject posture of quitting
It was all part of Gods perfect plan
Into His tapestry He was knitting

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His perfect plan stitch by stitch
Designed and perfectly orchestrated
Woven Into the pages Of Christianity
God’s Man won! Now God’s people are liberated

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He fought and secured at Calvary
His Resurrection Victory has no end
Because as long as you have breath
He’ll fight for you and defend

Call on His Name while He May be found
Do not let another day slip by
Because that fight that Jesus won
You, yes you were the reason why

Copyright © 2019 laurette laster all rights reserved

Isaiah 52:10 KJV
The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
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Isaiah 53:1 MSG
“Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought GOD ’s saving power would look like this?”

CEV
“Has anyone believed us or seen the mighty power of the Lord in action?”
Isaiah 53:1 CEV

NKJV
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?”
Isaiah 53:1 NKJV
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Isaiah 59:16
He saw that there was no man–He was amazed that there was no one to intercede; so His own arm brought salvation, and His own righteousness sustained Him.

“Their strength and weapons were not what won the land and gave them victory! You loved them and fought with your powerful arm and your shining glory.

But you saved us from our hateful enemies, and you put them to shame.”
(Psalms 44:3, 7 CEV)

In February 2019, during prayer, I saw in my spirit the image of a man preparing to fight. I was a little girl in the early 60’s and fist fights were still around and pretty common. Fair old fashioned fist fights; where quarrels became heated, threats were mouthed, and yep you know. Tempers flared, the shirts came off and everyone knew what was about to transpire. A crowd would gather around, cheering or jeering depending on their choice in the fight.
Shirts would be removed. Often the shirts were ripped off, thrown down to the ground as anger boiled over letting others know this was serious. When a man began rolling up the sleeves of his shirt, it was a sign also, a very distinct sign. Everyone knew the meaning of this sign. This act meant one thing, the fight was on. It was evident the disagreement had reached a point of no return; it had to be settled once and for all. There had to be a winner.
Witnessing men, and yes sometime women fight, was NOT something I enjoyed. Actually I cringed, hating to see men fist fight. It was all too common.

While walking with Isaiah and listening to him describe the Arm of The Lord, and how our Lord worked, His clothes torn off, revealing His back, brought forth, the crucifixion of the Cross, fighting, by laying down His sinless life in order to pay for our sins, that we may obtain Salvation through His fight, this vision birthed this poem.
Our God is a fighter. Our God is a warring God! He is our Defender.

Reading Isaiah 52:10 gave me the visual of a fight. This verse took me back to a time, helping me understand something I didn’t, and couldn’t understand then. Then I saw our Savior, Messiah, Jesus bare His Arm, or roll up His Sleeves, and yes the fight was on. Jesus settled the issue, once and for all.
He would not only fight for us, He secured our salvation. Oh The fight of Eternity. This was The Fight that was fought, The Fight for our eternal souls.

Yes… still The Greatest Fight of All Time!

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

 

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Soothes as it Severs

Recently the Lord quickened to me; “don’t forget about those bulbs.”

Soothes as it Severs

 

Soothes as it severs

Lances deep in love

Comforts as it cuts

Confronts without a shove

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Divides to cause unity

Pierces while it pursues

Knows my every thought

Yet never attempts to argue

 

Openly brings to light

Wrongs and wickedness

Desires only honesty

Never vague or impetuous

 

What soothes as it severs

Lancing hearts He loves

Divides and conquers

While tender like a dove

 

Cuts us to the core

Soul opened wide

Revealing thoughts and intents

Hiding deep inside

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What scans our very being

Discerns never cheating

Cauterizes as it cuts

Never leaves us bleeding

 

Maybe raw and bruised

Transformed and healed

Brought face to face with God

Honestly revealed

 

Alive and powerful

Sharp and persistent

The Word of God

Perfect and Efficient

 

© laurette laster Feb. 12 2020

 

“God’s word is alive and powerful! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts. Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth.” (Hebrews 4:12-13 CEV)

 

 

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

 

 

Sharper than a double edged sword

Piercing between thought and intent

It divides and discerns

Helping us as we learn

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Recently the Lord quickened to me; “don’t forget about those bulbs.”

I had forgotten. I had completely forgotten that last fall I dug up my elephant ear bulbs, storing them away for winter.

They will come back if left in the ground, but last year it was late June before the ground was warm enough, getting enough sun for the elephant ears to break ground.

I had never dug up the bulbs before so I had to do some studying.

The instructions said to cut them back to the ground. Dig up the bulbs. Place the bulbs in a plastic sack and store under a tarp or other covering out of the elements.

I did just as the instructions said. I placed the bulbs in a large empty pot, in the back of  my garden shed. I set a half empty bag of mulch (still in the bag) over the two plastic bags I placed the bulbs in. I said a quick prayer and left them there. Had I done it correctly? Would they live? I was concerned.

And yes I forgot about them. I guess maybe I wasn’t as concerned about them as I thought. Or better yet maybe there was a lesson waiting for now. A word for now, for  this very time, perhaps it is a lesson and a word in due season.

Early this March I was prompted by The Lord; “don’t forget about your bulbs.”. I said oh I have forgotten about them, then I made myself a note.

A couple of weeks ago on a beautiful, sunny, spring like day I went to the garden shed to retrieve the bulbs.

I didn’t have any idea what to expect. I wasn’t certain they survived. I should’ve known God had a message waiting for me, otherwise why would He have reminded me? He doesn’t talk about the dead, He is the God of the living.

Much to my amazement the bulbs not only survived, they were thriving.

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They were alive and more. These bulbs were Thriving and already growing. One already had grown a leaf as you can see in the picture. No water, no light, no love, but stored away until the time of planting. We might say, like being quarantined. Or maybe like many of us, for the next wave of warmth to wash over us, until we are removed from the harsh realities of winter and COVID19, in safe keeping until planting time. But until then I know what God has placed in me, will live, and it will bloom. I also know, that what God has placed in you, will live and it will grow!

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But will accomplish what I please.” (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)

It will not only survive, it is THRIVING now!

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And to my amazement the wandering Jew, one I had placed in the shed, with no protection is also alive. I brought them out and planted the elephant ears, and watered the Jew, and fertilized the soil, and put it in the sun. You guessed it, this Jew has taken off also. My Jew is growing and the color has returned and life is sure. Reaching for the sun…

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But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV) and it is reaching upward to the call…

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you 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

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Get our Nose Outta the News

These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 KJV)

 

Get our Nose Outta the News

Get our nose outta the news

Put the word before our eyes

Then we’ll have nothing to fear

But expose the enemy’s lies

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If you are in fear

Know you crossed the line

God equips and warns of danger

Fear cripples the mind

 

The GOOD NEWS speaks peace

Not because the world has rest

It is a covenant [HESED] promise

To us, His people we are blessed

 

Take some good news today

And share with those in fear

The Lord assures He overcomes the world

Said to us “BE OF GOOD CHEER”

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© laurette laster

 

As I was praying this poem and thought came. I was reminded of road trips when we were kids. The kids piled into the back of my aunt and uncles station wagon. On the way to our destination we would get antsy and start asking, how much further, how long till we get there, are we almost there?

We even packed sandwiches and drinks in a cooler, stopping along the way, taking a break to stretch our legs and of course get the impatient kiddos out of the car so we could run some of that energy off. I remember picnic tables on the roadside without other fanfare, just a little place to stop and refresh. Life was simpler, and much safer in those days for sure.

If we had parents who were engaged, there might be games to occupy the time and keep our minds busy. Games like I spy, the famous quiet game, or license plate bingo.

 

In the above verse, from the gospel of John, I hear our Loving Father say, “don’t worry we will be there before you know It.”  I have a great idea, how about we play I spy. Or how many cars can you name? The Father knows the time really isn’t the issue, the child’s anxious and impatient nature is the issue.

 

I can hear The Master saying, “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Don’t get anxious, I Am The Name above every name.

I know we’ll be back normal before we know it.

Since 2018, I’ve sensed The Lord, calling us back to foundational truths. Understanding what is real and valuable in His eyes. In a vision, I saw The Lord Jesus facing the North. His arms were stretched out, with His right hand holding Israel, at Jerusalem, and His left hand holding the USA, at Washington DC. Each of these cities hold historical records in the ground from these very places where our countries were dedicated to The One True God. I know God hears the cry of His covenant people.

 

This vision reminded me Isaiah 53. The chastisement of our peace is upon Him or upon His shoulders. We cannot expect to have peace apart from a relationship with our Savior. Jesus has called His body to battle and get into right alignment. I knew He was saying it is time to get back to foundational truths. Thy word is truth.

The USA was birthed, raised up and blessed, to defend and help Israel and  our Jewish brothers and sisters. Because of the blessing of Abraham through his ‘Seed’ which is Christ; Christians are grafted in to the promise of Abraham.

As Christians this is truly the most exciting, turbulent, shaking, stirring time to be alive. But we must remember we are the generation He has chosen for this time.

I leave you with this verse from the Gospel of Luke 12:28-32 The Passion Translation- O struggling one with so many doubts; I repeat it: Don’t let worry (fear) enter your life. Live above the anxious cares about your personal needs. Your heavenly Father knows every need and will take care of you. Each and every day He will supply your needs as you seek His kingdom passionately above all else. So don’t ever be afraid, dearest friends! Your loving Father joyously gives you His kingdom realm with all its promise. Amen

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