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A Gentle Reminder

The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are under attack. But do not shrink back in fear, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, they are Mighty In God. 2 Corinthians 10:4.

This sounds like 10-4, over and out. meaning the message has been received and understood.

 

Have you ever desired His Touch?

Gentle reminder that He is near

Not that you have forgotten

Yet longing for His soft touch to calm the fear

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Have you ever cried aloud

Oh God the fear has crept back

Only to be reminded

Persecution comes by attack

 

The words of James to count it all joy

With these diverse fiery trials

Yes breakthrough is very near

Ready our feet to dance for miles

 

For when we have harvested

Like a woman travailing in labor

Oh what joy and celebration

As we gather at The Master’s table

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So as the fiery trials rage

Seven times hotter are the afflictions

Keep our eyes focused on Jesus

Hold fast our godly convictions

 

For the promise is sure and true

We shall reap if we do not faint

Satan desires to wear out

The people of God His precious saints

 

We shall rest when we must

Not forget to drink in plenty of liquid

Living water from the wells of salvation

Certain to extinguish the lies and contradiction

 

I hear the sound of abundance

It is coming over the mountain

For our God is sending revival

Salvations well the flowing fountain

 

laurette laster © August 2019

Recently I have gone through some difficult times and I have had to remind myself how to fight. Not to prepare physically to fight, but fight spiritually. You know the fight we fight as Christians? We fight fiery darts with by soaking our shields of faith in water. Today I find myself wondering,  is this why we need the opposition. Is it to remind us to sharpen or swords, load our cannons, sharpen our axes, (not grind them), and make ready our weapons?

 

Last night out of my mouth came the words, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, they are mighty in God, to the pulling down of strongholds. Then I knew I had unleashed and unlocked my arsenal.

 

The old fear left when I opened the door of my arsenal. I saw and immediately grabbed every weapon I needed. This arsenal is full of swords. Which believers know is the the word of God.  My soul quieted and I had His peace.

 

So as I submitted to God, the enemy surely did flee. When he saw the arsenal and he knew it was over for him.

 

Stand still and see the salvation of God. Exodus 14:13

 

Drink plenty of liquids this heat is fierce.

 

1      “And in that day you will say:

Oh LORD, I will praise You;

Though You were angry with me,

Your anger is turned away and You comfort me,

  1. Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, For the LORD GOD is my strength and song; Yes, He has become my salvation.”
  2. Therefore with joy you will draw water From the springs of salvation.
  3. And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name [in prayer]. Make His deeds known among the peoples [of the earth]; Proclaim [to them] that His name is exalted!”
  4. Sing praises to the LORD, for He has done excellent and glorious things;
  5. Let this be known throughout the earth. Rejoice and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

 

ISAIAH 12:2-6 AMP

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. (KJV)

You will joyfully draw water from the springs of salvation, (CSB

With great joy, you people will get water from the well of victory. (CEV)

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

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

 

 

 

 

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The Sacred Place

The Sacred Place
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I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently find Me. Proverbs 8:17

The Sacred Place

I knelt down in that familiar place
I bowed my head in prayer
Folding my hands that feeling
Our sacred time alone to share

“I remember so many times”, I said
Our special sacred place
This is where it all got real
You listened and I felt completely safe

To say what needed to be said
I didn’t have to pretend
I knew we were going to meet
Your heart and mine did blend

Sometimes a word of truth
Sensing Your gentle soothing hush
The love exchanged during our encounters
I never wanted to hurry or to rush

So often I came to meet with You
Evidenced by the ridge worn in the carpet
The change not seen immediately
I realize oneness was Your goal and target

Oh those early years
You taught me how to stay
Was from my state of desperation
That You taught me to earnestly pray

How I need Your guidance
It is Your voice that I must hear
Are You sure I’m where I should be
Oh my Father show me You are near

My heart is drawn back yet again
To the place it all began
I kneel down and bow my head
I whisper I’m here again

The desperate cries and groaning
From deep within my heart
This morning I bowed down again
Hungry enough to wait is where I’ll start

I can pray from wherever
Yes I can pray at any time
But when I need an encounter
You draw me to our sacred place to remind

I’m drawn here in desperation
Back to our place sacred and familiar
I feel Your soothing hush-do not fear
Why my child are you so bewildered

I knelt down in our sacred place
I folded my hands in prayer
I need to hear Your Voice again
I’ve come to listen as You share

© laurette laster

 

“But from there you will seek The Lord your God and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29)
Jesus said love The Lord you God with all your heart, all your soul, all of your mind, and all your strength. And the second is like this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself Mark 12:30-31

Recently I was going through a dry spell. Some of the younger crowd might say, “just not feelin it.”

Nothing was wrong, but my soul had a deep hunger for more of Him and His touch. My prayers were powerful and I could feel His presence but I wanted more. I’m sure you can identify with what I am describing. Times when you want to know, and need to know that it is more than words you are praying. Like a face to face encounter with our Savior.

One morning while praying about this I was prompted to go kneel by the side of my bed and pray. This place is very sacred to me. This was my altar for many years, after purchasing my first home, following a divorce, years ago. My address has changed, my singleness has changed, along with many other things, but one thing hasn’t changed, my Savior who appeared to me during times prior in a lawn chair on a porch, and again at this place.

He is the One who brought me out. I grew to love my Savior Jesus, the One who paid my price for redemption and Holy Spirit who speaks to me about what my God desires for me. Prior to the purchase of this house I had encountered the very real Jesus, and was baptized with the baptism of His Holy Spirit and fire, while sitting in a lawn chair, on the front porch of my mother’s house. I had been seeking God with all my heart. I was living with my mom having left at His prompting.

I’m sure each of us has that time in life with our Father and Savior and His Spirit, where it got raw and it got real. That place where we decided I am going to make it or die trying. “I need You Lord” was the cry of my heart. I knew He had brought me to this place so how else could I continue forward, but by His word.

Years ago I wore a huge ridge in my carpet kneeling beside my bed. A fitting description of what it means by “pressing into the things of God.” My pressing into Him while praying caused a ridge in the carpet. I didn’t realize I was even doing this until seeing the ridge. I noticed it got bigger overtime. At first I didn’t realize where it was coming from. I didn’t give it much thought in the beginning stages  and I’m not exactly sure when I noticed and realized what caused it.

Starting over was frightening and exciting for this woman. I was starting over and this time it was with Him. Jesus and I were partners. He had manifested Himself to me and I wanted Him more than I wanted any manmade ideas or quick fixes. I would pray and believe to hear from Him. I would tell The Lord, “according to Your word, if I diligently seek You, I can hear from You. I would say, I need to hear from you and I expect to hear from YOU.”

Today looking back reminds me these times were among the hardest days and moments of my life, but the sweetest times of tender union with Him. Yes, He spoke to me. He spoke through dreams, through reading my bible, through stumbling forward, through tested preachers and teachers, and yes I have been gifted to hear His audible voice more than once.

When I couldn’t see anything happening He continued to draw me, and I kept believing and calling out. I couldn’t see what was happening but the momentum was building. Just like the pushed back carpet that created that ridge hadn’t appeared overnight, neither did the changes I was praying for. But after many heartfelt prayers through tears with snot running, through the screams, the absolute begging, and pleading and yes praising, things were changing and did change.

Is this how the truth of God appears? I believe the answer is a resounding yes. Greg and I were talking recently; how you cannot draw the exact line between the hour, or the exact minute, or day, when it is in God’s timing. God’s timing is supernatural and a mystery.

Ephesians 1:4 tells us that He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight, in love. The NLT says He chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. Weymouth says, He chose us as His own.

Greg said, “I believe it is like the colors in the rainbow.” You know they are different because you see all the colors, but to divide the colors for the human eye is impossible. We cannot find the exact line of demarcation in events He has planned; but, like the rainbow is a symbol of promise and His covenant, how much more the covenant of salvation, and His faithful love for us, His people.

There are times, seasons, and appointments with God that have eternal meaning. When we do not understand what is happening, something great is being ushered in for His people.

If you can’t see the change you need today I encourage you to seek The Lord with all your heart. When our minds, our wills, our hearts, and our spirits mesh with His we lose all pretense and we get real. When He knows we are desperate for Him, He appears. And sometimes He just appears to encourage us and let us know He is with us.

God has never denied a desperate prayer. He may change the circumstance, He may change the other person, but He may not. I promise He does change us, and we can trust His process to be better than we could think or imagine.

If you have gotten too deep, too mature, overly obligated or just so busy, I have a suggestion for you and for me. Let’s go back to where it all began and with childlike faith just spend time with Him. We will find Him when we diligently seek Him. Oh what a promise.

As I look back to the times reminisced in the poem above, it seems like it was only a couple of years ago but it all began two decades ago.

He is faithful!

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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I Slew a Giant

Go be a Giant Slayer!

Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:12-18)

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I Slew a Giant

 

I slew a Giant

First thing this morning

With eyes as big as saucers

His head was GINORMOUS

 

Catching a ride

Inside the house

Silently lurking

Quiet like a church mouse

 

Startled I was

When he looked up at me

My initial reaction; shock

Oh how can this be

 

I slew a giant

My early morning task

Before first cup of coffee

I grabbed a weapon before you ask

 

Saying very loudly

Well HOW DARE YOU!

Yes this hideous giant

Now in my eyes view

 

Taking a fighting stance

He was as shocked as I but one must die

He was hiding on the feeder

Waiting on victims to drop by

 

Waiting in close range

Hoping to slay

My innocent tiny birds

Oh no you don’t, not today

 

But I slew a giant

Yes I took off his head

Now my little hummers

Have nothing to dread

 

What if we said

To the enemy of our soul

WELL HOW DARE YOU

I’d like to let you to KNOW

 

I have weapons in my arsenal

A sword and shield

The truth and shoes

Belt with instructions a faithful guild

 

Coming together in the unity of the faith

In the Name of Jesus our Lord

We can slay our giants

With a double edged sword!

 

Copyright © laurette laster August 2019

 

This morning, as part of my usual routine, I started my coffee and then went out to scatter bird seed for my soon coming visitors.

When coming in the house, I grabbed one of my hummingbird feeders to give them fresh sugar water.

 

While washing the feeder something grabbed my attention. I caught a glimpse of this giant in my sink, just as he was turning and looking at me I saw him also. We locked eyes. I was startled, but what I did next really spoke to me.

It all happened so quickly. Looking back was the afterthought that sparked the poem. Using eleven stanzas I describe what happened in a mere two or three seconds.

As we locked eyes I said loudly, How Dare You! How Dare You! I then grabbed a plastic glass and began to crush him.

 

A praying mantises head is shaped like a sledge hammer or a mallet, and yes his eyes were as big as saucers. (Remember I was the eye witness of the entire encounter).

Well at least before I was wide awake that how it seemed.

What startled me was my reaction. I very loudly said, “How dare you, How Dare You.” I was immediately outraged that he was after my hummers and now in my sink.

I now believe grabbing the feeder and bringing it inside to clean it, at the time I did, was divine timing. God knew the danger lurking about to the hummers. I believe I brought the feeder in and captured a predator, killing him and protecting my birds.

In my spirit I started hearing, “I slew a giant”. Did I slay a giant? Am I a giant slayer?

What is a giant? What determines the definition of a giant? Is it determined by size? Is it determined by a unanimous vote and agreement? Is it determined by venom or toxins?

Is it determined by color, mixture, or location, or breed?

A giant is whatever has the ability to capture, conquer, and destroy or kill our self or those we are responsible to, and responsible for.

 

I was not afraid that the mantis would kill me. He is not my giant, but he is a giant and a very real predator to my hummingbirds.

 

Mantis closest relatives are cockroaches and the termite.

 

How fitting, cockroaches often are attracted to filth but can live by eating the glue from cardboard boxes.

We all know termites eat wood, destroying structures, thus weakening our support system and covering. Termites come from underneath, the places we can’t see in to. But we have wisdom and the counsel of others (guild) to help us prepare and give us instructions on how to protect our dwellings. We have our bibles and the incorruptible seed of God, as believers.

 

Isn’t this interesting? I found this quite didactic. What a lesson this morning, I just had to share it with you my fellow giant slayers.

Pay attention to what The Lord is speaking to you. He speaks to each of us using very practical situations.

 

Go slay your giants and someone else’s also. As leaders and shepherds we are responsible for those God has put in our care.

For we know the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty in God pulling down strongholds.

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  (2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV)

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV)

 

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

 

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

 

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2020/5780 and Faithful Over The Few Things

Recently I heard Dutch Sheets sharing his vision of the skeleton key. In a vision, Dutch Sheets was given a skeleton key and then a keyhole appeared, and the Spirit told him it was for the unlocking of the ancient. I immediately thought about the 7 feasts of The Lord.

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An eye chart is written very similar to the picture above. Eye charts measure and diagnose normal sight. Do you see what this says?

Today I noticed something while I was reading about the Hebrew year of 5780 that is fast upon us. This Jewish New Year will begin with Rosh Hashanah or Feast of Trumpets on the evening of September 29th.  When my eyes fell on 2020/5780 my mind immediately calculated the addition of 5+7+8+0 before I knew what happened I saw

5+7=12

12+8=20

5 we know is the number for grace, 7 the number for God’s perfection, 12 the number of government, and 8 being the number of new beginnings. (Yes I love numbers and believe they speak. As Troy Brewer says they preach).

So we still have the Hebrew Calendar and the Gregorian calendar aligning. And we have 20/20/20. Both calendars are turning over and ushering in a new decade

Earth and the body of believers are about to collide with heavens agenda.  And this sounds like alignment for assignments to me.

The whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of God!

In September 2016 The Lord gave me a word. Early on a Saturday morning, my husband and I were driving down the interstate. The moon and sun were directly aligned in the heavens above. It was as if they were staring at each other face to face. The full moon in the sky to the West, and the Sun rising in the East were facing each other. I felt a quickening from The Lord, as  I was looking at this sight. I heard The Spirit of the Lord say: “Alignment for your assignment.” It is time to come into alignment with the theme of God.

Then this morning while reading a prophetic word for 2020/5780 I had the knowledge of the 20/20/20.

But today I see even deeper into this image and I feel prompted to share. I am so excited and I pray you will be also.

The sun facing the moon and the two being face to face has a more profound meaning to me this morning.

On that morning in September 2016, I had a sense that I was present and being shown something. It was if I was being wooed, and was supposed to discern a deeper truth and an encounter. I definitely had one and heard the Spirit of the Lord speak to me.

During the month of Elul, our rich Hebrew culture has a saying and believes the King is in the Field. It is the time when The King, Jesus is walking among His people and checking on them. It is also a time to be face to face with Him and make our petitions known.

Remember Bob Rogers and his dream? His dad said remember Bob, August is the month of answered prayers. We know prayers are answered all the time but is there something supernatural about the Fall Feasts? I certainly believe there is.

The month of Elul is the beginning of the forty days of Teshuvah, and those who know me know this is my favorite time of the year.

The acronym of this holy season is from Song of Songs 6:3, I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine. This is another face to face encounter.

As I thought about this again this morning; about the sun facing the moon these scriptures came to me.

Psalm 19:4-6 their line is gone out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices as a strong man to run a race. Its going forth is from the end of the heaven, and its circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

Psalm 104:19 CEV You created the moon to tell us the seasons. The sun knows when to set,

1 Corinthians 15:41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:

Psalm 8:3 KJV When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;

 

I delivered this word above, even having it inscribed on book markers given to those in attendance, while teaching at a women’s conference at our church in October 2016.

Alignment for assignment is still being preached and prophetically established. 20/20/20

I recently wrote in a blog that 20/20 is a vision diagnostic term for having average or normal sight. So what about 20/20/20? Well 60 is a very supernatural bible number. The number 60 is the product of three consecutive digits

The number 60 is the value of the Fifteenth Letter in the Hebrew Alphabet, Samek, which literally denotes to uphold, help, or support. Samek is the central and most active letter in the word yesod (foundation). yesod is # 3247 in Strong’s Concordance meaning base or foundation.

Ezra 6:3 which happens to be the Fifteenth book in the bible says; In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: “Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits.

(This is significant because the number 120 is the value of the name of the Fifteenth Letter as well as the world amud (pillar). information shared from © biblewheel.com check them out)

If you are faithful over the little God will make you rulers over much

Matthew 25:23 come and share in your Master’s happiness

Faithful Over The Few Things

I don’t want to struggle for a little venue
The Lord wants me to serve the world
Why do we fight to stay on a small stage
When it is destinies He longs to unfurl

The little mindedness and traps
Holds and bars on every window
Why oh why do we limit His power
Living with what if’s, unfounded innuendoes

Oh to be bold and reach out
Take hold with all our heart
Exactly what there is for us
Discovery of our faithful part

No matter the struggle
In spite of the pain
In the end all that counts
Is we will not be ashamed

I pray we never hold back
For fear of petty rejection
Because simply my dear
How unlimited is God’s correction
He told Abraham to count the stars
Joshua and Caleb to spy out the land
David was just delivering lunch
Goliath dead stone and a sling in his hand

What exactly is He revealing to us
To point out the small mindedness in our head
God said to Moses what is in your hand
Prophet sent to the widow asking for bread

Naomi well she became bitter
Elizabeth felt she had to hide
Hannah they thought was drunk
But in the end to all God did oblige

Ruth, we know she was a follower
Esther you know became queen
Rahab, remember the harlot
Yeah those are God’s team

What is in our homes
What is in our hearts
You may think it insignificant
But remember The Big is His part

© laurette laster June 14th 2019

Wow are we actually seeing into the things and the theme of God?  The supernatural is coming and is already upon us.

Open our eyes Father, that we may behold Your supernatural call.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you Shalom.

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

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Morning Reminder in Mid July

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and [then] cometh the harvest? behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (John 4:35 KJV)

Morning Reminder in Mid July

Sixty one degrees
On this Texas July morn
Is this a harvest reminder
Vast difference from the norm

I find myself wondering
Is this a mid point quickening
Ready our equipment for harvest
New desires now flickering

What a joyous reminder
Autumn air cool and dry
Fruit harvest is coming soon
Morning reminder in mid July

© laurette laster 2019

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Wednesday morning, July 24th, was an unseasonably cool 61 degrees in my hometown in North Texas. What a stark contrast from the 97-99 degree days of the previous several weeks. We have had an amazing spring this year, with lots of rain, so much rain that had caused the flowers and trees to bloom and produce like crazy. However, the last few weeks have been very dry, very hot and scorching. We’ve had to turn our sprinklers on just to keep the grass from scorching.

Whoever gathers in the summer is a wise son, and he who sleeps in harvest is a son that brings shame. (Proverbs 10:5 ISV)

On July 1st, In the early morning hours, my husband Greg began to pray, he said to the Lord, “Lord it is July 1st.”  In his spirit he heard the Lord answer, “It is the midpoint of the year.”

This standing alone would be amazing to me, however, the day before Greg was quickened by the Spirit of the Lord, “Look at where you are working.” Greg was working at Midcourt, and Midway road, road in Carrollton Texas. He called and shared this with me on June 30th. Greg was explaining to me, he said, “I don’t understand exactly what it means but I feel a strong unction this is prophetic. Then early the next morning on July 1, The Lord reminds Greg it is the midpoint or the middle of the year.

Is there a message involved in these events and happenings? What does it mean and what is the message our Lord is sharing with us?

Early Wednesday morning, as I stepped outside to feed the birds, I stepped into an unseasonably cool morning. What a refreshing feeling. The atmosphere has a ‘fall’ feel to it. It is has been so much cooler, and with the lower humidity, well it has felt awesome.

Fall is our favorite time of the year. Greg and I even married in the fall, so it is extra special to me. I also believe it has a profound and deep meaning with the timing of The Lord, and the fall feasts of Leviticus chapter 23. Understanding the cycles of time and the importance of cycles is what makes a good farmer just that, a good farmer. Timing is crucial.

With all this being said I was praying and telling the Lord it feels like fall. I then was quickened in my spirit that fall is harvest season. I know this yet, is this reminder to stay ready?

Recently I shared a poem the Lord had given me in April, along with a short blog. In April I had  a vision, I saw Holy Spirit handing out shovels. He was handing these to believers and workers as we were going into the field. He was saying it was time to work and dig deep to bring in a good harvest.

A brother blogger shared how his father and grandfather were farmers. He explained you do not rest if you are a farmer. There is so much work to do even after the fields are plowed and planted and the harvest is coming up. As the harvest is growing and ripening a good farmer has made sure his entire fleet of farm equipment is field ready.

What if the harvest was ripe and our equipment was not ready and operational? What if our tractor batteries were dead? Or perhaps the combine, the trucks and trailers had flats and the tires were old and dry, or worse yet what if we hadn’t secured and hired the needed helpers. Without help we cannot bring in a harvest: the harvest would be left to die in the field, or die on the vine.

I believe this cool weather is a quickening and a reminder, a reminder that we do not want to be caught behind and that we are to stay ready and to stay excited.

And the feast of harvest, the first fruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of the ingathering, [which is] in the end of the year, when thou has gathered in thy labours out of the field. Exodus 23:16

Fall is the time of Teshuvah, or the season of our repentance. It is also called the forty days of repentance. It is my favorite time of the year and now I know why. I love this time of the year and after discovering this truth, many things made sense to me. I used to feel lonely at the onset of fall. I would experience a deep sadness like something was wrong but I didn’t know what.

In 2009 The Lord spoke to me concerning repentance and Rosh Hashanah or the feast of Trumpets, the blowing of the shofar. Did you know that the cornucopia is a replica of the shofar? I’m sure some of you remember seeing cornucopias with apples, corn, squash, grapes, and various fruits, overflowing from them, right? The fall feasts was introduced and imitated and later became known as Thanksgiving in the United States of America.

I was studying and preparing to teach on the subject of Rosh Hashanah at our Monday Night bible study. I had gone outside to mow before showering and getting ready. I didn’t feel like I was prepared to do the teaching and give the subject justice. I was hurried and praying, no I was actually begging. By mistake, I had mowed over some leaves and now was raking them up, which I didn’t have time for when I said, “oh Lord I need your help, help me hurry so I can study more.” It was at that exact time I heard the audible voice of God. He said to me, “Laurette, The tree is in Rosh Hashanah.” I got it! The scriptures, the teaching, the mystery would continue to be unfolded to me, and continues even to this day.

Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the ten days of Awe, preceding the Day of Atonement. These are high holy days in the feasts of The Lord.

This is the time that The Spirit of The Lord is drawing us into a deeper relationship with Him. He is wooing us into sanctification and a time of being set apart. For a tree, the tree is preparing for root season. A tree cannot grow taller if it does not grow deeper. And for the believer, well we cannot go higher if we do not go deeper.

The tree will cut off the leaves and no longer supply nutrients but will draw the nutrients from the leaves and store these nutrients in their roots. This is done to nourish the tree during the long winter months.

Teshuvah, a season and an appointed time, God’s meeting time with His people, His beloved. I encourage you to check it out. No matter if you need to be saved, have only been saved a short time or have been saved for a very long time, this is still a crucial time.

After making Jesus the Lord of my life and not just my savior, I no longer feel the deep sadness or the sense that something is wrong in the fall. I still feel deep calling unto deep, but I am excited now and I want you to be also. God is lonely for His people, He is a jealous God. He wants a special time apart with His beloved.

Psalm 42:2, 7 my soul thirsts for God, the living God. Where can I go and meet with Him? The Aramaic translation says, I am thirsty for You God.

Deep unto deep is calling at the noise of Thy water-spouts, all Thy breakers and thy billows passed over me. (Psalm 42:7 YLT)

Just like a married couple remains married, it is so important and crucial to the union to steal away for a time of refreshing at their anniversary.

So we prepare and spend time washing off the dirt of the field and the work from this past year? Time spent in the quietness with The Lord is needful. It is how we prepare and ready our field equipment.

And guess what I’ve blown it a few times or more this year, so I look forward to putting off the dead works of this past year, while allowing God to show me any dead works and reveal to me where I need to repent, change my mind. I am quick to repent but sometimes we don’t even realize we missed it until after time alone spent with God. It is all so exciting to me. I pray it becomes exciting to you also.

Times of refreshing are promised after a time spent in repentance. Acts 3:18

The refreshing is like a cool shower after long, hard, hot days of sowing and weeding in the fields. It is newness, a refreshing, a cleansing and showering off of all the dirt.

Some of you may not agree and I say to you, ask God and then research this subject.

Bob Roger’s a pastor from Louisville, KY and a friend of Perry Stone’s once told Perry how after his father passed away, Bob saw him in a dream. He was giving his son wisdom about the ministry, turning to leave he looked back saying, Bob, remember August is the month for answered prayer.” I’m not sure Bob even knew about Teshuvah at that time.

So as we fast approach August, and harvest season I think we need to check our harvest equipment and be sure all is field ready. We don’t want to miss out on what The Lord is doing.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious. 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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My Heavenly Shovel

One word from God says so much: Didactic Wow God, just wow!

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.  (Hosea 10:12 KJV) It is time to seek The LORD until He comes and teaches you righteousness(Jubilee Bible) (YLT) Till for yourselves tillage of knowledge, To seek Jehovah, Till He come and shew righteousness to you.

My Heavenly Shovel

The Lord is handing out shovels
I was struggling to understand
I thought what on earth is this for
As He placed it right into my hands
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The truth is I’ve been out of sorts
Restless becoming easily distracted
It is I supposed just Spring Fever
I kept hearing the word didactic

You’ve given me a shovel
Exactly what are You teaching today
You want me to what
Keep digging is all He did say

Dig much deeper, He said
Put your face toward the ground
With head bowed down smell the earth
Listening for abundance sounds

Getting the ground prepared
Sometimes hard and very tedious
But I heard Him say, “if they only knew”
I recognize that voice, it is JESUS

Know what My Lord, oh tell us now
The purpose for those shovels
He said for now dig much deeper
This is not the time for rebuttals

When things look bleak never despair
Wearing out My saints, the devils age old tactic
But you My dear ones, know better
Digging deep brings forth the galactic

New growth will multiply and spring forth
Planting and sowing takes time and patience
For just at the precise time My friends
You’ll see and witness precisely how gracious

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Mr. Laster’s fig tree

 

 
So take your shovel in hand
Digging deep while exclaiming restore
Because when this harvest comes forth
It is going to better than ever before

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Paper shell pecan tree planted in January 2015

 

 

Yes we are commanded to believe
For a harvest better than ever before
Because I just heard The Lord
He said, “from shore to shore”

© laurette laster   2019

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The Lord gave me this poem in April. I saw during prayer, Holy Spirit handing out shovels. God’s people were lined up to go into the fields, I was in line with the others. I was excited to witness this vision. I knew it meant the fields needed cleared to be able to receive and grow seed. I also knew it meant there was work that needed to be done. Those of us who garden or have dug up roots know  it can be tedious and back breaking work. But if we want to stop the growth we must dig it up by the root. Weeding and removing stones is crucial for good flower or vegetable gardens.

When thinking about this vision and poem, I think about the parable of the Sower. The Sower is sowing the word on all ground. The condition of the ground allows or disallows growth. The question is never about the ability of the seed to grow. We know the seed is the incorruptible word of God, Jesus Christ. This story is however about the ability of the ground to receive, protect, nurture, and then produce a harvest from the seed.

Working the ground and digging out stones or boulders (hard places), weeds, cares of the world which represent worry, anxiety and the things of no kingdom value take up precious space. All the while drinking up the moisture, thus choking out the good seed. Then that wayward ground, common places everyone has walked over.

I wasn’t certain about the definition of didactic. Have you ever thought to yourself, do I really know the true meaning of a word?

Many years ago when studying for tests or doing reading assignments, I would come across a word I didn’t know the definition of. I would ask my mother to tell me the definition of the word. She would always, and I mean “always” reply, “go get the dictionary and look it up.”  As a teenager, I would get so frustrated, because she knew the definition. “Just tell me mom”, I would say.  She would say, “If you look it up you will always remember the definition.” I would go and get the dictionary to look up the definition of the word, many times sighing or giving a huge ‘ugh’ in response. She would smile and ask me “what does it say?” Then I would read it to her. She would say, “Now you will always know the meaning of that word.” Today I immediately go to the dictionary and look up a word if I have any doubts. I do have very fond memories of my mom and her insistence that I look up the definition.

So I thought I would look into the definition of the word didactic, only to discover the definition means intended to teach.

Merriam dictionary definition: intended to teach, intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment, didactic poetry, making moral observations.

This word is borrowed from the New Latin didacticus, borrowed from Greek didaktikos, apt at teaching. The depth of this word means to learn and become knowledgeable or skillful, it means instructive, educational, informative, academic, wow. Marvelous power, dasrah accomplishing wonderful deeds, Going back even further to Greek denea, “plans, intentions.” Synonyms- homiletic, moralistic, preachy, sermonic. Well now you know. Sounds like a Holy Spirit revival to me, if we can learn a few things and if we are willing to work.

When He gives me a word that isn’t in my daily vocabulary He blows my mind. One word from God, says so much. I am always amazed when I go look the word up, and I think wow God, just wow. I wonder if He and my mom are in cahoots knowing I’ll go look the word up.

And Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?

In the Message translation bible, the subtitle is A Harvest Story. The disciples came to Jesus, and asked, “Why do You tell stories?”  So stories are parables and sermons that teach us, so that we may become skilled and knowledgeable in the word of God.

When He was alone, the Twelve and the others around Him asked Him about the parables. He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. (Mark 4:11 NIV)

We understand that everything in the kingdom aside from miracle working power is accomplished through seedtime and harvest. The ground must be cultivated and fertile. All the hard places must be broken up in order for God’s word to take root and grow.

When the Lord calls us to pray and intercede we become His hired hands. We pray for our Nation, our cities, our government, our children and families and the lost, then we are co laborers in the harvest field. We are working for and with our Lord. We are going to see an incredible harvest and witness the eternal results when we get to heaven. Now you know why we have been laboring so. We are working the fields. It isn’t for sissies or for the lazy. I’m so glad I was in line to get my Heavenly shovel. Did you get yours?

Drip down, O heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness. Let the earth open up that salvation may sprout and righteousness spring up with it; I The LORD have created it. (Isaiah 45:8 BSB)
(The photo’s above are from a paper shell tree that I planted in January 2015 and a fig tree I planted this spring. I remember how perfect the ground was for digging and planting in winter of 2015. I ordered these tree’s in the late summer for delivery at recommended time. The instructions said, your trees will be shipped bare root and need to be planted within 24-36 hours after arrival. Some well meaning folks said I don’t think you will be able to hand dig the hole deep enough to plant the tree. I thought Lord help me because I need to get this tree in the ground. The earth was soft and perfect for digging and planting. We had a very wet fall and early winter and the ground was amazing.  I told my husband, now I know now how farmers feel. I explained to him,  I could smell the heartiness of the earth. It was so memorable I can smell it even now. It had a very distinct fragrance about it. I would describe it as rich, clean and moist soil and I could smell the goodness in it.  Now four years later, we are seeing the  first fruit from our pecan trees. The fig tree was planted this past spring and almost immediately began to bear fruit. Some take longer than others. Nevertheless I can’t wait to taste this precious fruit this fall, just in time for the Fall feast and harvest. The ground that I planted these trees in is an old garden spot and yes it is good ground.)

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. Amen

Until next time, thanks for listening with me. Laurette

 

 

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She is America

I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected. (Habakkuk 2:1)
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. (Proverbs 14:34)
Blessed is the nation whose God is The Lord, the people He choose for His inheritance. (Psalm 33:12)

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She is America

She is older now more stately

Lived through a thing or two

More than once she was mishandled

Her dignity is kind of skewed

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The party was surely amazing

Fireworks for several days

What a perfect tribute

The festivities and display

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Another birthday behind her

She maintains her youthful look

More beautiful than ever

Kept her shape in spite of abuse she took

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Consider how she feels

Continuing forward in her endeavor

Brought forth with a desired purpose

God’s plans she knows endure forever

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Her call, her role, her image

Over time dimmed and marred

I believe she will have her comeback

Her purpose we will not discard

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She is America The Beautiful

Under spacious skies she dwells

Arduous yet defined

Groaning I shall not render my soil to hell

 

The vision I came forth in

It is not time to thwart my purpose

I am One Nation under God

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The Judge will see and hear

The Lord Almighty is my defender

So you others take a seat

Listen to the verdict He renders

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“Patriots did not fight for her

To bring in foreign gods

She is not being treated fairly

What is this lack of regard”

 

She cries, Give me liberty or give me death

I heard one statesman say (Patrick Henry)

The words that have been planted

Into my grounds for this day

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I shall be what God has ordained

I shall house His mighty voice

Proclaiming His gospel to the world

You realize you have a choice

 

The gospel of Jesus Christ must be preached

Across my airwaves to distant shores

I am The Unites States Of America

This is my fight and final war

 

© laurette laster 2019 Independence Day

 

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Definition of habeas corpus. 1 : any of several common-law writs issued to bring a party before a court or judge especially : habeas corpus ad subjiciendum. 2 : the right of a citizen to obtain a writ of habeas corpusas a protection against illegal imprisonment.

 

This year something was very different. I cannot define the feeling but it was different. During Independence Day and the fireworks I had a stirring inside that I haven’t experienced before. I’ve witnessed several Independence Days in my life, and I have seen a lot of fireworks, but something seemed different this year. There is a deep calling, a drawing to realize the times, and the responsibility our nation has.

During one of fireworks show I had the overwhelming feeling and sensation that I was witnessing along with heaven, our America the beautiful, our great Nation’s birthday. I saw as it were, that I was a member at her birthday party and she was being celebrated and honored. I’ve never felt like that before. I have been patriotic all of my life. I now believe it is a calling and a developing of a prophetic office, The Lord has positioned me for, and set  me in, and not just because I am from the traditional era and generation.  Greg laughs and shakes his head when I don my red white and blue, my stars and stripes wardrobe, shirts, earrings, glasses, but just for me, he will wear his patriotic shirts also.

We are about to see some great changes in our Nation. The absolute disgrace that is heaped on the United States of America is at a level never witnessed before . It is not only disgrace it is pure evil. Ungodly, immoral evil that has come out like cock roaches after dark in our country. We are witnessing bizarre extremes; I sometime have to shake myself to be sure this is reality and not a night mare. There is a war raging, but do we see exactly who we are warring against, and what they are after?

Some well meaning Christians believe the church doesn’t have a role in politics. This is pure ignorance to me.  I can somewhat see where and why they would believe this, if we buy the lie of remaining passive, turning the other cheek, over and over, staying to ourselves in holy huddles, but then how do we define the, “occupy until I come” parable. Many tell this parable as a lazy evil steward parable, and it is showing know willingness to work out our faith and invest in the kingdom, but the parable and the talents are business terms. Jesus is saying, I’m leaving it with y’all, keep the business going and profiting until I return. He isn’t coming back for a beat down bride. The church shouldn’t be suffering from battered wife syndrome. We should be blooming for the glory of God and telling of the wonderful things He is doing for us. Jesus wasn’t passive and He wasn’t weak or cowardly. He looked death right in the eye and said for this reason I was born and came.

God fearing patriots should hold office, at all levels, and this would eliminate many of our problems. I believe this would be one way of occupying until He comes. Jesus also said when I come will I find faith? Why would we need faith if we weren’t going to be using it to advance the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God cannot grow under a socialist stronghold.

With patriots in office we wouldn’t have a perfect government but a moral government. And today a moral government would be a breath of fresh air. By patriots I am referring to men and women who hold to moral and ethical standards, have a love for the One True God, the triune Godhead of God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit, a love for our country, and a love for mankind. These should be prerequisites for serving  in and receiving paychecks for the congress and other governmental offices. Then we wouldn’t need to stampede the polls like our lives depended on it. I believe Jesus is calling His church, His bride to stampede and rush to the polls in 2020.

Unfortunately greed has taken over and too many politicians are corrupt. Many are more concerned with their deep pockets and getting rich at the expense of decency.  Thy will trade our country, our decency,  our safety and any last hope of morality for the almighty buck.

2020 is a visionary term and seeing diagnosis. If someone doesn’t see well, an optometrist will begin to correct their vision with lenses. The ultimate goal is to have 20/20 vision. 20/20 is not perfect vision it is the standard by which we gauge. We are not striving to say anyone is perfect,  in order to see images and objects clearly in sharp view we adjust for 20/20. Not perfect but sharp and clear. It is the ability to discern.

I am excited to see so many people waking up to the corruption and the despicable conditions of our country. I am so grateful for President Trump who isn’t perfect, but has a sharp eye and could see and discern clearly we were headed to abominations, pun intended. As we watch more and more come to view I believe we are seeing the evil come into clear focus. I wonder if President Trump even knew how vile the swamp was?

 

I feel a shift and we are headed in the right direction. It was as if heaven was watching the party from above and I was seeing it from below.

We have a president who is a patriot. He has stepped up to the responsibility of leading our Nation. Our Nation stands with Israel. It is blatantly obvious that President Trump is backed by God Himself. This is evident. We must know it is our time to act, and act quickly.

We have been given marching orders to march as a mighty army, as the army of the Lord, His bride, His church, His troops, stampeding to the polls for President Trump in 20/20.

“I hear the Spirit of The Lord saying, fight for her dignity. Rush to her side. I have called this Nation and this land to be a herald for My gospel. Fight like all of heaven is backing you, because as I taught My disciples to pray, as it is in heaven  so shall it be on earth”

When the woman caught in adultery was thrown on the ground at Jesus feet He restored her and told her, neither do I condemn you go and sin no more. As we have been caught in adultery with the things of the world, America has been thrown down in many ways like this woman. The Lord spoke to me in January 2016 saying,  “I AM The God of your borders. Then in a dream shortly thereafter, twice I heard His voice say, “I dwell in the USA.”  America may look thrown down but it is a set up for her comeback.

We have a responsibility and a commission, just like the disciples and the prophets of old, ours is in the heavenly.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)

Then The Lord replied: “Write the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. “Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” The enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright-but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness- (Habakkuk 2:3-4 NIV)

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Shalom. Amen

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