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Have You Any Evidence

Have You Evidence of His Great Exchange

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I have a question I want to ask

May we be upfront and personal

If I could I’d like to know

Have you felt His Hand so merciful

 

 

Can you say you’re being changed

Has your heart been thoroughly purged

Do you understand what I mean

If I say completely submerged

 

(Oh Victory in Jesus, my Savior forever, He bought me and sought me with His redeeming blood. He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him, He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood)

 

I have a question I must ask

Is your heart being made new

Have you had a life changing encounter

Do you feel like a brand new you

 

Not another day with different clothes

I am talking now about a burning deep within

Where you sing that old time favorite

I was glad when they said to me come in

 

(Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling oh sinner come home.)

 

I was glad when they said unto me

Let us go into The House of The Lord

You know that old time chorus

Into His house with one accord

 

I must ask are we being changed

Or have we forgotten about His mercy

Have we lost our hunger and zeal

So full of the world no longer thirsty

 

(Living water flowing through, God we thirst for more of You, fill our hearts with one desire)

 

I have a question burning in me

I must asked are we being changed

Because if we are simply playing church

This is Blasphemy, taking Jesus name in vain

 

(Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow)

 

I have a question I want to ask

Can we say we have really been changed

Have you given this any thought

I must ask, have you evidence of His Great Exchange

 

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In light of so much controversy surrounding sin, yes sin and “The Church” or a group of some people who hang out and say this is church, I cannot but help feel somewhat ashamed.

Have we any evidence?

Where is the burning desire to be purified from the life of sin? Where is the hunger and the thirst, for Living Water? Have we shown or shared the evidence we have? Or have we like many others decided we don’t want to make sinners uncomfortable, thereby just pacifying them with lukewarm words?

The church is not supposed to be a comfortable lounge atmosphere as we watch the deceived being lured in by Satan while on their way to hell. The church isn’t a coffee break while awaiting a verdict. The ekklesia, the body of true believers, have been called out, and given a ministry and a job to do. As blood bought believers, we are given the ministry of reconciliation. We have been reconciled to God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, and we are called and have a calling. We are called and co-missioned, joint heirs with Christ, commissioned into the work of Jesus Christ, to snatch others out of the fire, hold back those who are going to the slaughter. It is true this isn’t palatable today, but hey, who are we living for? Better yet how did we become alive? Not by buying the lie that sin is ok.

Thank God for Altar calls.

I knew what I was doing wrong. I knew I needed help. I wanted to get into church and get The Spirit of God in me, and come out of sin. Thank God for alter calls that said if you need to be right with God you need to come to the front. Thank God for someone saying, may I pray for you. Thank God for the reading of the word that gave me hope with conviction. Thank God for those willing to confront my wrong behavior and correct my sin. Thank God for the day when it wasn’t, everyone just repeat after me and say this prayer and never making it official.

I pray for Holy Ghost power in the pulpit. I am calling for the revival of our souls. A revival that will get us up out of our pews and that brings and calls others along with us to the altar. Getting us up and going to the altar, why, because we refuse a lukewarm watered down feel good gospel.

We need help, we need hope, and we need The Power of Salvation through the work of Jesus Christ and the baptism of fire to fill our Churches. And that my friends is ekkelsia

The word for Church is ekklesia a noun, Greek word # 1577 in Strong’s Concordance,  ekklesia or Ecclesia and has the meaning of the ones called out. The definition is, an assembly, a (religious) congregation, The Church or the whole body of believers. Who do we believe in? Jesus Christ. What do we believe about Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross? That He died for our sins and we can receive the gift of salvation by believing in His death, burial and resurrection.

If others can come into the house of God and be comfortable with sin or engage in sin while in the house, we have something other than the Power of God in our midst.
We have become powerless and are disconnected from God.

As a believer in Jesus Christ we are the temple of The Holy Spirit and we house the Spirit of The Living God within us.

Have You Any Evidence?

How can we be like others? How can we blend in? The answer is simple; we cannot! It is impossible to look like the world and be a Christian.

Anybody can say they believe or call themselves believers, without understanding that in order to believe in Jesus Christ, there must have been a work of repentance. In order to believe in Jesus Christ we must have a change of mind, a metanoia, and then we desire to cast off dead works and sin, and to repent of our sins. It is impossible to believe without repentance.

So my friends Have We Any Evidence?

In order to call your gathering a church, it is widely accepted that you are attending a body of believers; people who believe in the work of Jesus Christ. As believers, we are evidenced by change, and known as those who are denouncing sin, not engaging in sin but are called out of sin. Jesus has quickened us and made us alive to Him.

You He hath quickened, You were once dead because of your failures and sins, stupidity, trespasses, offenses, disobedience, in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of the world and of the rule of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the people of disobedience.

So do you go to church? Do you know what church is? If you love your sin and plan on staying in sin, you are dead in your sins and trespasses. You are without hope if you deny the gift of God’s great mercy through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who died that you and I can be pardoned. Jesus didn’t come for the righteous but for me and you, the sinners who were without hope. But Jesus didn’t die that agonizing death so that we could be pardoned to live in sin, He ransomed us out of sin. No one in their right mind would want to lie in filth and feces.

If this is you, your heart has been hardened and you need to ask God to bring you to repentance. If you have been taught to justify your sin, you need to ask for God to give you a new heart of truth. If you are confused and have bought the lie, then repent and go to a Church where you can learn truth.

A true believer is one who is called out, to come out of the lifestyle of sin and serve The Living God. None of us will ever be perfect, but we do not love our sin or desire to remain in our sinful disbelief. We have received the work of Jesus Christ being made our sacrifice and do not again want to trample underfoot the blood of Christ.

And we as true believers have a calling to help reconcile you to the Cross of Christ and to come out of your sin.

If this sounds like hate to you, you have bought the lie. A loving Father hates what is destroying His children. The purest form of love is discipline, not punishment but discipline.

What agreement can exist between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they will be My people.” Come out from among them and be ye separate and I will receive you unto Myself, and I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, say the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:16-18

Amen, will you be the Church?

Have You Any Evidence?

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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A Heart on Loan

from The My Forever Valentine Series ©

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This heart that lies upon my chest

Once belonged to my mother

I am reminded often and reminisce

How she loved me when could no other

 

A mother’s love is called to be

The picture of safety and security

We however now miss the mark

Leaving the sacred place of purity

 

A mother’s love is like no other

Phrases Hallmark cards still dare to pen

But now are they simple words lacking

Overflowing in overstocked bins

 

What has happened to our hearts

Now worn and used as weapons

Weren’t they designed to love

To teach us and give us lessons

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Titus describes we are to teach

So Godly love much be taught

Have we rewritten ‘Bible Truth’

To say what we think it ought?

 

Are we unwilling to speak the truth

Worrying about hurting someone’s feelings

Do we limit ‘The Word’ to have power

No matter if it seems unappealing

 

The Word is not food for the flesh

It is training for my soul

My mind, and will, and emotions

To guide me as I go

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I need the truth of the Cross of Christ

To discipline and feed my spirit

Nurturing and pampering the carnal nature

Is like shopping at racks marked clearance

 

Think again about your heart

And listen for just a minute

Hidden within those four chambers ‘The Word’

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are written in it.

 

This heart that beats inside my chest

Once belonged to my Father

It is given to me only on loan

To reveal I am His. A son or daughter

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He placed this heart inside my chest

Connected to His love and guidance

So please if you’re going to feed me

Do not keep ‘The Word’ obscured with silence

 

So Speak ‘The Word’ I hunger, feed me truth

Selfish desires must leave so I can grow

Jesus is ‘The Word’ made flesh

He loves me for the bible tells me so

 

 

I want to deny myself and my carnal nature

Feed only on ‘The Word’ God’s power

I will not stomach a watered down gospel

That leaves tHIS Body weak in our final hour!

 

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In today’s society we are hearing so many teachings, or sermons, that do not teach what the bible says. I hear a spin put on a truth of God that makes it powerless, especially to a hungry heart. I am so hungry for an encounter with The True, All Powerful Creator of heaven and earth. I want an encounter with The Creator of mankind. I want to know Him more.

 

In our hearts we know, and can see, with evidence, whether we are growing or simply surviving. For many years I survived by shear grit and tenacity, with no knowledge of God’s pure love, through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Not understanding that Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, sinners (low life sinners), not the righteous. He was searching for and looking for sinners, and that was me. I was lost and without hope. It was the grace of God that led me to repent. His goodness when I knew I didn’t deserve it, now that is grace.  I was afraid to confess my sins. But He met me right where I was. In that encounter, at that moment,  I knew, that He knew. Then I started feeling safe with Jesus, who already knew how low I could go, yet still wanted a relationship with me. Those with a repentant heart will see God.

2 Timothy 4:2-4 the apostle Paul is preparing Timothy to preach, he explains what the word of God is to do. Correction does not always feel good, but it is necessary. Have you had your heart convicted recently?  Not condemned, but convicted. If you answered yes, that is good and will lead to a more excellent outcome in your affairs. That simply means that Holy Spirit is living inside of you and showing you the correct path of life.

 

2) Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction.

3) For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires.

4) So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.…

 

The word should teach, reprove, rebuke, and encourage. What a powerful truth. Listen to that beacon in your heart, the one that cries out Abba Father, He is calling for you.

 

That loneliness you’re feeling in your heart may well be the cry of your heart, for The Father. My heart is screaming I am thirsty for living water. The Living Water from the eternal springs of life, from the well of my salvation.

That just may be your heart’s desire also, and you are being summoned from The Father. I know I am.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#FollowingHim@HolyBible

The wonder of God’s Word is that if you’re willing, God will make His truth come alive to you. His truth will become real to you.

© From the Grace series

My Forever Valentine

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The greatest blog I have ever followed

Has endured the test of time

The greatest read can testify

Has the power to reprove a mind

 

The greatest book ever written

Truth and stories on every page

The life, the death, and RESURRECTION

Transforming hearts of every age

 

This great message is more than alive

Simply refuses to be quieted

Now electronically downloaded

*YouVersion Bible app-how many are delighted

 

The greatest story ever told

The one you’ve heard before

Will never ever be forgotten

Written in your heart that is where it’s stored

 

Your mind may attempt to silence

But that beacon in your heart

Screams listen up and hear

In this narrative you take part

 

The greatest blog I’ve ever read

More powerful than a locomotive

Has the ability knock down walls

Are you aware it is the most quoted

 

Are you looking to follow the in crowd

Do you desire to be cutting edge

Just follow His Blog@Holy Bible

Better than Google or World Wide Web

 

Eternally written for safe keeping

Guaranteed to speak to every heart desire

It’s more than you can think or imagine

Follow Jesus @Holy Bible if you dare inquire

 

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I read that a good blog should have a thousand words or less to keep it palatable. In our busier than ever world, a long read is said to discourage or turn people away. It is easy to become overwhelmed when faced with one more to do thing, on our already long list of things to do.

God inspired men and women in the bible and their lives became alive, living epistles to quote Peter. Each one of God’s chosen vessels told their story by believing God and becoming obedient to His commands and then walking these out.

Their stories include and describe their faith in the face of fear, their perseverance through adversity, their endurance through trials, but most of all their devoted love for God and His promised Messiah that was bringing salvation and deliverance to Israel and to God’s people.

God inspired the bible and holy men of God penned the words detailing; where He had been, where He was, and where He was going. Isn’t it wonderful that these words continue to inspire us daily? The word of God is indeed alive and powerful. His Word empowers believers, walking us right into Salvation arms, sets us apart through obedience, into sanctification, and then showing us that as doers of His Word we have been liberated. His word becomes precious like gold and is spiritually discerned. Through Salvation and Sanctification, and Liberation, we become spiritually alive and are set free by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Our sins are not counted against us, our sins are forgiven. God promises to not remember us as sinners but sees us as His children and heirs, heirs of the promise.  We are no longer bound, nor entangled, with the cares of the world. Of course we have responsibility to the world because as Jesus teaches us through teaching His disciples, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. So as it is in heaven so shall it be on earth, right? Yes!

Now as His body, we are to govern from a seat of authority; we are not fighting for authority. We are seated in heavenly places, far above all principalities. We are seated with Christ Jesus, let that sink in. Ephesians 2:1-10

In the Hebrew language each letter tells a story. So our early patriarchs were in essence telling a story with each word they wrote.

If you haven’t begun reading your bible, as a love story of redemption through Christ finished work on the Cross, His death burial and resurrection, I challenge you to pick up your bible and ask God to speak to you through His word. You don’t have to read an entire book in one setting, which would overwhelm you if you are just beginning. Just begin reading and trust His Precious Holy Spirit to speak to you. I promise if you make the choice, God will make His word come alive in you.

 

 

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21NKJV)

 

“THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM A FTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL IMPRINT M Y LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, A ND ON THEIR MIND I WILL INSCRIBE THEM [producing an inward change],” He then says, “A ND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS ACTS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE [no longer holding their sins against them].”

(HEBREWS 10:16-17 AMP)

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

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

 

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Like Raindrops On The Glass

Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him.

 

Like raindrops on the glass

Are the memories in time

Pressed ever so gently

On the recesses of my mind

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 Tender and so perfect

Nourishing and kind

My favorites are the memories

Forever treasured so to find

 

 Remaining hidden yet available

Words of knowledge to remind

When looking through the images

Drops of water impressions defined

 

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Tracing through the pattern

Of His precious former rain

Waiting for the pouring out

Of the latter for our grain

 

 Like raindrops on the glass

Are the memories that define

Remembering all the promises

Latter and former come to mind

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 Pouring out His goodness

Like rain drops all around

Reminding us that eternity

Has a forward marching sound

 

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“Let us acknowledge the LORD;

let us press on to acknowledge him.

As surely as the sun rises,

He will appear;

He will come to us like the winter rains,

like the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:3 NIV)

 

“His coming is like rain. He brings refreshment and joy.” (Zechariah 10)

I can honestly say that I have been awakened by The Lord, with a poem, only a couple of times. Most of the time the poems flow out of my prayer time or while reading my bible.

The first time that I experienced this was about a year ago, I woke up around 3:00 AM and it was as if He was saying, listen. He allowed me to hear what He hears from people when the world wakes up. The sound was deafening. It was like a loud roar of millions of people saying, “Give me, I need, I need, do this, are You there, do You care, are You real, etc.” I heard in my spirit, “this is like a child holding on to the mothers leg crying and begging, while saying they are hungry. All the while their place at the table has been set. There is a plate filled with everything they need and hunger for,  but their refusal to grow up and go to the table leaves them helpless, hungry, and begging.” If we do not know our Lord as a loving provider we do just like the child above. If someone has failed as provider and a nurturer,  we can and so often do, transfer this hurt or pain to our Lord, so undeservedly.

A few weeks ago I awoke again around the 3:00 AM morning hour, with the first stanza on my heart. I lay there meditating on the stanza thinking I’ll remember this in the morning when I wake up. I was planning on going back to sleep. Then I had this knowing that I should get my phone and write this in my notes. So I grabbed my phone off the nightstand and began to write this stanza. Greg woke up and said what are you doing? I wondered if Greg thought I was like a teenager and had been on my phone all night? not. LOL! I said to Greg, “The Lord is giving me a poem.”

I am so glad I wrote the stanza down and added the second. The early morning hours while this poem was given, I could clearly see I was looking through the glass, and there were rain drops covering the entire surface. The next morning the poem flowed from these two stanzas.

Yesterday when it was raining, I went to capture a few photo’s to go along with this poem. The rain was the soft nourishing kind of rain that provides moisture, but does not pellet the new growth, which would destroy the tender shoots.

I have wanted to capture a shot of  a rain drop or drops coming up and out of a puddle, or a pond, or a lake, or in this instance my bird bath, and yesterday was the day. I am also on a mission to capture photos of a rain drops falling from leaves and I do think I will during the spring rains.

I am convinced more than ever that it was the soft rain that actually caused the drops to bounce up and out of the water. I still in my heart, remembering this verse in Romans 2:4, “or are you unaware not knowing that it is the goodness of God that is leading you (us) to repent.” His love and tender mercies are what made me feel safe enough to open up and share my heart with Him. I needed a new heart because the old one had turned to stone trying to deflect all the hurt and the sin I heaped onto it. After a deep work of repentance,  I could then stand up and leave the dead stuff behind. I was set free to rise up into all He was calling me to be.  I realized that God was not holding my sin against me, He was attempting to heal and forgive me. This did not happen in an instant, it is a process that occurs over many seasons. You know seasons of rain, snow, heat, howling winds, but always covered by His goodness. His goodness that is there through it all while my roots were growing deeper and deeper in Him.

God is orchestrating and doing a new thing. This tender rain is a picture of His love toward His people that we may grow and mature. It is not however what the unbelievers will experience. They will be pelted and destroyed. We can be certain of this. The LORD tells us, be not deceived, God will not be mocked, whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7 KJV)

We are coming up on new planting season. It is not to late to uproot or plow under the dead works and plant the wonderful works of God in your heart and in your mind. And it is never to late to share the good news of what He has done for you to help someone else change their minds.

I take walks down memory lane with my Savior. I like to be alone and just tell Him all I remember that He has done for me. I tell Him certain things I remember that He has done for me that have changed my life thus saved me from the enemy ‘in a me’. “I’m like do you remember when we did this? Or do You remember when that happened? Or remember when we……?” Of course He remembers, and I know that full well, but I never want to forget. I tell Him often I was not worthy to wash His feet when He called me. Now I feel  like Mary of Magdalene. I’ve washed His feet with my very own tears while worshipping Him for all He has done for me. I never tire of telling Him how grateful I am that I have been set free from unclean spirits.

And now if I may; I want encourage you, and to tell you that it is time to remember all that The Lord has done for you, and to be ready and willing to serve Him and His purposes fully.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For The Masters Table

The eggs and the butter
Sugar and a spoon
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Flour and soda
For the salt make room
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It’s the mixing and the baking
Sweeten with chocolate for the making

Stirring and blending
Ingredients tending

Vanilla and nuts
It’s about a cup

It is like following a recipe
When discovering your destiny
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An ounce of prevention for sure
is worth more than a pound of cure

Keep the command to love one another
Then we can call upon our Friend who sticks closer than a brother

When in the oven and purged by fire
Affliction seems permanent and dire

The aroma becomes sweet
As we are purified by heat

400 degrees and so hot
Better to melt than to not
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Coming out tender, hot and tasty
This is not the time to become hasty

The fire forges all the secret parts
Tempered like steal, so dear to my heart
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As you can see this is not a microwave concoction
Temperatures made hot purge out toxins

Hatred strife envy with bitterness
Rage with demands seemingly rigorous

A lying tongue and carnal fits
Sinking of ships caused by loose lips

All the pathogens that must be purged
In the oven of affliction a masterpiece shall emerge

Blended and delicious for the Masters table
Yes this is exactly how we become stable
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Served while hot to all His guest
This is the recipe to be blest

You thought it was going to be an easy bake
Quick and simple with a stir and a shake

Now this is the process along with directions
Food for the Masters delight, sweet confection.
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Taste and see that The Lord is good
So much better when finally understood

Lately you’ve felt tumbled and a little stirred up
Do not be dismayed This is our Lords measuring cup

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The other night I was baking Snicker doodle Cookies when I remembered  this poem from 2018. I actually had started it but had not finished it. So I pulled it up and when taking these photos the rest of the poem flowed.

Yes it has been in the oven of affliction during some really scattered times of my life that I felt our Lord very close to me. I became so addicted to Him that I once said to Him, “If to lose my close relationship with You means the suffering could end, I would not choose it.” I now call these heart tests. The hard times do not last but the becoming one with Him is forever.

Now many years later, I am proud to say, no, my relationship did not become less as the dire afflictions ended, Actually it has been quite the opposite. After the times of trials and affliction I became one with Him. My soul was tempered and forged, and I am His. And I am grateful.   I became stable and meat for the Masters Table. This makes me think of the verse in Mark that our Master recites, ” The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord you God with your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31 NKJV)

Now this is the recipe for becoming His delight. It was not easy for me but worth every step along the way, even when I thought He was going to kill me. Taking my thoughts captive and bringing them into obedience took time and study. Repenting, forgiving, and letting go of the separated or individual parts in order to become one wasn’t easy for me either. But I must confess He is a Master Baker and I am the tumbled, mixed up, then fired up concoction of His baking.

If you are praying, Lord create in me a clean heart, a heart that hungers and thirsts for You, well I feel obligated to tell you, get ready, this may be the necessary (steps) recipe. As the world throws everything it has at you, (the enemy will make sure of it) to entice you to stay and make you wonder if you should abandon all for Him, just know you shall laugh in the days to come. Yes you shall laugh in the days of adversity. Never give up and do not avoid the oven, because soon you will be at the Masters Table.

Jesus said be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.

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

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

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Forever Is Not Very Long

Happy National Winnie the Pooh Day!

Who knew?

Did you?

I sure didn’t and I’ve never seen the movie. How have I missed this?

Reading about Winnie the Pooh and the gang sparked this poem.

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 Forever Is Not Very Long

 

What can I have that I can also be

What I can I give that comes back to me

Said to make life much sweeter-how can I know

That If I give it away it always grows

 

What can I find that can also be shared

What about all this makes me even care

What am I lacking that if I become

I am guaranteed it will add much more fun

 

I’ve heard it said but I cannot remember

I know it is so strong yet delicate and tender

I’m thinking, I’m thinking, it’s on the tip of my tongue

It can be old and aged or newly found or young

 

It grows and strengthens over time

Anyone can be this or they can find

How can I remember all of these specifics

But not remember and name something so terrific

 

Then I’m reminded by watching Pooh and Piglet

It is friendship and love given without limit

I’m grateful to know that if I give it away

It is given back to me and it comes to stay

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So if you’re an old friend or one newly come along,

In the words of Pooh and Piglet; we can be friends forever, forever is not very long.

 

I have to watch Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. When I was reading some of Pooh’s quotes, I was reminded of the scripture;

“If you want friends show yourself friendly.

“A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)

 

I realize love and friendship (real friendship) grows and multiplies. If you give each away, both have a sure return. In a world where interests and dividends fluctuate, folks watch the stock market and smile or grimace, isn’t it nice to know that Jesus knew the greatest commandment was to love?

Jesus said, “you shall love The LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28)

 

Looking for a sure reward? Give and it shall be given. For with the measure you give it shall be measured back to you.

If someone has hurt you do not let that be a reason to become, or to remain cynical, there is a sure reward when given away. The harvest will indeed be bountiful.

In a world of hostility and insanity be the change you wish to see. Today show yourself friendly and loving. Someone needs the friend you can be, and the love you can share.

 

If you are a new friend or an old friend, thank you! I value your friendship more than you know.

 

And PS, if you want to watch Christopher Robin give me a shout! It’s on my 2019 bucket list. I feel a grandkid event at the house.

 

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

 

Poem and writings Copyright © 2019 laurette laster all rights reserved

Pictures borrowed and shared from sweetpaul.com and from countryliving

 

 

 

 

 

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Morning Sounds

Morning Sounds

It is of The LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3: 22-23)

 

Oh how I love the sounds

Of morning when she wakens

The birds are singing sweetly

The darkness ‘Son Rise’ hath taken

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Lighting up the view

To see a brand new day

How I love the morning sounds

A time to rise and seek and pray

 

The bird’s melodious songs

Their happy chirps and tweets

They do sing out choruses

As each new day we meet

 

As morning doth awaken

With creatures large and small

Scurrying here and there

Sounds of cheeps, chirps, or call

 

Did you know only at dawn

They sing their favorite song

Singing while they summon

Their companions to come along

 

What is this song we hear

Listening for morning sounds

What is that the dawn exclaims

With love it does surround

 

If you seek me early

That is when I’m found

At start of new day chorus

Behold I do a new thing His song’s  abound

 

Come along my children

Listen to the Fathers call

Even in sweet sunrise song

From creatures winged and small

 

Perhaps you prayed a prayer

You thought forgotten or denied

In Lamentations we are exhorted

Great is His faithfulness and lavishly applied

 

Like birds sweet song at dawn

Uniquely inspired for the morn

Yes His mercies daily fresh

For His companions like the day can be reborn

 

Copyright © laurette laster 2019 January

I go out early each morning to scatter seed for our birds before I have my prayer time and morning coffee with The Lord. On Monday morning as I was feeding the birds their song seemed different, or was it me? There was a feeling that came over me, one that I couldn’t explain and didn’t find words to describe. I remember thinking to myself, why do the birds sound different in the morning. I then spoke the words out loud to The Lord, “I love the sounds of the morning.” When I went inside to have coffee and pray the thought or question stayed with me. Why does the birds song sound different in the morning? I continued to ask myself. As I was praying this poem was born.

I decided to a little research and find out what various sounds/calls, tweets that bird’s make. I had already written the poem, but often I check to make sure that the words I’ve used are correct. I truly believe that Holy Spirit writes these poems through me. I am the humble honored vessel who gets to pen the words that I believe flow from His throne. I am so amazed by all of this, daily, morning after morning. I never could see myself as a writer. I today realize it is a gift and a calling that was waiting to be discovered, just like the honey suckle that I smelled months before I could see it (a future story I will tell). I know today that I am called to write and to teach and can honestly say it has become a passion. This gift was buried under layers of stuff or let’s call it what it was, dung. What I thought would destroy me actually was used to fertilize me. I realized all the dung that had been heaped on me, that I thought was keeping me down was actually fertilizing roots I didn’t know were growing. Roots that when at the right time, in God’s time,  I would shoot up and take off and the devil wouldn’t be able to stop me. Do not underestimate the power of the dung being slung at you or heaped on you, it may be fertilizing roots that you are not aware of.

I love to teach the practical word of God. He is Practical and Perfect. I tell people, our Lord is practically perfect. They look at me like I am confused or misguided. I however know and realize that the word of God is for practical application of His kingdom truths, and I need daily application. The truths are to help us have an abundant life through Christ and also to advance the kingdom of God. It is how we know Him. Know His Word, Know Him. No Word, No God.

 

As I was researching bird calls I came across a beautiful fact. This is a fact that if you are an avid bird watcher or studier you may already be aware of. I however did not know this fact until Monday morning. When I read this it just pinged in my spirit. The fact is this, birds sing; making musical sounds in the morning at dawn to summon their companions. During the daylight hours they may chirp, tweet, twitter, call, cheep, shriek/cry and we know that owls hoot mainly at night, but at dawn the birds sing a musical song. So it is different in the morning. It is not a feeling, it is a truth. These songs are harmonious, calming, inviting, enticing, engrossing,  and all encompassing to the hearer. I believe this fact teaches us and helps us understand a kingdom truth, one found and explained to us in the book of Lamentations.

When I read this I immediately thought about Lamentations 3: 22-23 listed above. In the midst of mistakes, in the middle of rebellion, we can remember and call out and proclaim God’s faithfulness just like Jeremiah did. Jeremiah realized and expounds on why we are not destroyed or consumed.

In the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah is describing the funeral of a city, Jerusalem. Stating she lies barren, while he shares or laments his emotions. The Greek title Threnoi means “Dirges” or laments” and the Latin title Threni (“Tears or Lamentations”) was derived from this word. Then Jeremiah stops and remembers God’s faithfulness. He recalls God’s promises for a future and looks beyond the circumstances.

Remember the scripture in Jeremiah 29:11? “For I know the plans I have for you declares The Lord,” Jeremiah gains hope and puts his faith in the promises of God for the future. If He said it, will He not fulfill? God is no mere human! He doesn’t tell lies or change His mind. God always keeps his promises”.  (Isaiah 23:19 CEV)

Now under the New covenant, the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb of God, we can repent and renew our vows each time we mess up. Of course this isn’t a sin free card for those who are truly born again. To those of us who are truly born again we have vowed to die to self and live for God. We long to be Gods faithful companions. What a beautiful picture. The birds sing their songs in the morning. I pray we hear and are summoned to come to His side.

This morning I decided to go and try to capture some shots of the beautiful sunrise. It was indeed amazing and I think I did get some great shots, but this one in particular really spoke to me. As I was on my return trip home the sun had risen and was shining brightly. It was shining in my side mirror and Holy Spirit quickened this thought to me. We are not to look back at our mistakes but we do need to look back and see and remember, like Jeremiah, God’s faithfulness. For it is because of His compassion that we are not consumed. I grabbed my cell phone and snapped this picture. I don’t want to forget all that He has done for me. No matter what is going on around me or to me, Great is His faithfulness. Morning by Morning, His mercies I see. Wow does this ever paint a picture? The very essence of what The Lord has done.

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Just hear the words of the song, Great is Thy Faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see. I need His mercies each day and I thank God for the opportunity to repent immediately and hear His song and then I am summoned to come with Him, for I am His companion.

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

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