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Sunset in June

First sunset in June

Speaks loud and proud

Colors more vibrant

In the framework of clouds

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Sunset in June

Is there a message

Keep the Faith

While witnessing the wreckage

 

The enemy is raging

His plans will not succeed

Like this sunset in June

My word will impede

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Speak and declare

Stand and believe

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Hope is an anchor when received

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Faith Hope and Love

These three remain

The greatest is love

If we ascertain

 

 

When the violence ends

The evil is spent

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Pray they repent

 

Revival is coming

Will sweep across the land

When this carnage is over

I’ll make a demand

 

 

Each must give account

For their devious actions

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Hope is His glorious attraction

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day Poem

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

Have we become distant and disengaged?

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

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

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

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

Memorial Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

©️ laurette laster 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Counting the Omer

 

Counting the Omer

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When counting the Omer

A days measure counts

Leading into weeks

Forty nine required amount

 

Feast of Weeks mentioned

It is the name of His Feast

What is this purpose

For what do we seek

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What is the Omer

Why so much instruction

Given specific details

Do not allow obstruction

 

The promise to write His laws

In our minds and on our hearts

By counting the Omer

When do we start

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Beginning after Passover

When The Lamb was slain

But why now barley

What is the picture of grain

 

A verbal counting

Prepare to receive the law

Think about it, in one accord

At Sinai there was a roll call

 

We should stop and consider

Their obedience and sacrifice

Just how frightening

This entire experience

Jesus on the Cross

Feast of Weeks

By counting the days

Reaching forty nine

Just one more to say

 

For Pentecost arrived

Had fully come

Started by counting

Beginning with one

 

God has a plan

Perfect and exemplary

If we shall yet obey

Study His vast treasury

 

And when The Day had fully come

Waiting as Jesus commanded

Peter, the others, and Mary were there

And not a one left empty handed

 

The Gift Of His Spirit

Has been fully poured out

In full measure we understand

The Omer count

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

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

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

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

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

 

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A Tribute to Mothers

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

 

A Tribute to Mothers

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The crowns of our mothers

Strength and dignity hers

Not jewels and dainty gems

Nor leather, minks, and furs

 

More like grit and tenacity

Mingling with her grace

It was determination in the trial

Etching the lines on her face

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If I could trace those lines

Where would the roadmap lead

I would understand

I need to pick up speed

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It was dogged resistance

No telling what behind that smile

But she didn’t ever quit

More than once going the extra mile

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Struggles polished her inner beauty

Through it all priceless treasures secured

Oh the gold and pearls of wisdom

From the tragedies she endured

 

Those hands worked harder than any

Not the life she desired nor dreamed

With grace she continued onward

Silencing the fear and inward screams

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“You know your mama loves you”

Sweet words I miss today

For now she lives in glory

On earth she saw her end of days

 

Hard work, struggles with heartache

The crowns our mothers displayed

Become half the woman she was

Well I can only pray

 

The crowns worn by our mothers

Transcend words and definition

You must look deep within

To understand their royal position

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Those who have held us up

 

 

May not seem like dignity to others

But to those who knew them well

Their stories ebb from lessons in trials

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

 

2019 Copyright © laurette laster

 

Happy Mother’s Day, to my mom in heaven

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

“Because I never saw her quit.”

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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God Whispers

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

God Whispers

When I don’t know what to do

I hear You whisper, ‘be still’

In that whisper I understand Your voice

I answer, “I know You will”

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When my heart is scared

Again that sickening sense of dread

I am so grateful for Your whisper

Shhh; in You Father, my fears fall dead

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Your whisper causes me to lean

Enter into Your personal space

I am reminded You invited me here

For an intimate encounter face to face

 

Your word is Your bond

My safe tower and protective hedge

Never fear just continue on

Summons me onward to the edge

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Whisper again Father

As I ignore the wind and rain

For in Your very being

I find the peace to just refrain

 

Refrain from fear and the doubt

Remind myself You are God

And what you have began

Cannot return unto you void

 

It shall accomplish what You please

Prosper in what You have purposed

As long as I stay close to You

Reminded of what You purchased

 

So gentle like the early rains

Soft like summers breeze

When I hear Your whisper

Relax and rest just breathe

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For when the time is right

Until then just press on and prepare

For eye has not seen You whisper to me

All that I have for you there

 

Copyright © laurette laster 2019

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

1 CORINTHIANS 2:2, 9 AMP

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

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

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

 

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The Fight

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

THE FIGHT
You Were The Reason Why

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright © 2019 laurette laster all rights reserved

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes… still The Greatest Fight of All Time!

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

Until next time, thanks for listening with me Laurette

 

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Soothes as it Severs

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

Soothes as it Severs

 

Soothes as it severs

Lances deep in love

Comforts as it cuts

Confronts without a shove

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Divides to cause unity

Pierces while it pursues

Knows my every thought

Yet never attempts to argue

 

Openly brings to light

Wrongs and wickedness

Desires only honesty

Never vague or impetuous

 

What soothes as it severs

Lancing hearts He loves

Divides and conquers

While tender like a dove

 

Cuts us to the core

Soul opened wide

Revealing thoughts and intents

Hiding deep inside

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What scans our very being

Discerns never cheating

Cauterizes as it cuts

Never leaves us bleeding

 

Maybe raw and bruised

Transformed and healed

Brought face to face with God

Honestly revealed

 

Alive and powerful

Sharp and persistent

The Word of God

Perfect and Efficient

 

© laurette laster Feb. 12 2020

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Sharper than a double edged sword

Piercing between thought and intent

It divides and discerns

Helping us as we learn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It will not only survive, it is THRIVING now!

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

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

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

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

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Time to Clean this House!

You must not eat any yeast with it. Instead, for seven days eat bread without yeast—the bread of affliction—because you left the land of Egypt in haste. Remember the day you went out of the land of Egypt for the rest of your lives.

(Deuteronomy 16:3 ISV)

Operation Zero Chametz

Before Passover (Pesach) yeast or leaven (Chametz) must be removed from every crack and crevice. The homes of observant Jewish brothers and sisters are thoroughly examined, beginning weeks before Passover and rid of all Chametz. Today we know that leaven is likened to sin, read Galatians 5:7-9. Before the children of Israel were to prepare and eat the Passover Meal (Lamb), the children of Israel were instructed to apply the blood, from the lamb, on the door post of their homes and stay in the house until the death angel passed over.

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Proverbs 20:27 KJV

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

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Time to Clean this House!

 

Time to clean this house

Out with all the yeast

Leaven is the sin of man

That determines to the least

 

 

Show ourselves prepared

By examining every inch

Every corner and the cracks

Light of a candle, reveals even a pinch

 

We cannot be negligent

Nor overlook a crumb

Satan hopes we’re lackadaisical

Presuming we are dumb

 

We will take a feather

And dust this entire place

Whisk every crumb into a bag

Outside to burn leave no trace

 

For we are not surprised

By Pharaoh’s ploys and tactics

God said no time for yeast,

Leaving in haste, departure was climactic

 

We have witnessed every plague,

Now we know without a doubt

God is not slow nor is He slack

Making known His power while bringing us out

 

No longer slaves veiled or separated

Led out by the power of God

Taking us out of Egypt

Eye witness to His power, we’ve been awed

 

 

No moaning or complaining

May come across our lips

We do not want to be the ones

Left to die because we quipped

 

Give no provision to grumbling

Only believe and obey

He is going to takes us out

But why the longest way

 

Cleansing us from Egypt’s ways

Teaching us how to live as free

We are citizens of a different land

By faith created to have liberty

 

He will safely bring us out

With His righteous right arm

Into the land He promised

Safe from all of life’s harm

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 March

 

Genesis, chapter 12

God makes covenant with Abraham. Fast forward to Exodus 12, we see God, who remembering His people, prepares to bring them out of Egyptian bondage.

Hebrews chapter 12 recalls the events at the Mountain of Sinai and how Moses quaked.

And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.” (Hebrews 12:21 NKJV)

The children of Israel would be leaving in haste. God had given strict instructions, eat the meal standing up, their sandals latched, and belts tied. And with the blood applied to the door posts.

Genesis 12:11

And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S Passover. (KJV)

When you eat the meal, be dressed and ready to travel. Have your sandals on, carry your walking stick in your hand, and eat quickly. This is the Passover Festival in honor of me, your LORD. (CEV)

“On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn male, both man and beast, and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood on the houses where you are staying will distinguish them; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will fall on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:12-13 Berean Study Bible)

Leaving in haste meant there was no time for the bread to rise, or be leavened, with Chametz. Their loins girded meant “not be exposed” or caught off guard. (God gives strict instructions about men having on undergarments going up to the temple. There is a whole other teaching in this. Remember Adam said to God, “we hid because we were naked and ashamed.” God ask Adam a question, “who told you, you were naked?”) This is for a later date.

We understand that a little leaven, leavens the whole lump. Describing a little sin corrupts the entire body (the ecclesia), bringing spiritual death, resulting in natural death also. Today, reading about removing the leaven, I learned something new. Each year it seems that something is highlighted, that pertains to a ‘now’ situation, one happening in our world. And some say the bible is outdated, or simply a history book. Not so! God isn’t trying to surprise us, and jump out, saying gotcha. He corrects, equips and teaches us.

Observant Jews are not required to remove baking powder or soda from their homes, prior to Passover. Baking powder and soda are considered leavening agents, but leaven by chemical reaction, not by biological fermentation. Can we say COVID 19? Hasn’t the virus become biological? It was a virus known to live in and infect animals. Somehow the virus mutated, transmitting animal to person, immediately mutated again, spreading person to person.

Recently I had a VERY strong impression, from The Lord, concerning the COVID scare. I felt impressed the reason we don’t fear and panic, with sin living next door, is because we do not understand how contagious, and deadly, sin actually is. Especially when ignored by the people of God. God has made a covenant with us, through salvation, by the blood of Christ. The people fear and panic COVID 19, knowing it is highly contagious, having mutated becoming transmittable person to person. Sin is in our carnal DNA or animalistic nature, not in our born again glorious spiritual DNA.

Are we receiving a warning? Is there a lesson to learn in the midst of this pandemic? Does God want us to realize we cannot sit with sin, in our midst (church and ecclesia), while pretending there are not consequences forthcoming, to any and all playing with sin. Or do we have a mask over our mouths, refusing to speak of the dangers of sin. Are we serving donuts and sickly sweet words, while poisoning our body? God loves and corrects, He warns and punishes, He instructs and holds accountable. This is the double edged sword Hebrews 4:12 speaks of.

Why do we seem to push the limits? Why do we struggle with understanding this? Why? Because like the children of Israel we are not fully understanding: God is not making a suggestion, He is commanding us. His commandments are not burdensome, but for our good. That we may live long and prosper, in the land where with He is sending us. Like He told the children of Israel, if you keep My commandments, I will be Your God and you will be my people, and I will take sickness out of the midst of you. There are many covenantal promises made to the people of God. As Gentiles, we are grafted in. We are the seed of Abraham, through Christ, and we have access to every promise and blessing of the Covenant, God, made with the children of Israel. Jews are natural born citizens; we are the spiritual born citizens of heaven, through faith in the Eternal Passover Lamb, who is Jesus Christ our Lord. But like devout Jews we have our side of the covenant that we are to keep. It isn’t works we keep our side because we are commanded to love God with our whole heart.

When ask which was the greatest commandment Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy “Hear O Israel, The Lord our God, The Lord is one. And you shall love The Lord your God with all your heart (kardia), all your soul (kardai), with all your mind (kardia), and all you strength (kardia).” Each of the four describes kardia. This is all that is within us. This description is describing a sacrificial love.This is loving God enough to say no to self and thus get the Chametz out, get the sin out of our house. Jesus said if you love Me you will keep my commandments.

If we truly love, can the church sit and hold hands with sin, make out in the back, in the booth, in the dark, and not expect to rouse Gods anger? Can we remain idle while we pretend there are no consequences? I’d like to offer a suggestion here. Read Ezekiel 33:7-9 before you answer the question.

I am not attempting to put us back under the law because the covenant was prior to the law. I am saying a little leaven, hidden away to take out later, in the back, in the booth, in the corner, thinking God won’t see is extremely dangerous. This is how the world acts not the church. Oh I thank God who is rich in [hesed] a forged and binding mercy, that in  Jesus Christ we may take refuge in His perfect atoning work, and receive grace and mercy, at the Throne of His mercy [hesed] seat!

As a watchman, I feel to warn you. It is time to clean the house. I am saying that God has kept His oath, He will not break His [hesed] covenant. Have we kept our part to enact this agreement? God’s covenant is unchangeable. Our right to access the covenant and insure we partake in the blessing, hinges on obedience and willingness. Jeremiah 1:19 tells us, If we be willing and obedient we will eat the good of the land. Willingness is a (kardia) internal, with our whole being decision. It isn’t easy it is essential.

If judgment starts in the house of God, is it time to clean house? How do we clean our house? Repentance is the key.

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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Bundle of Two

We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. (Hebrews 12:2 The Passion Translation)

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Bundle of Two

 

A bundle of flowers

Abiding in the vine

Understanding and rehearsing

Prophetic times

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As long as the earth remains

Seed time with assurance of harvest

We have this precious hope

Keep our sights fixed on The Artist

 

© laurette laster 2020 March

 

These blossoms seem fixed on something and to be standing at attention. Looking out the window, at the beautiful Jasmine blooms, something caught my eye. It seemed to me they have been summoned to hear, now positioned, intent on not missing a thing. With calm assurance they reach toward the sun. I’m reminded of the power of agreement in scripture. Jesus instructs, if any two of you agree…

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“Again, I give you an eternal truth: If two of you agree to ask God for something in a symphony of prayer, my heavenly Father will do it for you. For wherever two or three come together in honor of my name, I am right there with them!” ( Matthew 18:19-20 TPT)

My prayer is that we continue in faith and believe, believe in the power of prayer with calm assurance, with our faith fixed on God, The One who hears. Jesus is perfecting in us the God kind of faith. What a reason to bloom and pay attention.

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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LOOK UP!

“Fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising Him always.” (Philippians 4:8 TPT)

LOOK UP!

Not sure how to feel

Covid 19 scare hovering

Making us rearrange

Causing panic and shoving

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Relax its okay

He said ‘Be Still’

Think on these things

If only we will

 

Whatever is lovely

Pure and kind

Honesty and truth

Forthright of mind

 

Know that He is God

And still on His Throne

His promises prevail

To His very own

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It’s time to enlarge

Grow the family

So go tell them all

Jesus offers amnesty

 

Safe and secure

A peaceful location

You don’t have to risk

Fear and isolation

 

 

Yes there is increase

A baby boom is near

But this one spiritual

So pray without fear

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Our heart His sanctuary

Holy praises pour forth

Look to the face of God

Our help is in the North

 

© laurette laster 2020

When writing this poem I have to admit it made me question (even more) my knowledge of the sides of the North. I’ve heard heaven is to the North. Reading scriptures and commentaries I’ve found the most interesting facts, but what I love the most is “UP”. North is always, always, always up. (Psalm 121 paraphrased) King David says I look UP to the hills or the mountains from whence cometh my help. As believers we know our help comes from The Lord. I’ve learned that what we cannot explain simply, we do not understand fully. I get it. Pretty simple huh? LOOK UP!

In light of the COVID 19 virus I’ve heard the “Even so come quickly Lord Jesus,” scripture quoted many times.

Are we ready? Have you shared the good news of the gospel with your loved ones and those you have a relationship with? Do you profess Jesus as Lord of your life? Or like The Lord explains in the book of Ezekiel do we have blood on our hands? I know that I am concerned for many who could possibly be left behind. You better believe this concerns me.

I believe many are not ready, and we haven’t told them. Not because we were not or are not willing, but because their hearts were not ready to receive the word of God. I believe hearts are being made earnest and praying, some maybe for the first time. We must be ready to give an account for the hope we have. Our hope is Christ.

I felt a strong prompting yesterday from The Lord. He sternly and strongly impressed to me, “I will bring this country together one way or another. I will have a people dependent upon Me. I will cause hardened hearts to bend. I will have a people who pray and humble themselves. I will show Myself strong and mighty on behalf of those whose hearts are turned to Me.” Like in Egypt, send famine, judge false gods. The god of career, jobs, portfolio’s, and savings accounts, 401K’s etc. In view of the COVID crisis, and in the eyes of eternity, what value do they truly have?

I do not believe this virus is judgment. I believe sin gives Satan access, leaving those outside of covenant unprotected. If you are in Christ, your judgment was rendered, paid in full at the Cross. We have His blood as our perfect atoning work. The precious blood of Jesus, taken into heaven and placed on the mercy seat. Those outside of the covenant suffer, yet there is mercy for all. Are we ready to snatch them from the fire as Jude warns?

“Rescue any who need to be saved, as you would rescue someone from a fire. Then with fear in your own hearts, have mercy on everyone who needs it. But hate even the clothes of those who have been made dirty by their filthy deeds.” (Jude 1:23 CEV)

 

Jesus said when these things begin to take place, stand UP and lift UP your heads because your redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:28 NIV)

“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He has promised and the He has purchased us to be His own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify Him.” (Ephesians 1:14 NLT)

“Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:14 KJV)

Oh church what good news. It is indeed our finest hour. It is time to share the goodness of God with desperate fearful hearts. Stand up tall, figuratively to look up and be elated to rise. Lift up; basically hold your shoulders back because your ransom has been paid in full. Complete deliverance.

A scared world needs a fearless church.

Isa 14:13

“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

God says in Psalm 75:2-7, “when I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly…For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge.”

So reading these scriptures, they imply God’s throne, where He receives the congregation and judges uprightly, is in the north. It is not in the east, nor in the west, nor in the south. So it must be in the north. North is always UP-in the same direction from every Point on earth. Hallelujah!

So north is always UP! LOOK UP! Never give up. We’ve only just begun.

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