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Written in the Leaves

“If you’re unable to understand and believe what I’ve told you about the natural realm, what will you do when I begin to unveil the heavenly realm?”
John 3:12 TPT

Written in the Leaves

Some want their name written among stars
I want my written with the leaves
Then I’m reminded I am pleasing God
If I can let go and simply believe

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Some desire their names to be written in lights
I’ve decided mine belongs in the leaves
Reminding me I cannot go forward
Holding yesterday’s baggage and receive

All the good that God has
The gifts He is waiting to bestow
I’ve found nature teaches plainly
Quid pro quo-receive-let go

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What does nature teach
It has to die to live and grow
And if you want to receive the new
Well we simply have to let go

Why is this root work important
Why is it so complicated
Because simply my dear
That is how our Lord created

Line upon line, Day by day
You must be born from above
When we are most frustrated
May be His language of love

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Lord write my name in the leaves
And teach me to simply believe
That I am most pleasing to You
When I let go ready myself to receive

There is a leaf for your name
So today as you’re walking around
Stop and pick one up
Lift it up high above the ground

Pray God, surround me today
With Your good and perfect gifts
Then keep the leaf as a reminder He hears
Reminded to pray when you need a lift

Yes write our names in the leaves
Teach us how to let go
Remind us over and over
Train and teach us how to grow

In the simple and silly prayers
I’ve discovered we genuinely align
Is this how to be led by His Spirit
After all…….
each are His peculiar genuine unique design

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Early this morning I went to capture a few photos of the moon (I will post in another post). It was breathtaking.

Coming back, it was a small pile of leaves that caught and kept my attention. All the colors are magnificent. Even though they are dead and dying the colors are beautiful. I couldn’t refrain from taking a few photos.

In 2011, While driving home I was marveling at the beautiful fall foliage, thanking God for such beauty. He spoke something I’ll never forget. He said, “Laurette they are dead.” Talk about jerking me back into reality, and I thought, Lord, as a matter of fact yes they are. I hadn’t given that much thought before.

I ask Him, how can something dead be so vibrant and beautiful? He quickened to me this is what repentance looks like to Him. I caught a deeper revelation at the changing of the seasons. It might have been nice if He had left me reveling in the thoughts, allowing my emotions to be stirred, but He didn’t. No, He desired truth in my inward parts and I am grateful.

After all what is the prayer many of us pray: that God will give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we may know Him better, that the eyes of our understanding (hearts) be enlightened so that we may know the hope to which He has called us, oh and the riches of His glorious inheritance with the saints, His holy people.

When I was adding my signature to one of the pictures this thought came rushing out as a poem. What came to mind was inspired of The Lord. So many people have dreams and aspirations of their names written in lights and being seen or achieving great things reaching the stars, and these are good, when done with Gods favor and blessing.

Without God’s favor and provision, achieving worldly heights often leaves people more wanting, dealing with feelings of sadness or loneliness.

Finding the will and purpose of God for our life is what brings eternal value with true joy and contentment. Simple tasks and kind deeds, seeing needs and coming up with solutions have turned into businesses some million dollar ideas have come by meeting a need and taken off.
Knowing our loved ones are saved and born again is a longing fulfilled becoming a tree of life.

So today I believe many of us are realizing our stories and dreams, indeed are written among the leaves. Don’t become discouraged, we are a solution waiting to happen, we are not the problem.

I want to encourage you if the promise hasn’t manifested, snuggle down, He hasn’t forgotten us. Who knows it may come today, or it may be on the way or it is being matured by another root season. Either way it is coming.

If like me, you’re not where you thought you would be by now; the promise is being perfected and nourished allowing for deeper roots.

I want to encourage you with this, out of 7 plus billion people in this planet, we are His unique design. No other soul on this planet has our fingerprint. That alone is mind blowing to me. But God!

I don’t know what your finger print or prints will be left on, but I do know we shall reap if we faint not.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:3 KJV

“If you’re unable to understand and believe what I’ve told you about the natural realm, what will you do when I begin to unveil the heavenly realm?”
John 3:12 TPT

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”
1 Peter 2:9 KJV

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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Only Believe

Collins English Dictionary-Phrase: something up your sleeve!

If you have something up your sleeve, you have an idea or plan which you have not told anyone about.

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter. (Proverbs 25:2 HCSB)

 

Only Believe

 

I love the sounds of morning

Autumn winds whisper through the leaves

I am quickened to have faith

He has something up His sleeve

 

He Who promised is faithful

He is there of course He sees

He is El Roi our Mighty God

Commanded “Only Believe”

 

Our God is not a magician

The All Powerful Mighty God

His plans eternal and omnipotent

Jehovah Shammah Sovereign Unflawed

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When I cannot see He knows

When my faith seems so small

Like the disciples I’m told

As a grain of mustard seed is all

 

For my faith is on The Rock

He alone my firm foundation

Then my soul quieting

Into calm grateful meditation

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I love the sounds of the morning

Autumn winds whispering through the leaves

Summoning where is your faith

“Only Believe” I have something up My sleeve

 

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Occasionally when The Lord gives me a poem I will hear a phrase or a catchy saying. With the words of the phrase ‘something up His sleeve’ I had to ask a question. Is this disrespectful? I love and honor God with all my heart so I never want to use puns or slogans that would be disrespectful or shallow. He teaches me, challenging my thought process and today leading me to learn something new. I went to look up the meaning of this phrase. I thought the reference was toward magicians, maybe from the years of Rocky and Bullwinkle, but I was totally off base. The meaning someone (in this instance Almighty God) has something planned that they have not done, or announced, or told other’s yet. I find this so comforting in light of my own personal issues, and issues shared with me by others. It supercharged and rejuvenated my faith and I pray it does yours also. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter. (Proverbs 25:2 HCSB)

 

El Roi I’m known by The One who see’s. I see and I am seen and I am known.

Jehovah Shammah God is there.

This morning shortly after dawn, while scattering seed for the birds a sound caught my attention. I stopped to listen. Hearing the comforting sound leaves blowing in the autumn breeze. This is a favorite sound of mine, in spring and fall; the sound is soft and comforting. I did not see the wind that caused their movement but I could see and hear the effect of the wind.

Isn’t that the way of faith? Luke 8:50 Jesus telling Jairus, “Don’t be afraid, “Only believe” and she will be healed.” Faith is felt, heard, touched, and the evidence is overwhelming. We believe before we see, and in believing we are assured we will see. Other’s may not see or understand our faith until the substance of what we believed for is manifest. Without faith it is impossible to please God. While faith is what we strive for we can become battle weary. I’ve sensed something a little off or out of whack this week and now I realize it is an enemy trying to sneak back in. This enemy, fear, is unwelcomed but trying to come in unnoticed until this morning. Reminding myself of His precious promises, I was prompted to exhale and, “only believe,”

Fear can grip our heart suddenly, I’m sure we all have memories of an event where this happened. But what about fear that attempt to silently attach to us, little by little without our noticing? When we have believed for something for a long time fear may drop hints, hoping to get us to question God and His timing. Whispering, “Why hasn’t it happened yet? Or is this ever going to happen?” Fear may not announce its arrival by shouting hey you, fear here, here I am oh you of little faith. We may realize we’ve allowed stress  along with the gnawing doubt that can creep up on us ever so subtly, hoping we will doubt or become afraid. I’m reminded of an acrostic I learned years ago. H. A. L. T. Don’t allow yourself to get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.

We may be under attack with new issues surfacing, or suffering from resurfacing of past issues, but we can quiet our souls assured God is faithful.

There is an offer of comfort, The Comforter speaks and reminds us, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.” Jesus did tell us He would not leave us orphans but would send us The Helper until He returns. He went on to explain that He, the Spirit of Truth, would remind us what He had told us.

“Only Believe.”

 

Jehovah Shammah walks with us into whatever our tomorrow holds, simply because of His great love for us. He is with us today no matter what we are facing, simply because of His great love for us. So we needn’t worry or become weary, for at the proper time we shall reap if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9)

And I am reminded of a song I loved as a child. This song still speaks to me, today: He walks with me and He talks with and He tells me I am His own………………

 

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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Welcome to Teshuvah – Elul 9

Welcome to Teshuvah – Elul 9

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September/Elul
Today is nine
He said the work schedule
Is right on time

I rise early
Then meet and go
If it weren’t for Him
I wouldn’t t know

I have so much to learn
About deadly weeds
I didn’t realize the danger
Or know about seeds

He’s begun teaching me
About multiplication
Good or bad
And soil saturation

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Words have power
Check the seeds sown
Once in the ground
What is planted is grown

He speaks in parables
While explaining this stuff
Is my Teshuvah Date
Making this rough

He said it is given to me
The mysteries To know
We require more plowing
Before we can sow

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The work of repentance or Teshuvah is much like readying and plowing our fields prior to sowing. This is the season of plowing after summers harvest has been harvested.

I had to go to Frisco TX today for an appointment. This is actually a rescheduled appointment from last week. I left my house with 10 minutes to spare, just North of Denton TX I got the GPS message that there was an accident ahead and I could expect a 20 minute delay. When I called the office they suggested I reschedule because they were short staffed. I thought to myself, had I taken the back way this wouldn’t be an issue.

We have two options when going to Frisco, McKinney, Allen or Plano. We have the option to take the back way as we call it. This allows me to avoid the interstate and traffic. The rural country drive is scenic and very picturesque. You almost feel as if you’ve stepped back in time during some of the trip. Today as I was driving I was so excited to see freshly plowed fields. These fields had cotton and corn a few months ago but now they are back to the basics. Freshly plowed and awaiting seasonal rains so farmers can sow seed for their crops.

As I was leaving I had a strong unction to grab my camera but pushed back the urge. I was sure disappointed when I came upon the freshly plowed fields that I didn’t have anything except my iPhone camera to take pictures with. I said, oh Lord, “this is why You urged me to grab my camera.” I pulled over and drove into the field, taking the rugged entrance made by the tractor and grabbed my phone to take these pictures. Looking at the plowed field made my mind consider a term I heard recently.

This year I learned a new term, hearing someone say, “SET YOUR PLOWS FOR DEEP.” Choosing deep for the plow helps with water retention. A few weeks ago I wrote how the ground was dry and brittle, and cracking open. Hard brittle ground does not absorb the moisture it actually repels it and the water runs off, expect where it has cracked open allowing the water to flow in. Just like being hardened or full of pride repels the blessing or the seed sown. The Sower sows the word but the ground and the condition of the soil determines whether or not the seed can grow and bring forth a harvest. We are the labors in the field, first ours, then helping others to learn the parable and the meaning.

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:62 KJV)

The above scripture references starting out then looking back, as in longing for, or the desire to go back to the way it used to be. The Greek word for not fit, or disqualified, is “ipso facto.” The man who looks back is therefore, “ipso facto”, disqualified for the work of God’s kingdom. Our Lord knows full well how difficult the journey into the will of God is; remember He sweated great drops of blood. But He also set His face like flint according to the prophet. And we know we have all of heaven backing us in this work.

When we begin the work of repentance we want our heart to be cleared of all old stalks and debris. If we are to have an abundant harvest it will require us to set our face like flint and not look back.

Chabad.org Based on the teachings of Lubavitcher Rebbe

In the latter respect, the month of Elul resembles the “holy” portions of the calendar. Elul is a haven in time, a “city of refuge” from the ravages of material life; a time to audit one’s spiritual accounts and assess the year gone by; a time to prepare for the “Days of Awe” of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by repenting the failings of the past and resolving for the future; a time to increase in Torah study, prayer and charitable activities. Elul is the opportune time for all this because it is a month in which G d relates to us in a more open and compassionate manner than He does in the other months of the year. In the terminology of Kabbalah, it is a time when G d’s “Thirteen Attributes of Mercy” illuminate His relationship with us.

The month of Elul, says Rabbi Schneur Zalman, is when the king is in the field.

The Field

Indeed, the field is the prototype employed by Torah law to define the “work” that distinguishes between the holy and mundane days of the calendar.

In the month of Elul, however, the king comes to the field.

What happens when the king comes to the field? To understand the essence of Elul, we must first examine the relationship between the palace and the field — between Shabbat and the workweek, between the very concepts of “holy” and “mundane.” Are they really as distant from each other as their very different faces suggest?

I pray for all of us that this is a time to discern between the holy and the mundane.

This is the beginning of the fiscal month for many businesses and companies. A time to close out the books and make plans by assessing what worked, and what was profitable, and seeing what was not profitable. After looking honestly at this record of accounts we make plans for the coming year. Is this so different from taking time to look at our life and the past months? I want to make plans according to God’s calendar and His desires.

I’m ready to dig deep or set my plow for deep this year. I’m so hungry for all that God has for me. I’m digging in and not looking back. How about you?

 

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

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

 

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Welcome to Teshuvah – Elul 8

Elul 8 The Season of our Repentance-Teshuvah

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September/Elul

Wow today is the eighth

I’ve become much stronger

The work is great

 

I didn’t realize the effects

This field was completely neglected

I didn’t realize the depth

Those roots deeply directed

 

My hands have blisters

I’ve clasp so tightly the plow

He said I’m doing good

I don’t know how

 

I thought the digging

And the shovel were torture

But this plow is powerful

When the heat is a scorcher

 

 

When we get this cleared

I tell you never again

Will I ever allow

Weeds and thorns to begin

 

Devoured my dinner

He said I need a plan

My Teshuvah Date

Is such a direct MAN

 

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Redemption begins with repenting and it cannot happen any other way. Repentance is showing we understand the errors of our ways. God tells us, through Isaiah the prophet, in chapter 55, that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than ours. So, just because we think something is a good idea or a smart move doesn’t make it so. Even good things may not be God’s choice for us.

Repentance is not a humiliating act; it is a humbling intimate encounter, with the most High God. Our repentance is bowing and humbling ourselves under His mighty hand.

God is not waiting to ‘get us’. These are lies from Satan. These lies are used to keep you and me in fear, and keep us from seeking the heart of God. God is for us, and we need Him. In His light we see light. However He has made requirements that we must fulfill to be pardoned.

I’m often reminded of no matter how far we stray from God, or how fast we run from Him, there is this one truth that always stands out. Always!

That truth I am eluding to is this. That when we Shuv, or Turn, meaning to turn around, who do we see? It is none other than our Lord. We turn around and run smack dab into The Lord Jesus. So with that being said, He was pursuing us.

Everyone I know has this same revelation. He was always there. The Lord was there on the mountain and in the valley and if we made our bed in hell, we could not hide from Him. The Lord was there in the good times and in the bad times. And yes, He was always there.

Just as a groom pursues the one he loves and longs to marry and spend his life with, our Beloved pursues us.

Zechariah 1:3

Therefore say to them, “Thus says The LORD of hosts, “Return to Me”, declares The Lord of host, that I may return to you,” says the LORD of hosts.

Three times He makes it known He is the host, the LORD of host. It is His wedding party and He is the groom and the host.

He is pursuing us longing for us to turn to Him. His desire is that we Shuv, then we shall Teshuvah and be united (just as in a covenant of marriage) with His will and plan.

When we make plans for marriage there are preparations and plans, and yes even rehearsals, all with one purpose in mind that the ceremony be completed in a worthy fashion.

This is the season to set our plows for deep. I do not want any hard neglected areas in my heart. I want to dig up every rock, boulder, and all the clods from my field. We are breaking up fallow and hard ground in order to plant and sow what God desires in our lives.

I believe The Lord is calling us to have plans and seek His purposes. If we know where He is, and where He is leading us, we cannot be lured away by the devil and his schemes. We need to show ourselves diligent when digging out stones and the weeds from our neglected fields.

A couple of years ago I began to clear an old flower bed. This bed had Nandina’s and ground cover that had been growing freely for years. It had been allowed to take over. Digging out the Nandina’s was extremely difficult. The work was back breaking and tedious. Today if I even see a hint of a Nandina in this flower bed; I’m like oh no you don’t. The ground cover and the Nandina are not bad but left to themselves got way out of bounds. So it is with our lives and our hearts. If we do not tend our gardens and our field we may find good things taking over and choking out our time and affection with The Lord.

Is this why He has set Mo’edim and convocations, so we can rehearse and reset our affections back on Him? I believe this is exactly why. Don’t miss your appointment.

Don’t miss this special season. Teshuvah, my favorite time of the year, I will say of The Lord you are my refuge and my fortress, My God in you will I trust.

 

Hebrews for Christians

About the name “Elul”

In the Torah, the month of Elul is simply called the sixth month of the Jewish year. The name “Elul” (אֱלוּל) was “imported” by the Jews after their 70 year exile in Babylon (it is thought to originally come from an Akkadian word meaning “harvest”). Some commentators note that the word may also come from the root of the verb “search” in Aramaic, thus implying that this month should a time of soul-searching or “cheshbon ha-nefesh” (חֶשְׁבּוֹן הַנֶּפֶשׁ).

It is well known that the name Elul is thought to be an acronym for “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” – “I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine.”

 

In Hebrew:

אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי

הָרעֶה בַּשׁוֹשַׁנִּים

a•ni • le•do•di • ve•do•di • li

ha•ro•eh • ba•sho•sha•nim

 

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song 6:3)

 

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.

It is time to be Face to Face with our beloved!

Until next time, thank you for listening me. Laurette

 

 

 

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The Hound of Heaven

Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That an abundance of water may cover you? Who can number the clouds by wisdom, or tip the water jars of heaven? (Job 38:34, 37)

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At the sound of the rain, I stepped outside to take a few pictures. Oh this much needed beautiful rain, the sounds and the smell flooded over me, as did this song; “There is a Fountain” and then something happened in my heart that caused a flood to flow out of my eyes.

Rains are set with harvest seasons and planting seasons. Planting seasons which ultimately end in harvest, both rely solely of the rain from heaven.

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These seasons line up with spiritual truths, and allegories, and parables. We find the truths from the First Testament, told by the law and prophets, to The Second Testament taught by Jesus, all throughout the Bible.

Drip down O heavens, from above, and let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, and righteousness spring up with it. I, The LORD have created it.”  Isaiah 45;8

As I listened to the breeze rustling the leaves of the trees my own fountain began to flow. I thought oh how I’ve missed this sound and the cool breeze.

 

I realized the toil of the harsh summer’s heat, and the affect it has had on the earth around our parts. I then saw it is like hearts without the water of God’s word washing, watering, and nourishing their souls.

The cracks in the earth caused by the lack of water and the ground becoming hard and brittle break open….. But today I also saw the cracks and opening in a different way. I saw these cracks as an opening up, like a mouth gasping for air and for a drink. I saw this as an effort to breathe and begging or crying out for moisture.

(The dessert is a hot dry place, especially for those who don’t know where “The Water” is.)

When the rains come the water is able to run deep into the veins of the earth through theses openings and cracks.

I truly believe we are on the verge of revival. The fruit on the Nut Trees, fruit of the Oak trees and the Pecan trees (nut trees, pun intended) are flocked with fruit. The limbs are bowing almost to breaking.   I believe we will see breakthroughs; salvations, rededications, and yes repentant sinners being plunged beneath the flood will indeed losing all their guilty stains.

The song “There is a Fountain” flowed out of my spirit when seeing the rain coming down. I encourage you to listen to Selah sing this song.

There is a fountain filled with blood

Drawn from Immanuel’s veins

And sinners plunged beneath that flood

Lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day and there may I as vile as he wash all my sins away.

Redeeming Love has been my theme and shall be till I die.

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins, and sinners plunged beneath the flood lose all their guilty stains.

 

Those of you who heard my testimony about the vision I saw during Praise and Worship, of the handler with the bloodhound, will understand this.

All I could see was “The Arm of the Handler.” The handler was rubbing and wool-ing what looked like a shirt, all over the hounds face and nose. The action was dynamic and stood out to me causing me to meditate on what I saw for many days after and even now. The rubbing of the fabric was bold, having very determined and unapologetic movement, and with an unyielding force. Then I heard these words in my spirit; “every time you call out their name you are rubbing their scent in the hound’s nose.”

 

I now know and understand this vision in a much deeper sense.  The hound and the handler and the scent portray a picture of none other than the Holy Trinity.

 

The Arm is The Arm of the LORD God. We know the Arm He lay bare; it is Jesus as He was crucified and stretched out on the Cross of Calvary. Jesus our relentless Savior and Redeemer is indeed the Hound of Heaven. God breathed life into Adams nostrils and he became living being. The Spirit is the breath or the Ruach, the nose!

 

We are calling out for and believing for the lost. Our very own loved ones, friends, and these God Himself is after.

 

Someone running from the ‘law’ (in this case the law of love) tries to hide in dense forest (world) and a body of water (lost in sin)  in hopes the pursuer or blood hound will lose their trail and scent.

In our case they cannot, as long as we relentlessly call out for their souls, escape the capture.

 

When they are captured they will be plunged beneath the flood, lose all their guilty stains.

 

Oh what a day. It is really upon us.

 

The Hound Of Heaven

The Hound of heaven, He has your scent

He is fast approaching, He will not relent

Stop and surrender put your hands in the air

It is only in Jesus your life will be spared

 

Without His grace,

I could have never faced

The failures and the tests

And then believed the rest

 

That my story could change

And that my God would arrange

Offer to me a new life and start

One with meaningful parts

 

Only after I faced the shame and remorse

Realized the purpose to get back on course

God wasn’t planning a long camp out

Only a stopover to lead me on another route

 

The time I spent in fearful resistance

Never understanding His tender insistence

Only hindered and lengthened the pain

It never accomplished my purpose of hiding the shame

 

I want you to know and I’ve come to share

He already knows and He still cares

Nothing oh nothing under the sun

Will cause our Lord to tuck-tail and run

 

So if you’re running and hiding from life

Stop for a moment rest from the strife

He isn’t chasing to make you pay

He is coming to capture and show you The Way

 

It is in failure with a Repentant heart

That Jesus appears with your brand new start

The papers for pardon ready to be signed

So today is the day and now is the time!

 

The Hound of heaven indeed has your scent

He is fast approaching, He will not relent

Stop and surrender put your hands in the air

It is only in Jesus your life will be spared

 

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Pray church pray!

Prophecy believer’s prophecy!

Speak scriptures of salvation over them!

Believe and call out their names!

Stand your watch, and wait for the salvation of The Lord our God!

 

The Hound of Heaven is hot on their trail.

He is going to search them out. God is going to capture them!  When earnestly seeking The Lord in prayer concerning this vision, I said Lord, are they criminals? Then this truth began to flow.

 

  1. They are indeed hardened criminals. Their hearts like the parched earth are dry,  cracked,  and hardened, from walking away from God.

 

  1. They are in violation of the LAW and Covenant.

 

  1. The LAW of God which is the covenant of love.

 

  1. They are disturbing the Peace.

They will be apprehended by His Love.

 

  1. Their lives depend on it. They will perish if allowed to remain unprotected in these elements.

 

2 Timothy 2:24-26

And a servant of The Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come their senses and escape the snare of the devil having been taken captive by him to do his will. (NKJV)

 

And after this, if they do not heed the correction, we get out of the way because The Hound of Heaven is hot on their heels.

 

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 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’ve 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 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