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Saying Yes to God

It is just as the Holy Spirit says, “If you hear God’s voice today, Hebrews 3:7

Once I

Once I said yes
When I should have said no
Once I said stop
When the answer was go

Once I was sure
That was the way
Disastrous disappointment
For many a day

Once I was hurried
And frazzled with care
I cried out help
Is anyone there

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Is there someone to help me
Someone who knows what I need
I haven’t got a clue
I can’t continue at this speed

I received a message
Just in the nick of time
I had been waiting
Didn’t realize why

Is anyone out there
A voice called back
Who are you like looking for
I was taken aback

When out of nowhere
This Voice called to me
I have been here all this time
But you couldn’t see

 

I called to you and summoned
You were busy with friends
I’ve waited patiently
To speak again

Once I said yes
When I should have said no
Times past I said stop
Now I say go

© laurette laster October 2019

 

For years I didn’t know our Lord as our ever present help in time of need. I knew sometimes things just seemed to work out, but I didn’t know He was summoning me to walk with Him.

I had the idea that you did the best you could and hopefully the good would outweigh the bad, and if the cards fell just right well maybe you would make it into heaven. Isn’t that a crazy idea or way to think? It is sad.  I wonder how many others think this way?

Being busy and doing good can be good, but it can choke the will and desire of The Lord out. Always running to help someone, always dropping what you’re doing, putting others first, may not be God’s work. Yes I know that we are to do good works. But good works the bible talks about are in addition to other daily activities and works. I let others use me or take advantage of me so they would like me or at least tolerate me.

I’m so glad I was delivered from believing others wants and needs were what God wanted, and that I was somehow appeasing His anger by doing good works.

I pray we set aside quiet time to hear from The Lord and then proceed from Him, not proceed on ignoring Him. The other day I glanced this red bird sitting in my peach tree, alone. I thought maybe he needs some quiet time alone from the crowd.

Then I thought about how I require that too.

He is speaking. Today if you hear His voice do not harden your heart………..

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, thanks for listening with me. Laurette

 

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A Pillow of Snow

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet,

A Pillow of Snow

A pillow of snow
In the lap of the tree
Surrounded by branches
The number is three

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Soft yet sturdy
Unique in flight
Flakes from heaven
In color pure white

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Stature and strength
Stately old oak
Shields and protects
Covering cloak

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Each unique
No two the same
Speaks to me
About The Name

A pillow of snow
In the lap of this tree
Are there comparisons
Can you see

Tender and delicate
Fragile yet firm
From tiny snowflakes
We can learn

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God is our protector
A very strong tower
We are at rest
In the lap of His Power

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As I went to take a few photos of the brief snow we had Saturday morning, snapping this shot I heard the words, ‘a pillow of snow in the lap of this tree.’ As I studied the photo thinking of what I had heard I continued to think, what does this mean?

I noticed three main branches coming off of the trunk. I immediately thought of the Trinity, God in the image of The Loving Father and Protector, holding it all together, God in the image of The Redeemer and Savior, The Son, and God in the Spirit of Truth, The Holy Spirit, offering us a safe place to land. We are created in His image and likeness, body, soul, and spirit yet each with a unique print.

No two snowflakes are the same; each so unique, intricate, a delicate design. Amazing how something so delicate and fragile survives the rugged wind storm, holding its shape while blown about…would melt immediately if collected and captured by a warm hand. It is then I’m reminded as believer’s we are a force to be reckoned with by the kingdom of darkness, so fragile yet so strong, being melted in an instant at His touch.

In all of this He holds us secure. Have we ever thought and considered the process a snowflake goes through? There isn’t anything prettier or more beautiful than a blanket of snow, especially when you don’t get much. I have no desire to live off the grid or be snowed in for months. In large quantities gathered together, an avalanche can occur and destroy everything in its path. Then that beautiful calm scene takes on a whole new meaning. Beginning with liquid that is evaporated, collected, poured out, heading to an unknown destination, uniquely designed going through very cold places the consistency and form is changed.

In a short twenty four hours, we had extreme changes. Friday higher than normal temperatures in the low 70’s, and very humid, by afternoon it was raining with tornado warnings throughout the afternoon and early evening, flooding with emergency water rescues, then 27 degrees and snow by Saturday morning. The snow changed it all to a beautiful calm scene erasing the chaos from the day before, into beautiful flakes created by nature.

Though your sins be like scarlet they shall be as white as snow.

By faith we rest knowing we are completely protected in the lap of His Power. But as redeemed and cleansed by His blood we are a force to reckon with. We are cleansed and collected for the Master’s use. Are you ready?

Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16

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 you and give you Shalom.

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

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He Hears-Liquid Faith

He Hears
Psalms‬ ‭126:5-6‬ ‭ESV ”Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”
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In my heart I have a truth

I know only He can hear

Prayers that speaks loudest

From eyes brimming over with tears

 

Tears that flow yet not unbelief

From a heart fervent and effective

Waiting is where Gods promises

Are brought into right perspective

 

For He who promised is faithful

Our God will abundantly pardon

So we are free to seek Him

Come away with Him to the garden

 

Soon these tears will turn in to praise

Like blooms from a well watered garden

Ready to feel by acknowledging

Tears that soften and never harden

 

His thoughts toward us only good

This trial has a desired purpose

He that sees, hears my prayers

Liquid faith waters the surface

 

Gardens must be watered

Nourished with liquid faith

Prayers that speaks the loudest

He hears when steaming down our face

 

Tears are collected evidence

He understands their sound

Gently falling upon our hearts

Their purpose; to soften and water His precious ground.

 

© laurette laster 2019
Malachi 3:16
At that time, those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened
and heard them. So a scroll of remembrance was written before Him regarding those
who feared The Lord, and honored His name
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I’m sharing this poem. I couldn’t help but reread it after yesterdays poem that I posted earlier today.
He hears. He is faithful. We shall reap if we faint not. Tears are ex pressed sadness and joy, worry and faith, as we wait.
Faith and gratitude softens our heart as we wait.
But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with
wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
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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Overwhelming Heart Hugs

Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy [found] in His sanctuary. (1 Chronicles 16:27 AMPC)

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Overwhelming Heart Hugs

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Thank You Father is whispered
As tears stream down my cheek
His love hugs my heart so tight
Causing my eyes to leak

Captured in His nearness
Overwhelmed with gratitude
I can barely catch my breath
In His love, oh the magnitude

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Intelligible words with value
Escape my mind and being
Surrounded by His love
His goodness is all I’m seeing

Sometimes I weep
Or burst out in song
His gentle touch
Heals all wrong

My face to the floor
Familiar touch reminding
His word will not return void
But accomplish all He’s decreed

His goodness is never failing
His love is never ending
Oh my God and my Lord
With You there is no pretending

So real and completely alive
Only good and forever faithful
He is for us, with us, and in us
We cannot help be praiseful

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Yes gratitude comes forth
Running down my face
In double streams proportioned
Like His amazing grace

Gratitude pours forth
At the most amazing times
It’s then I am reminded
We are on His mind

My eyes become like faucets
He sets my feet to dancing
Tears of joy flow freely
His perfect love entrancing

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You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11 NKJV)

Have you ever felt the presence of heaven invading the room? I had a visitation yesterday. As I began to complete a simple but great idea, a task given to me by Him, I was praising The Lord in hymns and psalms. As I was singing verses about His faithfulness I was reminded I had a dream in the night. It was an amazing dream. A sweet dream, showing me, that yes the promises of God are true and He is working on these very situations as I go about His business. Later I began to be overcome with gratitude and tears sprang forth. I was joyous, not sad, I was overcome by His goodness and this poem flowed forth. I share this with you to encourage you to reach out and take hold of all God is doing in your life no matter what season you are in.

Last year I had a poem spring forth about liquid faith. The Lord allowed me to glimpse believer’s tears falling on their chest. These tears come forth during the toughest times and become water or streams of faith, springing forth from emotions so deep and too raw for verbal explanation. As our heads are bowed down, tears fall on our heart and water and soften our heart. So tears are clearly an expression of multiple emotions. The emotions that cannot be articulated are clearly understood in heaven. Tears are said to be stored in bottles of remembrance before Him.

When His presence or an angelic visitation takes place it invades our very atmosphere. I have experienced this in differing places, locations, and venues.

We cannot describe what it is, but we know it is Him. We are surrounded, engulfed, and captured, by this permeating, very tangible, yet invisible presence. It isn’t a feeling it is an experience. An experience so exciting and captivating that causes a variable of emotions to burst forth all at the same time. Not knowing whether to dance, sing, cry, shout, or fall on our face, when suddenly clear liquid burst forth from ducts that were strategically placed by our Creator. I’ve come to realize this is His pure love expressed in liquid form and it is in double portions.

Like oil extracted by being pressed from the olive, love extracted from pressing on our heart must be expressed. However there is a love so powerful that it is [ex] pressed in liquid form.

Yes it is Him. Dropping by to remind us, all is well. He is with us.

I wonder if our eyes were opened to this glory what it would be like. Then I’m reminded His love is all around us, even when we can’t feel Him. He is here.

The next time you are enraptured and tears spring forth, and you don’t understand; it is because He is hugging your heart tightly against His.

The joy is so amazing words cannot articulate. It is experienced, felt, and expressed in the quiet whispers of tears caught and stored in bottles for His remembrance.

He draws our heart holding it close to His and the intimacy causes springs of love and gratitude to burst forth. When words cannot be expressed they are pressed, and come forth as tears.

The hug of our Lord is so amazing it makes our eyes leak.

Just a little side note about the lamp I used in this photo. This lamp was my mother’s lamp. I am reasonably certain it was her mothers before her, my grandmother. There have been many hardships by women in our family lineage. Untold broken hearts caused by generational ignorance. My mother was my only parent, her mother my only grandparent. As I experience His goodness I realize many of the prayers being answered were watered by their liquid faith and gratitude before me. I never want to take one blessing or promise for granted. My fight is for those who have gone before me, and for the ones coming after me. Therefore I must persevere that my God may receive all the glory. May I be numbered with the prudent and have my lamp and my extra vessel of oil.

 

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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Don’t Keep Christmas in the Closet

It’s Time

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. Romans 2:16

Where do Holidays (Holy Days) come from? They are derived from the Feasts of God and the Promises of God.

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Don’t keep Christmas in the closet

Don’t keep Christmas in the closet
Don’t store it away for months
Keep it out in the open
Let’s decide this now for once

For God does nothing in secret
Though at first we may not understand
But if we continue on in faith
We shall see the work of His hands

It is the most wonderful time
The most celebrated season
But we should take an account
And remember ‘Jesus’ is the reason

So do not put The Lord away
And store Him out of sight
Oh no we must tell of His wondrous works
While it is day and not the night

Yes He was born as a babe
Humbled Himself as a Servant
But that is not all we know
To those who are observant

 

Yes Christmas was heralded
From Angels melodious chorus
So don’t put Christmas away
Keep our soon coming King before us

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I shall not store Christmas away
And I encourage you each to search
In Luke, Isaiah, then Mathew
Each describes His miraculous birth

Oh but that is not all there is more
In every book you can find
That Christmas was forever
And was foremost on God’s mind

Do not put Christmas away
It is the most wonderful time of the year
Keep it magnificently lighted
And displayed from ear to ear

 

For The Gift that keeps on giving
We can share in daily amounts
Our Hope is in Jesus at Christmas
Are you ready to give an account

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It’s Time

Wednesday, January 1, 2020, today something is stirring in my spirit. I sense The Lord asking, do you know what it means. Our Western traditions, customs, and holidays, are an illustration, mimicking the Fall Feasts or Appointed Times of the Lord, even though others may not be aware of this.
As the Christmas Holidays officially draw to a close, some seem relieved; while others put everything away the day after Christmas.
Our lights are still burning bright in the darkness. I turned on the window candles again tonight, one last time. I will miss the festive decorations but will carry the meaning of Christmas in my heart every day.

Last year (a few short days ago) in 2019 I experienced a prophetic word along with a supernatural illumination from a snow woman I rescued from Goodwill. I will write and blog about that another day. This illumination deserves its own story, not just a few sentences.

Our traditions and Holidays (Holy Days) Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, represent The Fall Feasts of The Lord our God. Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur also known as Day of Atonement and Tabernacles, and Hanukkah or Feast of Dedication are Holy times of God. We’ve been honoring and handing down remnants or portions of these Feasts for generations.

As Greg and I were talking, I asked him, if you had to define time what would you say time is, how would you describe time? He sat there for a brief moment then answered, “I don’t know.” It isn’t easily definable or described in one word. How applicable, right?
Time is a noun, a verb, and an adjective and so much more.
Time is a season, a decade, a day, a moment, a year, an eon, an event, a measure, a duration, a date, an occasion, time is passing, can be appointed and time can be missed. The list can go on and on.
We know that the stroke of a clock doesn’t really change anything and neither does a specific day on our Gregorian calendar, yet we need the boundary time marks and sets. God has a calendar and definitely keeps and marks time and events. God established time of light and dark, evening and the morning, making a distinction between day and night at the beginning of creation. And evening and morning were the first day.
We need the measurement and the distinction time offers.
While we read many opinions and warnings about celebrating pagan holidays, I took time today to thank God for the reason we celebrate. In search of Him we observe His set apart time, recognizing He set, kept, and fulfilled, an appointment with mankind, sending His Son Jesus, our promised Messiah. This promised event changed the destiny of mankind. The Gift given to us, poured out for us, at the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins. At His resurrection This Gift would open unto us the offer of complete salvation and meaning, new life, a living hope, redemption, restoration, sanctification, and eternity with Him in the next life while giving us power here and now for the rest of the journey.

What a God, what a glorious event; The Gift that is still being opened.
We have been given a set time, the acceptable day, an appointed time to die and then judgment.

Why would anyone miss the day of salvation?
It is time! Today is the day, now is the acceptable time of God’s favor. If you haven’t already made Jesus Lord of your life, I pray you will stop right now, take time and ask Jesus to be your Savior.
He’s The Real Gift and the meaning of Christmas!

2nd Corinthians 9:15 Thank God for his gift that is too wonderful for words! Indescribable, unspeakable gift that gives us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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 For The Beauty

Those who do wickedly(violate the covenant) against the covenant he shall corrupt (seduce, deceive, corrupt, and entice, turn to godlessness) with flattery; but the people who know their God (remain faithful, are loyal,) will display strength (firmly resist him) and take action. Daniel 11:32

Look For The Beauty

Look for the beauty
When darkness surrounds
Search for His holiness …
Though evil abounds

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“In 2020 Seek His face
Yes like never before
For I know yes I know
There is so much more”

When darkness seems darker
“Hope” is never lost
It is then we must believe, yes believe
Hold on no matter the cost

Jesus is our anchor (Hebrews 6:19)
He indeed is our “Hope”
So darkness must flee
We are not of those who grope

We are led and summoned
Called His very own
Fear not little flock
His kingdom is our home

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Yes, Look for the beauty
When darkness surrounds
Search for His holiness
When evil abounds

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As we usher in this new decade my prayer is we seek God, more than ever before. In a world that tries to make Him common, I pray we esteem His holiness, being filled with His fullness.

In a world attempting to dilute and dumb down, watering down and weakening the truth in His word, so it isn’t too strong, (don’t want any offended), I pray we know our God and do exploits, never watering down the gospel. I pray we grow in wisdom and stature, stretch and reach (higher) to pursue, always looking towards the goal, for the prize of the calling on high of God in Christ Jesus.
May we never be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ,  After all, “It is the power of God unto salvation” that changes people. I pray we put a demand on His power in dark days, as plugged in believers, we shine brighter and brighter, bringing others to His Power and Light. To Him be glory in the church, may all be changed by His great love.

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:14-21 NKJV

Happy New Year
2020 A Decade of Hope
Look for the Beauty

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. Laurette

Until next time, thanks for listening with me. Laurette

 

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The Gift-The Mark of The Engraver

Good Morning

The Real Gift

We’ve heard catchy sayings and slogans , the gift that keeps on giving. The meaning of the phrase, this isn’t a one time event or happening, but something that has a continual benefit.

Oh the unending, supernatural, Devine benefits from “The Gift” delivered, Immanuel!
Have you shared “The Gift” with others.
Jesus, “The Light” never dimming, does not go out.

Jesus said, “I Am The Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

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As you read think about this statement. Engraving is a physical mark while etching is a chemical process.

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The Mark of The Engraver

A gift shouldn’t be something
Displayed on a shelf
And a gift isn’t something
That exalts only self

If used and put on exhibit
Pointing hey look at me
That may not be a gift
But idolatry

A real gift should be shared
For the betterment of many
A true gift is found
And never excludes any

We have all received a “Gift”
In the birth of our Savior
How we receive determines
The mark of The Engraver

He writes His law
On our hearts and minds
Oh “The Gift” is obvious
And truly binds

You’re never alone
Or without “The Gift”
The real meaning and purpose
“Jesus” is why Merry CHRISTmas is wished

© 2019 laurette laster

“the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭NIV

Often when writing a poem, a word or stanza stands out speaking to me. Calling to me to come to the deep. I almost hear His voice summoning me. This may seem silly to you, yet I’ve discovered deep yet practical truths pointing to the eternal.

“The mark of The Engraver” called to me after writing this poem. I began researching what an engraver is. One of the first things I read pointed out the difference between and engraver and an etcher. I hadn’t given any thought to the difference prior to this poem. The Mark left by The Engraver is applied by hand, while etching is caused using a chemical. Engraving is a physical mark while etching is caused by a chemical process.

Looking toward the New Year of 2020 I have great expectations. I listened to a teaching yesterday saying 2020 is the year of the hand or the palm. Is 2020 the year of laying on of hands, transferring the gift of faith to other’s, for them to believe on The Lord Jesus Christ and His love to heal. Jesus said, “your faith has made you whole.” Oh to see other’s have the faith to be healed and receive the gifts of deliverance that have been delivered for us. I have great expectations of seeing The Word manifest in the lives of believers. I expect to see unbelievers believing, when we share the Gift of Christ with them.

Engraving is a physical mark left  by the work of the Hand while etching is a chemical process. I had an illumination this morning concerning all the new diagnosis’s and chemicals called medications prescribed. (I am not a medical doctor and I am not stating nor suggesting anyone stop taking their medications, nor am I saying there isn’t cases where medications are required and necessary).  I am believing to see the Mark of The Engraver change lives, open minds by His supernatural physical touch through the laying on of hands. A touch that causes their faith to rise up and believe in the power of Almighty God. A faith that draws to a real and deep work of repentance.

I hear The Lord saying this will not be for public spectacles but will be a holy encounter with The Living God. The transference I see happening will be intimate, tangible, and can even be transferred during intercession prayer. It is however by faith.

Jesus said, “if you can believe all things are possible to him that believes.”

I challenge us all, it is time to believe again.

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 Christmas Heart

My prayer is that we make time for Christmas this year. With all the festivities and games, the plans and the parties, may we never lose our zeal and passion, nor take our eyes off of “The Gift” of JESUS, our MESSIAH, the HOPE, the LIGHT, the JOY, the LOVE of Christmas.

A Christmas Heart

Can you feel it in your heart
Christmas time- a special part
Consolation has come for Israel
That Prophets of old did foretell

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Do you feel Him in your heart
Immanuel, Salvations start
Gabriel’s news to Mary he gave
Birth of Messiah, born to save

God has come in flesh to dwell
Heavens glory did show and tell
About Messiah and His entrance
A virgin shall give birth, to His preeminence

Hearts will break, on bended knee
Giving thanks when they believe
The time had come for God’s own plan
Eternity set in the heart of man

No more to sing Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel
The Lord was born at Migdol Eder
He has come to save us from our sin
Of His kingdom there shall be no end

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Isaiah 9:6 NIV
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Luke 1-31-33 NKJV
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Merry Christmas 🎄laurette

 

What makes this the most Wonderful time of the year? It is because this is the time we set aside each year to worship the birth of our Savior.

We are reminded by the lights, the sounds, and the smells, that Christmas is in the air.

Maybe we should remember to make this the most Worshipful time of the year. I pray we never get caught up in the festivities, and lose sight of the meaning of the season. We’ve heard and we know, Jesus is the reason for the season, but what about the meaning of Christmas.

By faith Wise men followed His star, looking for Him who is born King of the Jews. Saying we have come to worship Him.

The star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they came into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:9-11)

They searched for many months, Jesus was a young child and He and Mary were in a house, not in the stable. Exceedingly great joy, They worshipped and presented their gifts to Him.

Months of searching, when they found Him, seeing His star, they fell down and worshipped Him.

Yes it is the most worshipful time of the year.

This makes me think of the lyrics to the song:

Behold your beautiful Savior, fall down worship Him the King born in Bethlehem.

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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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