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Forgetting those things that are behind!!!

Well here it is; 2015

Usually the first few days of the year is spend lamenting over what did or did not happen the previous year! For me this started the entire month of December; by the time Christmas came I had worked myself into a major depression. 2014 started off with a bang, we had just closed on our new home, we were shopping for new furniture, we had money in the bank, we were satisfied with the success we were experiencing in ministry and our business…bottom line things were pretty darn good!

What a difference a year makes, by the middle of 2014 our faith begin to be tested, my husband was laid off from work, our oldest daughter announced she was divorcing her husband of eighteen years, our seventeen year old granddaughter reported she was pregnant and we were feeling the strain of the loss of income.  It’s amazing to me how things can be going so well and then all of a sudden everything is turned upside down.

So, one night I wake up and go to my secret place, which happens to be in my closet, I fall on my face and begin to cry out to the Lord. At first I heard absolutely nothing, but I pressed on in my prayers until I heard the Father say, “Just praise me!” I didn’t want to praise, but I didn’t want to stay in that dark place, so I begin to just say, “Thank you!” over and over again! Tears were now flowing uncontrollably! A few weeks later on my birthday December 31st, the Lord spoke loud and clear!

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, Phil 3:13

That’s all I need to hear, 2014 is gone and I am looking forward to what 2015 has in store for me! I have so much to be thankful for. Everything is not perfect and God never said it would be, but the message is loud and clear:

No matter what happens, PRAISE GOD IN ALL THINGS and KEEP ON MOVING… 2015 HERE I COME!!!

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Take your cloths off!

Struggling to come into the presence of God after a long and trying day; pushing myself to enter into the Holy Place, but, not able to enter in. Frustration begin to engulf me, instead of being lifted to a high place, I was sinking into a hole. The more I struggled to pull myself out the more I was pulled deeper in the abyss. Thoughts from the day were bombarding my soul, screaming accusations of my unworthiness. Everything I had done or said wrong during the day was over powering the worship songs that were being sung in the back ground. I’m not sure how I got to this place, but I was here none the same. At the point of pure desperation, I raised my hands and said without realizing it, “God I need you!” It was what the Father was waiting for, me to come to a desperate place and cry out to him in my weak and feeble state. He whispered in my hear, “take your cloths off” come to the basin that is in the outer court and bath. Wash off all that has defiled you today. You can’t come into my presence because you have not prepared yourself for your King. Now, come to the basin and take your cloths off my bride. Wash your head, cleansing your thoughts from the vain imaginations, wash your face, your eyes, your ears,you mouth from all the vile things you have seen, heard and said today. Wash your arms from all the unholy things you have embraced; Wash your torso from things you have allowed to enter into your heart; Wash your legs and your feet from those forbidden places you walked today. Now that you are clean and naked, I can lead you into my Most Holy Place, my most intimate place. I will cloth you with my Glory, with my peace, with my love. I can now adorn you with my oil of gladness and you can sip from my wine of healing. Now, that you have taken your cloths off!

As I did everything thing the Lover of my soul instructed me to do, I was instantly taken to theHigh Place and it was just him and I.

Oh, the pleasure that flooded my soul, I will never hesitate again to “Take my cloths off.” My King is waiting for me and I will not keep Him waiting.