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Blog Post by Jessica Davis

 

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”#weakisthenewstrong #Hepromisestostay                                                                                                                                                                                      

-2 Corinthians 12:8-10

 

 

 

Brokenness as a doorway

No one craves brokenness…but perhaps we should.  The literal translation of verse 9 is that when we are weak, God comes and pitches a tent over us and dwells with us until we are strong. I’m learning to be ok with waiting in my brokenness as long as He stays with me.

 

 

 

Prayer

Father,

Let me embrace brokenness as a doorway to intimacy with You, through the cross of Jesus, rather than something to be feared and ran from.  Holy Spirit lead me there. My heart longs for healing and to experience the strength of His protection and love.  In Jesus name.

 

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Posted by: In: Faith, Uncategorized 16 Apr 2019 1 comment

Blog post by Brandy Edenfield

 

I Love Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

 

'If I’m real with you, worry is a struggle for me. Not just “worry” itself, but also, it’s the “sister struggles” that partner with it - 'fear & control'. Click To Tweet

 

Fear has been the greatest tool of the enemy in my life for as long as I can remember, specifically the “what if” fears which invite worry.  As a little girl, I remember being very fearful of getting lost or left somewhere. I tried to control this fear by staying close to my parents at all times, even in our house. As a teenager, I had a deeply rooted fear of being disrespected or dishonored publicly. I tried to control this through aggression & defensiveness. As a young woman, that fear of rejection showed up in my life in the form of using people & rejecting others before they could reject me. I tried to control this by hardening my heart. My life was full of so many broken relationships. As a new mom, I experienced an extremely isolating fear of my daughter being harmed. Growing up in the north, I’d heard lots of stories about the racial division in the south, so in the first few months of mothering a bi-racial child in Savannah, Ga, my fear that she would be harmed took great hold of my heart. I tried to control this by staying in the house (doors locked & curtains drawn) for days.  Add a husband & two more babies- fear & worry & my need to control grew. The “what if” fears were a constant for me:

 

 

  • What if one of my kids get sick with a serious disease?
  • What if one of them gets hurt while I’m home alone with them & I don’t know what to do?
  • What if Brian has an accident at work or on the way home? 
  • What if he decides he doesn’t want to be married anymore? What if I do?

 

 

 

 

WHAT IF? WHAT IF? WHAT IF????

Fear was CONSTANT in my everyday life. Thank God for Jesus, Murphy Toerner (my amazing counselor), Jan Hicks & CROSSING2FREEDOM classes. Because of them and their impact on my life, these strongholds were broken off my heart.

But don’t we know the enemy is a liar & schemer? Isn’t he relentless? In the areas I got free in, I became confident that those doors of fear were closed forever. So, he showed up in new ways. As God was opening doors professionally & in ministry, I began to have some new & powerful fears:

 

 

  • What if I can’t do this? 
  • What if the gifts they see in me aren’t enough or maybe not real?
  • What if being in full-time ministry costs my family greatly?
  • What if they ask me to become a “religious rule follower”

 

 

 

 

The list went on! I began to feel deep insecurity & started focusing on all my “lack” rather than Gods power & promises. I got caught up in the trap of “performance”- trying to earn my spot at the table. More fear!!! And in the midst of this season- we faced the toughest season of our lives with one of our children. It was a fight for her very life & ya’ll… the fear in this season was nothing short of TORMENTING! The fear that I opened the door to robbed me of my peace, stole my sleep & kept my body in revolt. It was tearing our life apart! The more fearful I got, the more I worried. This depth of worry was projecting fear into the future so I was cursing the future in addition to fear in today. So, I grappled for control- any control. I became a drill sergeant; a helicopter mom; a tyrant.

 

 

In our darkest day- Brian & I CRIED OUT TO GOD– we yelled at Him, we challenged His character & goodness OUT LOUD! Why were at the ends of ourselves! TRULY!

Smack dab in the middle of this desert, God gave us a word- SURRENDER!Simple word, right? Sure, it’s easy to say, but SO HARD to walk out in real life.
We asked a God to show us what that needed to look like. And we actively fought for our peace.

 

 

BREAKTHROUGH

For us that looked like:

  • Verbally renouncing fear, worry & control from our house, our hearts & our family.
  • We fasted.
  • We were consistent in prayer, meditation & devotional each morning.
  • We leaned into each other instead of trying to go it alone.
  • We changed what we watched on tv & what we listened to. 
  • We prayed TOGETHER every night.
  • We sought outside help from counselors, pastors, friends & even doctors. 
  • We talked about our struggles with real transparency.

 

God did what He does! He healed our hearts! He broke the chains of fear in my life! Is life magically carefree? NO! Is fear a distant enemy I no longer think about? NO! The enemy is real & he throws darts at my soul CONSTANTLY! He hates me & everything I love so he’s relentless in his efforts.

 

Here is what I can say for sure- God is bigger! He’s badder! And He’s tougher! He has good gifts like Peace, Love & a sound Mind for me. These are PROMISES! His promises for me & mine! These are GUARANTEES!!I can hang my hat on them.
So as Brian & I actively did our part, He, of course, was right there honoring us & giving us the fruit of His spirit! He took my fear, worry & control & He filled their spots in my life with peace, honor & rest.

 

PRAYER

 “Heavenly Father, I come before you confessing all of my fear, anxiety, and control.  I repent of the fear of ________________ and renounce it today.  I repent of the idolatry of it and for the lies I have believed about you. I trust and believe you. Break the power of the tormentors over my life as I choose the path of surrender.  I choose to lean into you and trust your highest best for my life. Help me Holy Spirit to learn and understand this path.  Teach me what leaning and relying upon you looks like in this life journey home heal my heart and speak your truth.”   – In Jesus name. Amen.

 

Life has challenges- but we can live a life free from the chains of fear & anxiety.
Surrender is the key to peace!
Bless you♥️

 

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 06 Mar 2019 0 comments

Blog Post by Ann Kling

 

Last week, I listened to a choir rendition of “The Lion & The Lamb”. As the final chorus reached the crescendo, it moved me to tears. Yes, Jesus is both The Lamb of God and The Lion of Judah.

As I pondered the words lion and lamb, I remembered the old saying, “If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb”. Click To Tweet

 

This March could lay claim to the lion as storms and high winds marched across the country. It remains to be seen if it will ease out like a quiet, meek lamb.

 

 

 

 

Fierce Winds

We watched as the fierce winds broke off limbs from our massive oak trees and strew leaves and debris across our neighbor’s yard. I like to hear the wind whistle through the pine trees lining many of the lots in our community. I can hear it faintly blowing at the end of the block, gaining volume and strength as it rushes past my house. Did you ever wonder where does the wind come from and where does it go? Probably. Most have entertained that question as a child.

 

 

 

 

 

The mystique of the Wind

It is a mystery that you can’t see the wind or grasp it in your hand. You can only see the results of it passing by:              

  • An East wind divided the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross over on dry land
  • Jesus spoke to the wind and waves, “Peace, be still” and they obeyed
  • The floods came, and the winds blew down the house built on sand
  • A mighty rushing wind filled the house where they were praying in the upper room

 

 

 

My curiosity about wind led me to read John 3:7,8 where Jesus answered Nicodemus’ question about being born a second time. Jesus said, “Do not be surprised that I said to you,’ You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So, it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” This prompted me to research the meaning of the Greek word for wind.Pneumameans: wind, breath, spirit

 

John 20: 22 Jesus breathed on them (disciples) and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.Click To Tweet

 

Wind of the Spirit

Just as we can’t see the wind, we cannot see the inner work of the Spirit within another person. But just as we can see the results of the wind blowing through the swaying trees, we can see the results of the Holy Spirit indwelling a believer.

Love                             Patience                                  Faithfulness

Joy                               Kindness                                  Gentleness

Peace                          Goodness                                Self-Control

Next time I see March roaring in like a lion, I will be thinking of The Lion of Judah working in my life through the wind of God, the Holy Spirit.

Prayer

“Father, may others see the good results of Your wind blowing in my life, so they may desire to have You work in their lives too.”

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 11 Dec 2018 1 comment
Blog Post by Brandy Edenfield

A friend of mine tearfully shared yesterday their unworthiness to receive Gods love & healing. What God started in my heart as a response has been on my mind ever since, expanding to overflow & growing my gratitude. So, this is my take on it!  People were separated from God because of sin. The only way to the Father was through sacrifices & rule following, so many rules in fact that it seemed the odds were stacked against them.

In my mind, I imagine a meeting of God, Holy Spirit & Jesus. In this visual, I see God shaking His head in frustration with people (He wasn’t surprised, just… annoyed.) Jesus, seeing the Fathers’ frustration and full of compassion offered Himself up, “Send me. I’ll go to them & teach them. I’ll be the final sacrifice.” And I imagine Holy Spirit(The great counselor) saying “this is a beautiful thing. I love it.” So, the Father, in sadness because He loves His son SO DEEPLY, agreed.

 

 

 

 

LOVE GIVES

 

A perfect baby was created inside a virgin(an untainted vessel) and was born in a nasty, dirty stable with animals (I won’t even go into the spiritual metaphor this was for us & our mess.) This child was pure perfection! A teacher to great scholars before He was a teenager. He grew up to be a kind, compassionate man. HE LOVED PEOPLE! ALL PEOPLE! And here’s the crazy part for me- HE LOVED THE REALLY BAD, MESSY PEOPLE A LOT! He spent time with them, even when religious people judged Him. He spent His adult life teaching about His Fathers wonderful heart for them & The Fathers love for all mankind. ALL mankind!

 

 

 

 

 

 

He simplified all the rules (there’s more but here’s the list of them:) 1. Love God 2. Love yourself & from these two loves, Love others. (See, what He was telling us was important; to live a life FULL & OVERFLOWING with LOVE. Click To Tweet

 

When we love God most, that changes who we are. When we learn to see ourselves the way He sees us & love & honor ourselves, we’re more generous with our love & our giftings because He breaks the lies of the enemy off of our hearts & our insecurities aren’t in control anymore. (SO, THEN we love others in the most beautiful way- from our overflow!)

 

 

 

 

LOVE LAYS DOWN LIFE FOR OTHERS

He poured Himself into people. And the time came for our ransom to be paid. To pay a debt with His life that was mine (and yours) & He prepared Himself. As the day drew near, He spent a lot of time talking to His Father. The heavy weight of what was before Him was so immense, He literally sweats blood & asked the Father “if there’s another way, do that instead (paraphrased)”. But He knew He was the one- the only perfect sacrifice– to end all sacrifices. His life would pay humanities debt IN FULL! 

 

 

 

JESUS was betrayed by a man He loved DEEPLY! He was beaten beyond recognition! LITERALLY- beaten to the point that it changed his appearance, almost to the point of death. VICIOUSLY BEATEN! The plan they made for his murder were HORRENDOUS, truly beyond comprehension. They made fun of Him & they tortured Him. All along, He had the power to change His situation with the blink of an eye. YET HE PRESSED ON!

 

 

 

 

LOVE IS A CELEBRATION

At one point, as the weight of my sin & your sin– the sin of all people was on Him, even the Father had to look away. Jesus was the ONLY person to ever experience a moment of “God turning His back on Him.” In the hopelessness of that moment, He asked “why have you left me? (Paraphrase)” The Father was with Him once again!

In complete agony, He still did what Jesus does & forgave the sins of a neighboring criminal & promised eternity with Him. And in His final moments on this Earth, He had great compassion for all people & on our behalf, He pleaded with the Father to forgive us & have mercy on our ignorance. Then He spoke the words “IT IS FINISHED!” And He SURRENDERED His life!

Oh yes!, there’s more– the powerful resurrection that fulfilled the promise of new life for those that believe in Him, but that’s for another day. The point of this post is to say this- NONE OF US ARE WORTHY OF THIS! NO NOT ONE!!! We cannot be good enough to earn this love that He freely gives & we cannot be so bad that it changes His love! NONE OF US DESERVES SUCH LOVE & SACRIFICE! It’s a gift! FREELY given if you don’t know this Jesus, please let me introduce you– you’ll never be the same! NEVER! His love & a relationship with Him changes EVERYTHING!!

 

I’m here if you need a hand to hold on your journey. This is why I say “Merry Christmas”- HE’S THE REASON! Be blessed today. Click To Tweet

 

 

PRAYER

Jesus,

Thank you for showing me the way of love. I only need “to confess with my mouth and believe with my heart and I am saved”.  I receive your love, forgiveness, and grace into my heart.

Thank you for coming to this earth, for taking on my Sins on yourself and giving me the gift of eternal life.  We will be together forever. I am looking forward to this for myself and others.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: In: Uncategorized 03 Dec 2018 1 comment

Post by Brandy Edenfield

 

 

 

Sitting with my tree this morning & thinking about last night’s group & these words from a book we are reading (the author speaking of women) describes us as:

 

 “warrior, courageous, fighter.”

 

As I let my mind dissect the meaning of each word, it begins to wander into the lives of women I know- some of which I don’t know well but I follow them on social media or they’re a friend of a friend or a parent of a kid I know or they live far away.

 

 

 

 Warrior | Courageous | Fighter

Many different women in different situations. I suddenly realize I’ve lost focus & try to come back to these three words & I feel the gentle urging of Holy Spirit in my heart say “Think on these women, they’re not “distractions” they are the evidence of these three words that I’ve allowed you to witness, the proof that I created women as mighty WARRIORS, COURAGEOUSLY moving through each day & a with a deep down FIGHTER spirit as they conquer their situations. Acknowledge what is often overlooked. These are MY GIRLS, in whom I am well pleased!”

 

  • So, to the woman that is separated and navigating through her first Christmas alone but found the courage to buy new decor for her tree, declaring a fresh startI SEE YOU!!
  • The mama raising five boys on her own, yet taking care of herself at the same time to show them what a superwoman looks likeI SEE YOU!
  • The woman who has lost a child yet finds a way to walk with others through the same nightmare, teaching about “new normal” I SEE YOU! 
  • The woman that has dedicated her life to homemaking & being home with little ones, trying desperately to find joy in the diapers & tearsI SEE YOU!
  • The working mom that has the heart of an entrepreneur & a fierce desire to contribute to the working world yet battles guilt & feels judged by others because she loves workingI SEE YOU!
  • The woman who’s had her heart broken by a man she loved & trusted & yet finds the courage to believe that love still exists as she enters a new relationshipI SEE YOU!
  • The woman packing up her life to move across the country because she believes with all her heart that “there’s gotta be more”I SEE YOU!
  • The mother whose child is battling addiction or depression and you desperately try to surrender your child to the Lord & trust Him to be all they need yet battle with fear & worry to the point that it’s consuming you- I SEE YOU!

 

I SEE YOU ALL!!! HEAR ME- I SEE YOU!!! And so, does the Father! He sees you in the shower when you cry so no one else can hear you. He sees you balancing your checkbook wondering how in the world you’ll manage all the bills, let alone make Christmas gifts happen. He sees you when you’re in your car all alone & screaming because you’re so angry or overwhelmedHE SEES YOU!!

 

PRAYER

 

At this moment- if you’ll close your eyes & settle your mind, you’ll hear Him say:

Baby girl, I see you. And as I look upon you, I see my masterpiece in whom I am very proud. I know this is hard, but you are stronger than you think. What I will do in you, through this situation is more than you can imagine & it will change the lives of others. Trust me with your pain & your burdens, I’ll bring you peace & rest. But in the meantime, I SEE YOUmy princess! I SEE YOU!

 

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 09 Nov 2018 1 comment
Blog Post by Anonymous

 

Tears on the floor.  When people ask me exactly what it is I do, I always begin with explaining our prayer methods and how much freedom we gain in our lives when we purpose and choose to forgive and break the bonds of the enemy on our lives. The short answer is that I facilitate Holy Spirit as He heals the brokenhearted. This picture, however, says it so much better than I ever could. One evening as I led a precious soul through a difficult prayer to forgive herself, the pain began to overwhelm her. I slid my chair closer to hers and laid a hand on her knee in support. The jacket across her knees was soaked with her tears.  That’s when I looked down and saw the tears on the floor. They represented 20 years of self-bitterness locked inside.

 

Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves.Click To Tweet

 

 

 

 

As my client freed her tears, God freed her heart.  These tears are her freedom poured out.  It was an incredible moment to be present to see God heal that place in her. So grateful He let me be in the room when He did that work in her heart. This is what we do at Christians United Ministrieswe take your hand and walk with you as God heals and restores. This is the real life of what God allows us to do.

 

 

 

 

 

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.  In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations”.Isaiah 61:1-3 (NLT)

 

 

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, by my free will I choose to forgive ________________ (the person) for _____________(what they did).  I release them and cancel their debt and obligation to me and mine to them.  Lord, I know I can’t change them, I can only change myself.

I command all negative trigger points through sights, sounds, smells, taste, and feelings associated with any spirit of trauma to be broken in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I cancel all shame and guilt. I repent for my part and/or sinful feelings and responses to this situation. I forgive myself because you have forgiven me. I cancel all of satan’s power and authority over me in this memory/situation.  Set this straight inside of me Lord.

Thank you, Jesus for loving me, Holy Spirit, heal, my mind, body, spirit and soul. Tell me YOUR truth. What is it Lord You want me to know?

In Jesus name, I pray.

Amen

Based on James 4:7 Using the 4 Steps to Freedom Model [Personalize to fit your prayer needs.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 05 Sep 2018 2 comments
Blog Post by Twila Crawford

Have you ever wondered or asked yourself the question, “Love me…Love me not?” and where it originated from? I know I have. Let me share with you a vulnerable time in my life and the healing journey to hope and freedom I have that set me free. The question of “Love me….Love me not” originated in my heart when I was raped at the age of 7.  I didn’t feel safe to tell. Fearing my dad, who was a violent alcoholic, my mom would oftentimes be the object of his wrath. So I decided in my little heart that it was safer for me and everyone else not to tell. Little did I know that a part of me would be stuck in the trauma of that moment hidden from my own heart. Buried in feelings of being abandoned, betrayed and unprotected. My choice of silence and the resulting pain of such a trauma impacted my future choices in life in a huge way. Failed marriages, bumpy relationships with others and an unhealthy fear of God. I used words to build walls, to control environments and situations I felt particularly vulnerable in. There was a “No trespassing” sign over my head. I sealed it with a vow in my little girl heart that I could not and would not rely on anyone, not even God fully.

An unloving spirit seeks to bring you into agreement with rejection in order to become a part of your identity.Click To Tweet

God never left me…as a loving Father He patiently set up circumstances and people that would bring about the healing I so desperately needed and deeply desired.

 

REACTIONS | PERCEPTIONS | ACTIONS

As you can see for me, the question of “Love…Love me not” was cloaked in rejection, abandonment and self -protection. What about you? Have you ever asked the question “Love me…Love me not?” from the deep places of your heart? I believe most, if not all, of us have in one season of life or another. [We were created for love and community: when that is missing, it causes many doubts and fears to arise in our hearts].  When we ask the “Love me…Love me not” question in the first place it’s an indication we are stuck in rejection, self- rejection and self-hatred. As stated earlier, the result of trauma and wounds found in relationships that were perceived as once safe, where you loved with you heart fully open. Being driven by fear we are incapable of being vulnerable or transparent. This leaves us without the possibility of having healthy relationships until healing occurs. Some of the unhealthy responses I experienced due to wounding were:

 

  • Being hyper critical of others.
  • Anger rooted in all kinds of fears.
  • Compromising spirit due to not knowing who we are due to wounds.
  • Unworthy.
  • Isolation.
  • Depression.
  • Perfectionism.
  • Highly talkative to build walls around your heart.
  • Walled off.
  • Vows of never going to let anyone in or hurt me again.
  • Sickness and diseases begin to attack the body, mind and blocks our spirit from being able to receive the love of God for ourselves. Making it impossible to truly love ourselves or others.
  • Retaliation among other things.

 

HEALING | INTIMACY IS POSSIBLE

Through Crossing2Freedom I made the choice to make this healing journey [it is a journey not a destination in that we will be on this journey until we meet Jesus]. All of the things I was afraid to see or admit were brought to the forefront. God began to heal and restore my heart to love Him, myself and others as Jesus my rescuer did come and deliver me from this deep darkness. The vow was broken. I am free. How about you? Are you ready to be free? I encourage you on your own journey to be brave. There is peace in the freedom and knowing that He, pursues you, is bent on having your whole heart. He is trustworthy.

 

Jesus states in I John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.” He deeply loves and desires us. The road isn’t always easy, because it does mean to courageously look at in the light of truth, all that you have been afraid to see. Now I can entrust myself to others and trust Abba to protect and keep my heart and relationships in Christ. This is LOVE! There isn’t a love me not anywhere to be found. He who sets free, is free indeed!

 

Romans 8:15 “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again, rather; the Spirit you receive brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry,“Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

 

 

PRAYER

Abba, I ask that you begin to lead this one on their own healing journey to never have to ask the question, “Love me…Love me not?” ever again.  But to fully know they are loved, accepted and known by YOU.  Let this truth be their new reality:  in that you so loved the us that you provided your Son Jesus as an atonement to restore |heal | deliver us to Yourself and to be all that we were created to be before the foundations of the world. In Jesus name, AMEN!

 

 

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 15 Aug 2018 0 comments

Blog Post by Ann Kling

Have you ever observed a preschooler trying to place blocks into the same cut-out shape? Yep. The round peg fits the round hole and the square peg fits the square hole. It is amusing to watch the drama played out. Some will try and try again until they succeed. Others will throw the blocks in disgust while a few will just walk away, thinking it is impossible.

In 1443, Korea decided that to use Chinese characters for their language was “like trying to fit a square handle into a round hole”.  It is interesting how far back this saying goes.  The definition according to Free Dictionary is  “a person who does not fit in or is not comfortable with others or a particular situation.”

 

Am I a square peg?

After meditating on this topic for a week, I suddenly realized all my life I felt like I didn’t fit; I didn’t belong to my family of origin. I asked my parents when I was twelve if they would help me find my birth parents. What?! They were shocked. Yes; I look just like my daddy.  I felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole.  Partly, because my mom rejected me and gave me mixed signals while my father was sweet but not emotionally connected to me.  Since this time I have gone to Crossing2Freedom classes and prayed through to forgive and release my parents.

I started thinking about being a Christian, a born-again follower of Jesus. Being a square peg that can’t fit into a round hole pretty much describes how we feel in the world’s system and often around unbelievers. Click To TweetThe Bible has lots to say about this, and I jotted down a few:

  • Do NOT copy the behavior and customs of the world. Romans 12:2
  • You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil. Ephesians 2:2
  • Don’t let ANYONE capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking. Colossians 2:8
  • Some people claim they know God, but they deny Him by the way they live. Titus 1:16
  • Keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. 1 John 5:21

 

Stop Trying to Fit!

The world jokes about a “square” person being a party pooper. Of course, they say much worse things about Jesus and His followers; some even kill, maim, enslave, or imprison Believers.  Think ISIS for example.

So, according to the Word, if you are a square peg then you MUST STOP trying to fit into the round hole (the world’s system without Jesus). It won’t work. You will just scrape up your edges (ouch!)  and still not fit. Just CELEBRATE life with Jesus and be glad you no longer fit into the round hole.  How shall we respond to those who do fit into the round hole and try to pull us back or deliberately shun and hate us?  Realize “the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.”  1 John 2:15,16.

  • Speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15
  • Pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:43,44
  • Forgive anyone who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13
  • Let your good deeds shine.
  • Walk in humility 1 Peter 5:5
  • Love others and honor them Romans 12:10
  • Be kind and gentle and live in peace in as much as you are able.
One thing I have learned: It is only when I surrender to Holy Spirit for His power can I respond in love to those who don’t understand my relationship with Jesus, who try to shove this square peg into the world’s round hole. Click To Tweet

But, if they do not see any difference in the way that we live and their own lifestyle, why would they even be interested in what He has to offer? Can others say, “they have been with Jesus.”

 

Prayer

 

“Father, I am thankful that you have rescued me from the world’s system, filled me with your Holy Spirit, and have guaranteed my eternal life with you. Empower me to love and forgive those who still fit in the world and who try to make me fit too. May my life reflect your truth and your love, so they will desire to become “a square peg that can no longer fit into a round hole.”

 

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 23 Jul 2018 1 comment
Blog Post by Jessica White Davis

I have spent the past few days reading research on trauma.

  • How it affects us in every way- physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • How our brains store memories of trauma and how our bodies remember even what our minds don’t.

This picture represents trauma to me. It was an accident. My rational mind knew that. But as soon as I saw the shattered mirror, my mind and body betrayed me. Suddenly my heart rate sped up and I broke out in a sweat. I was driving a friend’s vehicle and less than half a mile from having to tell her what had happened. In my mind, she was going to explode on me. I pulled into her driveway and found her standing outside. Nausea rose and my hands were shaking. I got out of her truck and braced myself as I told her about the bird which had hit her mirror as I drove along the bay. Her response? She simply said ok let’s get some tape. I expected and prepared for an explosion. There was a trauma place stored in my mind and body which caused me to expect the worst. What I received instead was grace. The tape that held this mirror in place also mended something in me. Well, that and the prayer my mentor gently led me through later that evening….

Even the deepest traumas can be made whole in the hands of a loving Father. What we see as shattered may be just the thing God uses to heal something in us we could never heal on our own.Click To Tweet

 

Prayer

Father,  I commit my pain into your loving hands and ask that the blood of Jesus go into every cell of trauma and bring healing.  Remove every sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell associated with this trauma.  Thank you for putting the cross between me and this trauma, healing the joy center of my brain and bringing every cell of my body into its original design and vibration no longer ruled by fear and terror, all low-level anxiety must go. In Jesus name.  Amen.

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Blog by Ann Kling

For Christmas, my neighbor gave me a Poinsettia with beautiful red leaves. By Easter, all the leaves had dried and fallen off. I started to trash it but noticed some small green leaves. So, I kept it, not knowing what to do with it. Even though I fertilized and watered it, the leaves are still small, and some fell off. Just as I was thinking of tossing it, I heard the words, “root bound”.

Ah, it needs a new and bigger pot. Simple solution. My husband reminded me that I couldn’t just transfer it to a bigger pot. There is a process for the plant to be able to thrive in its new home. He explained pruning back the part of the plant that is no longer growing, to take a knife and slice through the roots to loosen them from the compacted soil and to add new soil to the bigger pot for the plant to grow in. When something is root bound, it must go through this painful process or it will do no good to transplant it. I’m sure it will be thriving before long.

 

 

In need of transplanting?

This started me thinking about my life and the various times I was root bound and Holy Spirit had to cut my roots to transplant me to a larger area.

Jesus talked about how Father is a gardener and He will prune the dead branches. In Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”

 

We can get root bound in all kinds of ways. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, occupationally, etc.Click To Tweet I experienced being root bound spiritually after 10 years in my first church after salvation. In prayer, I kept asking, “Isn’t there something more?” My spirit hungered to grow. I felt the season I was in, was longing for a new one. Like a root bound plant, I needed a bigger pot. A place spiritually where I could grow and get more Son (Jesus). Pruning can be uncomfortable. So can staying in the same pot. I got to the point where the desire for more was stronger than the desire to stay the same. Even though it was a painful process to be pruned and the roots cut loose, God moved me to another denomination to reveal what I was missing.  Even though I missed everyone, my spiritual growth was exponential.

Another time in life, we were root bound by possessions. Jobs, status, etc. God pruned our roots by having us sell or give away all of our possessions and fly halfway around the world to live on a small island for a year to share the gospel. That was a severe root pruning, but it increased our faith, deepened our love for others, and enlarged our understanding of the Kingdom.

 

A few years later, I experienced another root pruning. I was emotionally root bound.  I had been programmed in childhood to be co-dependent and a people pleaser. Holy Spirit began to show me how my roots have been choked out and bound by this behavior. He revealed that living my life this way; I was not growing to the fullest potential and plan He had for me. He taught me what it meant to live a life of pleasing God and not people. Although this was a painful process of feeling emotionally raw from releasing old, unproductive ways that had me bound, it was so liberating how God healed me and replaced the pain with freedom and peace. God removed the emotional bondage, cut away that which wasn’t growing and loosened the roots in preparation for His plan and higher purpose for my life. I got a bigger pot to grow in! His rich, fertile soil once again produces much fruit. He expanded me and expanded my capacity to love people unconditionally.

 

 

Are you willing to submit to the process?

If God saw that you were root bound and not able to exhibit the beautiful fruit He created you to be, would you cooperate with Him and allow Him to prune your roots and transplant you into a spacious place?Click To Tweet

Or would you resist the pain involved and try to survive in your current condition? How long will it take for your desire to grow and change be stronger than your desire to stay the same?  There’s the pain of change or the pain of regret. Which category do you fall into?  Oftentimes, God’s promises are on the other side of change.

Lots of things can cause us to be root bound:

  • Generational influences
  • Negative Words
  • Fear
  • Confusion
  • Addictions
  • Emotional Scars and the list goes on and on

Allow Holy Spirit to reveal if you are root bound in an area and why. He will gently cut away the roots and set you free.

Psalm 18:19, “When I was fenced in, you freed me and rescued me because you love me.” CEV

 

Prayer

“Father, I give you permission to reveal to me any area of my life where I am root bound. I desire to be free to spread my roots in a spacious place and bear good fruit to show Your glorious love to others. I accept your gentle root pruning, so I can be set free. In Jesus name, Amen.”

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How many thousands of drug-filled needles rules my life?


Jan Hicks, Pastor and President of CUMI, has truly been a pioneer towards the cause of helping people walk in the freedom God designed for them to enjoy. Her ministry is dedicated to the pursuit of inner healing and we pray that you are blessed and divinely inspired by the word God has given her to share with all of us.

Jan is also an international speaker, teacher, author and Christian Counselor. She welcomes you to connect with her through the official Christians United Ministries  Facebook page.

I encourage you to press in and read on to receive the blessing of the following blog post on the freedom and forgiveness available through Jesus – Golden Veins!


Guest Post by Jan Hicks

Pride, shame, guilt, fear, false expectations….using what I thought protected me, were the many tricks of the enemy to destroy me. At 30 years of age, I wore my true feelings inside and had a mask of “having it all together” outside.

A nurse and divorced mother of two amazing young boys, I put a needle filled with cocaine in my arms – how could I? What led me to that choice? What was I thinking? What about my children, my job and my family?

Like most addictions, it’s driven by another source, rooted in shame. I carried a sense of pride in my achievements and guilt from my failures. It began the moment a man in my life challenged me as I discovered his addiction with a statement something like, “You can’t help me with something you know nothing about, you would be addicted too.”

That was like a dare, a challenge to prove him wrong. At that moment, I stuck out my arm to prove to him I could do cocaine and not get hooked. I knew I was not as weak as he was and I told him so …… the rest is history.

For 12 years I stole, lied, cheated, bought, sold, traded whatever I needed for drugs of all types. I was addicted.

Escape Route

How did I get here; how do I get out? I didn’t know the answer. I knew what I needed to do but those thoughts were like a vapor that lasted a short time before something else took its place. I was broken and no one could fix me. I was broken and I could not fix myself.

The night I surrendered to Jesus, wasn’t planned, wasn’t prepared, just happened. I started seeing the engine of the train of brokenness I was on and a glimpse of how to get off.

I was reminded of the Japanese art of Kintsukuroi, repairing broken pottery by highlighting the cracks, the brokenness with real gold. The pottery when treated this way, was more valuable than it was when it was whole. I knew I was broken, I did not know I was valuable in any form. I saw a picture of arms with gold over the veins that reminded me of that art form and it hit me – that was a picture of Gods forgiveness to me, for my choices.

Beauty for Brokenness

God started teaching me to see my scars as beauty instead of brokenness. I began the process of embracing my flaws and imperfections while allowing the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn out my impurities and bring healing and wholeness to those places where my choices, decisions, pride, fear, control, and more kept me in bondage to the enemy.

Discovering that I was not alone, I found that many others understood the journey of my bondage and my surrender. Many, like me, understood that even after surrender, the feeling of more brokenness emerged. The fear, shame and guilt of facing the truth of where I’ve been, what I’ve done surfaced. Learning how to grant myself the grace to forgive myself is when freedom really came.

When I truly forgave myself, only then could I really begin to make changes.

Today is the Day

Maybe that’s you today, regardless of the addiction or wrong choices you’re beating yourself up for. You’ve prayed and tried and cried and tried again, but you continue to beat yourself up and are your own worse enemy. Now’s a great day to see your broken places, tried by fire, filled with gold and become an art piece of God’s pure LOVE.

Forgive yourself. If HE has, you must. Just start by being willing and giving Jesus permission to heal you. That is your choice as well!

Let me lead you in this prayer:

Prayer

Father, forgive me for not accepting Your forgiveness by holding myself in bondage to the lies of the enemy. I am forgiven; you have forgiven me. I cancel, break and destroy all the assignments of the enemy against my life. I release myself and forgive myself for choices long past. I am no longer who I was, but I am who you have called and created me to be. I am an overcomer, I am a winner, I was created to succeed. With your help Lord, I will continue to grow and learn from the Holy Spirit who will lead me each day as I give Him permission to move. Thank you Lord, speak into my heart and tell me what you want me to know about myself now. Who do YOU say that I am Lord?

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scriptures for Meditation

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

~ Mark 10:27

For no word from God will ever fail.

~ Luke 1:37

being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

~ Romans 4:21

Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

 ~ Jeremiah 32:17
For you, God, tested us;
    you refined us like silver.
~ Psalm 66:10
This third I will put into the fire;
    I will refine them like silver
    and test them like gold.
They will call on my name
    and I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are my people,’
    and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”
~ Zachariah 13:9

The Art of Kintsukuroi


The Japanese art of Kintsukuroi, repairing broken pottery by highlighting the cracks with pure gold, involves fire and the close attention of the smith. The smith puts the ore in the fire to burn out some of the impurities, then takes it out and shapes it, then back in the fire. All the while he keeps a close eye on his precious metal.

The goal of the silversmith or goldsmith is to fashion a precious metal until it is pure and shines bright. He heats and works with his metal until he can see his reflection in it. One can only imagine how the silver or gold feels about this arduous process.

Psalm 66:10 says, “For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver.” Just as the silversmith refines his precious metal in the fire, God refines his precious children in the adversities of life. He does this for the same purpose as the smith puts his ore in the fire – to remove any impurities so that we will shine brightly and reflect His image. While we are in the “fire” He never takes His eyes off us, but keeps a close watch to determine when we’ve had all we can take for now. Better than the smith with his metal, God is with us in the fire as we are being refined.

God has said, “I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’” Zechariah 13:9.

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About the Author

Jan Hicks, president of  Christians United Ministries, has committed her life to helping people walk in the freedom God designed for them to enjoy. Her ministry is dedicated to the pursuit of inner healing and we pray that you are blessed and divinely inspired by the word God has given her to share with all of us.

Jan Hicks also an international speaker, teacher, author and Christian Counselor. She welcomes you to connect with her through the official Christians United Ministries website, www.janhicks.org, or through her official ministry Facebook page.

We, at CUMI, encourage you to press in and read on to receive the blessing of the following blog post on the magnitude of our value in Christ – you are NOT one in a million!

 


Post by Jan Hicks

Are you valuable? What if I said you are NOT one in a million….but instead you are one in 500 Million!  Wow, that’s right.  On the day you were conceived, 50 to 500 million “cells” were released heading towards one egg to create YOU!  Can you imagine? Let’s put that in a different perspective. The combined population of the USA, Canada and Mexico in 2015 was 484 million.  Can you see yourself as “one” person standing in the midst of 484 million others? Can you imagine God looking down saying, “you are the one”.  YOU….!

The Father’s House, New Property Prayer

Identity Theft

That is a foreign statement to most of us and beyond our imagination. You see, the enemy of our soul wants us to feel unimportant, just another face, a nobody, the black sheep of the family, no good, the mess up.  If the enemy can steal our identity, then we easily accept rejection, depression, loneliness, fear, abuse, disease and turmoil as ‘normal’ in our lives.  We lose our Peace and Joy because we reject ourselves.

Loved & Chosen

God does not want us to figure this out; HE wants us to accept it as fact that we are valued and valuable.

Jesus wants to remind us so we can remind ourselves daily – “I am not rejected.”  That no matter what life looks like, feels like, acts like, the fact is, you were chosen and loved from the moment of conception and beyond.

Today is a great day to tell that Unloving Spirit, the FALSE Identity that you have accepted, to get up and get out of your mind, body, spirit and soul. It’s time to say, “God I repent for believing the lie. Help me receive the truth of who YOU created me to be.”

Prayer

Pray this prayer out loud:

Father I may not feel like it, but I break the lie and today I accept the truth that I am valuable,  I am loved, lovely and lovable. You created me to succeed.  I cancel satans power to use this false identity against me.  I break satan’s assignments against my life.  I repent for not trusting you Lord.  Teach me how to do that Lord and how to love myself so that I can love others and accept your love Jesus.  Holy Spirit, I give you permission to heal my heart and release my true identity into me.  Lord speak your truth to me….who am I?  (now wait a moment and make note of the first thing that comes to your mind….)

I bless you today and always in the name of Jesus Christ – the living, loving Savior.

Scripture for Meditation

…‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

~ Mark 12:31

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By: Brandy Edenfield

Brandy EdenfieldWe’ve all seen those Hidden Image pictures right? You know, the ones that appear to be one thing, but there is actually another image inside the picture. My husband is one of those people who can see the hidden image rather quickly. While I, on the other hand, could squint and cross my eyes a hundred different times and still never see the hidden picture. Even after he tells me what I’m looking for or he says things like “Concentrate. Look through the picture” (whatever that means, I still don’t know!). And to this day, I’ve never been able to see even one of those hidden images.

During the time that God was preparing my heart to write this blog, I was invited into two situations in the lives of two families close to mine in less than 24 hours. Initially both events stirred deep sadness and confusion in me.  First, our close friends of 17 years reached out to Brian and I for counsel and direction, announcing their separation. We were shocked! These people love Jesus. They both say they still love each other. How does this happen?

Second, a call about a family friend whose 16-year-old daughter attempted to take her own life and is now in a coma on life support and the prognosis from the doctors isn’t good. My heart physically hurt for this poor mother who was reeling with fear and guilt. And what compounded my hurt for her is that this family doesn’t know Jesus, so these parents are facing this without the hope and peace that He alone gives us in a crisis.

My heart was breaking for these two families. I had so many questions. I needed to get with God. I needed to ask Him why?  Where was He in this? How could these awful things be happening on His watch?

So you can imagine my surprise when God began to reminded me of these frustrating pictures. I began asking Him how these pictures relate to Him and to us? And though my human mind will never fully understand His ways, here is what I feel He showed me: God sees everything from a very different view point than we do. A much bigger picture. Our view is like someone who’s standing inside a massive fore. His is from that of one looking over the top of a miniature model of a forest. Yet it’s the same forest.

My human eye sees the hurt, the fear and the sadness. I even sometimes perceive from my view that the enemy is winning. I can not see from His view, but I can imagine some possibilities: the broken marriages that our friends will help repair through their testimony of restoration. Or how their children will have healthier marriages because of the communication and commitment that was demonstrated for them by their parents. Or the new level of joy and ministry God wants to take them to.

Or the salvation of an entire family who were completely lost and without hope before a crisis showed them they couldn’t make it without Him. Or a healed 16 year old, that uses her life to speak to other girls battling thoughts of suicide and depression and the lives saved because of her work. Or maybe even just renewed and restored  relationships in their home.

We won’t know until we get to Heaven how our lives and the lives of others have all been woven together to create His perfect picture.  On this earth, we are similar to me with those hidden image picture. Our questions of “why?” or “how?” or “what if?” are equivalent to me squinting and crossing my eyes. We are unable to see the bigger picture from where we stand. We can’t see it yet. Not here. But, He is God and He is good. One day we will see the intricate ways He used the details and the hurts in our lives to bring more people to Him. By faith we believe in the HIDDEN IMAGE.

Scripture for Meditation

“ The Lord looks from Heaven: He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth.” ~ Psalms 33:13-14 (NKJV)

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by Brandy Edenfield

As y’all may have noticed from my last couple blog entries, I am a HUGE lover of words. I love the power of words, the way one word can create a picture in our minds. The way it can stir up strong emotions and move us to action. I like digging into the meaning of a word and asking God to show me what the picture of that word looks like and how it applies to me and my life.

I was reminded this morning of the first time I felt this “love for words”. God dropped a word into my heart through a friend just months before I gave my heart to Jesus. I met Kenny at the restaurant I worked at in Raleigh, N.C. when I was 19 years old. Kenny was a 24 year old, skinny, white guy from Chicago and also the Lead chef at the restaurant. He was kind to everyone and had a joy and acceptance that overflowed to every person he met, no matter how “bad” the person was. Everyone loved Kenny.

After several conversations, I learned that Kenny was a Christian rapper and to my great surprise, he was VERY GOOD! He introduced me to several of his songs and some other artists that he liked. One day, he shared his story of rescue from a life full of crime, drugs and gangs. In sharing his truth, he said “God reached into my nightmare and paid a ransom to set me free when nothing and no-one else was willing nor had the resources to do so.” He shared one of the songs he wrote that described this “ransom”. It talked about bondage and slavery in a way that touched my heart so deeply. He painted a picture of captivity that he was powerless to break free from.

I didn’t know Jesus personally at this point, so I couldn’t fully grasp what Kenny had experienced, but it felt real and powerful when he talked about Him and I found myself wanting to know more about HIS Jesus. I grew up knowing of Jesus and remembered all the stories and old hymns from growing up in church, but THIS Jesus seemed more dominant and commanding. Much more like a mighty superhero than an old story about some guy that lived thousands of years ago. We talked several times over the next few weeks and I listened to his CD over and over and that one song became my favorite and I memorized every word.

One night while laying in bed, I couldn’t fall asleep and those lyrics played continuously through my head. The word “ransom” hit me hard! I didn’t recognize the images in my thoughts as the Holy Spirit then, but I know now that He made that word relevant in a way I could understand it through pictures. In my minds eye, I saw a young woman snatched up off the street, and placed, kicking and screaming into a black van. She was beaten, gagged and tied up. There were several large men surrounding her in the back of this van. The picture then changed to an old abandoned warehouse where she sat tied to a chair in middle of a room, gagged and blindfolded. I could feel her terror and fear. It felt so real!

Then a phone call was made to her father, a ransom demanded to be paid to ensure her survival. The price tag was EXUBERANT! MASSIVE! And the girl slumped with discouragement, not knowing if it was even possible for him to obtain that amount of cash, specifically in the short period of time that they demanded it be paid in. Then she heard her father boldly say “DONE!! Anything for my precious daughter! Where and when?”

The time and location were set and the transfer was made. She was released into the arms of her father, met with tears of joy and relief. She asked how he made it happen? He responded “I traded all that I had to pay your ransom because you are the only thing that matters. Being reconciled to you was worth everything.” Her ransom was PAID and she was FREE!

RANSOM: Price paid to return a possession or person.

Jesus paid my ransom! He paid the HIGH price that ALONE, set me free from bondage and captivity.

Isaiah 43:1b (NLT)
Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name: YOU ARE MINE.