Impact

Mt. Kilimanjaro Glacier 2012IMPACT

Just like a glacier makes an astonishing impact on the physical universe, I’ve been pondering these past few days the impact of attending a recent conference on deep-level inner-healing for the whole person (spirit, body, mind and will) beginning from conception onward. Then connecting those dots to spiritual warfare and an appropriate method of deliverance from demonic influences.

Though I’ve experienced inner healing, have chosen from age seventeen to walk in my true identity in Christ, value the importance of taking every thought captive to this truth, I came away with more in-depth understanding of spiritual warfare, deliverance, a tool kit in addressing the enemy of the soul.

If interested, read these books by Dr. Charles Kraft: Two Hours To Freedom, I Give You Authority, Defeating Dark Angels, Deep Wounds Deep Healing.

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Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

Lilies

Tiger LiliesLILIES

Consider the lilies.

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Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! (Luke 12:27-28)

Hand

Dave's Hand - Providence State ParkHAND

Pondering “God’s right hand” as I gaze upon Dave’s left.

Isn’t it awesome that “God’s right hand” refers to the Messiah, the LORD Jesus Christ, that He is of equal position, honor, power and authority with God (John 1:1-5).

Also the fact that Christ is “sitting” refers to the fact that His work of redemption is done and when the fullness of the gentiles is brought in (Romans 11:25), Christ’s enemies will be made His footstool as the end of the age comes, all prophecy is completed, and time is no more.

Now that’s GOOD NEWS!

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“Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy. (Exodus 15:6)

I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm -6:8)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)

I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. (Romans 11:25)

The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” (Psalm 110:1)

“‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ (Luke 20:42-44)

Dad

Mom and Dad's Wedding PictureDAD

Remembering my DAD… he would have been 98 years old today. Oh how I miss him, wish I could give him one more hug, hold his hand, bask in his loving presence and wisdom. As always, I love you Dad!!!

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In honor of my Dad, below is a poem I wrote several years ago.

I Treasure The Memories of You…

Greeting each morning with an undying purpose,
   welcoming each night in gifts of service;
Inspiring commitment through a difficult commotion,
   accepting a loved one without condition.

Embracing this life with a light-heartedness,
   reflecting to all the milk of human-kindness;
Persevering through trials with authentic joyfulness,
   thus filling, a whistling, with your loving-kindness.

Pondering the moments of a steady perseverance,
   reflections upon a shared endurance;
Bright-eyes, so filled, a departing tear,
   emotions, a love, stored in my heart for years.

Reaching intently, so gently, to hold my hand, 
   the stories, cemetery pathways, forever making a stand;
Leaning forward, so tightly, into a fatherly embrace,
   us returning, a family home, and to a safe place.

Dad, I treasure the memories of you!

My Dad, Charles “Bud” Jude Faris passed into eternity on August 9, 2002. He was a devoted father and husband, you are and will continue to be DEEPLY MISSED! I love you, Dad!

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My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. (Jim Valvano)

My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad. (Beau Bridges)

Blue Boy

Blue BoyBLUE BOY

Its all about you, Blue Boy. My sweet but fierce sleeping beauty. All is good.

So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:21)

The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. (Psalm 145:9)

Yumminess

SaladYUMMINESS

This salad says it all… yumminess! And though food is filling, temporarily makes us full, it’s something which always needs a refilling.

Not so with God.

“Christ said that, by believing in Him, we would never again hunger or thirst. Perhaps, He was speaking of the aching need we all feel to be filled up. The hole in us that hungers for something more. Jesus offers that sustenance to all who come to Him starving for a Savior. He feeds us and sustains us, and sets us a place for us at the table. And as long as we sit there beside Him, Jesus will make sure we always stay full.” (Jada Pryor)

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Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. (Genesis 1:29)
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? (Matthew 6:25)

Shoes

ShoesSHOES

Pondering today that as a Christ-follower I’m in a constant state of dependence, in need, therefore given special shoes to fit. These shoes possess the peace that comes only through and from the Good News in Christ Jesus. This peace enables to stand firm in the midst of a spiritual battle.

Why?

Because as Christ-followers I know we are fighting for that which is right and stand on the winning side, ever mindful of the war but also fight from victory.

We are presently engaged in a battle both with the inner peace that Christ has directly given to us, and the desire to produce that peace in the hearts of others. This is not something new. It began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, therefore we are to be on guard because the enemy (Satan) knows he is doomed, is angry, will use all deceptive tactics, counterfeit ways (to peace) to thwart any effort to those who have not heard, who seek to accept the gospel of peace and to those who present it.

Did you know that soldiers whether enlisted in the Roman army of the past or a military institution in the present have all worn special shoes. These shoes protected their feet without slowing them down allowing the soldier to march farther and faster, therefore giving an ability to dig in and hold their ground in battle. As a Christ-follower, we too have been given shoes though vastly different. We’ve been fit with a perfect, well-designed pair of shoes graced with a supernatural peace that strengthens with an ability to stand victoriously. Praise God, it is because and in these shoes we are able to stand faithful when (not if) faced with the daily battle that will occur when taking and presenting the Gospel of Peace!

Below is a poem I wrote in 2010 as a modern day psalm, reflective prayer and thought I’d share.

His Shoes

His Shoes…
   designed and for the taking,
Christ’ shoes,
   they sing of a disciple in the making.
Be ever so focused, ever so true,
   as temptation speaks of a possible forsake,
prepared, as it is the “Good News”…
   bearer of peace when souls partake.

His Shoes…
   the Gospel, and of Peace,
Christ’ shoes,
   has placed your feet secure in His care.
Pairs and of two feet,
   because a war has been declared,
so walk and by faith,
   as one clever, so ready,
standing up, and being firm…
   not thinking as one unsteady.

His Shoes…
   the Gospel, and of Good News,
Christ’ shoes,
   His breastplate fixed in place.
Surrounded and by angels,
   within an army of majestic lace,
to see and be not afraid,
   thus stepping through with unseen faith,
the glory, this overcoming raid…
   to watch a sinner transform into a saint.

His Shoes…
   the Gospel, and of Assurance,
Christ’ shoes,
   marches forth in songs of fighting praise.
He inhabits and to arm,
   saints bathe, empowered, and through prayer,
hearts beating and of mercy,
   not even weary, taken unaware,
speaking forth as one is thirsty…
   in boldness speak and to declare.

His Shoes…
   His Gospel, and of Grace,
Christ’ Shoes,
   an unmerited favor comes only from Thee.
God, you invaded the human race,
   indwelled an earthen vessel and in me,
blessed and to know Jesus,
   divine feet placed in my shoes,
thus taking the Gospel of Salvation…
   to those seeking, graving the “Good News”.

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Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:14-25)

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast-all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. (Revelation 12:5-10)

 

Change

MEBC 2008 - DaveCHANGE

As I look upon this picture it reminds of an incredible journey of trust, of taking faith steps as Dave and I hiked Mt. Everest Base Camp. Today, seeking the same while pondering a possible change, and of course asking for prayer. Dave’s job is changing significantly by the end of this month or being eliminated.

Could it be that God is forming something out of what temporarily feels or appears formless?

Formlessness, that is what God sees, yet in his creativity he can see what we can become, what we can’t see. He can fashion something new. Unlike the nursery story of Humpty Dumpty who could not be put together again and left in pieces, we can be formed and filled anew. God can take the change, a possible job elimination and re-create it in to something, something out of nothing.

I’m reminded, encouraged by the fact that God created the universe out of nothing. Yeah God. Love that truth. It gives me hope in the midst of a possible change. Dave and I have been here before, have walked this road where God allowed a job to vanish and yet provided something out of the perceived nothingness. God was faithful, is faithful, did and will continue to meet our need. I know this in my mind. I need to feel it in my heart. The fact that a loving and all-wise God created the universe out of nothing is the bedrock that assures that everything has meaning and purpose. His ways are past finding out.

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Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11:33)

(As it is written, “A father of many nations have I made you”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. (Romans 4:17)

Tan

Micah's M FeetTAN

Today, it’s all about the “M”. It just happens to be the tan markings on a very special one of a kind pair of feet and a great reminder why we named him Micah!

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He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Trust

TRUSTHolland Country Church

Gazing upon this small country church, it prompts TRUST. And though it’s just a building it symbolizes so much more, the presence of God, the only one perfectly trustworthy and faithful to His WORD.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

We’ve all experienced betrayal at some point in our lives but we’ve never been betrayed by God. With that said, its how we respond to betrayal that is important, determines so much about us and experiences in life going forward.

I’ve found a good place to start when I’ve experienced betrayal is to walk out Psalm 37. To forgive is the one necessary component even if it requires making that choice several times a day. Embracing Psalm 37 has meant taking it to a new and deeper level by allowing the Holy Spirit to comfort my soul, rest in the promise and instruction and in the choosing to “Trust in the Lord, and do good” (Ps. 37:3, MEV).

I don’t know about you but that changes everything. God then becomes my vindicator. He sets me free to freely be who I am in Christ and do good regardless. In this life one thing is for sure, we can’t always trust people. That’s okay. They are flawed, imperfect beings just as you and I are. But one thing we can do is certainly always trust God.

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Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be jealous of those who do injustice. For they will quickly wither like the grass, and fade like the green herbs. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and practice faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of those who prosper in their way, because of those who make wicked schemes. Let go of anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it surely leads to evil deeds. For evildoers will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the earth (Ps. 37:1-9).