**If you are a subscriber to this blog, you will see that this is an amended version of something that was sent hours ago. My amazing husband and I were able to process some of what I wrote in the first blog, and he helped me to see that I needed to cover this thing in glorious, intercessory prayer first and then publish out of the fullness of a heart completely connected to the heartbeat of the Father (and not leave room for any fleshly ideas). Thus, my second go at publishing this open letter.
Dear Mr. MacArthur,
I feel like the issue in this blog has been a long time coming for me.
I have something that has been burning on my heart for a few days now. I finally have time to sit down and write it out…so here we go.
Here’s the headline: MY LIFE REALLY IS AS GOOD AS IT APPEARS ON FACEBOOK.
Yep. Nothing to prove, nothing to hide. It’s all Jesus.
We’ve been living in Australia for 4 months now (wow, has it been THAT LONG?) and it has been the craziest, most amazing God journey probably of our almost 13 years of marriage. Really, I feel like I’ve been waiting to be here for forever.
The thing about being here 4 months now is that it’s just long enough to realize that we are, in fact, truly...
Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house!'
Luke 10:5 ESV
I'm sitting on a Brisbane bus this morning. The bus driver, a man who I see fairly regularly on the 433 to Toowong Village, has such kind eyes and a lovingly genuine smile. I'm unsure of whether he is a follower of Jesus or not, but he certainly carries a great deal of peace and kindness for a big city bus driver.
Before I climbed aboard the workday bus this morning, I was reading part of a chapter in a book called THE VEIL by a guy called Blake Healy (I highly recommendthis book). Blake is a guy whom God has blessed with the incredible gif...
The Lord has been speaking to me, like many others, about holiness coming to the Church. I have been sensing from Holy Spirit – and watching with my own eyes – that the Lord is moving on the hearts of His Bride to begin to let things just “drop off” in the current season. People are beginning to feel a nudge to separate themselves from anything that is not beneficial to their intimacy with Abba. It has not been a legalistic or highly “religious” decision for those who have chosen this road; it has actually been a divine agreement with Heaven to walk in greater degrees of being fully alive and awake...
I had a vision in worship recently of a giant, cedar chest that held old clothing and old toys. It was old and dusty, in an area like an attic that had been locked away for ages. In some States in the USA, we’d actually call this kind of chest a “hope chest.” This is how Google defines it:
A hope chest, also called dowry chest, cedar chest, trousseau chest or glory box is a piece of furniture traditionally used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life.
In my vision, this hope chest had been locked and tucked away for a long while, almost...
Have you ever read the scientific studies that have been done on human food cravings? For example if you are craving sweets, scientists say your body is really craving some of the minerals found in things like fruit and cheese, not chocolate cake! If you crave carbs, what you really need is foods filled with nitrogen, and craving junk food means you need calcium not french fries.
I have also heard the opposite, that people who are truly, deeply dehydrated often do not crave water - the very thing they need most.
What about your soul and emotions? I've heard Bill Johnson say that nearly every spiritual...
I have been so convicted lately about the Name of Jesus.
There is NO. OTHER. NAME.
His is the Name that holds all power, authority and dominion. The Name that makes demons shudder (James 2:19) and the only Name by which all men must be saved (Acts 4:12). The very name that will someday cause EVERY knee to bow and every tongue to confess that He ALONE is Lord (Philippians 2:10).
I have felt for awhile now that the Holy Spirit has been exposing a lie that has been against believers regarding this beautiful Name. I feel like He wants to reveal truth and remind believers of Who Jesus is. After all, only in Him do we...
Some seasons are definitely more intense than others. Sometimes, you may even feel like the "darkness" is closing in, and it may feel like you can't seem to find the way out.
But God never leaves us. He is our victory!
When you realize that you are a child of God (Romans 8:14-16),seated with Christ in Heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6), and that through Christ you have all power and authority to expose and push away the darkness, you will find yourself fighting less and less and resting into God more and more. Knowing your identity is utterly important, and learning to partner with Holy Spirit will help you know when t...
Recently the devil tried his hardest to keep me from the Father's loving embrace by causing feelings of insecurity and inferiority to come at me. "What if I don't fit in when we get to Australia? What if I'm left out? What if...what if...what if...."
UUUUUGH. What a punk.
I knew the Holy Spirit was telling me that these thoughts were indeed incorrect, but the devil took it one step further by trying to convince me that something was indeed wrong with me for feeling anxious, insecure and nervous about the future.
Over the past two years, I have learned that in...