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Posts that inspire and encourage a person spiritually and mentally. Posts that help one to change their mindset.

Adventures on The Road Home-The Next Day

My first post about our journey to find a new home church ended with “Now the next day is a whole other story…but you’ll have to come back to read that.” You’ll have to read the first post to get the full picture. LOL!

So, this is what happened the next day. I wake up from a really peaceful sleep, in spite of what happened the day before. I’m feeling grateful in my heart and spirit and I express that gratefulness verbally to The Father.
I go into the kitchen to start my coffee and hear this weird sound and I think to myself “did I leave the faucet on after washing my hands?”
So, I go to the front restroom of my apartment and low and behold there is water pouring down out of my ceiling, out of a heat fixture that is in the ceiling to boot. LOL! I stand there with my mouth wide open and say “Seriously! Are you KIDDING ME?!” and then I just burst out laughing…I mean don’t get me wrong here, I’m the type of person that leaks, and water running where it shouldn’t normally freaks and frazzles me something awful, but not this day.
I throw my hands up in the air and said “oh devil, you gets nothing, Nothing, NOTHING!” Then I began to thank God that I wasn’t standing at the sink when it happened because the water would’ve fallen directly on top of my head…then I thanked Him that the water didn’t cause an electrical fire…and all I could hear was the song by Jesus Culture “Oh How He Loves Us”…I mean it was like since what happened Sunday didn’t move me, the enemy wanted to try something else, but I instantly went into a mode of praise and thanksgiving unto God. Afterwards I call the maintenance guy, and go back and finish setting up my coffee to brew. By the time maintenance arrives I’m sitting with my Bible on my lap and coffee in hand, with a smile on my face.
This road home, of which we have landed, has truly and continues to be an adventure, but I thank God for it all. In the midst of every negative thing that has happened God has rewarded us with unexpected gifts, friends, and surprizes that we never even dreamed of. I can truly say that I’m more happy in my walk with Him now than I’ve ever been. Growth is good.

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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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EGG SHELLS??

I’ve arrived at a time in my life where I’m realizing and accepting a lot of things.
The first thing that I’ve really come to accept is that I’m not perfect. Yes, yes, yes, I know you’re thinking “well, none of us are perfect,” but saying that and living it with conviction is two totally different things.
Living the fact that we aren’t perfect means that when people put their expectations on us we no longer try to live up to those expectations without regard for our own life’s happiness. The past for me was a lot different. Having people in my life that put their expectations on me, and try to hold me up to some higher standard when it comes to my treatment of them had me for years walking on EGG SHELLS…I’m mean to the point that everything that I did I always stopped to consider whether or not it would hurt one particular person or a group of persons feelings. For a long time this made miserable because little did I know that the more I accepted their behavior the more I gave them permission to treat me that way.
I was always double checking to see how what my decisions would do to them or if something that I said or did offended them. I never took into account my own feelings and how their treatment of me was affecting my outlook about myself. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we are suppose to act in such a manner that we could care less about what the people that we have in our lives say or think, but what I am saying is that it is wrong for a person to hold anybody to a standard of expectation in a relationship that clearly under minds another. All relationships that we have or engage in should be MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL. To allow a person to always take, take, take, from you in anyway, whether it be naturally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually, and they don’t pour back into you is to set yourself up to be depleted of all of your resources regardless to what they are.
I have learned that when people hold you up to their expectations that’s exactly what they are, THEIR EXPECTATIONS. I came to a decision that Egg Shells were never made to be walked on and therefore, I have decided to retire my EGG SHELL WALKING and move on to walking on a clear and stable path for myself, my life in general, and even in my life with my husband (which began to be affected by my Egg Shell Walking)…I’ve taken my life back.
I know that there are those that no longer desire to be a part of my life, but that just makes room for more MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIPS; after all, that’s what I asked God for.
I must tell you that it is far better and easier to just be me, and let others be who they are. We as people don’t have to always agree, but I feel that we can always find a way to respect each other, and honor each other without pushing our expectations off on each other.
I’ve learned to truly accept that I’m not perfect, striving to always grow to be better, and the fact of the matter is nobody else is either, so, I won’t push my own expectations off on them.
NO MORE EGG SHELLS!

Feel free to comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Adventures On The Road Home-Landed

Well, we finally made it.  We’ve chosen a place to settle in as our “home” church.  It has truly been an exciting, fulfilling, and faith building journey.  In the beginning we called it a church tour, we had some ministries that we had wanted to visit for a long time, but religious thinking and allow others to control our actions kept us from doing so.  It feels so good to just really be free in the Holy Spirit. 

In the beginning we created a list of things that we want God to do for us in this year.  The first thing on our list is Confirmation.  We wanted confirmation of our decision and on some other things in our lives and God has been more than faithful to fulfill our request.

It seems that every time we visited a place God would use somebody to say “restoration is coming to your house.”  I mean yesterday in service must have been about the 5th time God used somebody to speak to us concerning all that we’ve been through spiritually over the years, naturally, emotionally and the list goes on.  What I love about God is that He wanted to make sure that get the message of Him saying to us “I’m restoring you.”   Since the beginning of the year we’ve have been given specific words that pertain to us personally and to us as people of God as a whole.  I have truly come up, and so has the hubby J, in a level of faith.  I have learned what it means to be free in God even more than what I thought it could ever mean.  I have also learned that some people that I thought were with an for me and what is best for me really aren’t ; that is a hard thing to accept, but God is faithful to heal all hurt and pain from the past.  He even said that He is going deep to remove some things that I didn’t even realize I had allowed to set in. 

God is so mindful and attentive of us and He will stop at nothing to make sure that we get what He wants us to have if we stay faithful in seeking Him and what His will is for our life.  My husband and I have suffered a lot in “ministry” and for a long time we thought that it was all just a test.  What a relief to know that we were on the right track about some things and not just being rebellious.  When God begins to reveal His truths to you, nothing in you will accept any different from that, but when you’ve allowed yourself to be steeped in one way of thinking for so long, when truth comes, sometimes its hard to break free.   I’m grateful to God for His faithfulness, of which He does not owe any person, to continue to chase us just as we chase Him…Now I know the true meaning of “blessed are they which do hunger and thirsted after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  Shall is a promise and God keeps, always keeps His promises.

So, I say to those who are struggling to come out of religious thinking, be encouraged.  Keep your ears bound to the voice of God, keep your eyes on God and be ready and willing, however scary it may be, to just trust God and step out on faith to do what He has instructed you to do.  He will not lead you astray and He only wants the best for you.  Now I won’t tell you that you won’t be tested by the enemy when you first step out there because he wants to try and convince you that you aren’t serious about God.  I will tell you that when the enemy comes, humble yourself under the hand of God, resist the devil and he will flee…and even better than that, as you continue to trust God, He will continue to prove Himself just because He loves you. 

It feels so good to finally be “HOME.’

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Adventures On The Road Home

This blog is to mark the transition of my life as my husband and I step out on faith to find a new home church.  God began to reveal some truths to us about faith a couple of years ago and He desires us to be in a place where we can grow in what He has begun to reveal to us.

We started visiting this one church and our spirit leaped within us as we sat in the first service.  God began to speak to us about some hurt that we suffered and we received what God had for us that day.  The musical portion of the worship service blessed us from the first sound.  The freedom of expression in worship is one of the things that we were looking for so, this made us feel right at home.

As the word went forth we began to feel some long chains fall off of our minds.  It was truly a pleasant and inspiring experience.  Later that week we went back for bible study and more of the same happened.  We were able to see where we had been programmed to think a certain way, which God had already began to reveal truth, and now those things were being broken off.  Liberty began to truly engulf us and make us free.

Skip ahead to week number two in this adventure.  We are on our way to church and as we were on the road about to turn down the road in which the church is on, I felt a “boom” and then the car slid.  Puzzled, and startled, I admit I said “what the hell?!”…I looked at my husband and he said I think the axle just broke.  I thought to myself, “you have got to be kidding me.”  He got out and popped the hood and looked under there and said, “yep, the axle broke.”  I just couldn’t believe this was happening.

My husband got back in the car and calls his friend, who owns a towing service, to request help.  He agreed to help, but stated that he wouldn’t be to the city for about 3 or 4 hours.  I thought to myself…are we suppose to just sit here?….my husband informed his friend that the care would be parked on Outer Drive at Stotter.  He looked at me and said, “baby, were gonna push this car to the side and walk on down to the church.”  At this point I’m thinking, are you kidding me?  I thought we were going to sit here and wait for the tow truck, its cold, I have on 3 inch heel boots.  

Now you’re probably thinking oh my God, what in the world?  But I am one who has learned to be submissive to my husband regardless of whether I think he’s right or not because I know that it pleases God that I obey Him.  So, honey directs me what to do and gets behind the car to push, and out of nowhere a gentlemen comes to our aid to help push and then disappears down the street.  We parked the car, I said, “I plead the blood of Jesus over this car” and we walked on down the street.  The good thing is that my heels were the thick kind so, they really weren’t hard to walk in, but the enemy began to bombard my mind with things and for a minute I began to wimper as I walked.  This continued for a minute until I began to think about how we could’ve been at the half way point and further from the church and home so, I thanked God for allowing us to be so close to the church.  Then I thought about the fact that we were suppose to have my mother in law with us that morning, but she wasn’t feeling well enough to come with us so, I thanked God that we didn’t have to have mother out here in this weather walking on a cane down to the church.  I thought about the fact that nobody was directly behind us in the turn lane to crash into the back of us as the car abruptly came to a stop so, I began to thank God for His divine protection and timing upon us and with us.   Then I just began to pray in the Holy Spirit because I remembered that the bible instructs us to build up ourselves in our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Ghost.    Then I just began to recall all the scripture that I’ve studied, read, and confessed about God taking care of us, being our shepherd, no weapon formed shall prosper, all things work together for good, the father knows the things that ye have need of, my God shall supply all of your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, the Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein.  I just began to remind God of His word.  We got to the church and the musical portion of worship was high and in full swing so, they held us at the door so as not to break the moving of the spirit.  So, just as I stood there I raised my hands and began to praise God right where I stood until they allowed us to go to our seats.  When we got to our seats, I set my stuff down and went full on into the presence of God praising Him like I always do, loudly and with tears.  I told God that “it looks bad, but I trust You Father.” “You are my God, my shepherd, my king, my Lord.”  I mean I just praised him with abandon because I began to realize that this was an opportunity for God to yet again show us who He is.  We stayed for the whole service and God encouraged us even in the midst of the service.

We were able to get our car towed to where we wanted it, get food to eat, buy the axle for the car, and set up for it to be fixed the next day and then get home safely, warm, and sound.   I was exhausted so once we got home, I ate and went and laid down, thanking God for how he took care and caused everything to line up for us in spite of all that had happened that day.

I could have just allowed the enemy to fill my mind with a bunch of junk about how we were broke and wouldn’t be able to get the car fixed, and how we had nobody to come to our aid and nobody really cared about us anyway.  He even stooped so low as to tell me that if we would’ve been still going to the other church somebody would’ve came directly out to get us.  I’m so glad that God’s Word is my source and answer for my life concerning everything in my life.  The Word of God will sustain you, strengthen you, encourage you, and cause triumph to come to you.  There are angels assigned to minister for heirs of salvation, of which I am, and they respond to the voice of God’s word.  When we speak the Word of God, He hastens to perform it by sending forth ministering angels to bring us into His best.

Now the next day is a whole other story…but you’ll have to come back to read that.  Thanks for your time today and joining me on my adventure on the road home.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Made Free!

The word of The Lord says “and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”
Let me touch on this for a minute. Truth…what is truth to you as a believer or “Christian?”
Truth to me is information that brings enlightenment or information that causes one to change their way of thinking in such a way that it ultimately changes that person’s life for the better…and although a lie can be true to some people, that is called deception; once a person encounters real truth their spirit will leap within them and Holy Spirit will confirm that they have in fact encountered truth.
So, the Bible says and you shall “know” the truth…the word know is used in the bible as an intimate phrase as in “and Adam knew Eve “…meaning that he had intimate relations with her…Abraham knew Sarah and they had Isaac…I refer to this because I want to take you to the place of “knowing the truth”…becoming intimate with, relating to, intercourse (allow the word to enter your heart and permeate your very being) being penetrated by the Word of God…To know the truth in this way is what “makes” you free. A lot of people say “the truth sets you free”…and although they have good intentions when they say it, it is a miss quote. Being set free is to be released from something or by something outside of yourself. To know the truth (to become intimate with, allow it to penetrate, and permeate your heart, thus putting it into practice) is what “makes” you free because you have become intimate with it. Once a person is made free by truth it is highly unlikely to cause them to be in bondage again. Once you are intimate with something, a soul tie is created. Stay with me now. Being intimate is a spiritual thing all the way across the board, sex is spiritual, it creates soul ties…that’s a whole other subject we’ll touch later.
Nobody ever thinks of having a soul tie with the Word of God or with The Presence of God…and yet even “knowing” the truth of being in the presence of God will make you free as well. Once you have truly been in His Presence it changes you forever, anything that you have intimacy with (know) can and will change you forever so, be very selective as to what you allow yourself to become intimate with on a natural and spiritual basis.
That’s My Perspective-Robyn Peoples
Originally written on January 3, 2011

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Lady In Waiting

As I mentioned in a previous post “Transition” I have come to a time in my life where I recognize that I must separate myself from some things and some people. Now don’t get me wrong, for as much as I am ready to go, my heart aches for a few of those that I will be leaving behind. I wonder in my private moments how these people will continue to fair under the pressure that goes on in this particular place. I wonder how it will effect them in the long run to continue to subject themselves to the abuse that goes on in the name of the Lord.
I for one have studied, and studied my bible for years and still have not come across some of the things that people want to pass off as “Godly” actions. On the one hand they will preach and attempt to teach forgiveness, but in the same situation fail to show an example of it. On another hand they will preach and attempt to teach compassion, but only show compassion for those that are their favorites. I’m sorry, but I know for a fact that the Bible tells us not to have any respect of persons; God certainly doesn’t. Nowhere in the Bible that I read does is exempt Pastors and others in leadership from correction. Granted that it is to be done a certain way, but so it is with all correction….and can we please stop using the term “touch not God’s anointed” as a reason and excuse to treat people like they are beneath you just because they don’t live up to a certain standard in your eyes.
The Lord has given us a charge to be reconcilers. We are to reconcile people to God, and people to people. How in the world can we expect to reach and help those that we consider lost when we ourselves aren’t walking in the precepts and statues that God has laid out for believers. People need hope in this ever changing world and if they can’t come to the “church” and get hope, or compassion, or love…where will they get it? and what does that say about the God that we serve. We say God is love, and we say we are of God, but can we say we’re love too….would God call us love?
It is truly something that I continue to go over in my mind and heart as I wait these last few days before change really comes.
What have I learned from all of this? I’ve learned that loyalty and faithfulness can sometimes go hand in hand, but there needs to be a line drawn concerning our loyalty to people and things that don’t bring us happiness and hope. I’ve learned that if you allow people to continue to treat you a certain way and don’t make a strong stand against it, they will think that its ok to treat people that way. I’ve learned that my loyalty better be and and always will be to Christ first and then to man.
For now I observe, I serve, and ponder for my change…until change comes I’ll remain that “Lady In Waiting”

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Soul Smile, He Never Forgets!

Today I read a scripture from the King James Version of the Bible.
The scripture is Isaiah 49:16 and it reads “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”

This scripture blessed me in a very unexpected way since for the last couple of days I have been in sort of a funk, you know where you’re dealing with everything the best you can and more stuff keeps coming up, and in the meantime you’re trying to stand on what you believe about God to be true. Now don’t get me wrong, I wholely believe and trust in God The Father, my Creator, my King and Source for everything, but I’ve been in this mindset of saying “God, where are You? Why is all this going on?” So, today as I came upon this scripture in my morning time with God it was like a drink of fresh water to me.

I was drawn in by the verse before it (15) which talks about if a woman won’t forget the child she birthed, then God won’t forget us and I read on to the verse which held such a quenching to my spiritual thirst.

This scripture (Isaiah 49:16) speaks of the measure that God goes through to remember his chosen children. I mean we are talking about a God who bears the character trait of being Omniscient, so He knows all, but His love for us is so great that He would engrave (to deeply impress, firmly fix, carve or sculpture) us in the palm of His hand, much like the tradition of tying a string around your finger so that you won’t forget something. He does this to ensure that He won’t forget us (much like the nails in His hands at crucifixtion). Then he goes on to say that “your walls are ever before me” which speaks to the details of our lives. Everything that concerns us that may have been broken down or taken away, God, The Creator of the Universe is mindful that those things be rebuilt in our lives.

I always ascribe to The Father that He’s ever so mindful of us, this scripture to me settles it in my spirit and makes my SOUL SMILE….HE NEVER FORGETS!!!

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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