Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Let's be the women with the tambourines in 2015!

When I have time I like to catch Beth Moore's teachings on Wednesday mornings during James and Betty Robison's TV show called Life Today. And recently while watching, God's Holy Spirit burst forth with great power once again in Beth Moore's gifted, dynamic teaching and this time it was her three-part Bible series called "A Dance in the Desert." Her study material was on Exodus 14 & 15. It's a popular story of the power of God and His love for His people: The Israelites were miraculously delivered from the wicked hands of Pharaoh and the Egyptians and then God parted the Red Sea so His people could cross it on dry land! "So the people put their trust in God and in Moses His servant"(Exodus 14:31).

Then "The Song of Moses" broke out (Exodus 15) and when it was over "Miriam, the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing" (Exodus 15:20). In the desert. Yep.

This is a party, People! Festive! Joyful! These are thankful people of God!

Listening to Beth Moore describe this act of God ignited a holy fire in the Spirit of God in me, brought tears of thankfulness to my eyes and compelled me to share this message right here in my blog. I guess you could say I am in strong agreement with her and the message!

So buckle up, Baby, here we go!

The link below is Part 3 of Beth Moore's message and it's what I want to focus on in this post: To praise Him in the dark and believe the light of freedom and celebration is coming! Girls, we must faithfully push back the darkness with our praises of faith! I beg you my Sisters who are reading this you will watch this 18-minute message to the end. 

Her  exhortation is for all of us to "anticipate a mighty move of God" even in our darkest place. This is where the tambourine comes in, Sisters, and we should -- in faith --  be like Miriam and have a tambourine close at hand even when we're facing our own version of the Red Sea...because we are expecting God to work in amazing ways of our deliverance. So we praise Him and sing to Him for He has done great things and will continue to do great and mighty things!

I pray this message will bless your socks off and make you want to find a tambourine to put in your car/home/office! 

"When faith takes a journey it packs a tambourine." -- Beth Moore.

Let's start praising the LORD more in 2015 by picking up our tambourines and choosing to intentionally give Him our loud songs of joy and thanksgiving...even in the hard places -- because we are expecting Him to move mountains.

"Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt HIS name together!"
Psalm 34:3

Thursday, December 4, 2014

First Class All the Way! Only God.

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us..." (Ephesians 3:20).

There are countless gifts God gives to His people! So many! We can't take credit for anything. He does it all! Even when we pray, the Holy Spirit puts prayers in our hearts and if we're listening, we'll pray something that is in accordance with His will and we'll get even more than we asked!  Can I get a witness???? Me! I'll witness!

God gives us gifts and He gives us desires to use those gifts."Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights..." (James 1:17). And then if we're paying attention to His voice He develops and increases the gifts inside us...to bring Him glory and to bless those around us.

Our daughter, Grace, lives in the Los Angeles/Pasadena area of CA. She's a trained classical singer and professional musician who plays piano, flute, recorder and guitar. Recently she's become a worship leader (AM & PM) in two churches -- God is expanding her musical gifts.

At first she was playing piano and leading singing in the worship services along with her talented ensemble. Gradually over the years when she was here on the east coast for Christmas she would take back one of her instruments with her, like her flute. Another time she left with her recorder.

Recently, Grace has been telling us she wants to get her guitar and return to playing that, too. We talked about her getting it at Christmas when she's here.

And then, my unselfish, thoughtful hubby decided he wanted to surprise her and bring it to her on his recent business trip! We checked and double checked with the airlines to be sure there wouldn't be a problem for him to carry it on the plane. He was assured he could do that.

When I heard he was going to do that I started praying God would make it totally convenient for Don to add the large guitar case to his three pieces of luggage. I also prayed and asked God if He would make it so the guitar could easily be stowed and protected during the flight. (Well, you know how the overhead compartments rapidly fill up! Especially in a packed plane! And sometimes passengers get a little feisty about the coveted, tight space! I prayed Don would not have to deal with that! Just sayin'.

Guess what happened? When Don got settled in his seat he sent me a text while everyone was still boarding. He said the flight attendant took the guitar off his hands as soon as he stepped on the plane and told him, "I've got a place for it right here, in first class!" And she took it and stored it and he walked back to the end of the crowded plane and took his seat in coach. Yep. Coach. While Grace's guitar rode in first class.

When they landed in Los Angeles a flight attendant was standing next to the exit with the guitar and she gently handed it to him and smiled.


Wow. Lord, thank you. Wow. Perfect. And the guitar rode in first class. Hilarious isn't it? Only God. More than I asked, too. :) 

What do you need in your life? Are you listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit? What is He telling you? I am fully aware I have no power to make anything happen. But I know Who does and His name is Jesus.

Grace took the photo (above) of her cool, blue guitar in her apartment yesterday and sent it to me. Glory to God. :)

Merry Christmas, Everybody!
psalm 34:3

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