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The Hamster Wheel

I call it the hamster wheel…..

Just getting busy doing good things, but I’m not sure any more if it’s all God wants me to be doing. Sometimes I just have to take a step back, take an impromptu day off, and pray and ask “What should I be doing?” It’s a good question for sure!

Jesus said apart from Him we can do nothing (Nothing beneficial, lasting or eternal). 

This little note is a reminder today…..if you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, just take a moment, Ask God what you ought to be doing with your day! He gave you life, we give it back of our own free will (and he’s delighted when we do!!). This is delighting in the Lord In it’s fullest, to freely give him the freedom he gave you. 

Laura Grace   Scripture Ref John 15:5

 

 

 

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The Magnificent Mentor (Gods’ gift to me)

 

When I was young in the Lord, I had a mentor. I clung to her like glue! (Like Ruth and Naomi, kind of). I learned so much from her,and was so blessed. One time I asked her to pray I’d have a double portion of what she had, (this was years ago).

She prayed it! It was a treasure to my heart, and I was always full of expectation, that exactly what she prayed would happen. Now I am older than she was when all that took place. It’s hard to believe……but here I am…..almost 57. Yikes. LOL I”m gonna share a few things she shared with me that I never forgot:

1. “Hem me in” King David asked God to hem him in. He could not do anything but God’s will (was his prayer) that God would literally prevent him from doing anything else. I treasure and use that prayer to this day.

2. “The Vision of the Well” She saw a vision, a girl trying to draw water out of a well. Every time she brought the bucket up it was empty but she tried and tried again. soon she started to cry, and gave up……at that moment a rumble occured and the well spewed water in a giant guyser blowing the bucket into the air………She said God said “the girl is you, the bucket is your expectations of answers to prayer………” the water was God coming through bigger than she could ask or think!!

3. She put her daughter in a young Miss Pageant and fully expected her to win. In Fact she felt God had put a promise i her heart the girl would win. When she didn’t win, my friend was devestated. She cried, “why did you let me believe she would win?” (heartbroken) God said “Because, if I didn’t you would not have done all that you did, and all that you did was part of my plan.” amazing!!

I remember that story when my hopes get deferred…….

These are some of the treasures I carry in my heart. Now I have my own experiences with God but back then, I lived on her testimonies toward me (and they were seeds in my heart).

   Thank you God for Faithful Mentors! PS Later I had another Mentor…..a God send at exactly the right time. And I will be someone’s mentor (at times)….we all help each other and do our part! Peace!     -Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Grow 

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Don’t Let What is Happening become “Who you Are!” (A word from God today)

crown princess I was feeling defeated, sad, overcome by all the things that have been happening, here lately. It reminded me of a wind storm, that every time I got all the debris picked up from one storm, another one came right behind it. Most of these were emotional storms, but some are storms of very real circumstances. I’d been praying about it (all) for the last few days, and today the Lord spoke to my heart these words: 

“Don’t allow what is happening to become who you are.” 

I didn’t understand at first, but he continued: “You feel rejected, that does not mean you are rejected.” Likewise, you can feel sick, but you can still say “Thank you Father I’m healed.” “Sick” is not who you are! IN Me you are healed, in me you are chosen, in me you are not rejected, in me you are not broken-hearted (that’s not who you are) even though you may feel broken-hearted, right now. 

Oh, I get it Lord! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corn 5:17). It’s not lying to say I am healed (when you feel sick) or to say “I’m chosen” when you are obviously being or even feeling rejected. It’s not a lie to say “I AM God’s child” when someone is saying you are my child, and “if you don’t act like you think I should, I”m gonna disown you. ” 

     You can be considered a good friend to God, while someone may feel you have been the worst friend ever, God thinks you are a good servant, while at the same time, some may question your serving abilities. We are a work in progress! The prosecuting attorney that comes at us and has to Point out “You still look sick to me, you still look weak to me, and you look pretty broken and rejected to me,” is the devil himself.

     We don’t need reminders of what we are not, we need reminders of WHO WE REALLY ARE!! So if nobody will do it for you, “remind yourself” who you are in Jesus. You are not only loved but Chosen, Treasured, Valued, qualified, not rejected, and maybe a work-in-progress, but a treasured work (of His) none-theless. Do not forget WHO YOU ARE (In HIM). Remind the devil of it daily! People who believe for good things in themselves, tend to manifest good things! People who believe bad things will manifest that as well. Trust me, I know. I’ve done both.  

Love to you all! Laura Grace 

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Taking God’s discipline as a gift……did you hear me? This is important!

So…I am not preaching to you here, Okay? I”m preaching to myself! 

     Today I open my email box, I see a message from Minister Glenn Jackson (a minister I have learned to trust, and follow) and it’s about correction, and God disciplining those he loves.  Now, when I think of correction, I think of a Shepherd’s staff (Prodding us into the right direction). Don’t you? But what if we still don’t listen? Then what? 

     God’s been telling me lately, “I need to rest.” Oh Man this is hard for me! I am a person who fears not being accepted (or loved) by others if I do not seem to be doing my part! Ever Felt beaten? (I have) and is this always the devil? Or is the Lord allowing us to be “beat to a pulp” until we realize we need to do HIS will, not our own? 

There is probably no greater lesson in this life than “getting our way.” as I have soberly learned. 

     I know this doesn’t seem to be a very happy message for you all (and I am sorry about that). But, I am pretty sober today. Speaking of sobriety, New Year’s Eve is the time most people “whoop it up” and get all drunk and stuff. 

This is what I consider today (as I”m pondering the discipline of God). He allowed or let me “do whatever I willed’ for years and years. It led to nothing (and to nowhere). I drank, partied, forgot what I did, threw up in the toilet after too many drinks, Spent money I didn’t have, bounced some checks, had to pay a bunch of fees and all kinds of things i”m not proud of. It wasn’t SHAME that brought me back from the dead, it was Jesus (and his Grace) that said “Hey, you haven’t given me a serious chance in your life yet have you?” 

It reminds me of the passage that says “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corn 6). 

     Now I ask you, what do you want to inherit? Sorrow and death? Or Love, Peace, Joy and righteousness in the Holy Ghost? You can’t have both.  God’s not keeping tabs to try and “Punish you” but at the same time…..a good parent will grab you by the neck and say “What are you doing boy?” and if you fight him, he’ll say fine, “don’t call me from Jail!”. God’s not a co-dependent. He’s not going to say oh that’s just fine and dandy, you do what you want, “I’ll just keep blessing your wanton ways and half-hearted efforts.” Does that sound like God to you? Good, cause it isn’t! 

     “Father help us today to realize LOVE IS YOUR DISCIPLINE” and often discipline comes in the form of “giving us our way.” I pray we have the Grace to come to our senses, and escape the terrible traps of the evil one, before it’s too late. And by the way Father, Thank you for disciplining me …….and I mean it. Thank you, so much! amen”                       Laura Grace 

  Hebrews 12: For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes’. You must submit to and endure [correction] for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not [thus] train and correct and discipline? Now if you are exempt from correction and left without discipline in which all [of God’s children] share, then you are illegitimate offspring and not true sons [at all].

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A Clean House (Spiritually Speaking, that is) De-Cluttering and Unclean. What does it all mean in New Testament living?

clutter.jpg Hi! Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ! (who had me studying about clutter, just this morning!). 

 “Clutter” is not a word that’s in our bibles, but we now it exists. Don’t believe me? Check out the picture (above!). Do we see why we should not limit our terms and uses of language to bible language only (now?). Clutter is a real thing! 

So often, we clutter our minds with opinions, useless information, all the jokes we saw online yesterday, and at Christmas especially, most of us get all cluttered up with the festivities that go with “Christmas.” It’s all good clutter, isn’t it? And yet sometimes, it is clutter, nonetheless. 

     It’s wierd how a study on Clutter this morning, (just one word the Spirit gave me) wound up being a study on uncleanness too! I had a friend just recently, who told me a mouse was in her trap and she wanted it disposed of. She said “I have mice” what should I do? Incidentally, she didn’t want to use poison, mostly because she didn’t want dead mouse-bodies laying around (where she could not see them.). 

     No, clutter is not the same as “dead things” (which were a big deal in Old Testemant times). God had special rituals listed in the Book of Numbers on how to get “clean again” and in Leviticus, and even 2 Kings, uncleanness was just a very big deal in those days. 

     Why? Why was touching dead things such a very big deal to God Almighty? 

     On top of that, why did God give Peter a Vision (Acts 10) and tell him not to call any man unclean? (Acts 10:38). Just as “back then” science had not developed to a place where people understood say “How to cook a Lobster” (and not get sick) or nobody knew that they needed to use Chlorine or something anti-bacterial to protect themselves after handling “dead things” (in order to protect and preserve one’s life), therefore, God listed everything that would bring his children harm, or potentially bring them harm, and deemed it all to be a big fat ‘No no.” 

     We understand clutter makes it hard for us to find “good things’ (which we have lost in the pile of clutter) and we easily understand “germs’ make us sick, dead bodies carry disease, and mold or mildew can especially cause immediate sickness (or even death!). 

     At the same time, we tend to clutter up our lives, and ignore the warning signs that we are spiritually “sickened” by all the things we expose ourselves to in this life.

     We want God to “clean up the mess” and we need to get after it ourselves! “Clear the Way” (John the Baptist) “Prepare for his coming (answer) and not just the coming of him as the last trumpet sounds. See? We’ve got work to do!

     How often do people cry out to God (for answers), and wonder why they can’t find or even see the answer from him? We get “clutter of the soul” and wonder why we can’t hear God, when he promised “the sheep will know his voice.”

   What about the audible clutter in our lives? (Noise Pollution). We listen to many things, think our own thoughts, and spend a whole lot of time stressing out, trying to figure out how to solve a problem! 

     At the same time, we wonder why we can’t hear God very well? We clutter up our lives and wonder why we cannot SEE Him? Didn’t you promise I would see you, God? Maybe the answer is “right there” and we can’t see it, because of the clutter! 

     James had the answer “Purify your hearts” He said (in other words, de-clutter, get the junk out, and pay attention to him!). We want living water, but we mix it up with the defilements of this world (and wonder why it doesn’t refresh us!). 

     Ponder this awhile! (to be continued) ……With Love, 

Laura Grace, Author Grace to Grow, Grace to Soar…….(etc and so on). 

 

 

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the Sacred Snowmen

     The year was 2003 and I was visiting my son (then a teenager). He had his first job but it was part time, and he didn’t make a lot of money. I saw these little snowmen on a sled (about 3 inches high) in this cool store in Detroit Lakes, MN. 

I remember I exclaimed how cute they were, and that was a hard year for us as I had left his dad, he was alone without his mom….

He did this remarkable thing I have never forgotten…..

     A package came…..(from him) at christmas..in it was the (gasp) snowmen and the little tobaggen. I have them (to this day) I can’t look at them without remember the love that shined out of Thomas ….(during a very dark time in his life)….

    Now he’s a man…a minister, a leader..has a wife (and child) owns his own house. He’s a prayer warrior…more of a friend now than ‘a son” but he’ll always be my son even though he is primarily God’s son.  And i have to think….If I being a mere human never forgot that extraordinary act of love….

    How could we ever think God does not notice what his children do, for him? 

 Oh how his heart must smile, just thinking about us…..and the things we’ve done just to honor him……._Laura Grace 

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Abide! (It’s where we live, in Jesus).

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ABIDE: (It’s where you live that counts!). by Laura Grace

Many people do not understand or even care to understand what Jesus meant when he said to ABIDE in Him. This is not a place we visit, it’s a place where we live.

“Moving in” with Jesus is a process, whereby we may have to get rid of a lot JUNK He doesn’t approve of (in our lives).

This is all between “Us and Him” and it’s not for others to decide. Listen: THIS IS what religion can do to you: if you are caught up in relgious rules, christian cliche’s, man’s doctrines, the latest bible study that everyone is flocking after or (anything else) that is not about your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then; chances are you are not Abiding IN HIM…………

YOUR Relationship with God is NOT WORTH compromising for anyone my friends. In the end, you will stand before HIm not “all these other people” with their 2 cents worth of input. He has eyes that Blaze with Fire and He is going to ask you so….”What did I say to do?”

We will be undone by the sword in his tongue. This is what it means to be on fire for God: Do what HE is telling you today. He promises to make his will known to you, But we have to participate in teh asking, seeking and finding out 
WHAT He wants us to do.

He may tell you to go preach and he may say “go home” and he may say “go sweep the sidewalk today.” ……….This is not a game! Our Relationship with Jesus is more serious than any marital relationship or anything else upon this earth. Therefore I plead with you “Be reconciled to Him” GO HOME (to his heart) and LIVE THERE….in Jesus’ name.

.”Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you”…. John 15:4-7 NASB

By Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Grow, Dysfunctional People, and others……(available on Amazon).