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#5 My son, and the Christmas snowmen ….

My son was just 15, when I left his Dad. I know it was hard for him, but he also understood. It had to be done.

The first Christmas I was away, I got a box in the mail. There, in the box were these little snowme on a tobagon, that I had admired in a Christmas store back in Detroit Lakes.

I started to cry. Here he was, struggling with his own problems and feelings, and he used his money from work to buy his mom a present, box it up and send it off for Christmas ……..

Tears welled up in my eyes as I opened his gift ……..

Tears of Joy. Tears of love, Tears of Thankfulness That the ability to show love in his pain, meant he was going to be okay. Tears of forgiving myself for what I had to do……..

Every Christmas when I get them out, The tears come again………

and it’s happening again……

thank you Thomas, I will never forget what you did……

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#4 “The Christmas we never forgot……….”

My Kids in 1993 Clarkston WA

Here is the story of “The Christmas we never forgot” In full detail, referrenced in my book Grace to the Rescue…..It’s exciting!

My husband had lost his job. We had no income. My Mom did send gifts each year but we had no way to pay the rent. And it was Christmas time………..

To make matters worse, their nintendo game was in the hock shop. Our Power bill was over due……..and about to be unhooked. A friend of mine came over, stood in my living room and prayed and commanded that we be blessed in the name of Jesus. She was loud about it too! Like a trumpet!

“You’re the provider she screamed and I thank you their Christmas will be BLESSED” …….

I could feel the Holy Spirit when she prayed……It was not a nice little God’s will be done prayer, it was a prayer of Faith and love and she was NOT backing down! And we as a whole did NOT deserve it, my husband had made bad choices….and I had asked God to have Mercy and not punish all of us for his actions.

I had applied for Help through the power sharing program at the electric company…….

Two days later I got a phone call. “You’ve been selected for help with your power bill, she said…..”

But then she added, “But that is not all. A new company in town wanted to know a family they could bless and out of hundreds of names we chose you………..”

That company paid our rent. They asked what gifts the kids would like, and got them exactly what they asked for. They gave me an expresso machine. They got the nintendo out of Hock. And they gave us food and an envelope with cash in it. To top it all off they gave my husband a job at their company…..

It was overwhelming, to say the least. In a MINUTE all of our needs were met Every single one. We went from problems galore to “Everything taken care of.” The relief I felt was rather how they must have felt when they crossed the Red Sea……..

People were sick of hearing our problems by then. Even the church people (for the most part).

Do I give the glory to God? OF course I do! Why were WE selected, I ask myself……..

I think back to that prayer of one passionate person who would NOT back down…….

Who decided WE were worth it……

And that is a person I want to emmulate….

With love and blessings,

Laura Grace

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Christmas Day 3: “When I was a kid…………”

My Mom, 1969

Christmas when I was a kid.” Does anyone even care? (What it was like?). I think so, because honestly, I have read stories about the Christmas’s of others, and I totally enjoy them.

When I was a kid, Christmas was a magical time for me. Mom made a lot of different goodies, including, popcorn balls, fudge (2 different kinds) frosted cookies, pinwheel cookies, and sometimes we had peanut brittle laying around.

There were cousins, aunts and uncles who sent packages by mail (grandma’s too) and soon the tree was abounding with colorfully wrapped gifts. We all looked at the Sears Catalogue to dream of what Santa might bring…….

I didn’t teach my kids about Santa, because i remember the disappointment when he didn’t bring quite what I asked him for. I believed, so I thought maybe I was ‘naughty” is why it didn’t happen. I thought maybe he was trying to teach me a lesson, and that was why I got peanuts and oranges in my stocking (mostly) and didn’t know til years later that santa’s budget depended on Mom and Dad’s budget, at the time.

Therefore, based on that disappointment, I didn’t teach my children to believe in Santa Claus, I told them it was a nice story and a nice thought, but ultimately Jesus is the reason for the season.

When I grew up, which happened during the process of raising children, I decided Christmas Joy was something I wanted to emmulate. I learned to make the cookies, (and the fudge) as much as I do NOT like or enjoy kitchen duties. I soon found out what a servant heart it takes to pull of this Amazing Holiday. It’s a lot of work, to say the least……

Finding out just how much work it was, made me appreciate my Mom even more, and all she did for us at Christmas time. I had no idea! The shopping, the boxing, the mailing, the goodie-making, the budget-strategy! It took weeks to get it all done and must be started before Thanksgiving……..

The decorating, the Christmas cards, and putting pictures in all of them. (I did it all). In the end It would be over with and I’d say I DID IT! I really did it! Everyone got a gift, everyone got a card……..I made the goodies and did not burn them! Oh How I prayed over Christmas (every year) and rejoiced to get those boxes mailed out before the 15th……

Then came the thank you’s from Mom and friends and the delighted looks on children’s faces……

Now some bad stuff happened yes. I had some who did not appreciate, nor did they reciprocate (yes even with some of my family). My Dad always said “Bah Humbug” at Christmas, which made me very sad……

Christmas reminds me a little of the gospel (not that it can really compare with it) but it’s a reflection of it, in some small way. The lights, the giving, the generosity and the love……and like the gospel, it is not always appreciated or reciprocated….But its’ still important to SHINE!

I want to thank you Mom. Your love for us always shined through at Christmas time, especially. THANK YOU for all you did over the years to make it special! Thank you for the Christian example of serving and giving & loving. Forgive me for the times I didn’t seem as appreciative as i should have.

With love, your daughter,

Laura

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the last of all and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35

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Christmas Mediation day 2: The good the bad and the ugly ….

Let’s pray a minute: “Father bless this day, anoint my words, and help anyone out there who struggles with Christmas to be healed and enjoy it Father! IN Jesus’ name I pray…Amen”

I can remember bad things, or I can remember good things, about Christmas time. There were the gifts we wished for that we didn’t get, and we can remember the happy people, or the crabby ones, it is up to us.

After I visited a festival of trees in Spokane Wa, I decided to up the ante on my tree decorating, and try to do a better job. I had my years of saying “You aren’t here Mom, so I’m gonna glob that tinsel on thick” ha ha ha

And what does Christmas have to do with Jesus, you say? Aren’t we supposed to be studying his word, and growing? Think about that for a moment. How can we grow?

Do we remember the good (About Christmas?) or do we remember the bad? Is Christms about getting our way all the time? Or the perfect “Martha Stewart dinner?”

My son and daughter both wished for the chance to pick things out, so some years I have included gifts cards, while other years, they said “Mom, I’m sorry I’m never going to use this (contraption) you just gave me.”

Barking out statements like “It’s the thought that counts” puts a squash on how people feel. Being rude and saying “I hate this’ is also rather, well, rude to say the least. Why can’t we just tell the truth? hmmm….

I can remember getting stressed out when I was young, trying to keep appointments with older people who had dinner at 1, but my kids were hungry at noon. Trying to beat people into submission to accomodate others, does NOT make Christmas fun. Does it? Perhaps we need to learn how to communicate that……

It’s not fun when people are late to supper, it’s not fun when there are rules and regulations about how Christmas is supposed to be. I think what is cool for me, is that was when my kids were growing up, we were so poor we got a complete Re-set about Christmas. If it wasn’t for God, Christmas would not have happened at all.

And why are those movies so special to people, like the Grinch movie and some others? Because they get across the point Christmas is not about the stuff we get, or the perfect tree, or the perfect holiday dinner.

God loves the stuff that CAN and often does come out at Christmas time. The generosity, the smiles, the singing, the thoughtfulness, and yes THE LOVE that people express in various ways at Christmas time.

So many times I have thought, What if people were like this all year long? Celebrating, Making merry in their hearts, looking for ways to bless others….

(To be continued). PS (It’s six weeks away) ….

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Day 1: Christmas, My Happy Thought!

I put up my Christmas tree a little early this year BEFORE Thanksgiving! If you don’t approve it’s too bad, I’ve already done it. What I believe if this, if you aren’t hurting anyone, it’s okay to have fun. And God knows this has been one stressful year. What harm can there be in having a little fun? (I said to myself).

Nope, I”m not going to drink or get drunk to reward myself for having survived “The year of corona virus.” And I refuse to let it drive me to drink because of the stress involved………

One reason I love Christmas so much, is that when I was a child, My Mom always made it fun. There were goodies baking and trees going up. There were bows and ribbons as she wrapped gifts for my cousins and aunts and uncles. Back then, we used to exchange gifts by mail.

I will be sharing some reasons I still have the Christmas Spirit, and how God played a part in that. I love Christmas music, Christmas trees, snowmen, carolers, bows and boxes, Christmas goodies, and time with friends and family.

What’s not to love about it? Christmas is such a beautiful time, but only if we keep it that way. Thanks for following me as I spend 12 days talking about Christmas, and why it is still kinda magical to me….

So here is the question: How can we de stress Christmas? And how can we get in tune with WHAT Christmas means to us, and why? Therein, lies the Journey….

with Love

Laura

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12 Days of Pre-Christmas Meditations & Testimonies

I feel like Just sharing some Christmas thoughts, even though it is only the 1st of November.

It has occured to me that many people struggle, as they see the Holidays approaching.

And I really feel that God would like me to address it, in advance, before it is upon you.

I PRAY You will be inspired to face the Holidays with Joy this year, and not with dread.

Let’s do this together!

With Much Love,

Laura Grace

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A disciplined life…….


Leaders must be disciplined Titus 1:62. satan must be told to be quiet (Mark 1:33-343. Harsh words for fools and mules Prov 26:3 4. To have life you keep instruction Prov 10:17 5. Learn to love Discipline Prov 3:11 6. Instruction in God brings rest Psalm 94:12-137..Presumptious leaders bring death 1 Kings 1:5-6 8. Let God choose your habitation Duet 12:8-9 9. Holiness is the first step to a disciplined life in God Lev 20:26 


Holiness is the first step (to a discplined life). This means to be set apart, unto him.

We won’t even be able to receive God’s instruction unless we have stepped away from the rest of the world, and its’ way of thinking. Let God rule over your heart (Be Holy!).

And don’t be presumptuous………(an idea that is not known for certain)


It is dangerous to be in presumption. We must learn to seek God about how his word applies to our lives, and the lives of others. We must be careful to not PRESUME what a person should be doing right now. Jesus came to release people from being justifed in keeping laws, because he knew we need to be RESTORED into the Christ-Like person he intended us to be.

“Father please, help and allow us to lead a disciplined life, one that glorifes you Father! Thank you that while we are not saved by rules and regulations, We do need to have a disciplined life to have success, and you want so much for us to have this discipline that makes uf more effective for your Kingdom! So we thank you for your discipline today!


You are such a good Father …”
 In Jesus’ name. amen 

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Having Faith and speaking life……..

Speaking Faith: I was driving to Great Falls Saturday, the wind was blowing, and the closer I got to Great Falls, the worse the smoke became from a fire nearby.

I said “I thank you Father for putting boundaries on this fire and extinguishing it.” I prayed for Mercy. A lot of people are telling me about God’s Judgment right now. I speak in faith’ “Your Mercy triumphs over Judgement Father” I thank you that you remember and hear your people who pray.”

“I thank you that you take care of your children Father” And that “When you see the blood” of Jesus applied to the doors of our lives you pass over,” No evil befalls us no plague comes near us.”

You have a sphere of authority assigned to you, did you know that? It starts with you and then there is “YOUR HOUSE.” Take Authority over that and start there. “Speak Faith” (in the face of evil). Jesus could not even do miracles in areas where nobody made room for him or did not believe in his goodness.

Theories believe Jesus just “does what he wants to do” but the truth is, He honors and responds to Faith- and he always has. “And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own household is a prophet without honor.” And He did not do many miracles there, because of their unbelief.”Matthew 13:58 ” -Berean Study Bible

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Don’t be Deceived! (You will deal with flesh and blood)

God inspired me (and I believe answered me) this morning about a question I”ve been asking him about for years.

I have asked since I was a young christian, “why it is” that when I bind every devil possible and why when I choose to ONLY believe my battle is not against flesh and blood (book of Ephesians), why is it, that in some cases, I see results from my “binding the devil” while in other cases, I can pray fervently for someone for years, and see no results?

In a flash this morning, It came to be by the Holy Spirit (and revelation) as if years of seeds God has planted in me, suddenlymanifested in my heart, and the reality about foundations, all came together for me. Let me explain. 

 I was talking with a person and told them, that everything is ‘not the devil.” She didn’t believe me ……

She is a spirit-filled born again Christian. She has asked God to fill her with his Spirit, and she loves God with all of her heart, but she is locked into the idea that “Our Battle is not against Flesh and blood) (Ephesians 6) hence “everything is the devil,” and “everything requires spiritual warfare.” but, that is “NOT TRUE!”

The Fact is, some people just “want to be the way they are” and are making choices to be critical, envious, have selfish-ambition, (or even having wrath or anger) baffles this person!

Here I am, desiring and wanting so much to make her free from this frustration, which it is obvious to me, that it’s coming from a place of having been deceived.

How did this even happen? Especially when a person has asked to be Spirit Filled? THE TRUTH IS God can only fill you as much as you have emptied out “THE JUNK” to make room for his Spirit.

You can’t just walk up to a bible believing, spirit-filled Christian and say ‘Hey, I think you’ve been deceived a bit here“, can you?

No, probably not, because they have a zeal to cherish and “Hold on” to what they beleive they were taught by God, which likely came through some spirit filled teacher they have embraced, and most likely, at a very young age in their walk. 

So this is the revelation: 


     The first layer of your foundation is when you get born again, and Jesus (himself) saves you. No man can take credit for that, and you know it! Deep down, you know God saved you, so you are pretty sure he is real,and then the hunger and thirst for righteousness (and more of him), comes and you say okay Jesus, I want to follow you! Since there is no other way to follow him now, other than by the Spirit, we are susceptible to almost anyone who says they are “spirit-led.”
So we need to ASK FOR DISERCERNMENT.

Somewhere in the mix of our early belief system, and I am speaking for myself here, we’ve had a leader, or someone who we admired, who gave us this Mixed bag of real (true) teachings and false teachings, some of which is because THEY walked in presumption. 


     Someone took Ephesians 6 and said, “see, it’s all the devil” but the truth is, it said YOUR BATTLE is not against flesh and blood, it did not say you are not dealing with just flesh and blood! See the difference here?


     Many of the things i had to repent for, were things I learned from supposedly qualifed leaders.

If you find yourself shaken, feeling a big cracked, start to deal with foundational issues TODAY before it’s too late. In the natural, a house can literally fall because of foundational issues. And this is why Jesus said:


Matthew 7:27 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (of that house). 



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