On a recent return trip from Chicago and WI I met a young man. It was an early flight after a very busy trip, so I was tired. But God put a stirring in my soul that began the evening before carrying into the morn. This stirring caused me to pray diligently as I prepared to leave my hotel room, caught the airport shuttle and walked through the airport. Especially at my gate.
It was an international gate. I am not sure what position we as Americans will end up in but I know the position of God. Throughout His Word He says to have no other gods before Him. His Word says He is a jealous God. In fact the first commandment is: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV
HE backs it up with: Thou(you) shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3 KJV
So I prayed for all of us to put Him first and keep Him first. I prayed for God to remove every false god that has grown in our lives and attached to these people as they come and go. Psalm 106 says in verse 21, they forgot God their savior which had done great things in Egypt. He is talking about God’s people forgetting how HE sent the plagues to free them from the captivity they had chosen.
With the unity of the world have we forgotten God? With the growing mission to LOVE have we been beguiled to LUST? More importantly how can we return? How can we get back into a position of pleasing Him? Of KNOWING Him? Of LOVING Him first?
Many may say right now, well I do please Him/God. I go to Church every week...well almost...I pay my tithes faithfully...well most of the time...I am good, kind to people...well those that I like and most of the time those that are in need.
Hmmmm...how can we...how can we...how can we?
So on this morn, wee early, I thought my work for God was done. After all, I had prayed throughout the morning. Was able to jump to when a few were in need. Specifically a young airport aide needing to lead a blind man safely through the crowd of people coming and going off the plane all at the same time. The aide having no training as evidenced by the blind man walking beside her stumbling into all that was in their path. She resisted the urge to grab his arm several times and pull him this way or that to avoid collision and awkwardness. With the Grace of God He swooped in- as I grabbed the blind man’s wrist placing it on her shoulder with these words, “If you will allow him to have his hand on your shoulder, you will be able to just lead him through this crowd smooth as butter.” I had no thought of how they would respond as I touched both of them. How do I know it was God? Because I would never do that on my own. I would never touch another stranger like that, and I touched two of them without a single thought! I just knew it was the right thing to do. The world has caused us to be paranoid of most things good.* How do I know it was God that urged me to aide? The instant relief on both their faces and the blind man’s words, “Yes, yes this will work very well!”
So as I rested in my airplane window seat, marveling at God’s greatness, ready to get lost in the magnificence of the clouds (one of my favorite things to do). As I began to thank God for using me as a prayer conduit and allowing Him to come to the aide of others through me, both seats open to my right, thinking as the boarding comes to a close, “Oh wow, God is even going to show me favor by keeping the rest of this row open. As I was saying all this in my head with a nevertheless your will be done Lord, a young man swooped in to take his seat right next to me.
My thoughts; okay, well maybe the aisle seat will remain open and this young man will just move on over to the isle and I will have my rest and glory in God afterall.
Well God did show me favor but it was not in any manner that I thought. (Lean not unto our own understanding) It was far greater!
As our flight continued to fill up that seat in the isle did not get occupied and the young lad I have nicknamed Dutch Boy, did not fill it. He stayed close to me in that middle seat and I am so grateful for that. He first marveled at the space in which he had in terms of leg room and I helped him understand that yes this is the area with extra leg room and the non extended section is just behind us. He marveled and marveled at how he got there. I picking up what God was laying down though my flesh being tired, tested the waters and engaged in conversation. My flesh saying no way he will talk to me, we have nothing in common, he is obviously a gamer and I am so not...yes all these ridiculous human nature tendencies that keep us closed and unconnected for God just came reeling through my brain. Thank God I have grown to know how to swipe left to them and let God have His way through me.
Dutch Boy’s name is Michael. Tears come to my eyes with gratitude even now, gratitude to God for letting me be used in this manner and gratitude to Michael for trusting me with his situation.
We talked for the entire flight! He spoke about how he has been so excited for this trip to meet his gamer friends. They had become close and finally this journey has arrived from Spain to be in the US with them going from place to place for 2 mos. He spoke about how it has been completely derailed because of circumstances out of his control and how funds are drying up quickly because he has had to change flights and boarding accommodations and no refunds from the original plans.
He is to be here a total of 2 months and the journey has just begun. Such a mess. I began to share about Jesus. About how HE has changed my whole life and if HE is open He our God will certainly straighten ALL this out and I asked him if he would like to pray now?
Michael said, “Well I am not one to really pray but if He can help this, I will certainly...yes.” I grabbed his hand and we prayed. I can not account for all the Words that were said, but I can tell you the prayer was POWERFUL! God was certainly in our midst! Which means middle of us, among us!
And here is a thing! A thing really to know and to understand and to TEACH all others, God is ALWAYS present! HE our King, Lord of Lords is ALWAYS with us- The Word says this, therefore it IS TRUE because the ONLY entity that can not lie is GOD! It is not Santa (satan) Clause that knows when we are bad or good it is GOD because HE IS everywhere ALL THE TIME PRESENT. We just have to learn to cut our flesh in order for His power to be evident in us. I urge you all to stop teaching your children to believe a lie! It is a beguilement similar to the lie the serpent beguiled Eve with in the beginning. Is it no wonder that this lie has grown from what began as a time to reverence God into a season of the love of money? The very thing that our God says is the ROOT of all evil. We must change. We must return to HIM our first LOVE.
I said before that we, Michael and I talked for the entire flight. The more accurate account is that God spoke through me to him for much of the time. Michael and I read out loud the first few chapters of Genesis, the beginning of His Word, The Bible. My heart rejoices as multiple times, Michael said, “That makes sense! This makes so much sense!” Michael had multiple questions and all were answered by His Word!
So so refreshing! Michael I hope you are able to read this and I have to tell you I am grateful for you! I am grateful for what God did that morning! It was not a dream. Everything you experienced was true and real! I pray you continue to grow and know Jesus who is the savior of the world. Remember to contact me - use one of your friends phones to call my number (Michael lives in Spain right now but was born in Holland) so God can fulfill that promise! If you are still in Lake City that is not too far from me and I have wheels so we will be able to connect with ease!
Smiles and God’s blessings upon every one of His!
Lisa Ellen D.
Last night I had a small group of youth over to talk about getting God in our relationships. We discussed the fruit of the Spirit as defined in Galatians 5:22- 23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law.
Most Bible quizzers can recite these. God has revealed in my Cup Of Time with Him that it is one thing to recite and yet another to do them. To exhibit them. To LIVE them. When we are FILLED with His Holy Spirit we will grow in the FRUIT OF HIS SPIRIT. We will naturally and continually show more love. We will naturally and continually have more temperance which is self control.
If I am full of jealously and create strife, and all other such flesh characteristics am I FULL of His Spirit? Line those characteristics up with what the Bibles says and we will see the answer is no.
So how do I help my brothers and sisters go further? How do I help them get off that perpetual not so merry-go-round of hatred and uncleanness? We help through a conversation.
Talk to them. Truly people can not know what they do not know. How do you know what you don't know? We can't! Someone has to help us. We can help one another through revelation. Share what we have learned. What we have been through.
That verse the one that says about seeing the speck in your brothers eye when we have a beam in our own. You know which I speak of? Yes, most of us do. Well we have been duked into receiving that verse as one that if put into practice we are sinning. We are judging. But let's look at that a bit closer!
Luke 6:42 Either how can you say to your brother, brother let me pull out the mote that is in your eye, when you, your self behold not the beam that is in your own? You hypocrite cast out first the beam out of your own eye, and then shall you see clearly to pull out the mote that is in your brothers eye.
We are the Body of Christ. How can I help my brother through his iniquity if I hang on to mine? How can I help them through strife if I am full of strife? I am instructed by God to get rid of it FIRST and then HELP my brother get rid of his! How glorious is that!!!!? We get to HELP each other through to the next level of God. It is not judgement here to do so. It is a God given instruction on HOW to go further in Christ ourselves and then HELP our friends and family to do the same.
Smiles and God Bless!
Lisa Ellen D.
Cup Of Time With Jesus Oct 26th 2017
So great is our Lord.
Psalms 103 Bless the Lord, O’ my soul, and all that is within me, his Holy name. 2)Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not his benefits: 3) Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; 4) who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies 5) Who satisfies your mouth with good; your mouth is renewed like the eagle’s.
How many times do we forget that His Holy Name is within us? His Holy name! And what is that Holy Name? The only name by which we must be saved? (Acts 4) You know it- Jesus! And if you not before you read this, you know it now. :) Read Acts chapter 4 for further understanding and confirmation. Pray that God Himself fill you with revelation as your personal relationship with HIm grows which is Our Kings True delight! Knowing you is!
So His Holy name is within you and me and the postman and the baker and the neighbor and the taxi taxi driver...you get the point right? He is in everyone us. It is a God shaped hole that space, that void which each one us knows has to be filled.
Challenge is we attempt to fill it with things other than God. We fill it with people, food, careers...you name it we fill it with that! When none of those work we try to fill that void with more potent things like alcohol, more food, more TV, drugs, other lusts of the flesh...nothing works because it was made for God.
With ALL of the things of the world not being able to fill the space that was purposefully made by God for God we forget HIS benefits. We forget that He made us in His image. We forget that HE wants us to have the fruits of HIs Spirit as depicted in Galatians 5:22; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
We forget that He is the equiper of all things. The forgiver of all our iniquities as was mentioned in verse 3 of Psalm 103 above. Inquities are sins/perversity/evil/mischief from the Hebrew word aw-vone (H5771) We forget HE heals all our diseases and rely on mankind even though we have testimony of miracles in His Word as well in real life today. HIS Word says: For the wisdom of the world is the foolishness with God. (1st Cor 3:19)
He our Lord and Christ will heal us from everything when we STAND on HIM. And the saddest piece of all is we forget HE redeems your/our life from destruction! (verse4) and crowns us with loving kindness.
We all search for love, stand on love. The world has adopted this knowledge that love conquers all. Love all people. Challenge is we forget God IS LOVE (1John 4-8) and HE says we are to correct those that wrong. We are to correct those we love and HE corrects whom HE loves! We forget ALL of these things when we do not read HIS Word and take TIME to build our relationship with Jesus HImself. Relationships take TIME. Cup Of Time with Jesus for me today brought glorious revelation of Psalms 103. Spend more time with HIm and have your mouth be satisfied with good (Psalms 103:5) let your mouth be renewed like the eagle’s.
So GREAT is our God. Best TIME we will ever spend!
Smiles and God bless!
Have you noticed that people get mad at you for doing something good? It used to be people became upset because we were behaving wrong. Now it seems more folks get angry when we are doing something good. Have you noticed that?
Talk to to your family about what is right and what is wrong. Establish family values and hold on to morals from days of old. Challenge with today is that good and bad have become so muddled. So grey. So confusing. One persons opinion is different from another and so on and so on and...
We do our family according to His Word for simplicities sake. It is simple to follow Gods rules because they are clear and they never change and HE our God is perfect.
What do you see?
Our world is ever changing. Our days are filled with moving parts. The more responsibilities we have the faster time goes. If you are like most of the world you have a lot of responsibilities. We are a busy society. This we all can agree on, yes?
Whether you live in the city or out in the country life is busy. One of my mentors once told me that busy stands for: Burdened Under Satan's Yoke. BUSY. It is one of those lessons that has always stuck with me. BUSY. BUSY. BUSY.
Wow, even just saying it now...makes me feel yucky, overwhelmed, pressured.
No one wants to be under a yoke.
Biblically it means to be under the control of another. Comes from the Hebrew word ole which is derived from the Hebrew word 'alal which means to abuse, defile, mock and a bunch of other painful things.
AND biblically it refers to a pair of animals coupled together. I don't know about you but I NEVER want to be coupled with satan.
As with everything I have learned to ask God what to do about it. God, how do I stop being so BUSY? In most cases we have to go back to the beginning to understand where we are. Retrace your steps to figure out where, what, and how life got so busy. From there you can submit, surrender and let God reorder your footsteps.
He did it for me! I know He will do it for you.
When I was a nurse I was so busy that I had no time to hear the voice of God. I have experienced this to be the MOST beautiful thing EVER. What we see leads to what we hear which leads to what we do which defines who we are.
So for this week's question, ask your COT mates what they see? What do they see in you that you might want to change? Ask them what they see in the world that is beautiful? What do you see that is unstoppable? What do you see that is possible?
If answers come up negatively don't stop talking until they end positively. No matter our situation there is still more good than bad. Because God is good and He is more powerful than ANY and EVERYTHING.
What do you see in yourself? What do you see in others? What do you see in the world? What do you see in our Lord? What do you see...?
Smiles and God bless
Have you ever heard of the TV program which starts out as a way to help one on other through thoughts of depression, bullying, poor self esteem,etc? Have you heard of it? Yes I have too. There are scads of them on the air waves these days. So many you can not keep track of them.
The one I bring attention to today in our question of the week does not end like the rest. This one in the end gives teens the message that suicide is the viable answer. The person that does the documentary actually commits suicide and is free in the end. Or so the story goes. But it is not a story. It is real life and our kids, your kids are being gripped to follow suit.
I had not heard about this program prior to Wednesday night church service. The youth pastor brought it to our attention recognizing the spirit from which it stems. He spoke about it to build awareness and I am compelled to give attention here. Ask your kids if they have ever heard of it. Warn them NOT to give it ear. Hear no evil, see no evil, do no evil. But first you must take TIME to TALK about it.
Question of the week: have you heard of a program that starts out wonderfully helpful, relatable even and progresses into glamorizing suicide?
Question of the week
What is the last thing you think of when you turn out the lights at night? Some of the deepest conversations come from the most common questions. Secrets of the heart are discovered through questions. Ask ask ask away! 🌸
Stand up straight. No matter how tall or vertically challenged you are, stand up straight. Our pasture speaks volumes to the world.
In order to get the best posture remember to roll your shoulders back, drop them and slightly lift your head. To engage your spine, tighten your gluteal muscles. For those who don't know, your gluteal muscles make up your BE-hind! (Hee! Hee) Next engage your abdominal muscles. (Engage by tightening them) Then roll back your shoulders, drop them and lift your head!
I was reminded recently of the GASH acronym. Gluts-Abs-Shoulders-Head Gluts- Abs-Shoulders-Head
Standing up straight communicates to the world that you are ready, confident and going places. Is your body speaking truth about you? Is it speaking what you desire?
Come on everybody! Glutes-Abs-Shoulders-Head! Glutes-Abs-Shoulders-Head! Glutes-Abs-Shoulders-Head! Louder...more confidant...you can do it!
And remember to help those around you. Try something like this: "Your height is amazing! Did you know we look more confidant and attractive when we embrace our height?...Ya it's true, when we roll our shoulders back and lift our head ever so slightly we convey confidence and look more attractive. Try it with me!" (If you know them well enough and have enough time do the whole GASH deal.)
Nice job! Glutes-Abs-Shoulders-Head!
There are three primary styles of communication.
Passive, assertive, and aggressive are the three primary communication styles. Only One style of communication is good. It is the One that is in the middle- assertive. Which type of communicator are you? Before you answer that ask a few family members what they think your primary style of communication is.
Let this be your next topic of communication with your cup of time partner.
Here are the definitions of each:
Passive- ineffective, rarely getting out what you really mean
Assertive - effective and respectful Aggressive- harsh, not respectful of others, bull headed.
Knowing these definitions...now how do you categorize yourself?
Passive- Assertive - Aggressive. The best style is in the middle. Let's all work to be more assertive in our communications, not just with God and our family members, but with everyone we encounter in our lives. Amen!?!
Communication is essential for every relationship. The more we listen to each other, the more we understand each other. Electronic voices are not human. Remember to use the wonderful mouth God gave you. Do you speak more frequently the electronics (the unnatural voice) or verbally (our God given natural voice)?