My life is not my own, to You I belong. I give myself. I give myself, to You. Giving ourselves to God is a choice. Loving God no matter what He does is a choice. Letting Him love us through everything is also a...you got it, a choice. When God puts a wrench in our plans, no wrench in our plans is too light...when something devastating happens like Ed loosing Rita, me loosing my mom at her young age 56 and my son loosing his dad age at even his younger age 40, it can be very difficult to let God in. In fact the most natural reaction is to shut Him out. It is natural to shut out those that help us most when we are hurting. Why? Perhaps because they know us best and know what we should do. What we should do and what we want to do is often very far from each other.
When my mom passed, I turned more to alcohol. I had been delivered from cocaine addiction before she passed. Thank God I never liked Marijuana. It made me lazy and want to eat all day. Ed shared he was introduced to Marijuana in the 60's and it made him hungry as well. Neither of us needed addition hunger starters. Marijuana is addictive. Pretty soon you can not function with out it. Just like every other unnatural vice we put in our bodies soon enough you need it every day. So many people becoming daily smokers of Marijuana because we can, it being legal.
Blows my mind the blindness that surrounds this movement. Who makes money from legalizing this DRUG. Might I remind you, it IS a drug and it is addictive. Coke A Cola had cocaine in it. I thought that was myth but my new friend who was there confirms it to be true. Why don't we ever get a documentary on that? You know why. MONEY. Bible says we can not serve two masters. Hollywood's master is money. Who are you serving? The makers of the drink had to take it out because it was addictive. Tobacco because it is inhaled destroys your lungs and it is addictive. Marijuana has both of these properties. How do we skip over that and call it Medical Marijuana?
The argument of Medical Marijuana, for the good of the Cancer patients and War Veterans propelled this movement forward. I tell you now, my mother when she lay dying in the hospital bed over 20 years ago received medical Marijuana in the form of a pill. It has NEVER been an issue for them nor our beloved Veterans. (Our beloved Veterans do not get treated well period.) In my mother's case, she had not eaten for to long to count. The chemo was brutal and left her with no appetite. That Medical Marijuana PILL sparked her appetite. I was amazed as I watched her take bite after bite of a fish sandwich. My mother stated as she munched away, "This is the best fish sandwich I have ever had."
There is a Bible verse that says: All liars go onto the lake which burns with fire. Revelations 21:8 Without repentance everyone who knows about this and pushed it forward will be in the lake of fire for eternity. Hell. Lets remember, Hell is not a swear word, it is a place. We were encouraged to not say that word when I was young. We were cautioned and corrected if we did say it so it would not be part of our lives. Remember what we speak about, what we think about is what we get.
There is a multitude of people walking around saying this word like it is nothing. Saying all swear words like they are nothing. Everything is something. Everything we do counts. Start talking about what you want in your life and for your families life. Do you want them to go to Hell? Of course not! Then do not let them speak about it. Think about it.
Lets stop giving that bugger of a devil so much attention. What we give attention to grows. If your child gets a bump on the head and you focus on symptoms of a head injury those symptoms will grow. If I think I look ugly those thoughts of ugliness will grow. If I think people are avoiding me everything will line up to support that thought. If I think people are talking about me...you get it! Lets stop it. Hey here is something you may not know, one is Marijuana side effects is paranoia! We must stop it. Our thoughts become things. Soon enough these things will be true but not for the original cause. For a cause I manifested in my mind which can be pure torture!
There was a saying my mom and people of her generation in the world said it went like this: "The whole world is going to pot!" And now look it IS! The saying was a "harm;less" observation one said when things were going wrong. And now with fulfilling prophecy evil will become good, good will become evil- this saying has not only manifested but it is viewed as GOOD. So many things that were evil now viewed as good. How many of these switches can you count today? Go ahead as your day moves take a little mental tally of what used to be viewed as evil and is now good. I dare you to do it. All that you see pray and tell others, "That used to be evil. Did you know that used to be evil?" People we must rise up and do it, because in God's eyes it still IS.
Here is the verse God has me focusing as of late:
What ever things are true, what ever things are honest, what ever things are just, what ever things are pure, what ever things are lovely, what ever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
I encourage you all to focus on this verse as well. What a Wonderful world it could be! Will be!
God IS Love IS Truth
These three are ONE.
So God did the miraculous yet again. I was on a return flight once again from Chicago to Jacksonville this morning. Today's date being July 23rd 2019. Flight was scheduled as is routine to leave at 10:08ish. About a half an hour prior to boarding time I received a text that it would be 2 hours late. Not even for a minute did I get icky about what was now my new schedule.
The atmosphere in the whole place was different. I did not wake up with an urge to pray. Nothing like the last time I took this flight. My heart was at Peace and Joy kept filling it. As it got closer to the new flight time of departure I decided to grab a beverage and food, being Frontier there are none provided with ticket price. Settling back in my seat I saw an American Airlines plane in our M3 spot. Hmmmm, that plane has to go so ours can get in. All the people deboard and nope! The plane does not leave. It starts refilling with food. I reached out to my hubby to see if he could gather what is going on, he is a transportation expert of sorts, he would know how to reach additional info. He sent me a screenshot of our flight now leaving at 2pm and still arriving in Jax at 3:30 ...hmmm...ok, bunkering down for another 2 hour late departure I heard a distant call for Jax. The gait moved around the corner. Praise God they switched the gate to M2 and we were boarding! Crazy! No signage. No message over the com that the gate changed, just started boarding ...I could VERY well have missed this amazing flight! It was Our Lord that had me hear it! Must have been that twirl for Jesus I did walking down the corridor! LOL.
So on the flight, in my seat, same seat I was in when God put Michael (Dutch Boy) next to me on the last flight. A tall younger man sat in the middle after me. He was closed and very uncomfortable. How do I know he was closed? No communication. No eye contact. No words. Body posture very tight. An older man sat on the aisle and immediately was battling sleep. So I was perceiving there would be know God connections.
As I started to work on a book I have for improving leadership skills for Cup Of Time, the flight prepares for takeoff and middle uncomfortable man takes the opportunity to move to the row open in front. This leaves myself and aisle guy. Aisle guy is coughing. I pray for his cough, silently. I know this cough, having been a smoker and viewing a pack of smokes he has placed in his hat which is quite adorable! The hat. Not the smokes. And that is how the miraculous began.
I complimented him on his hat and the conversation grew and grew from there. As I am typing now a flood of live playback film is happening of ALL that we shared and what God did!
We shared about our past and our present and our future. All of which God has been a part of. We prayed together at the moment God made known was right. He held my hand so tight. He had just shared he has been mad at God for along time! I thanked God through the prayer as a start for connecting us. I thanked God for letting us know Him. I thanked God for giving us His strength and Peace and Love. I asked God to guide our footsteps, to light our path and then I put my hand on his heart and asked God to heal it and to heal his lungs as know as when he was in his mother’s womb. Neither of us wanted to quit praying, but I ran out of what to say. The Words flow out of you in prayer a lot of times until all that God wants said is said out loud. I have to get better at letting Him minister at that time of ending vocal Words. I want to get better at letting Him have His Way no matter where I am. And still it was so Godly good that I felt like I have known Ed...for most of my life.
Ed's wife passed away on 11.16. It will be 3 years this November. It seems longer for Ed because he kept saying 4 years when we first started to speak. I was able to share the loss of my mom with Ed, and the loss of my sons father with him. We bonded over loss. I was able to share the testimony of how I was on a giant career path in Racine WI. He knows Racine as he lived in Milwaukee for quite a long time. His wife Rita was a school teacher there and after she retired she told him she wanted to have back surgery. He had not wanted her to do it but she said, ‘You don’t live with my pain.” So he knew he had to let her.
Two surgeons. One to open her up and one to correct the back. The opening surgeon nicked her diaphragm. Bad news for the lungs. After a long hospital stay, I believe over 2 years, Ed decided to move her from St Mary's to St Luke's. He got answers and Hope and she was home within a few months. But nowhere near her presurgery status. Her lungs had to be tubed in several places, continuous oxygen and bedside care at home. The bills were tremendous.
Ed being still in love with his wife after 44 years decided he wanted to take care of his wife himself. He had a successful small business, closed it up and for the remainder of his adored wife Rita’s life he cared for her. He loved her. Letting go of Rita is hard for my new friend. Two had really become one flesh.
The world is urging him to move on. It has been 2 years… God gave me a message for Ed: he can stay right where he is at. He can stay in love with his wife and their memory "alone" if he chooses to for the rest of his life. Ain't nothing wrong with that. In fact I find it quite beautiful. Simply beautiful! Just like the TIME he and I spent talking aboard Flight 410. Talking about life and God and ALL that is to come. BEAUTIFUL!
Stay tuned for tomorrow. :)
Matthew chapter 5 verse(2-16) And He opened His mouth (Jesus did to His disciples not to the multitude) and taught them saying,
3- Blessed the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4- Blessed they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5- Blessed the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6- Blessed they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7- Blessed the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8- Blessed the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9- Blessed the peace makers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10-Blessed they that are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11- Blessed are you, when shall revile you, and persecute, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12- Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 13- You are the salt of the earth but if salt have lost its savour, where shall it be salted? It is not good for anythng, but to be cast out, and trodden under foot of men.
14- You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill can not be hid. 15- Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick: and it gives light to all that are in the house. 16- Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
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.