God’s Great Stop Sign

Friends, I read this quote from the late Derek Prince today.  His words create a picture that is worth sharing!

Remember this: the cross is God’s great stop sign. The devil may be moving in against us at full speed, but when we put up the cross, he slams on his brakes and comes to a screeching halt because he cannot pass the cross.
—Derek Prince

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Will We Trust Him?

Psalm 127 is my theme scripture this summer.  The Lord spoke these words to me Saturday morning, before the shootings took place in the USA.  God said:

Your trust in me is solidified in Psalm 127.  Your faith rises each time you quote it.  You may blog on this.  People are not yet aware of the trust they will need in me to navigate the days ahead.  “Men’s hearts will fail them because of fear.”  Fear is one of the greatest obstacles to people.  Many see themselves as alone and reason why bad things happen. They need to trust Me in the days ahead.

I got distracted Saturday morning and forgot to blog this.  My apologies!  It’s late in coming, but it is here. God wants to know:  Will we trust Him?  Will we believe Him? 

Psalm 127

Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

According to Psalm 127, God has placed you and I in a:

  • House
  • Community
  • Place of rest
  • Family

Will we trust Him?  Will we believe Him?

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2020–The Year of Battle in the Heavenlies

IMG_8438This morning in my garden of prayer, the Lord told me to write what I hear.  I heard:

The elections are upon us next year.  The battles we saw four years ago will pale in comparison to what is coming.  Campaigns will shift from collecting votes to conquering those who oppose their agendas.  Speeches of good will shall become stages of wrath and violence.  This violence will magnify itself and pour out of campaign coliseums and into the streets.

God is calling Christians to engage on their knees, for the wrath of man will not work the righteousness of God.  (James 1:20)

2020 will be the year of American elections in the natural, but in truth it will be the year of intense spiritual battles in the heavenlies.  Children of God, put on the armor of God, with shoes of peace wherever you go–that you may be able to stand in the evil day.

Listen!  LISTEN!

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.  (James 1:19-21, Holy Bible)

Do not engage in the natural with rants, accusations, or throwing political mud.  Hold your peace with men and engage in the heavenlies.  Bridle your tongue before men and run to God.

In 2020, more will be accomplished through prayer than this world ever dreamed.

Lift up the cross!

Lift up the American flag!

Lead the march with singing!

For the Lord, He is God.  All of heaven and earth will bow before Him.

Do NOT point your fingers and yell at people.  Save your breath for prayer, where your words will do the most good.

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Jesus Died for the Sins on the Internet

Correction–Jesus died especially for the sins on the internet.  In the 90’s, when the internet first became available in homes, I heard warnings from a few people, leaders that I respected, to stay away from the internet. They saw its potential for evil and it scared them. As I considered their fears, the Lord gave me a dream.  In the dream, I saw my computer screen and at the top of the screen I saw the top of the cross.  Jesus looked at me from the cross and spoke! He said, “I died for the sins on the internet, too.”

Wow.  That was revelatory to say the least.

The internet can be a useful tool but, except for fellowship with the wonderful people God created, it has no life. It just knows things.

I go to the internet to research word definitions and medical advice. I check in with my “peeps” on Facebook. More often, I use the internet to research craft ideas, Bible verses, and commentaries for the vast array of children’s curriculum I am involved with in 2019.

However, knowing GOOD things can be deceitful.  It is better to know GOD and be led by the Spirit of God. God wants us to lean into Him, wait and listen for Him, and consult Him first.  Look at Jesus, as Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would be led by God’s Spirit:

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;

The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord–they go together. Fear God enough to go to Him first. It is better to know LIFE and be led by the Spirit of God than to get KNOWLEDGE without Him. May I be so bold as to say that the internet is actually a huge part of that original Tree of Knowledge? It just knows things. There is no life there.

Let’s live life from the inside out, not the outside in.  Don’t allow outer beeps and buzzes of our cell phone dictate our day, but live with one ear to heaven at all times.  God LOVES this because He can easily give His life to a person who is paying attention to Him.




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My Song in the Night

Dearest friends, I wish to share a dream in which I sang with all my heart in church–from a pew in the back where no one but God was listening.

I woke up from the dream singing the most beautiful song, in a key much higher than I can normally sing. Let me back up a moment and set the stage.

The church had high arched ceilings inside. It looked like a cathedral where a prince and his bride would be married, with gold rafters and stained glass windows in the ceiling that cast a glistening glow upon the parishioners below.

I was one among many, seated in the back right hand side of the church.  I can’t remember the worship music or the speaker. I was keenly aware of sitting in that pew, in fellowship with God, my heart full because He had been so good to me. Church was suddenly over.  Closer to the middle and front of the church, people mingled. A pastor shook hands with a few of them. I couldn’t move.  I felt stuck to the pew until my heart overflowed to the point that I had to stand.  I stood and, even though church was officially over, I sang with all of my heart to God:

I thank you for the things You’ve done,

My Jesus, My Lord!

(Later I added):

I thank you for the things You’ve done,

My Jesus, My Lord!

I praise You with  Your creation,

My Jesus, My Lord!

The melody was incredible and I woke up in the presence of God.  Quickly, I grabbed my cell phone and ran into the bathroom, shut the door, and hit Voice Memo to record the song before it left my frontal lobes.

I am so thankful to God for all that He has done in my life. Perhaps you remember the blog about the Romans 8 tank?  Well, I’ve memorized all of Romans 8, Romans 12, And I’m working on Luke 12.  I’ve found the grace to do so.  I’m not bragging, I am boasting in the Lord and His AMAZING GRACE!  I still quote Romans 12 day after day after day.  There is no pit that this scripture cannot dig me out of!  There is no battle that Romans 12 has not won!  There is no closed door that it cannot open and no open door that it cannot shut!  HA!  What a sword we are given to swing, my brother and sister!

What about you? Are you sitting in the back row, too?  Do you find that people around you are milling about, “doing life”, while you sit there?  Do you have a song to sing, but no one has yet invited you on stage or handed you the microphone?  Oh, let me tell you, GOD hands you a microphone right now.  Lift your voice and THANK HIM for all He has done!  Your praise will echo in the courts of heaven and bring on the cheers of the saints watching us all in heaven’s grandstand.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends.  Wow.  I’ve missed you all.


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Will We Open the Window?

Last night on the way home from my mother’s apartment, I found myself weeping and praying over the wickedness that continues to mount in the world around us, and specifically in York County where I live. Precious 20-something young people, especially, are making choices that lead down the road to destruction.

This morning, back in prayer again, God spoke to me about open windows, so I looked up the phrase, “Open window” in my Bible Gateway concordance (New American Standard Bible) and found five scriptures that dealt with open windows.  Three passages talked about PEOPLE opening a window.  Two passages talked about GOD opening a window.  Let’s look at the people who opened windows.


Genesis 8:6

Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made; and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the earth.

2 Kings 13:17

16 Then he (Elisha) said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” And he put his hand on it, then Elisha laid his hands on the king’s hands. 17  He said, “Open the window toward the east,” and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot!” And he shot. And he said, “The Lord’s arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Aram; for you will defeat the Arameans at Aphek until you have destroyed them.”

Daniel 6:10

Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.

This morning, the Lord emphasized Elisha’s open window. Note that Elisha opened the window from his safe, comfortable home and told the king to SHOOT THE ARROW OF VICTORY. To me, this signifies a prophetic word released from the safe place of prayer. Elisha was not in the king’s palace, the king was in Elisha’s humble house of prayer. And Elisha’s praying hands were over top the king’s hands as he shot the arrow.

Do you think we can pray like this?

woman prays looking out window B & W

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For what the law could not do . . . GOD DID by sending His own Son (Romans 8:3).

As I came before God this morning, you were on His wonderful heart. Here’s a plan that WILL work for you this weekend, this month, this year.

Do you see the tank below? I erased “ROMANS 8” off the side of the tank.  Romans 8 is God’s promise to me, personally, but what about you? Can you remember what GOD DID in your own life?  Is there a verse or group of verses that God gave YOU PERSONALLY in some battleground of the past?  What scripture belongs on the side of YOUR TANK?


Please, take a moment right now and ask God to bring to remembrance what GOD DID and write that promise on the side of YOUR tank. You can imagine this scripture in your mind or feel free to print off this picture and write your own verse on the tank. Latch onto that promise, remember what GOD DID, for only God’s Word can take you through some battlegrounds unscathed.

Please be at liberty to testify to God’s Word and how it brought you through some battleground of the past in the comment section below.

Revelation 12 says, “They (Christians) will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of their testimony.” What is your testimony?  As we remember the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, this Easter week, let’s recall what GOD DID!

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Romans 8 Tank

Romans 8 TankRight now I am hiding. Can you see me? You will need “hope” to see “C. Hope” inside this tank.  As I memorized Romans 8, God kindly gave me this word:

“Romans 8 is like a tank. I’ve hidden you inside this Romans 8 tank as you rumble through a war zone. After a while, the enemy stops firing because they see they are wasting bullets. NOTHING is getting to you.”

Does this picture speak to you, too, in a personal way?



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Give Me Oil in My Lamp, Keep Me Burning

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me (Psalm 23:4 NKJV).

Have you ever been in a valley of circumstances that is so dark that you can’t see your hand in front of your face? I’ve been in that dark valley in 2017, but I am not alone!  The Lord is with me, and His nearness in my greatest delight. His Word in Romans 8 has been a flashlight on my pathway.

In January 2014, I wrote the blog and article, “A Little Oil Will Not Do in 2014”.  I knew in my heart that God was calling me and perhaps you, too, to be sure to have two things on Free-animated-flashlight-clipart-clipartfoxhand:

  1. A lantern with a trimmed wick (modern day flashlight and good bulb)
  2. Extra oil (modern day batteries)

Why? Because at midnight you need light. Jesus said the bridegroom will come at midnight and encouraged us to be ready. Our great HOPE is that Jesus is coming again, and we invest in this HOPE by preparing for His coming and investing in LIGHT.

Even before our Bridhiker-map-istock_000002602685smallegroom comes, we may experience dark valleys, darkness where that light comes in handy. He was so kind to warn us ahead of time.  Are there batteries in our flashlight?  Is there oil in our lamp? Do we have back up batteries and back up oil?  NOW is the time to invest in our future light.






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We Hope for What We CANNOT See

We were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance (Romans 8:24,25 NKJV).

Last month my husband and I spent our anniversary weekend planting seeds indoors.      (Of0309170735a course, I want to grow impatiens and alyssum in my wooden Coca Cola crates)! I kept saying to Scott, “You know, to plant a seed is to HOPE.” Why?  Because you have to wait eagerly with perseverance to finally see something emerge from that dark soil. We watered our little pots, set them in sunshine, and Scott even bought a heat lamp to urge them along.

One week later when all we had was soil, my husband looked at me and said, “Farmers must have a lot of patience.”

Isn’t that the truth?

Hope that is SEEN is not hope! How can someone HOPE for something that she can see? But if you hope for what you cannot see, you wait eagerly for it with perseverance.

family-in-front-of-crossistock_000001673165small.jpgFriends, if you’ve received Jesus as Savior, then you know that we were saved in this hope.

We ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope . . . (Romans 8:23,24a  NKJV).

All that groaning inwardly is in HOPE for our inheritance. The adoption papers are signed, but we are waiting to move into heaven. And there we will wait for the redemption of our body when Christ returns and the trumpet sounds and the dead in Christ (bodies of dead Christians) rise up to meet the Lord in the air.  Then our full adoption, full immortality will be realized.

Be patient. All you’ve ever hoped for and even more is just ahead.0309170734



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