Tap into THE Power of the Redemptive Work of Christ

It’s been a really long time since I’ve allowed myself to break away and take a vacation. A very good friend and sister in Christ kept inviting me to come to a ladies retreat in Bradenton, FL. She was certain the Lord wanted me there. I finally agreed and decided I’d make a week of it and stay with my Aunt first for a few days in St. Pete. My life has been beyond hectic lately. I’ve been adjusting to a new position at work, taking my first interactive courses for online Bible College, and juggling a lot of personal changes and responsibilities. Could I even afford a vacation? Yet here I sit.

My Aunts condo has a beautiful sunroom that faces the water. I walked in and the first thing I saw was dolphins playing! It was amazing. She had told me the manatees come as well, I had never seen them other than TV. I woke the next morning and prayed, “Lord, bring the manatees to me so that I may see them.” Within no time my Aunt said, “Look Chelle, a manatee!” I did not know she also had prayed asking for the Lord to bring the manatees in for me to see. As I watched them, I saw an unnatural sparkling all around them (there was now not one, not two, but at least three). I was mesmerized by it. I heard the Lord tell me it was the angels calling in the manatees for me to see. My heart smiled as I continued to watch the glistening all around as these gentle creatures came to the surface for air and pictures. My heart smiled.

Some might say, “You really think the Lord had the angels call those manatees into you?” Absolutely! Psalms 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” I truly believe He smiles knowing something so simple could make me smile and that He could teach me and confirm to me what I’d learned in one of my recent Bible classes through it. I can send the angels forth to do my bidding. Psalms 103:20 says, “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.” One might say here, that is saying do “His” commandments. Let’s look at John 14 :12-14, “12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” Jesus just told us that if we believe not only can we do the same works as him, but greater works shall we do. Wow. Mark 16:17-18 tells us, “17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” You have that power when you believe in the redemptive work of Jesus! My mind was blown, all you have to do is tap into that power!

Thank You Poppa for Your confirmation and thank You for using the precious manatees to do it. Brothers and sisters, it doesn’t even have to be that serious. Manatees! I wanted to see manatees. He was happy to not only allow me to see them, but break down what I had learned through them. Only our God can do that. Nothing is too little, nothing is too big for Him. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

How Are You Looking at It?

What is doing a 360 mean to you? I recently started seeing a lot of memes about it on FB. Some say doing a 360 is a complete change, you flip all the way around. Others, claim doing a 360 puts you back where you started and why would you want to do that. Hmmmm. It’s kind of like seeing the glass half empty or half full. Your perception makes the difference in the situation and how you handle it. Read that again, your perception makes the difference in the situation and how you handle it.

The situation can scream you are defeated, but God can be working in the unseen for your victory. All you have to do is SPEAK faith over it. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 Your circumstance may say there is no way out, when God has already given you a way with a testimony to bring Him glory. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 Memories came up earlier and I cried and pleaded Poppa why can’t you just take them away it would be so much easier. He gently answered, I could. But you need those painful reminders to help others along the journey to your destiny. I was looking at it from a perspective of immense pain and heartbreak, but my Father reminded me there was purpose in my pain. It’s all how you look at it. That manager that who doesn’t like you, God may be teaching you perseverance. That child who is always testing you, God may be teaching you patience. That waitress that gets your order wrong, God My be teaching you grace. Look for Him in every single situation in your life, invite Him into every situation in you life. Ask Him, what are you trying to teach me, how could my perception be off? Our Father loves communication with His children. Negatives in life don’t have to stay negative, flip the God switch on them. It’s matter of perspective, how can you adjust yours?

As I was closing this, “Your Spirit” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard began to play. The first words were, “Not by might, not by power, by Your Spirit God. Send Your Spirit God…” “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6 Wow. That confirms what I wrote last night and it reminded me flipping that switch to change your perception can only come from God. His Spirit will give you a discernment over situations that allow you to see them in their true light. Pray for that discernment. It’s not always what you want to hear in situations, but it is always what you need to hear. As you pray, also ask God to help you with your perspective. Pray to see it through His eyes. I promise you will start to see life differently and so many of the people in it.” 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

Not By Might, Not Power…

The mind is a dangerous thing. It travels down dark corridors where memories lurk. It opens closets of pain and emotional abuse you’ve “closed” the door on. It races through every wrong path you’ve ever taken. The tears silently spill down your cheeks while those things you don’t want to think about just take a stroll down memory lane. Then there’s that conversation, you know the one… Poppa my heart feels too much, the pain cuts too deep. I never understood the extent of damage a narcissist could have on a person. Living with one for so many years almost destroyed me. Then I met one more manipulative than I could ever have imagined. The wounds opened back up, gaining access became easier with gaping sores not fully healed. I sat back, tears now gently falling, cleansing. “…Not by might, not power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of host.” Zechariah 4:6 I sat and thought on that verse.

This week had completely drained me on so many levels. You were trying to do it alone daughter. “…Not by might, not power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of host.” Zechariah 4:6 I was so overwhelmed at every turn I allowed myself to lose focus. I allowed my situation to dictate my thoughts. What I should have been saying is “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 The devil knows our weaknesses and boy did he jump right on mine. My mind was preoccupied, not sleeping, not eating well… and so it began. He picked at my thoughts from how I see myself to the relationship that had recently ended and everything in between. Those negative thoughts hit the highway in my mind and took off. You can’t do this. Those classes you are taking are just too much. Look at you. Then the phone rings and the person on the other end skillfully makes you start to question things. He has this manipulation thing down to a science. Now I’m physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. But our Heavenly Father, He doesn’t let go.

Get up daughter and dry your eyes. You can do this, you are more than a conqueror. I found myself going to that Scripture, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Romans 8:37 Yes your heart is soft, yes you have fallen prey to manipulation that abuses the good heart I’ve out in you, but is not all for naught. The foundation under you strengthens with each tear that falls, it gives you an understanding and keen insight that a person who’s not been there wouldn’t have. Don’t regret the pain and dwell on it. Rise out of it and into what I have created for you. “…Not by might, not power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of host.” Zechariah 4:6 You are not alone, I’m there with you. I’ll catch you when you fall, My Spirit will lead you. Focus on me and your destiny. Whew. Thank You Poppa!

What are you trying to do alone or beating yourself up over because you should have done it differently or maybe not at all? Those tears that are falling, whatever caused them… it’s strengthening your foundation. Don’t you dare let the devil convince you to quit and don’t let him convince you to go back to what broke you. Focus on Christ, He didn’t hang on a cross to watch you live in defeat. He fights side by side with you, for you, you can’t fail. “…Not by might, not power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of host.” Zechariah 4:6 Stop trying to do it alone, you just don’t have to. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

July 2019 Chronological Bible Reading Schedule

July 1: Obadiah; Psalms 82-83

July 2: 2 Kings 1-4

July 3: 2 Kings 5-8

July 4: 2 Kings 9-11

July 5: 2 Kings 12-13; 2 Chronicles 24

July 6: 2 Kings 14; 2 Chronicles 25

July 7: Jonah 1-4

July 8: 2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26

July 9: Isaiah 1-4

July 10: Isaiah 5-8

July 11: Amos 1-5

July 12: Amos 6-9

July 13: 2 Chronicles 27; Isaiah 9-12

July 14: Micah 1-7

July 15: 2 Chronicles 28; 2 Kings 16-17

July 16: Isaiah 13-17

July 17: Isaiah 18-22

July 18: Isaiah 23-27

July 19: 2 Kings 18; 2 Chronicles 29-31; Psalm 48

July 20: Hose 1-7

July 21: Hose 8-14

July 22: Isaiah 28-30

July 23: Isaiah 31-34

July 24: Isaiah 35-36

July 25: Isaiah 37-39; Psalm 76

July 26: Isaiah 40-43

July 27: Isaiah 44-48

July 28: 2 Kings 19; Psalms 46, 80, 135

July 29: Isaiah 49-53

July 30: Isaiah 54-58

July 31: Isaiah 59-63

Eyes on You Lord

I spent a lot of time this weekend drawing close to God. Looking back over the pictures I took, I can see my Poppa’s love everywhere. My headaches got a lot better when I let go of the things that aren’t good for me and the people who don’t support decisions that encourage the path to my destiny. I’ve noticed just one text can spawn a two day migraine. Allowing myself to be overburdened by a workload I cannot control increases my migraines. There are many factors beyond my control, do what you can daughter and at the end of the day walk way. I tend to continue to overthink the rest of the evening. That thinking soon morphs into thoughts of the relationship that ended. There go those tears again. I nursed a headache all weekend. It was a combination of a text I had received and overthinking the week ahead. I’m already there daughter, let it go.

I sat this evening looking through the pics I took at Cathedral Falls. The water rushing over the rocks. It looks so pure, so clean. A cool breeze was coming off the water despite it being incredibly hot outside that day. There was a unmistakable peace as I looked up to the top of the Falls. God’s beauty was surrounding me, His peace filling me up. I’m broken Poppa. When you trust someone with the deepest part of you and they use it and turn it against you, it creates cuts below the surface that can’t been seen. Bleeding, gaping wounds on the inside that are hard to heal and when they do they leave behind deep scars as a reminder. In this case, those wounds were re-opened in the most calculating way creating deep crevasses of pain and nearly severed arteries. He thought he could control the “bleeding”. My mind would retreat back to that place and I’d do whatever I needed to do, whatever he said to hold on. But God. He cut the bleeding off, He closed the wounds, and He reminded me of the scars left behind on the hands of Jesus. Jesus bore scars to save me and you. Your brokenness is going to be a testimony to many who don’t think they can get out,who don’t think they can go on. Your scars will give hope as you share your story.

The beautiful falling water of the Falls were washing over the rocks much like Jesus love washes over us. It cleanses us, refreshes us, and renews us as we continue on our journey. The magnificent walls of the Cathedral Falls stand tall protecting it just as our Father’s arms surround us, shielding us as we heal from whatever storm life has hit us with. You can see beautiful fresh green growth everywhere as the plentiful water enriches the ground. Our Father showers us with His love and feeds us with His Word so that our lives can be enriched and full. This time around I have me eyes fixed on Him. People can change, things can break, but what God says will come to pass and is forever. Where are your eyes fixed? Taking my eyes off of Him for even a second, letting my guard down for just a minute… it allows space for the devil to get in. Once in, he reopens those soul wounds. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8 No, this time my eyes are fixed on You Lord. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

“But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.” Psalm 14:8

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

You Thought Evil Against Me, God Meant Good

Wow, what a journey the last couple of weeks has taken me on. At one point, I fell to my knees and just cried out to my Poppa. Cleansing tears fell as I told Him this is too much for my heart to bear. For hours I sat in my floor crying, praying, just me and Him. I felt as if my heart was literally breaking inside of my body. I’m not strong enough Poppa. I emptied myself into Him, tear after tear. He caught them every one. “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” Psalm 56:8

The devil is a cunning expert when it comes to throwing things back into your face so every poor decision was spit back at me. Every conversation, every unheeded warning. All of it, spinning out of control through my mind. Tears continue to flow. Then I’m reminded of Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Tears continue to flow as I recalled a conversation with my precious and wise sister Terra. I had told her I was just stupid and she said she was not going to allow me to talk about her friend that way. What stuck out most in that conversation with was her was when she told me it was a heart issue. Oh how true that was. Poppa, my heart. Your heart, daughter. Is just how I made it. It’s just how I intended it to be. Because of this, there will always be people that seek to abuse it. There will be others that just want what you have and try to tap into it in ways that cause you pain. Keep your eyes on me. Keep your focus on me. Your discernment only comes from your walk with me and obedience to My voice. All that you long for is yours, but in my timing. Your heart is special, to be treasured. Not everyone is going to see its value. I will open the eyes of those I want in your life, those that are meant to be a part of your destiny.

The struggle has been real in the days since I dropped to my knees. Good memories will come flooding in and I just want to pick up the phone and then I hear, it was an illusion daughter. I remember someone close to me at the start of things saying you think you have found a cute dog to take home and fix up, what you found was a ravenous wolf that will tear you apart. That was hugely accurately only I don’t think I found it, it found me. A wolf preys on its target much like a narcissist preys on it’s victim. In my devotional this morning, “Destiny Daily Readings Inspirations for Your Life’s Journey” by T. D. Jakes a passage read, “They really were like predators, lurking upon me to suck the life out of me and then leaving me to wither and die. They were not interesting in helping me reach my destiny and become all God had created me to be.” This is profoundly true in my case. My “Holy roller” thing was okay if I didn’t take it too far (if it didn’t interfere with his plans). When it went too far and God started calling me closer to my destiny and further from him, I saw a completely different side. The mask fell away and the hurtful things spoken can’t be taken back. That same devotional this morning went on to say, “They couldn’t block what God had just for me. They actually set me up to reach my destiny.” Again, profoundly true.

I went back to something my Poppa had told me in the weeks just before this. Things were escalating and I was struggling. He said I am shifting things around daughter, moving pieces into place. There is change in your atmosphere, a shaking of things into place that is coming from me. Stop fighting it. Allow My love to flow and comfort you. I replied, it hurts Poppa. He gently answered, I know it hurts daughter. Pruning is never pleasant but necessary for growth. Your destiny still awaits. The path is narrow so many along the way just can’t be a part of it. Draw unto Me, follow My light. Listen for My voice, My prompting. Goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life. You will grow strong in Me. You will overcome this and have a testimony from it. Yes, I told you the outcome but I also knew your heart would follow after him. A lesson to be learned. More bricks for the foundation that will help others. Turn your focus back to Me. Your destiny awaits my child, your destiny awaits. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

My Poppa was so right. This not only brought me to my knees it set a chain of events in action that are propelling me toward my destiny. I enrolled in Charis Bible College in the days that followed. What I endured over the last several months are solid bricks in a foundation with a testimony to help others. That devotional this morning was filled with a couple more passages that hit home. “When God has a plan for you, humans can’t stop it.” He also talks about a predator. The things he said are so very true, “a predator is often smart, cunning, and physically attractive… He studies his prey, chooses carefully, and lures you in before the strike.” You’re heart is often too invested and your head to manipulated by the time you realize it and the damage has been done. That makes our daily walk so important, I walked right into the net of the wolf. But as I close, I want to give you hope. Jesus doesn’t leave you in your mess. He doesn’t take pride in saying I told you so. He will prune back the decaying and unfruitful leaves. He will water and nurture you, sometimes back to life. He will shine His love back down on you and not leave you in that pit of despair. I also see Romans 8:28 as a promise, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” I don’t care what has happen in your life, God can turn it around and work it out for your good when you are called to His propose. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Genesis 50:20

Daughter of THE King

“16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!” Psalms 139:16-17 One of my exercises in my destiny study today was to read Psalms 139 and created a product label about myself, attach it to a picture of me, and create an advertisement for myself. I began to think about myself, what in the world could I possibly put? Then I read the chapter, I read it again this evening as I did I began to see myself through my Father’s eyes. How awesome that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Verse 14). I am a daughter to The King, *** smiles *** this made the exercise a lot easier to do! If you are a child of God you too are His son or daughter. I don’t know what your purpose is, but I know we all have one. Time on this earth is short and hell would love to swallow as many souls as it can. God’s calling many out of the back and off of the bottom, it’s time to find your voice and rise up to the top. Many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14). Few heed to that calling. I looked over the “advertisement” of me I created. If I were to title myself, it would be Daughter of THE King, ready to take her position in the destiny He has for her. What is this going to look like as far as Kingdom work goes? I am so excited to find out! Stay tuned, my Poppa is just starting this chapter of my journey. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

Psalms 139

1 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. 19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. 20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. 21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.