Reflections From a Long Week

* The very first thing any man trying to steal your heart should say is, ” I’m praying for you.” Especially after a week with a migraine caused by stress and tension in your shoulders and neck.

* A true friend doesn’t say ” I told you so” or “What did we learn from this?” with their condescending self instead of “I’m here for you.”

* The apple doesn’t fall from the tree, that behavior was learned from somewhere.

* I cannot fix everything or everyone no matter how hard I try or how much I want it. It is God’s job to change lives, NOT mine.

* God meets MY needs. He allows me to bless others, but too often I allow myself to be taken advantage of and it’s time to shut that down.

* People can’t hide their true colors forever. God gives wisdom and this daughter needs to listen to her Poppa. This time around I’m going to be seeking His voice. To that one seeking my heart, seek His. Seek His and you will find mine.

Night rambles by 💛 Chelle, #f8ithgal

The Devil Lies, We ARE Enough

Pruning is never pleasant but necessary for growth. Your destiny still awaits. The path there 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. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” Psalm 23:6 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 learned. More bricks for the foundation that will help others. Turn your focus back to Me. Your destiny awaits my child, your destiny awaits. Wow. What a word from my Poppa. I found it today in a journal where I’d scribbled it at the time He’d given to me (not that long ago).

This words still stand daughter. I knew every painful step you would make and I knew the outcome. It’s time to close that door. It’s time to heal from those wounds and not just those but the deep wounds that draw you to that type of man. *** tears flowing *** I am so unworthy Poppa. I heard the Holy Spirit say listen carefully as my Poppa said you are my daughter that makes you worthy. I created you in my image. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27 That heart that breaks so easily, it is My heart. It mirrors Me. Those tears that fall because someone took advantage of it, I catch them. “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” Psalm 56:8 You aren’t here by chance, you were chosen for this path and it’s time to rise up and walk into it. Dry your eyes, WE have work to do. “… and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

A peace flooded over me. I’m not just a forgiven child of God, I am His chosen daughter. He designed me for a specific purpose, a calling that no one else can do like me. The enemy has had a field day watching me struggle. He has placed obstacles in my path, baited me off track, used the one I loved most to attack my mind and why??? He is scared to death that I will see myself through God’s eyes. When that realization clicks in, we become unstoppable. In reality, when we become children of God our spirit man is complete. Our body and soul struggle because we don’t claim and walk in that wholeness. Thank you to Pastor Wommack for his course on the Basics of Righteousness where he broke down the spirit, soul, and body. Since that class, the Lord continues to breathe the truth of it into me! Brothers and sisters, we are perfect in Christ and now is the time to tap into everything the Lord has for us. Tap into the wisdom of your spirit man! That perfection is in our spirit. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

We picked sunflowers with words and Scriptures at the conference I was at a couple of weekends ago. My word” and Scripture from the sunflower I chose was “Divine Exchange“: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 This “sunflower” was certainly my word to “pick”. Thank You ABBA Father for that divine exchange. I am made the righteous of God. I am smart enough, pretty enough, strong enough… I am enough. And would you like to know who else is? YOU! Start seeing yourself through the eyes of God, your Father and creator, and watch how things change. I’m looking forward to the changes ahead and telling you all about them. ~ 💛 Chelle, #f8ithgal

A Fresh Start

Today I get to create my own safe place all over again! A place to write and share, heal and grow. People need to know they are not alone. It’s okay to fall down, it’s the getting back up that counts. It’s alright to take a step, even two, three, or ten backwards (smiles) backwards, you just can’t keep falling in that direction. No, you have to get back up and press forward. Ah, this is where I am.

This heart of mine gets me in so much trouble. Poppa, why don’t I just listen? Why can’t you just place blinders on my eyes that keep my heart away from the people who will drain it, play it, hurt it, use it? There are lessons to be learned daughter and lessons to share. I knew the choices you would make before you made them, I knew the outcome. But I I also know all things work together for you, because you are my child. The pain shook you. The ground around you loosed parts that still needed to heal. Areas that still needed my touch and healing were brought to the surface. Those things have to be rooted out and pulled away. Beautiful things will come from this. As the ground shifted, your focus moved back. Realigned into the visions I have for you. What the devil meant to thwart your destiny is now going to excel it. The grounds will settle and your foot will be firmly planted in Me on it. Believe.

From tears, throwing up, and hyperventilating yesterday to His perfect peace this morning. I’m sure I will still have moments where I break down and cry, the pain is deep and my heart broken; but I’m also sure my Poppa will use every tear as a testament to what He restores and a message to lift someone out of a place they just don’t need to be. ~ 💛 Chelle, #f8ithgal

“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

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