God throws a party for the humble

“God makes confetti out of our status and titles to celebrate His love for humble people.”

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Wow, ouch. It’s so tempting to try to climb the ladder, or talk yourself up to make yourself look good.
But Jesus says to humble ourselves and wait to be exalted by His power alone.

Matthew 20,
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

“But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Supernatural

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I have a testimony to share.

It’s a recent event that has changed my life- a prayer meeting. I meet weekly with a group in Midland that worships + prays for the persecuted Church. I’ve been with them almost 6 months. A friend knew that I suffered from an anxiety disorder, and offered to pray over me in the group. I said sure! They anointed my head, hands, and feet with oil, laid hands on me, and prayed for about 15 minutes. I didn’t feel any different, other than feeling loved by this amazing group and loved beyond compare by my Savior.

I really wouldn’t know if I was “healed” or not until somewhat nerve-wracking situations arose. And as I’m sure many of you readers know, nerve-wracking situations are bound to crop up. These past few weeks I did feel different.

The only way I can accurately describe it is like using a buffer  plugin for peaking and clipping in audio mixing. I feel like God placed a protective “ceiling” on my anxiety levels. now I feel His peace. Now, it’s not necessarily a conscious effort on my part. It’s like He is whispering to me, “I (The LORD) will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14).

It’s in times like these I am reminded just how supernatural our God is. He hears- he’s running interference behind the scenes for his BELOVED! His chosen and righteous ones- He loves and stands up for.

Psalm 34 (emphasis added)
Please read slowly and carefully:

“I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he {delivered} me from all my fears. 
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he {saved} him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he {delivers} them. 
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.
The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are {attentive} to their cry; the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the LORD {hears} them; he {delivers} them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and {saves} those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD {delivers} him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes {refuge} in him.”

I just love these parts, because I feel like I could’ve literally written this along with the psalmist out of my troubles: “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he {delivered} me from all my fears. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he {delivers} them. 

Wow. The idea that God would send angels to camp out in loving protection over me is almost too much for my heart to bear. He loves me that much??

I added brackets around how many times the psalmist made note of God delivering, saving, or hearing and rescuing His saints. Re-read those if you want. The Bible is chocked FULL of God delivering us. {Tweet this quote!}

Testimonies are for all to hear and be encouraged. If I can pray for you to have similar healing– please don’t hesitate to use my contact page, or to drop a comment here in the boxes below!

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13

I Am Not Defined by Me

“Because of Your love {God}, I am not defined by me.”

This husband-wife duo really hits the contrite heart worship thing right on the nose with this heartfelt, broken, + yet beautiful song.
Hope you enjoy worshiping!

“I am free,
I am saved.
I am loved and I am changed!
I am found,
I am new:
now this life I live for You.”

How you can rise in the midst of great affliction

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1 Samuel 1-2

Sometimes out of the midst of our greatest pain rise the greatest prayers + worship we can give God- because our hearts are offered up to Him in full. {Tweet this Quote!}
Hannah was in great pain + distress. She was feeling great emptiness + loneliness. She was teased and tormented to the point of depression. She wept bitterly and saw those around her seeming to just carry on with everyday life while she bore her burden alone.

1 Samuel 1:1-8, “There was a certain man … whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite. He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it went on year by year.
…her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”

Hannah did something different. She didn’t accept the circumstances and she also could not continue on “as-is”.
This is the beauty of the “Hannahs” of life: they know their Savior. {Tweet this Quote!}

Verse 9 is my favorite verse, although it may seem insignificant, it says everything about Hannah.
“After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose.”
Simple words to live by. After all this; Hannah rose.
She rose up to call on her Savior because she knew He could + would do something to help her because He hears.
Her prayer is one of the most beautiful and sought-after in all of history.

Verse 11: “…she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.
…+ Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard.”

People may think you’re crazy {like Eli did}. But you can call out of your distress, knowing He hears you. Knowing He cares, knowing He’s powerful enough to do all you can imagine and more because He.Is.God. {Tweet this Quote!}

In Hannah’s story- she actually left the time of prayer and worship and her face was no longer sad. It says in verse 19 that The Lord remembered her.
Cry out to Him! He hears you!