I had a vision of a car on the road, being driven at a high speed. The driver did not slow down around curves or when an oncoming vehicle approached. Water in the road caused driver to hydroplane, and car began to swerve as the driver tried to regain control. If the driver slowed down, there would have been complete control of the vehicle. If the driver had slowed down, he would have seen the goodness ahead of him.
We are coming into more turbulent, volatile times. You are the driver of your vehicle. Slow down, wait upon the Lord and you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Slow down. That may mean some things will not be finished. That will mean some people will not have the same attention from you. That will mean some things will have to be let go of. That may mean less hours at work. That may even mean your ministry if performance or people pleasing or status was the reason you run with it. Slow down. Wait upon the Lord.
Psalm 27: 13,14
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Old poem I found today – from 1997. I am sure this is my first husband I write about and the poem was prophetic. He is gone to be with the Lord since this poem, and I am certain my declarations for him were instrumental in his salvation.
Once upon a time, a long time ago
Appeared a man in a vision
A man I well know
A man mighty of God, one humble and meek
Yet strong as he stood
Strong as he’d speak
He was not adored by those who would mock
But he walked with the Lord like a lamb in a flock
To do the Lord’s will, to heal and save
Was all he could give, it was all that he gave
But once upon a time a long time ago
Twas only a vision of the man I well know
For before he was humble, before he was meek
He was strong of himself and yet in himself weak
Loud and aggressive, demanding and bold
A hard man to capture, let alone hold
A wild-eyed stallion or a stubborn mule
A man that no other could push nor pull
Once upon a time a long time ago
I was given a vision of the man I well know
It was given to me so that I may abide
By the man I well know, through a turbulent ride
Each day as I watch the vision come to pass
I see more of a lamb and less of a
Luke 22:17 And when He (Jesus) had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves
Whenever Jesus broke bread, He always gave thanks first. He had gratitude. His gratitude, or thankfulness was beyond His words. His thankfulness was in His heart. He was truly appreciative of what He was about to partake in, and that His Father provided the food for Him. This is the example He gave to us that we should also be sure to practice.
Let’s move beyond the rote prayers we say and get right to what happens in the body when we truly give thanks from our heart.
Gratitude or thankfulness puts us at ease. Gratitude balances our PH. Gratitude helps digestion. Gratitude alerts the rest-and-digest position, or our parasympathetic nervous system.
Unthankfulness is bitterness. Bitterness is acidic. The very word “gall” means bitter.
Unforgiveness, resentment, bitterness, stress, frustration – all these lead to a digestive system that is not ready to digest nourishment.
Stress activates the fight or flight response, or your sympathetic nervous system causing digestion to shut down by shutting down blood flow, affecting the contractions of your digestive muscles, and decreasing secretions needed for digestion.
Stress increases cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone that buffers stress and alerts the body to deal with a stressful situation. Chronic cortisol release from chronic stressful events leads to obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, poor circulation, heart issues and more.
Create a central place to eat. Eating in the car on the way to work, or anywhere else, is not that place. Eating in front of the television is not that place. Eating while upset at your spouse or children causes food to go undigested. Stomach acid backs up out of the stomach into the esophagus causing acid reflux and when it backs up OUT of the stomach, it is not breaking down food properly IN the stomach.
I’ll take this out to the furthest extreme to give a snapshot of what a lifestyle of stressful eating can cause.
Stressful eating reflects a heart of anger and bitterness.
Anger and bitterness lowers the ph in the body, causing acidity.
A chronic high acidity level produces inflammation.
Any “ITIS” is chronic inflammation; arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, etc.
ALL CANCER is preceeded by chronic acidity.
Autoimmune diseases are preceeded by leaky gut (poor digestion), and poor digestion has a root in stressful eating.
Develop a heart of gratitude. Be intentional about your peace while eating. You have control over your emotions because you have control over your thoughts. Emotions are products of your thought life. It is important to focus on what thoughts you are giving power to, which is why avoiding distraction at the dinner table is critical to health and well-being.
Give thanks before each meal. Although you prepared the food, it would not exist if the Lord had not provided it. He knows exactly what you need. Release a blessing on your food, which covers it should there be additives or evil intent, or maybe unsanitary practices of the preparation.
Don’t put a bite to your mouth until you are at peace. Peace in your body activates the “rest and digest” response in the body, which signals that all is well. The esophagus doesn’t spasm, as when under stress, and therefore acid remains in the stomach and digestion is about to happen.
Resolve family issues before eating. This is critical.
1 Corinthians 11:27 exhorts us to examine ourselves before we eat. Check our hearts to see if there is any unforgiveness. Jesus says that many are “sickly and have fallen asleep” because we have not discerned the body correctly. I believe that means our own physical body and the body that we are apart of with others.
Are you in known sin? Resolve it. Repent of it. It has produced a lower ph in your body, which produced acid, then inflammation. You have time to gather your thoughts and do the opposite but not long because chronic inflammation raises blood sugar, blood pressure and affects sleep, repair of the tissues and organs and your peace of mind.
Eat together whenever possible. This goes along with the above. Enjoy each other. Let eating be combined with fellowship and blessings. Eating together in peace provides a sense of belonging, security, and joy. Healing takes place.
Thank the Lord for your body for it is fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139 says “I will PRAISE you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” PRAISE produces alkalinity and may lower inflammation. PRAISE is Gratitude. “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter His courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4) When you thank the Lord for your body, knowing it is FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made, you know that God has created your body for OPTIMAL FUNCTION and WELLNESS. He didn’t design you to be sick. SO THANK HIM! PRAISE HIM!
Resolve offenses. It may have been years since you ate while angry with someone and stuffed it. Resolve offenses going forward. Ask forgiveness for those you have been angry with in the past. If restitution needs to be made, make it.
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
vs 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Psalm 49: 3 My mouth shall speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.
vs 5 Why should I fear in the days of evil,
When the iniquity at my heels surrounds me?
vs 6 Those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the multitude of their riches,
vs 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him—
8 For the redemption of their souls is costly,
And it shall cease forever—
vs 10 For he sees wise men die;
Likewise the fool and the senseless person perish,
And leave their wealth to others.
vs 11 Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever,
Their dwelling places to all generations;
They call their lands after their own names.
vs 13 This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of their posterity who approve their sayings. Selah
Be ready to let go of doctrines learned but not revealed. What God has given you has been for you to steward. You do not have ownership. You never did.
Psalm 79:1 O God, the nations have come into Your inheritance; (HIS inheritence)
Your holy temple they have defiled; (HIS holy temple)
They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
vs 2 The dead bodies of Your servants (HIS servants)
They have given as food for the birds of the heavens,
The flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth. (HIS saints)
vs 3 Their blood they have shed like water all around Jerusalem,
Psalm 139:13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
vs 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
vs 15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
vs 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
The house you live in is not yours to own but steward.
The contents of the house are not yours to own but steward.
The car you drive is not yours to own but steward.
The pets that live with you are not yours to own but steward.
The job you work at is not yours to own but steward.
The family you love and raised is not yours to own but steward.
You are not your own. You belong to God. You are to steward yourself.
1 Corinthians 6: 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
vs 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Everything belongs to God.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
vs 2 For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.
A storm is coming. Be ready to let go of what you held tightly to and did not steward as His. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.
His love endures forever. Hold tightly to THAT alone.
The Art of War teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.
Sun Tzu, The Art of War: VIII:Variations in Tactics
Tinkerbell and Pixie Dust
How cute. Who hasn’t loved Tinkerbell? She is so DELIGHTFUL. She brings MAGIC. She brings FANTASY. She comes in the form of LIGHT. She helps young lost children get their wings to fly away, out of their boredoms and into lands they can only imagine in their minds.
It is not about Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell is funny and delightful. If you keep it in the form of harmless fantasy. But this isn’t about harmless fantasy and I’m not really writing about Tinkerbell. Intercessors know.
It the magic she brings that has the church fascinated.
Where are the eyes positioned? The enemy is not Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell cannot mislead you. Your fascination of her will. And the church is enamored with fun little delightful wispy gifts of others that bring them up out of their boredom.
Acts 5:15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.
What is Pan?
Come out, open your eyes. They reveal their strategy hidden in plain sight.
Operators are standing by.