My youngest daughter Makayla had just given birth to her first baby, a very cute, precious little boy named Ezra Michael. She stayed with us her entire pregnancy since her husband was deployed to Iraq and they had just got stationed in North Carolina where she knew no-one.
Of course, this Momma was very happy and excited to get to walk out this journey of my daughter’s life with her.
I was able to lay hands on her belly and speak God’s word to and over Ezra as God was forming him in the depths of his Mommy’s belly. We spoke life and God’s blessings over him and whenever someone would speak something that didn’t line up with the word of God don’t you know this Grandma rose up in spirit and crushed those words spoken over him.
We prayed that her husband Wes would make it home to see his first born son being born – prayer was answered
We prayed that her labor and delivery would be smooth and she wouldn’t tear – prayer answered
We asked Abba that Ezra would have no complications and that he was born natural – prayer answered
We prayed for many more things that God was so faithful to answer.
The one thing that the Holy Spirit prompted me to come against was the spirit of postpartum depression. I had battled that with her older sister Brianna and under my spiritual watch she was not going to battle it. Of course, back then I had NO IDEA what I was going through and definitely didn’t have anyone in my life that knew their power and authority in the spiritual realm.
Well, it was a day or two after she brought Ezra home and came to the realization she was not able to breastfeed. Won’t go into detail about since it’s her testimony but it was a huge blow to her and that is all Satan needed…that open door.
Don’t you know that this Momma and Dad went into spiritual warfare over her, along with her husband and took authority over that spirit and sent it right where the Lord Jesus would have it go.
As my husband was praying he spoke something that just resonated with my spirit and soul, he said, “You were handcrafted by God…” then, of course, he kept on praying but those 5 words lingered long after the prayer was spoken and even answered.
It was a few days later when I was in prayer and listening to Praise and Worship music that I was led to look up the scripture about being God’s Masterpiece. I headed over to Ephesians 2:10 and this is what it says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” I meditated on that for days along with being handcrafted by God.
I meditated on this scripture for days along with being handcrafted by God and I started saying, “I am a Masterpiece, Handcrafted by God,” when I woke, during the day and when I laid down at night time.
Now, I am NOT a graphic designer at all! Let me repeat that…I am NOT a graphic design person at all and anything I have ever tried to create from my visions fail miserably. I end up taking it to my sister Melissa and she makes it pretty for me. But this time, I had the vision in my head and while waiting for Hurricane Irma to hit us I sat down and designed the following masterpiece.
I love how it came out so much so I made a little onsie for baby Ezra and painted it on a pallet sign that I made from all the pallets I have. Check them out below.
When reading this devotion I was led to read Psalm 77 in its entirety and it really hit home to me. When we focus on our circumstances we get to burdened and weighed down but when we think/meditate on what God has done for us it builds our spirits back up.
Read Psalm 77 below.
1 I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me. 2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.
3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. 4 You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak. 5 I thought about the former days,
the years of long ago; 6 I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
7 “Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again? 8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time? 9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. 11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 12 I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
13 Your ways, God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God? 14 You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples. 15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
16 The waters saw you, God,
the waters saw you and writhed;
the very depths were convulsed. 17 The clouds poured down water,
the heavens resounded with thunder;
your arrows flashed back and forth. 18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
your lightning lit up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked. 19 Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.
20 You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
I challenge you today, to not give Satan one more moment of your time by dwelling on your circumstances. Grab paper and pen, get away to a quiet place, even if it’s the restroom, and write down all the things that God has done for you. Start meditating on how good our God is and how faithful he has been to you and your family.
I promise you that your entire attitude, your entire outlook, your entire being will be strengthened and you will rise above the circumstances and our God WILL prevail.
After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses…in the desert…Then the Lord said to him, “…Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.” ~ Acts 7:30, 33-34
Have you ever felt like God had you in a holding pattern?
Where you wanted so badly to know which direction you should go but he was quiet? Or you knew the direction but he was telling you to just be still and know that he is God.
Let’s look at Moses for a second. Here he was 40 yrs. old and he kills an Egyptian. The following day he is called out on the carpet for his actions and he flees into the desert. He is there for 40 years before God calls him to walk in his purpose. That means Moses is 80 yrs. old before he even walks in his calling.
How awesome is that? Think about it. In those moments we feel like we’re in the desert all alone we are actually being trained and equipped with the nescessary tools to fulfill our purpose when God calls us to it.
Does it really matter how old we are when he does it? Just as long as you and I are willing vessels it really shouldn’t matter. Just trust him and know that your time, your season, your calling and your purpose WILL be fulfilled as long as you continue to surrender to him.
Is there a season in your life you felt like God was preparing you for? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.
It is not rare that God speaks to me during my daily walk with him, and today (May 15, 2013) is no different.
The Holy Spirit has put it on my heart to create a daily blog post that would allow Christians to share their encouraging devotions and their testament to God’s grace and love for us. Starting today I will be sharing daily devotions for the next 365 days based on the inspirational reading from L.B. Cowman’s, Streams in the Desert.
As I mentioned, there will be a blog post, but I will also be sharing the devotional with you by way of YouTube videos. I know what you must be thinking, “I do not want to be on camera sharing my devotional as well”. Before fear of being on camera sets in let me assure you that I do not expect others to share their devotional in the same manner unless you feel compelled to.
If you feel more comfortable using your keyboard to share your devotion than I encourage you to do so through that Daily Devotional Blog Post. Or you can simply be a spectator and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you right where you are. The way in which it is done does not matter, what matters is that every single day you filled with the Holy Spirit through God’s word, encouraged, lifted up, prayed for and edified through these daily devotionals.
Remember that you are not alone. 🙂
One of the most amazing things I stand in Awe of is how God meets each one of us where we are at in our walk with him, and reveals to us what we need at that time.
How many times has this happened to you?
You read a scripture verse at the beginning of your Christian walk and it means one thing to you, however, years later you read the same verse but now it has a totally different meaning, yet it still speaks volumes to you.
Well, I believe that is the same for each of us as individuals. My prayer for these devotions is for us to come together in one accord and share revelations the Holy Spirit gives to us. Whether you join in on the conversation through the Daily Devotional Blog Post or the YouTube videos doesn’t matter.
I am more than excited to start this journey and share my devotional, and at the same time, am inspired by yours.
The areas that I would love to hear about in your devotion include, but are not limited to:
What God is revealing to you
How you are being set free
Testimonies of how these devotionals have helped you
Questions you may be struggling with
Most importantly your heart and what is flowing out of it
Streams in the Desert – Daily Devotions 1st Video
I did my very first video today after reading the devotion. It talks about Instant Obedience and in this video I share with you how I was obedient the time God called me to share something with a complete stranger, even though I felt like the person would think I was crazy. My obedience turned out to be such a blessing because she was in a time of need.
Men see not the bright light which is in the clouds. ~ Job 37:21
Have you ever flown in a storm? I have and the image that I will forever have is when the plane ascended above the clouds there was blue skies and sunlight as far as the eye could see.
Anytime someone asked me what was up I would always respond with, “The Sky and it’s always Blue!”
Of course, my brother, who I lost to cancer in Aug. 2012 would always argue with me that when he looked up all he saw was the dark clouds without a trace of blue skies. We’d go back and forth until he would just laugh at how much he got under my skin. Oh, how I miss him. 🙁
If you think about it, in the darkest moments of our lives if we could learn to rise above and set our eyes on Jesus the gray skies would part and we could walk in the sunlight all the time. It really is a choice we get to decide.
Do we choose to stay on the ground looking up at the dark, dreary clouds or do we rise above and rest in the SONlight while God leads and directs us in the way he would have us go?
What dark clouds have been looming over you? Is there something I can pray for you or stand with you on? Let me know in the comments below.
On that very day Abraham did as God told him. ~ Genesis 17:23
Today’s Daily Devotion talks about instant obedience and how important it is to act when the Holy Spirit prompts us.
In this video, I share with you one of those moments that needed instant obedience and I am beyond humbled that God would use me as his vessel in an amazing way.
You see I was running late for church and still had to stop and get doughnuts for children’s church. I ran into the store and saw an older woman in the card section. I zoomed right on by but I heard the Holy Spirit tell me to tell that lady that God loves her very much.
I continued to the doughnuts and told God I would tell her, even though she probably would think I’m crazy if she is still there after I check out.
You got…she was still there!
I walked up to her and said, “Ma’am you’re probably going to think I’m crazy but God wanted me to tell you that he loves you very much.”
At that moment the tears began to rush out like a waterfall and she said, “I just lost my husband 3 weeks ago and I’ve been asking God why he doesn’t love me. I have felt so alone these past 3 weeks!”
I gave that woman the biggest hug and continued on my way out the door in tears myself not caring anymore about being late to church.
Will you be obedient when God calls you? Have you had a similar situation where you were used as God’s vessel or were you on the receiving end of it being blessed by someone else’s instant obedience? Share with me in the comments below, I’d love to hear about it.
Want to join us and take a walk through the Streams in the Desert Devotional? We’d love to have you! Check it out here!