Salt Of Earth Light Of World

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:12-17

Pursuit Of Righteousness

"I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know everything that shine ain't always gonna be gold, I'll be fine once I get it, I'll be good."

How ironic that I would find this lyrical verse from a secular song because exactly what the verse says, everything that shines isn't always going to be gold. I have been seeking the secular in the pursuit of happiness, which to your spiritual wellness has no benefit. Happiness actually comes as a result of happenstance, something "happened" that made you 'feel' happy. I want to be more than "happy" I want Joy! Joy only comes from the Lord. Nehemiah 8:10 says, "...Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” I can have Joy even through the valleys, deserts, trials, and hardships in my life. "You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” -Hebrews 1:9 I want that oil of joy, and praise God he lets us know exactly how we obtain it. In loving righteousness and opposing all the wickedness that the secular world offers I can have it.

Im on the pursuit of righteousness and I know that its the Lord righteousness that will always shine brighter than gold, I'll be fine once I get it, I'll be good.

Praise Report

My husband preached his FIRST sermon this past Sunday and he did an Amazing job! Keep in mind that he has never spoke in front of a crowd and is a fairly new believer. Immediately after service he left to Arizona to the annual Calvary Pastors Conference. If you would have asked me if this would have ever happened, I would have bet my life against it. My brother gave me a verse that now I have total understanding of, 1 Corinthians 2:9 “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” -the things God has prepared for those who love him— " WOW, Amen! The thought of where my husband was compared to who he is now is the total and absolute power of God. It is such a blessing to me to be witness to an amazing transformation in my husband. It gives me so much hope for others out there and I hold on to that hope because I know it is not Gods will for not one man to perish. I pray that his time at the conference is anointed and blessed and that his cup is overflowing with the spirit of truth. Thank you Father for the Favor and all the amazing things you have prepared for my life that I have not even conceived!

Stagnant Waters

"Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” John 7:38

Come Holy Spirit and dwell in me! I thirst for your living waters! When Im not in the word or ignoring the small still voice that is constantly driving me towards Himself, it feels as though my water turns stagnant. One definition of stagnant from American Heritage dictionary is: Showing little or no sign of activity or advancement; not developing or progressing; inactive. Sometimes I feel like am not making any progress and taking steps backwards rather than forward. We are clean and sanctified by the washing of the water of the word. I have already been washed clean and I have already drank of the water my Father gave to me, so therefore Im clean.
As I look back at my walk I notice that I am more often in the valley rather than the mountain top. Amazingly my husband put it in perspective for me. If, in our weakness His strength is perfected, why not call it blessed? Can I get an ouch! I really do not like the valley, Its so hard to connect with my Father and I feel motionless. But indeed it is a true test of faith. Will I continue to serve Him as if I were on the mountain top? The valley is where your true faith is revealed, so I cannot let my water turn stagnant. I thank the Lord that He is patient with me through all my human emotions and misunderstandings of what His truth really means. The Lord gave me a powerful word the other morning saying, "The ground you walk on is Holy, because it is I who determines your steps" Father I pray I walk worthily and holy in the path you have laid down for me! I know that I have a long walk ahead of me and I pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in my life will truly run like rivers of living water and not run dry!