Transition Believe it or NOT! part 5

20 07 2017

TransitionToday we finish our series Transition Believe it or Not! We learned several things over the course of this series, the first and foremost is no one is really ready for transition.

I love these words from Oswald Chambers “Will is the whole man active. I cannot give up my will, I must exercise it.” He goes on to say “I must will to obey and I must will to receive God’s spirit.”

As we have looked at Mary and Joseph each of them had to exercise their will to come will-of-God-questionsinto agreement with the transition of Yeshua coming into their lives. Peter reveals transition’s struggle when we choose to walk with our friends. Our time in the garden with Yeshua (Jesus) revealed what the internal struggle looks like and reminding us of what God require of us as we enter transition, death to self.

Every transition brings us to a point of decision, Joshua 24:15 put it well “choose you this day whom ye will serve” we must choose to come into agreement as with the Israelites who walked into the promised land. It was that coming into agreement in the midst of transition that gave them the power to defeat the Amorites.

As we face transitions in the coming year I pray each of us choose to serve the Lord, coming into agreement with HIS plans and purposes for our lives.

Blessings & Complete Joy!


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Canopy of Blessings

10 01 2008




This weekend, while I was traveling, the pastor of the church I visited spoke about the canopy of blessings we often walk out of in our lives. This got me to thinking about what blessings are functioning in my home, life and ministry.

            I began praying about those blessings, first concerning my home. As I prayed, the Lord showed me that there are four blessings, words that are stationed at the four corners of my home. In the middle of my home is a scripture which has been foundational since we first moved there.

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15. This scripture sits as a center post from which all other blessings in my home flow. I had to struggle for several years to establish this truth in my home. Recently, as we got ready to paint, the  plaque with this verse from Joshua fell as I was removing it from the wall. I thought a lot about whether or not I should put it back up on the wall, then remembered that we have struggle to make this a deep truth in our home and so decided it is okay to show the lumps and bumps that this struggle has cost us.

While talking with friends in the last several months, I have wondered about what other blessings the Lord had for our home. After listening to this pastor, I went home and asked the Lord to reveal this canopy of blessings. Here is what he showed me about my home, which is one of a duplex in a condo complex facing true north, with a southern exposure attached to my neighbor on the west end of our home, while the east end of the home is unattached.                                                                                                                

          I begin where the Lord began with me, at the southeast corner of my home, where both my office and bedroom are. In this corner is Faith. In the southwest corner, which is next to my neighbor, is Hope. In the Northwest corner, still on the neighbor’s end, is Love. These two marvelous blessings surround the living room and kitchen of my home.  On the northeast corner is the word Trust, which is where my husband’s office is.

            I suddenly saw the canopy above my home with these four blessings, yet as I looked, I saw that the trust corner was falling down. I realized then that I was trying to trust my husband in my own strength. It just wasn’t working. As I thought about this, God gave me a scripture: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.  Wow, as I heard this scripture and said, “I can do that,”suddenly the corner was strong and didn’t waver! I was amazed.

            I began looking at the other words and asking the Lord for scriptures for those corners. The words “my hope is in the Lord” came to mind when I asked about Hope. I found a scripture in Isaiah 40:31: “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.”  As I inquired about love, it came so quickly: “perfect love casts out all fear.” 1 John 4:18  As I inquired of the Lord about faith, here came; “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20

As I look even this morning at the canopy of blessing over my home, it is strong and secure as I allow the power of the scripture to keep the canopy poles upright and strong.

God, you are so amazing!

May faith, hope, love and trust grow strong and secure in your homes as well!

Blessings & peace,


Open Gate in 2008

1 01 2008


   I found it interesting on Sunday when the word was given, “open gate in 2008″. It was the second time I had heard that word concerning 2008. When you hear something once you can look and say, “Wow that is nice”. When you hear it several times, you begin to wonder what God is doing!

    So I began the inquiry of the Lord about this word. I know that God is going to be opening doors. I have seen the beginning of that in my life as I come closer and closer to 2008. I leave in several days for the first of two ministry trips connected with Complete Joy; this is a new door that has opened that I am walking through.

     Yet I wanted to look at the bible concerning open gates. There are 26 references to open and gate in the bible, of which only one is in the New Testament. I found that interesting. Many of the references in the Old Testament are warnings, others are instructions. Let’s read John 10:2-4 paying specific attention to verse 3.

John 10:2-4 (New International Version)

2The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

     We see in this passage how it is the watchman who opens the gate for the shepherd whose sheep know his voice and follow.

Now let’s think about this word from the Lord, “Open Gate in 2008″.

      We need to look at every open gate and be sure it is the Lord who himself has opened that gate for us. False gates can rise up before us, and the enemy can work to prematurely open gates causing us to walk where God doesn’t want us to walk, but if we look and watch for Christ to walk through before us, then we will hear his call and follow him into the new things He has prepared for us, because the sheep know the shepherd’s voice and follow him!

 So go forth and follow Jesus!

Blessings & peace as you walk through the open gate in 2008,



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