Jared

Our young server squatted down at our table to take our order. The restaurant was packed and very noisy so maybe it made it easier to hear us. When he quickly bounced up to go grab our drinks, my sister Carolyn told “Jared” to appreciate how easily he could do that now as when you get to our age it is hard to just get out of bed some mornings. I suddenly blurted out “Are you a dancer? God is showing me a picture of you dancing.” Jared, who barely looked 18, flashed an awkward smile like….where is this going? and replied,” Yes, sometimes.” He looked like a deer in headlights, frozen in place, as I started to give him a word. Carolyn reassuringly interrupted with “she is in ministry and does this all the time.” As in, no your parents didn’t send us here. Ha!

Even though the restaurant was busy, he stayed and listened to what God was saying about him. He looked intrigued until suddenly a look of fear went over his face. Like I was going to read his mail or give some corrections. God whispered “Tell Jared that I love him. Just as he is. That he does not need to be anyone else but himself”

When I relayed this to him, Jared’s smile quickly returned and I saw a lightbulb go off. That for some reason Jared needed to hear those words. God then told me why, but I won’t share that with you :).

We paid our bill at our table and as we were leaving, Jared stopped us “Thank you, ladies! And thanks for the word and God bless you.” I was surprised that he knew the lingo. Must be or have been, at some point, a pentecostal churchgoer.

As I drove away, I felt a sweetness in my heart for Jared. And also for Big Sky Daddy. A good reminder that as believers we are spirit in a body. His spirit. You are connected to the Father at all times and you really do hear from Him. You can help change and heal this world one person at a time. The bible states that believers shall lay hands on the sick and they will recover. That also includes hearing His voice to help yourself or others emotionally heal. How awesome to be used by Him! To help His children see His love for them as you release love, hope, and encouragement. When a word hits home it brings the reality of God to the receiver. That Daddy God knows them intimately and cares deeply. Even if you are already a believer there is nothing sweeter than to see a REAL TIME GOD IN ACTION! This stuff never gets old. For the giver or the receiver.

Please step out when you get prompted. I assure you, it only gets easier and it will help build your faith too. Oh and always leave a great tip, Beloveds. Big Sky Daddy ain’t cheap and ministry is NEVER the tip.

Silver

I recently attended a prophetic conference. When it came time for the offering I looked in my purse and did not have my checkbook with me. “Hmmm. I suppose I could use a credit card.” Then I heard God say “Give the ounce of silver you have in your purse.” So I interrupted Him with my human logic 🙂 “No. That’s a hassle for a donation. Then they will have to find a shop to turn it in or…..” Before I could continue to argue I heard” No, give it to Lauren. Tell her that I told you to give it to her.”

It was very noisy in the auditorium. A worship band was playing and the place was filled with people walking up to the front with their offerings. I could see that Lauren was now seated in the front row with her family and other organizers of the event. I didn’t want to disturb them. I thought maybe I could catch Lauren at the end for a couple of minutes. God whispered “No, go now and give it to her.” “But, I am barefoot…” God persisted “When has that ever stopped you?….. GO NOW!” I get panicky in crowds and struggle with some claustrophobia and am surprised that I felt no anxiety as I walked barefoot down the long
aisle, filled with people, to the front. I even squeezed behind some people to get to Lauren. I tried not to shout too loud as I handed her the silver bar and mumbled something about God telling me to give it to her. Lauren is always very gracious and wasn’t bothered by the interruption. She smiled, gave me a hug, and thanked me for coming.

I went back to my seat and laughed when the next speaker twice repeated some healing testimony story and how it related to the verse “silver and gold I have not but what I have, I give to you.” I began laughing to myself because my God is very creative and funny. I envisioned God smiling and saying ” Ok, Lauren, maybe the speaker doesn’t have any gold or silver, but I do! Daughter, I have ALL the gold and silver. I own everything! You don’t have to worry. You can trust me.” I enjoyed the rest of the conference and then left.

The next day I had this urge to message Lauren and tell her the story and the significance of the ounce of silver. Nah. She has young kids and is probably super busy after the conference. Besides, I am sure she got the point. She has been a believer and around this stuff longer than I have. But the feeling did not go away.

So, I finally messaged her and told of how God wanted her to have the silver instead of it going into the collection. Lauren was delighted that I had reached out with the details. She had been looking for confirmation that God was specifically speaking to her during the conference about something that was on her heart. Yes, He was Lauren! And I am so happy that I obeyed and disregarded my own logic of not wanting to bother someone.

Please don’t hesitate to share more of the “story” if you feel prompted to do so. Especially, if you feel someone has a closer walk with God, more spiritual experience, or is in a higher position than you are.

We all need confirmation that God is real, alive, and knows us intimately. I will admit I enjoy consistent reminders that He loves me and has my back! Step out. Even if you feel awkward about it. I’ve never met anyone who thought I was “ridiculous” for following up and clarifying what I heard or saw.

Make it a God-Awesome week, Beloveds!

Word Up

A year ago today……

Hi, I’m Ruby! I was startled as a young woman jumped in front of my wheelchair. ” I am here to take you down to surgical registration.”

Kathy, my sister, and she began to make small talk, and Ruby mentioned she had to leave this afternoon for school and was expecting rain. ” I am going to school to be a dental hygenist as it pays more and then will use that to pay for law school.

As the elevator doors opened, ” God whispered, ” She was created to help others in legal matters.” “Can you say that again, God?” I was still stressed out from just having a wire driven through my breast and an armpit piped full of radioactive dye. God continued,” I have a word for her. I’ll tell you when.” Great. I’m in the middle of a busy hospital, my sister Kathy already thinks I’m a little wacko 🙂, so you can figure it out.”

As we got inside, I said,” Hey, I don’t want you to think I’m weird, but God just gave me a word for you. You were created to practice law, Don’t worry about money or time. You will just walk right into it.” She laughed and told us as a kid that she was obsessed with the OJ Simpson trial and knew at that time she wanted to practice law. Kathy nodded, “Me too.” ‘The elevator door then opened, and she rolled my wheelchair into the hallway and put on the brakes. She looked through the glass doors to the registration staff, “They can come out here as you are in a wheelchair.” Then turned back to me to hear more.

I continued.” Do you know what a word of knowledge or prophecy is? “I sure do. I was brought up in a Pentecostal church. And…..” A person from registration walked towards us, and Ruby said, “don’t worry, she can wait. I want to hear this.” There were now so many people in the hallway that I had momentarily blocked myself from hearing God by the distraction, but Ruby waited patiently.

Finally, I blurted out. “This is going to sound like I am reading your mail, but God told me that you can be very suspicious. Very mistrusting of people, but this will work to your advantage. You don’t always like this about yourself, but this makes you very analytical. You can see many sides of a situation. What you see as your mistrust not always being good, it will actually be your gift, making you a great lawyer. You were called to do this.” Ruby’s mouth dropped open, and I could tell a lightbulb had gone off. ” Does this make sense to you, Ruby?” Why yes, it does! I could see she was still shocked as the elevator opened to move her on elsewhere. “Thank you for telling me this! I really needed it today.”

Days like this make my faith even stronger. Perhaps Ruby’s too.
God is everywhere. Your circumstances will never stop Him from speaking or moving thru you. Even if you choose a conventional way to find healings

My Sheep Hear…..

My sheep hear my voice. John 10:27-28

I’m listening to an interesting video from a Shawn Bolz’ class. We all hear God‘s voice. He is talking all the time. The struggle is in recognizing that it is His voice. It’s not your hearing…. It’s in your recognizing.

Ask Big Sky Daddy to help you RECOGNIZE His voice this week.

The nudge: pay attention to the simple nudge. You may call it intuition. A hunch. A pull. A draw. A gut feeling. Lack of peace. A feeling of peace. An impression. Hey look over there. Or this feels good or right to me. Or not. An urge to call or text someone.

Don’t complicate it.

Yesterday morning, I felt the nudge to send someone I barely know a prophetic word. I didn’t do it. Why? Because I barely know this religious leader and didn’t want to bother him.

Then later the nudge reappeared 3 more times and I finally sent an email. This person quickly replied that this was exactly what they were going through and thanked me as they were struggling with a decision.

Interestingly, I didn’t email them that they should or shouldn’t do it. I told them God didn’t care if they didn’t want to do it. That it was up to them and if they chose not to do it they wouldn’t be missing the boat. They would have other opportunities.

Good reminder to not ignore the nudge. No matter how awkward it feels. Or if you fear you are wrong.

God help me to pay attention to HOW you are trying to get my attention.

A Listening Heart

The other day I was missing my car keys. “I just had them! I am such an airhead!” My eyes were suddenly drawn to a dresser in my bedroom. The top was covered by a mountain of books, hair products, and a large pile of clothes I had just taken out of the dryer. ”

“Nope, can’t be there. I just tossed clothes on it, and I would have noticed them.” As I started to leave my bedroom to search for a more likely place, I heard, “ We’ve already talked about this. Look in the first place that comes to you, even if it doesn’t make any sense. How many times did you find a misplaced item in a spot that you kept hearing in your heart, but it didn’t sound logical? Then when you finally gave up the search, you looked in the place that didn’t make sense… and there it was found! From now on, look there first. I turned around, lifted the clothes, and there were my keys.

As I wrote this, I heard,” This is the difference between hearing my voice in your head versus in your heart. Your head will try to persuade you by logic, but your heart will know the truth and propel you to obey. Which do you follow? I will always lead you in the right direction, but you will get there more quickly and without stress if you can hear me in your heart first.”

“How do I do that, Big Sky Daddy?”

“Slow down and stop trying to do everything by yourself. “

“That’s it?”

“Trust.”

“I trust you.”

“No, you need to trust yourself that you really do hear me.”

And the beat goes on…….

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How My Daddy Rolls

Notes to myself:

God doesn’t give you more than you can bear. Ever heard this?

This specific verse isn’t actually in the bible. Usually, when I hear someone use this phrase they are equating it with some struggle or setback. As in “God gave me that sickness, pain, debt or horrible spouse/boss for my own good.” Suck it up! It will make you a better person. What?! God does not send us ill will or bad mojo! It is God’s will to give us good things. James 1:17.

If anything, God may not give us more GOOD things that we can’t handle at the moment! He is all about timing. Your dreams, work, or relationships not moving fast enough for you? Might be because there is some truth to be revealed or the growing up you need to do first. Next time something doesn’t happen fast enough (or at all) remind yourself that it might be in your best interest! Like that crazy person, you thought you could never live without, who is now gladly someone else’s headache. 🙂 You might want to just park it and stop striving instead of quickly trying to find the Jezebel spirit behind everything. 🙂

If you still want to believe that God doesn’t give you more than you can bear why not think of it in the positive? That you don’t need to bear anything alone and that you weren’t meant to. Any situation you go thru can be directed, mentored, or facilitated by the Holy Spirit!

Just sharing my thoughts on why I haven’t won Power Ball yet.

A Godly Tip

3:45 PM and I hadn’t eaten anything yet that day. I suddenly felt compelled to go to Culvers. The night before, I had gone grocery shopping and needed to swing thru the drive-thru in my kitchen, instead. I argued with myself about how I didn’t need to spend the money even as I pulled up to the order screen. Too late now 🙂 As I waited in line for my food, God said “When the person comes out, give them the One dollar coin in your console from Me.” I thought well that’s kind of embarrassing. “Here’s a dollar that looks like a quarter.” Change always seems so cheap or strange to me compared to tipping someone with a bill.

So as I debated on doing this, a young woman with my burger suddenly approached my car and I blurted out “God wants me to give you….” and before I could finish my sentence she perked up and flashed me a huge smile. I don’t think she even cared what I was giving her. She lit up as soon as I said it was from God! “Thank you! Thank you so much!”

Maybe she needed a dollar or maybe she just needed a sign that God was thinking of her. I don’t know. We don’t need to know everything, kids.

As I drove away, God laughed “Forget about the money. Do you not think I can get you the $7?”

Listen and follow thru. Repeat. Listen and follow thru

Holy Grounds

It’s been a rough couple of days still waiting for a call back on my CT scan. Fighting fear. Up late and sleeping late. I drove to a Starbucks to get a Trenta Cold Brew. Love or hate Starbucks, their Cold Brew makes me extremely happy.

As I went through the very long drive-thru, I called my friend Jim to talk about being fearful and how I was tired of medical issues. That lately, regardless of speaking to my mountain, I can’t seem to hear God nor hold on to peace for very long. That this is all triggering trauma for me. Not only from memories of Dan’s health fight but also my own recent “adventures.”

I told Jim I was surprised I even had any fear. Looking back, God has been faithful and had my back even when I didn’t deserve it. Shouldn’t I be trusting and at peace 24/7? Terrible feeling like a hypocrite when you minister to others about God’s goodness.

As I rambled on about trust, no trust, and how I shouldn’t be spending retirement money on coffee, I suddenly became annoyed at the car in front of me. It was apparent they had forgotten they were in a “moving” line, and in my head, I was yelling, “Pull up! Pull up!”

I continued to complain to Jim as I watched this vehicle finally reach the takeout window. I saw the “bucker,” as I call their employees, start to hand them out my Cold Brew but then pull it back. “WTH? Don’t be handing out my drink to those slowpoke strangers!”

Now I am really annoyed. When I finally reached the window, the bucker said, “The car in front of you bought your drink.” WHAT? I’m still talking to Jim and can’t hear her. “They paid for your drink!” I tell Jim, and he laughs, “God’s trying to tell you everything will be okay .”I smiled. He’s got this! God knows His girl loves Starbucks and Tulips. Free Starbucks! Maybe when I get home, my Tulips will have opened. It had been over a week, and they were still hiding.

Later that night, I looked over at my tulips, and they had literally bloomed while I was out that day. Then the memory of the free drink hit me like a sack of Holy Spirit bricks. I broke down and just started sobbing because I could feel His heart for me. I couldn’t settle down to actually hear Him say “no worries,” so He had to find another way to get my attention.

Then today, He prompted me to turn to K-LOVE radio in my car instead of making calls like I usually do. I can’t even tell you the last time I listened to any music in my vehicle. God spoke directly to me thru every song. He sang sweet reminders to me of trust, provision, and His goodness. A perfect playlist He had created just for me.

Has He ever communicated to you in a fashion you didn’t expect? When you just couldn’t hear Him in a way you are familiar with? Comfortable with? Even when we aren’t seeking Him, He tries to get our attention. His words may just be delivered in a way you’d never expect.

I don’t have all the answers, but He does, and I feel at peace.