Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. [Deut. 28:4.] As arrows are in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy, blessed, and fortunate is the man whose quiver is filled with them! They will not be put to shame when they speak with their adversaries [in gatherings] at the [city's] gate. Psalm 127:3-5
I've made it a habit to read the bible as the boys fall asleep... I usually start with a few chapters out of Joshua just for my own declaration over my kids. But also I will read somewhere in the New Testament. Tonight we read out of Mark.
And He replied, Who are My mother and My brothers? Mark 3:33
For most, this scripture is an exciting declaration that we are brothers and sisters of Christ. For me it kinda hits home as a mom, from Mary's perspective. Mary raised him always knowing in the back of her mind what he was purposed to do. Her calling was terrifying! Raise a boy who would become a man that is called to die. Never knowing when that day would come but suddenly it was here. I'm sure not getting to see her son often after he started out his 3 year ministry, she probably wanted every chance she got to hold Him. To others he was their healer and teacher but for her he was still a savior but also her son. As much as she knew this was the purpose, she loved him and that was her son. Her obedient heart rose above her flesh to let him go.
As I sat there reading I just stopped to think. I wonder if she really knew all she was getting herself into when she declared so young "be unto me Lord as you will"...do we really?.. Know what we are getting ourself into when we say "Lord your will be done"?
I have a willing heart to do God's will. In fact the only thing I am certain of is that I can't live a life without his presence or grace to do abundantly above what's normal. As willing as I am to obey and as often as I quote "Blessed is she who believed there would be a fulfillment of all that was said to her" Luke 1:45 ... SUDDENLY an aching pain came to my heart as I looked over to my son and he said "keep reading mom"
Suddenly I asked my Lord am I really ready for this? I will do great things but my sons will do greater. I have a blazing trail ahead of me of incredible ministry and God's wonders. My husband and I will lead them into destiny but am I really ready for what's about to happen. The warriors they will become.
Tears flood down my face as an overwhelming presence filled my heart. My words shook as I kept reading. Right then I knew what Mary meant when she said Be unto me. She was willing and I knew if she could, I could too.
We are raising a generation of youth and as we are called they are called to greater. Are you ready?
Be blessed, Carissa Deann
For whoever does the things God wills is My brother and sister and mother! Mark 3:35
Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said. And the angel left her. Luke 1:38
For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. Luke 1:37
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?–which means, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me [deserting Me and leaving Me helpless and abandoned]?
And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed out His life. And the curtain [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Mark 15:34, 37-38
Friday, August 1, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
So this morning I was teaching in the toddler room and the lesson was about Esau and Jacob. You know how Rebecca helped Jacob trick Esau into selling his birthright for soup so they can trick Isaac into blessing Jacob over Esau his first born and favorite. In the lesson it asked the teacher to read the passage and think about how it could apply to her/him to better teach their students with their life.... Made me think all day because really this passage applies to me in many ways and convicts many areas of my life BUT the root of it all would be trust. Driving home from church and looking at my many Rebecca and Esau moments I thought Lord I don't trust you or trust what you say.
Esau was implosive and didn't think of the consequences. I can be also. But what really pierced my heart was Rebecca... Rebecca is an incredible woman of God in the early chapters. She served a servant in a way most people wouldn't even serve their master. Rebecca was an incredible woman of God. But somewhere in her journey she freaked out and started to not trust God.
Maybe she saw the circumstance of her husbands heart? Maybe she tried to interpret the word The Lord gave her and it consumed her. We don't know but with circumstance and trying to do something herself she didn't trust God and it brought chaos and division into their family.
We learn even in our most shameful failures God is still kind and merciful and what he spoke to her DID come to pass but she quickly learned it had nothing to do with what Isaac could do but what God had planned. It had nothing to do what she thought at all. God had a plan and if she had just trusted his word one day it would all make sense.
The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” Genesis 25:23
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but ONE receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. I Corinthians 9:24
and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but ONE flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10:8-9
There is power in partnership. There's a reason the amazing race has two. The Lord knew from the beginning it isn't good for man to be alone. So he made a partner. A person to stand with you, run with you, hold you up and sometimes carry you. There is power in partnership. Today look at the partner God gave you and really see how much they make you a bigger person. How they compliment you and build you up. See their strengths. After that see how you do that for them. Think about the vision you have for your life and forget about the circumstance. Circumstance is temporary. A stepping stone to the big picture.
TD Jakes said this "when you pray first God will either change them or you. Just because you are right doesn't mean it always has to be said. Trust the creator." I loved that. To many times I found myself just sharing what was on my heart. I was so certain I was right but being right didn't change hurt. Those "right" words caused pain. We have a big picture. Our marriages are for purpose. When we trust God with the big picture we are able to have the strength and endurance to overcome every hurdle and understand every obstical. With Michael I didn't understand that. My gift as a wife being a person of inflight became my enemy. My job isn't to change him. My job was to encourage him with the word, speak life and powerfully pray over him.
The Lord gave wives a special gift, a frustrating gift but a special one. Adam was created and given a purpose. He roamed the earth to find a partner but couldn't find him. In his sleep, his unknowing, God created that perfect partner. He kept her secret and close to his heart. Poured into her insight and vision.showed her the Land and the man he would become. She knew him, them before he knew himself. God will let you see your husband for who he will become before he even sees himself. It's not to beat him into it or change him but for you to be the keeper of your purpose, your dreams and future. To trust God and pray continually. Everyday, every moment, every night. You are the keeper of the home with powerful gifts. Cover your home with the blood, your marriage with his peace. Remember go to the throne before the phone. There is purpose in partnership.
And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
I Corinthians 9:25-26