Category Archives: Christmas

December 11, 2017 adoration

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“Simon Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16 MSG

Beloved –

Notice Christmas.

My soul needs this

My spirit needs this.

I need this.

Because, I want to experience and celebrate the fullness of God’s Word. I want to stare in wonder and worship at my King, lying in a back-shed, on a bed of fresh hay – His precious momma beside Him. I want to join my song with the song of the angels—the angels that surrounded Him, that now reside in the space that hovers ever so closely over you and me, songs that still echo down the ages from those shepherds’ fields: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

That “goodwill toward men” changed my life, you see. He changed my life.

So I have decided to enter in tighter – to thank Him. I have decided to ponder the wonder and miracle of Christmas. I have decided to give honor where honor is due—to Christ the Lord, born an ordinary man-birth beneath His privilege as King of the World.

Yet, Holy. Holy. Holy.

Come. Let us adore Him.

Let us share Him in our hours today; find the others who need Him as desperately as we do. Guide them to His presence. Begin with a heart that simply adores.

Wake up.

Adore.

Go.

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November 21, 2017 bend

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“But ask the animals what they think—let them teach you; let the birds tell you what’s going on. Put your ear to the earth—learn the basics. Listen—the fish in the ocean will tell you their stories. Isn’t it clear that they all know and agree that GOD is sovereign, that he holds all things in his hand— Every living soul, yes, every breathing creature? Isn’t this all just common sense, as common as the sense of taste? Do you think the elderly have a corner on wisdom, that you have to grow old before you understand life?”

Job 12:7-12 MSG

Good morning, God’s Child-

Watch how the trees bend, how the leaves dance, how open and endless the sky is and how strong and vocal the wind can be. I love learning from nature – from all of her rhythms, her patterns, her magic, and her phases. God speaks there when we learn to listen.

Wake up.

Hear Him.

Go.

July 14, 2017 angel touch

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Good morn, Dearheart. 

Have you ever been approached by an angel? Heard their words from your Maker … words which left you weak? 

Have you felt the winds of their words run through you and steal your breath? 

Have you been touched by a Holy being? 

As the wind blows across your face today, feel the presence of the orchestra of angel beings God has assigned to you. 

This very morning the sun rises and you, like the wildflowers along a country road covered in dew, you get a chance to start again as one with human likeness touches your lips. 

“Then the one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing in front of me, “I am filled with anguish because of the vision I have seen, my lord, and I am very weak. How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.” Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.” Daniel‬ ‭10:16-19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When we rise from a fall, 

when we stand empowered by a miracle breeze of Holy words, 

whatever happens to seeds blown into a field in some way also happens to us. 

Like lips touched. 

New birth. 

Fresh start. 

Unwrapping layers of growth.

New season. 
Wake up. 

Feel the fresh touch. 

Go. 
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June 6, 2017 birthing

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Good morning, Beloved. 

Suffering, 

and anguish,

and pain have to happen in this human life. 

It has to happen for you and me to understand that Christ’s death, was really not a death at all, but a birth. Its a paradox of sorts, isn’t it?

Within you is a place where resurrection is rising. When you come to the place where you begin to experience a love so absolute that nothing can defeat it, then you begin to experience the birthing power of Christ’s passion that has been unleashed upon the planet 

and the world 

and the universe – 

the universe that lies within you. 

His love … unleashed in you and me can only happen if you surrender every thought to Him. Then, love consumes. Full-on. Full-tilt. 

And, your suffering becomes not anxiety-filled or masochistic, or ever-painful … it takes on a spotlight of pure sacrifice, a pure kind of abandonment love. 

The suffering place … yeah, this pain is becoming a place where the full force of mercy is consuming. Surrender to the love. 

The process has already begun whether you see the Love at work or not. 

You realize it has to happen just as Christ’s resurrection had to happen from His brutal death – the suffering was the only way the birthing power of love could erupt. 

Life-death-life. 

Life happens upon the surrender, DearOne. 

This is the vital clue to surviving the horror of the dark nights – I have discovered through the help of The Most High God, that His love is the sustaining power in you and me through a dark night and it is here to prepare you for the miracle of your birth. 

When the suffering happens, it opens a place in you of total, absolute, final surrender because there is nothing you, as an ego, 

or as a person,

or as a brilliant intellectual,

or as a bum, 

or as a seeker, 

there is nothing anymore that you can do. You can only open to let the process do you.

“God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Wake up. 

Let the process do you. 

Go. 
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March 24, 2017 girls

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Hope you have a cup of coffee if you plan to read through this one, DearOne! There’s this group of about a dozen extra special chickees, most that came into my life when they were in about 5th-6th grade, mmmm, maybe about 10-15 years ago. They were wide eyed and nervous and had no idea their teacher was shaking, too. They are all young women now – you wouldn’t even believe some of the bizarre life storms we’ve walked through together … and, oh – how they have grown me. 

When I get a call or a message – especially a wee-hour tap from one of them- “Ang, pray for …” my protective cells throw me into full throttle. These girls own my heart as much as my own blood babies. That’s the place these thoughts come from – and, this is from one of those taps:

Ok, baby girl. This is for you. 

There’s no PAUSE button for life. It would be easier, when we are working through pain, if we could hide away. We feel pressure to be “on” when all we feel is broken. We are in the midst of emotional processing, but don’t have the luxury of becoming invisible. We only want to stay hidden with our hurt: 

but, not. an. option. 

Here is the only option: you’re going to have to process in public. Some folks are good at that. I don’t have a poker face, though. Some of us, when we’re going through a personal issue, no matter how hard we try, people know it and it’s grueling.

If we know God, we know we’ll get through it, but in times like that, what we feel we need most is time. Just give us some time and maybe some space. Then, only then, we’ll move back into normal life and begin pouring into others again. The reality is, for most of us, we don’t have that luxury. Life doesn’t stop.

When we’re hurting, our body’s instinct is to heal itself. However, there is a trap that many fall into. . .its something we’re doing that hurts us more than it heals us. It is self-preservation. . . Here’s what that looks like in real life: We’re having a legitimate struggle, and it hurts. We’re finding that it’s PAINFUL to serve and to be seen in pain. We definitely don’t want to pour into others, because after all, what do we have to give out? We step away from visibility at all costs and then begins the downward spiral — the process of shutting down.

Our focus shifts from the outward and serving others, to the inward and serving our pain. And, if we’re not careful, we isolate, it’s our natural tendency. What we don’t realize, in the moment, is that this very process that we set up to heal ourselves is counterproductive, and sometimes even dangerous. Have you ever witnessed someone choking? On instinct, they actually run away from others!

It’s important for us to get help during struggles. I know that God’s heart for us is to not suffer alone. It’s also God’s heart that we have longevity and not burn out. So please, do what’s necessary to stay or get back to “emotionally healthy”, but in the meantime, keep pouring out to others.

The Bible says that “the generous will prosper, and he that refreshes others will he himself be refreshed”. (Proverbs 11:25). 

Wow! 

That means that you being refreshed is directly connected to you refreshing others.

In Matthew 14, Jesus encountered a situation of his own. He had just found out that his cousin, John the Baptist, had been beheaded. The news was shocking to the entire community. It was unforeseen by the people and it was unjust. Jesus was tight with John. It was like losing a brother. The Bible says that when Jesus heard the news, he went into a boat to be alone. He was grieving. Soon after a large crowd began to form around him. I think it’s safe to assume they were shouting to him to come minister to them. They were desperate.

When I read that passage, I don’t know about you, but I struggle with that. I think, “For heavens sake, people, let the man grieve!” 

But what Jesus did was totally different. He looked to them and had compassion on them. He went to them and healed many.

Some of Jesus’ greatest miracles happened shortly after that. We read that He multiplied the food and fed 5000 (plus women and children) and walked on the water.

I had a situation arise a few months ago in my own life, and maybe this has happened to you – the Lord began to touch me during a quiet time in a public place. He began revealing some things from my life that needed healing. It was a deep moment for me. I was alone, with my face on the carpet, having a powerful moment with Jesus. Finally, I got up – a dear one stopped me and we began sharing with one another what God was doing in both of us. We were both crying uncontrollably. I should add, this is not our normal default. For us, this was a rare, but extremely defining moment in both of our lives.

Then, as I’m talking mid-sentence, it was like someone cut the music – I get a tap on my shoulder. “Can you pray over me?” I’m looking at her, totally caught off guard, broken, undone, with mascara running off my face.

Everything in me wanted to say “no”. 

After all, I was mid-emotional-event and how dare she interrupt this obviously impactful moment I’m having? See the mascara?! 

But I heard the Lord say to me, “Pray for her”. I looked to her and I smiled, I genuinely smiled, and said, “Okay, you got it”. I finished up my conversation with my friend and prayed with her with my whole heart, my full attention and with compassion. The Lord began to refresh me and I felt my capacity to love increase soon after. Love grew. 

Thinking this through … I realized that I would rather have someone that is BROKEN but has the Holy Spirit praying for me, than someone who “has it all together” but doesn’t have the Holy Spirit.

So today, if that’s you, dig deep, pull on the strength of the Holy Spirit and press in. This is how you get over yourself and your ‘stuff’. Reach past your comfort zone, God will reward you richly.

In His love and light,

Angie

Wake up. 
Press on. 

Pour out. 

Go. 
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March 23, 2017 return

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Good morning, DearOne. 

Sweet little weenie dog, Ellie, loves the creek. She’s a long-hair so Luke and I ‘pruned’ her – gave her a haircut to help with detangling her when she comes back up from the pond. She wandered around for a day like she was embarrassed. 

That happens to us when we get pruned, too, doesn’t it. We wander in some strange way for some strange reason we don’t even know … only to get our wings clipped when The Most High sends someone or something to redirect us. 

His ways are right. 

There, right there, is where strong choice is made … drive off into the sunset forever … in shame, 

or wade deeply into the dense forest of the soul, 

wade in and let His current carry you back to His ways … 

carry you to The Rock where you climb to the top and sit, and face full into the wind. 

When we choose to come back to Him we come into the space He has created specifically for us – it’s just you and me, Lord … with a space of big sky to call our own, a tree to throw our arms around, the Rock to press our cheek against, rescued. Redeemed. 

“My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.”

‭‭James‬ ‭5:19-20‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Wake up. 

Come back to Christ. 

Go. 
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March 23, 2017 

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Good morning, DearHeart!

You know, I was blessed to be raised Southern Baptist – back when the words like “hell”, “Satan”, “damnation”, and “lake of eternal fire” were still heard from the pulpit … back when the Gospel didn’t get watered down. Back when speaking the truth was greater than the fear of being “politically correct” and stepping on toes. (I better stop before I get on my soapbox!)(oh gee. I’m there. My fire is already rising! Lol)

I’m pretty simple minded and get easily tangled up in my shorts on deep theological teachings. (About 5 years ago Russ sent dad a fairly theological book to read and make margin notes, then sent it to me to do the same. I haven’t got past page 3!) 

Life gets tough enough. Who needs a complicated religion to hold on to in these days, too … ?!

I’ve learned my God is One who is not too complicated at all. In fact, He bleeds along with us; He sits with us in our agony and weeps … not causing us our distress but providing a steady, Holy presence in it. 

This used to leave me with a nagging question of why my Creator won’t always remove certain burdens from me. Having been held by Him through my darkest hours, has allowed space to be brushed by wing tips. It is in His presence that my eyes open to new perspectives. His perspectives. When we allow Him, He guides us to better see the open opportunity provided in tragedy.

Paul writes:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

This isn’t a heavenly insurance policy exempting us from anything unpleasant, but the promise that if we choose to respond to all things from a place of our Father’s love and goodness … that we—not necessarily our circumstances—will grow closer into Him through it. 

And, that simplicity is all the insurance that I need. 

Wake up. 

Holy, steady Presence. 

Notice Him – even here. 

Go. 

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March 21, 2017 wind

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“When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, And He causes the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain, And brings out the wind from His storehouses.” Jeremiah‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭NASB‬‬
Good morning, DearOne. 

Verses that are full of POWER pull my heart straight into attention. Even more so, when God’s Word uses nature to make His point. 

What’s on your heart this morn? You know, deep down, that the very heart-thing on your mind is where God’s power is at work, right? Yes. That’s where The Holy is crafting … in His way of diving down further, into the center of your ‘deal’ … diving down, then coming up behind the issue, laying out different perspectives for your understanding – for your healing. 

He allows you time in your deal to practice calling unto Him – calling Him into you with powerful whirlwind-like attributes – a central force of determination, which … when focused, rather than scattered gives tremendous energy. That is Him. That is your Savior, Beloved. 

Powerful beyond measure. 

Powerful on your behalf. 

The Holy Spirit, moving in you, with His fierce attitude at the ready. 

When you choose to empty yourself of all of your humanness, and make eye contact with your Creator, then that ‘deal’, that issue, that place of pain haunting you shivers in weakness. It shutters and its skin ripples across its muscles … and, in inferiority, the enemy agrees to become the victim to the Power of the winds of the Holy. 

You are so much more than you think you are. 

Allow Him to rise in you, and let Him come alive in you. 
Wake up. 

Summons the Wind of the Holy. 

Go. 
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March 9, 2017 opener

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“After these signs take place, do what must be done, for God is with you.” 1 Samuel‬ ‭10:7

So, good morn, DearOne!

Today is opening day for our FCB HS Mustang Baseball team. Baseball season is our Lewis all-time favorite. As Dale and I (and our village) have raised our sons, it is through these seasons we have witnessed the greatest growth curves in them. Instincts heighten. 

Strategy and play mix. 

Our Creator has placed within each of us a wildish nature that offers up the ability to see what is before us by focusing in – using all of our senses, including intuition. 

Through stopping. 

Looking. 

Smelling. 

Listening. 

Feeling. 

Tasting. 

It is in the full-on arena of the competition that the Almighty refines us as we get very still in the battle – to perceive threats, pleasure, danger. We hear Him and claim 

our voice,

our values,

our clear seeing,

our recovery,

our victory. 

It is here that we take it all in, rock it to and fro, and step up to the plate again, over and over. 

Wake up. 

Step up to the plate. 

Go. 
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