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Humpty Dumpty…

Humpty Dumpty is a character in an English nursery rhyme, who is typically portrayed as an anthropomorphic egg, though he is not explicitly described as an egg. Anthropomorphic simply means a non-human object being given human characteristics. I’m sure you remember this nursery rhyme, especially if you’re over 30 years old.  It went like this:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Well, this has been playing over and over in my head for the last few weeks. I wonder if we took Humpty’s name out of this rhyme and put our name in, if this nursery rhyme would ring true. Maybe our fall hasn’t been a great one, but big or small it was a fall nonetheless and in most instances it has had a lasting impact in our lives! So, maybe it wasn’t a fall.  Could it be that it was a wounding experience and we’ve been trying to get the king’s horses and the king’s men to put us back together again?   I want to invite you to share your story with someone who is able to position you before “The King” who can put you back together again.

Jeremiah 18:2-6 (TLB) says:
2 Go down to the shop where clay pots and jars are made, and I will talk to you there. 3 I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. 4 But the jar that he was forming didn’t turn out as he wished, so he kneaded it into a lump and started again. 5 Then the Lord said: 6 O Israel, can’t I do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.

I want you to know that neither the king’s horses, the king’s women nor the king’s men can put you back together again. But the King certainly can!!! The Lord is waiting for us to trust Him enough to bring our broken pieces to Him. God wants our broken dreams, our broken hearts, our broken desires, our broken relationships – all of our brokenness! He wants EVERY chipped piece, so that he can make the great exchange with us! He wants our piece so that He can give us His peace!   Please seek help for the pain and brokenness associated with your childhood, teen years, young adult experiences and even middle age disappointments.

You can begin to live and make decisions from a place of power instead of a place of pain. Don’t let pride and what other people might think of you keep you from getting the help you need. I’m not sharing what I heard!  I’m telling what I know to be true.  Help is available! The Potter wants to put you back together again!!!

Until then, take good care of you,
Lisa

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God Has Not Forgotten…

On December 28, 2005 God sent a prophetic voice to speak to me, making a declaration that has yet to come to fruition. I knew this man to be a holy man, because he spoke things that ONLY the Holy Spirit could have revealed to him. However, there have been moments, periods, days, and yes, times that I have reminded God, asked God if he remembered and even wondered if I was confused about what I have been told ~ those things spoken over me and to me! I love God! Whenever I begin to doubt, to grow weary in my well doing, and want to act like Sarai – when she helped God using Hagar, He reminds me that He is sovereign and knows just what He is doing. He also reminds me that my dear friend, Tara was with me when this promise was made so I have a witness!

Tonight I want to stand in agreement with someone who has been given a promise from the Lord. You are wondering if somehow you misunderstood, if God remembers, or if you should just forget about what God said… I want you to know that God has not forgotten!!! He knows what; He knows who; He knows why you’ve had to wait this long and He knows EXACTLY when you will be ready for the blessing He has in store for you. Don’t give up! Meditate on Isaiah 35 for the next week. Read the scripture and let it get down in the crevices of your soul. Let the Lord love on you for a little bit. Cry out to God and see if He won’t come see about you. Does that mean you’ll immediately get your blessing, I don’t know. But what I do know is that the Lord is concerned about those things that concern you.

Meditate on the word and let me know how it impacts you: Isaiah 35:3-7 (The Voice)
3 So, with confidence and hope in this message, strengthen those with feeble hands, shore up the weak-kneed and weary.
4 Tell those who worry, the anxious and fearful, “Take strength; have courage! There’s nothing to fear. Look, here—your God! Right here is your God! The balance is shifting; God will right all wrongs. None other than God will give you success. He is coming to make you safe.”
5 Then, such healing, such repair: the eyes of the blind will be opened; the ears of the deaf will be clear.
6-7 The lame will leap like deer excited; they will run and jump tirelessly and gracefully. The stutterer, the stammerer, and the tongue of the mute will sing out loud and clear in joyful song. Waters will pour through the deserts; streams will flow in godforsaken lands. Burning sands and hardened wastelands will become pools, shimmering with life; the thirsty ground will drink deep from refreshing springs. Abandoned villages where predators once lurked will become grassy playgrounds.  Dry, arid land will turn lush and green.

Until then, take good care of you,

Lisa


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What’s Your First Language?

Proverbs 18:21  (The Voice Translation)
Words have power in matters of life and death, and those who love them will savor their fruit.

I am currently working on a Clinical Coach Certification. It is a program where seasoned/veteran teachers coach resident/student teachers or first year teachers. I promise you, it has been a wonderful opportunity to pour as much of my 30 years of teaching experience as I can into a fresh mind, with new energy and a positive outlook. Because if the truth be told, I’m tired! And watching an education system become more concerned with what we need to cover to meet data requirements than they are with what children need to learn has gotten really old for me! (Please forgive my soapbox moment) So, if I can empower someone to use the tools that I’ve acquired over the last 30 years and they connect it with what God has deposited into them, I think something great can happen.

Why is this important you may ask? Well, tonight we had a training and a part of our focus was on English Language Learners. There was a fill in the blank statement that was posed. It went like this: “An English language learner’s first language is like a __________, because… Our facilitator asked us to fill in the blank and explain our reason(s). My response was: …is like a good relative because it allows them to feel a sense of connection. Now, I know that I was in an academic setting and should have been focused on what the facilitator was sharing; but, I began to think about how I communicate with people. My thought then went to the weight we carry in our tongue!

An adult tongue weighs on an average ~ approximately 2 1/2 oz.  It weighs a lot less in the flesh than it does in the spirit!!!  So, I thought, what’s my first language? I don’t just mean English. But, how do I “REALLY CONNECT” with people? Is my first language, love and acceptance? Do I speak a language that causes people to feel safe, secure and significant? Do I speak encouragement? Do I know how to communicate positively? Or do I speak complaining? Have I taken up a foreign language course in angry; displeasing, non-supportive or dismissive communication? I know several people who don’t know how to communicate positively.  But tick them off…

Now, I know – depending on the day of the week or the circumstance, you may have to reach in your bag and speak in tongues (lol).  But, what’s your daily language?  What’s your natural language?  This is something I would really like to dialogue with you about as you consider your first language (your emotional language). How does your communication style impact others?  How do theirs impact you? My desire is to be able to say to myself: “My first language is like ~ Love ~ because I want people to leave me feeling better than they did before we connected.” Hit me back and let me know your thoughts. Until then, take care of you…


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I Surrender All ~ Or Do I?

Friday, April 1, 2016 my church had it’s first, of what I hope to be many, Soaking Prayer service. I was on vacation for spring break.  Initially, I wasn’t sure if I would attend or just wait until I arrived in church Sunday to hear from others how the service had gone on Friday. But, I’m nosey, so I went. Really, I would like to blame it on being nosey, but it was a divine appointment. I have been in teaching and preaching ministry for almost 17 years and had an active part in an intercessory ministry in my previous church, so public/private prayer is not anything foreign to me.  So, I go to prayer. As I entered, I felt led to read scripture and journal before I entered into a posture of prayer and the Lord led me to:
Matthew 11:28-30 The Voice Translation
28 Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Put My yoke upon your shoulders—it might appear heavy at first, but it is perfectly fitted to your curves. Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. When you are yoked to Me, your weary souls will find rest. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
I began to journal. As I’m writing, tears began to fall and I’m not really sure why. But the more I write, the more tears fell. I realized that I’m now having some kind of episodic encounter with the Lord and my spirit woman is responding but my flesh is resisting and questioning all of what’s going on instead of just allowing it and leaning into it. I tell myself, “Get yourself together, This is not the space to have one of your melt downs!”
And, I hear the Lord ask, “Why won’t you give me those tears?” “Why don’t you trust me to dry ‘your’ tears?” “Why do you insist on holding on to the pain associated with those tears?” “Why is your concern about space, time and other people?” “I’m holding them, just like I’m holding you”.
Well, this almost blew me away; because it really caused me to look at how at the surface – I trust God. But deep down, am I really trusting Him to give me beauty for my ashes? Am I trusting Him to be the heavy load bearer? Am I trusting Him to give me rest for my weariness?  In this scripture, the Lord has given me a personal invitation to “Come, to learn and be yoked to Him”. I’m in a quandary; because, why have I allowed my lack of trust in people to now be transferred into my relationship with God? Oh yeah, at some level, I know that I trust God. But, I have to be honest and just admit that I am learning to trust God in all things, because in this present moment – I trust God in most things. My prayer is that as I continue on this healing journey that I will grow to the point that I can truly say that “I Surrender All” and actually mean it!!! Take good care of you…