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Faith Filled Fridays From Croley’s Corner of Chicklit Power

Friday, August 7th, 2015
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I love you, Lord! You answered my prayers. You paid attention to me, and so I will pray to you as long as I live. Psalm 116:1, 2

It’s Friday and I’m so glad you’ve joined me at Coffee Hour. As I look back on this week I marvel at the insight from Jenn Lea and Evinda’s blogs. You certainly know the wisdom of the Lord that pours from their hearts. Such comfort in knowing He communicates through many who care for each one of us in our journey, so it’s not by happenstance you stopped by today. Grab your coffee or tea, and your journal as we begin to search our hearts when it cries out!!

Not long ago I had a breach in a relationship; hard as it was I knew that I had to rely on God to get me through it. I have never been one that likes confrontations, yet I know they come into our lives for a purpose not only to teach us the ways of Him but also for others who too may be wrestling with certain struggles in their own lives. God works so differently in us all, yet He always wants what’s best for us and what brings Him glory. So often when our hearts are heavy or in pain, we run to friends or family members pouring out our hearts! I too have done the same and I’ve also been told I have broad shoulders to cry on, now and then.

Certainly I have the qualifications to give wise counsel; however, I still only know in part and though the motives of my heart may be right, it’s just not possible to have all the answers and to know all things.

We find in Psalm 139 God’s perfect knowledge of man. Wow, how exciting to know that He is always aware and knows of our existence and situations we face. His word specifically tells us that He looks deep into our hearts and certainly knows the very deepest chambers of our souls! He knows when we’re resting and when we’re working.

Imagine every phase of our lives is like a big screen to Him, He sees it all. I’m so glad He doesn’t change the channel. He understands our thoughts from heaven. When we feel unprotected, His powerful arm hedges us from every side; and even before we speak a word He knows what we will say!  How comforting that should be to us; for no one I know has that kind of knowledge of me, even my husband of 43 years.

In my times of struggle I wanted to reached for my phone to call for wise counsel (Proverbs 11:14) and in that desperate time I truly only needed a word from the Lord. I needed comfort, healing and instruction, rather than from those whose concern for me may have been merely an emotionally answer and sometimes honestly our emotions can get the best of us. Let us not be hasty in our actions and seek for an immediate response.

He is our life line and He truly has our best interest at hand. He gives us answers to our situations when we don’t understand or see what we may be facing. He won’t steer us wrong or give us an answer that engages with our emotions.  During these times we must NOT lean on our understanding or on others….yet we MUST lean on Him until we receive an answer and our hearts are comforted enough to continue to walk in the plans and path He has for us. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Remember He is closer than a friend and He is not only waiting but wanting to hear from you in order to answer your hearts cry.  In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Psalm 18:6

Life has been a bit rocky yet my hope is anchored in Him that He is working everything out for not only my good but for the good of others as well! James 3:17

Have a great week and remember to keep Him close to your heart….love your friends…. More so, love on your family….God entrusted them in your life for a reason…seek out wise counsel but know ultimately He is your wise counsel with great advice!!!

Love,

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Seven Sacrifices to Joy

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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EL pen Logo with heartHappy day to you, and thanks so much for joining me for more of the Seven Sacrifices to Joy! Can you believe it; we are on sacrifice number six! Grab your coffee and your Strand of Faith and let’s go talk about an attitude of gratitude, aka, thanksgiving!

The sixth sacrifice is thanksgiving and kind of works like the sacrifice of joy. What I mean by that is thanksgiving, an attitude of gratitude works like joy in that it can pull us up and out of the murky pits of sadness, depression, frustration and even anger. Much like joy, a sacrifice of thanksgiving is made easier when we stay in touch — and pardon the pun — with our five senses. I have learned, finally, that there is always something to be thankful for, truly! Psalm 107:1 tells us to give thanks to God for His steadfast love endures forever … that’s a promise in and through any circumstance which challenges your faith, your joy, your ability to give thanks!

My leadership team and I planned something really thought-and thankful-provoking for the last class of Transform I and I gave it the title of problem swapping. Here’s how it worked: First, in their group times, they were asked what their perspective was on trusting God. Then they were each given an index card to write their current problem that they were going through. I encouraged them that if there were more than one, to write the biggest one, the one really making life difficult for them. Then, on the backside, they were to write how they were going to trust God in that problem for the solution to that problem, based on their perspective of what it means to trust God. At the end of the class, everyone had to put their problem on the table and then we formed a circle. One by one, they came forward, grabbed a card/problem and read aloud the problem, thus sharing it with the group, which means we were learning how to share our burdens. Then they were to turn the card over for the perspective on how to trust God in the problem for the solution to the problem.

There were many “problems” revealed that helped each one of us to not only empathize with the person going thru what they were, but give us an attitude of gratitude for our own problem that may have seemed a bit easier. While the problems were anonymous, I encouraged everyone to take the card/problem home and pray for that person with that problem. It was incredibly powerful, and helped each one of us find something to be thankful about/for. It was such an amazingly powerful moment…made sweeter by each offer of thanksgiving.

We can change our attitude with a dose of gratitude! When we exchange complaining for gratitude, He changes our perspective and increases our faith. When a sacrifice of thanksgiving becomes an accompaniment to any of the sacrifices, its power is doubled, granting us smooth sailing through chaotic storms. Oh, what a feeling, to have peace in chaos! And just think, we have that ability within us to change the power of the storm … by offering up a Sacrifice of Thanksgiving.

Thanking Him while in the storm will enable us to thank Him for the storm! After all, He’s the ultimate Captain of our ship as we go through the waves of change and challenge. Will we let Him drive, thus experience peace and ensuring our safe arrival, or will we try and take the wheel al the while white-knuckling it through the changes and challenges, wondering whether we will land or capsize?

His grace and mercy are increased by our offering up a Sacrifice of Thanksgiving. The worst thing that can happen is your faith will increase, and your entire outlook on this journey of life will change as you learn to be content in all circumstances! And who doesn’t enjoy being around a content person? After all, the price paid for yours and my contentment … whew, well that’s something to be thankful for!

Join me next week as we go to and through the seventh sacrifice and be sure and join us tomorrow for Croley’s Corner @ Chicklit Power for Faith-Filled Friday!

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Faith Filled Fridays From Croley’s Corner of Chicklit Power

Friday, February 13th, 2015
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What Is This Thing Called Love?

Scripture reference: Romans 12:9-13

It’s “Faith Filled Friday” and I’m glad you could stop by for a minute or two to join me as I talk about “love”. My thoughts go back to when my husband and I were dating. There wasn’t anything that either one of us would do for one another. However, it wasn’t always about showing our love by purchasing gifts; it was the many times spent together examining the truths in God’s word regarding love towards us. Examining His Word strengthened our relationship as a couple and taught us how important it was to honor our family and ultimately, God.

Love is a subject of vital importance, not only because of our uncertain ideas about what love really is, but because love is a matter of highest priority: “But now abide faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1st Corinthians 13:13. For a number of reasons, Paul regards love as greater even than faith and hope.

“Love” is one of the most common yet misused and misunderstood words in the English language. On the bookshelf or television, “love” is synonymous with “romance.”

Paul prayed that the believers in Ephesus would be able to grasp the length, width, depth, and height of God’s love. He desired that they know the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge, so that they would be filled with the fullness of God (Eph. 3:16-19). The wide expanse of God’s love has been the theme of the gospel throughout the ages, for to have His love is to know His love.

In Paul’s own words found in Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” What Paul is saying is to give honor to others in that we must seek the best interests of others, in love, unconditional love, without expectations.  Paul is saying our God expects us to exercise warm affection, family love, and brotherly love toward not only believers but leading the way in that by doing so it may win over those who may not know Christ.

I leave you some scriptures about love, a love that is not of this world, but a love that will see us through any trial or tribulation, a love that knows no bounds. Take a moment to exercise your heart that it may be full of love:  1st John 5:2; 1st John 2:5; Proverbs 15:33; 1 Peter 2:17; Ephesians 3:16-19; 1st Corinthians 13.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, the second most celebrated holiday other than Christmas. It’s a day for many to reflect on one another’s love, whether it’s a husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, your children and grandchildren….and as you do, take time to reflect on the Father’s love first and the many ways He has shown love to you.

My prayer is to help me to look for ways to honor other believers before they honor me.  Help me to recognize other believers’ accomplishments before they honor mine.  Show me ways to defer to other believers before they defer to me. What can I provide in a relationship rather than what can I receive from it? Please forgive me for not honoring when honoring was required of me as Jesus gave Himself away many times throughout His ministry. Thank you that I recognize the length, width, depth, and height of Your love; let me be reminded daily. Amen.

Thanks for stopping by today’s Faith Filled Friday! Have a sweet Valentine’s Day!

Love,

Debbie

What are you Saying When You’re Praying?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
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EL pen Logo with heartOh, happy day to you, Coffee Hour Friend. I’m delighted you could join me today for a little break and I’m especially humbled by what He gave me to share with you. It’s something kind of light-hearted but thought-provoking all at the same time! Grab your coffee and come on in for a bit.

The other day I was out on a run and I was listening to Air-1. I was enjoying the beauty of the day. The temperature was just right for running and I just love running through the various scents and smells of the neighborhood: dryer sheets, for example, waft through the air; or the smell of a certain kind of tree, or plant or flower. And then there’s the not so pleasant smells of various types of manure where I am forced to put my hand up to my nose and mouth and breathe in the scent of my lotions! 🙂

Anyway, on this day, the sky was blue with big puffy clouds, you know, the ones where you can make out some sort of animal or cartoon-like figure? Yes, creation was singing when an infomercial with Greg Laurie, Pastor of Harvest Church. What a legacy that guy has and is. I’ve listened to his messages for years and you know, being a grandpa has really enhanced his sense of humor and softened his heart even more!

He started out with something along the lines of being careful what you pray for. “Isn’t that the truth,” I subconsciously agreed. I found myself thinking I knew what he was going to say … like don’t pray for patience or sometimes when you get what you thought you wanted or needed, it isn’t what you thought you needed. I had recently began praying for meekness and I almost got lost in my realizations of what that prayer is costing me but Greg’s laughter brought me back.

So anyway, as I was running along, I was anticipating hearing something along those lines. I nearly stopped running when he continued in a completely different direction which involved children and praying. What he was talking about grabbed my head and my heart.

Immediately I went to those sweet days of Nana Holds, a two-year season of raising our little grandson and tucking him into our bed at night – that was the only way he could sleep without nightmares was to fall asleep in our bed and then I would carry him to his once he was passed out. But this was my favorite time of the evening, when we got to pray with him.

My memories collided exactly with Greg’s point he was just beginning to make, almost like a firework going off in the sky at an exact precise moment. Just as I was reliving the prayer we used to do with him, Gregg was reciting it: Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake” …

He didn’t stop there but I did and I went back in my mind to those precious nights, wondering why in the world we would even pray that prayer with him. Was/is it for the sake of teaching him how to pray? Really? I mean, I am being completely serious when I share with you that I would get a distinct tug on my heart every single time we prayed that prayer with him and those times where he wanted to do it by himself, it was like I would stop breathing when it came to that part. But I continued the tradition … Maybe I was afraid of being accused of being too literal, too serious, needing to lighten up a bit. Oh, how I love when and how God validates a truth that runs back and forth, in and out and back in my mind!

Well, I just know that Greg had reached right into my head and grabbed my thoughts but in such a way as to evoke laughter, while agreeing with my exact unspoken sentiments: “Oh, yeah, that’s good, tell the kid they’re gonna die right before they go to sleep!” And not that that is funny in any way, but the way he said it definitely tickled my heart.

His spoken words had rekindled my thoughts, so I didn’t really hear the rest of his message as I ran, returning to my thoughts and questions from just over a year ago now. The closer I got to home, the more determined I became to come up with a new nighttime prayer. I mean, seriously, are we even listening to what we’re saying when we’re praying?

I hope you enjoy this new nighttime prayer … pass it along; share it on Facebook! Let’s start speaking over and into our children a more positive message for their sake, and let’s not just teach them a nursery rhyme!

Now I lay me down to sleep

I pray the Lord my soul to keep

Watch over me with your love and care

So I will know that you are there

Isn’t that what we want our kids to know; that our Heavenly Father watches over them as they sleep, and will be there for them in the morning when they wake? Heck, don’t we need to continue to remember the truth of that? Oh, that we would be mindful of what we’re saying when we’re praying!

Sweet dreams …

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The gift of kindness

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
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EL pen Logo with heartCan you believe it; today, tomorrow, and poof, 2014’s gone! Whew, grab your coffee and come on in for some more shopping for gifts that keep on giving, gifts that will take us to and through the New Year! Let’s go un-wrap some kindness!

Have you ever been in a hurry, and because you were, you kept making silly mistakes, like forgetting something, or dropping things, or even become incredibly irritated? Well, just the other day, I went running into the post office, of course pretty close to closing time, needing to get my niece’s gifts to her and her family. Just picture this: a frantic person carrying a Priority Mail envelope ready to go and juggling six gifts while trying to struggle into the door, hot flashing, and struggling to breathe because her nose is completely plugged up, only to be stopped dead in her tracks by a line that went almost to the end of the building! “Dang, I can’t even play Solitaire on my phone because I don’t have any hands left” I muttered to anyone interested – no one responded!

The line was actually moving pretty good, and within five minutes, maybe even less, I was up to the table part of the waiting line and plopped the gifts I was juggling down with my other ready-to-go envelope, and turned around to find a box that would work.

To make what could be a long story short, within minutes there were three people helping me to find the right box, another person who let me use the roll of packing tape that the postmaster had lent her, a woman trying to cut the blasted tape away from the roll as the cutting edge wasn’t so cutting, and an older man, had to have been in his early 80s, holding the bottom of the box together so we could get it all taped and turned right side up so I could get the gifts in there!

Talk about kindness! I was so overwhelmed and blessed by the community effort to help … and then when I got up to the postmaster – they all know me in there – she said: I was trying to get your attention to let you know I have the perfect box for you that will cost you half as much!”

My mouth could have been counted as a flytrap as I stood there while she brought was indeed a perfect-sized box and took all six of the gifts out, placed them in the new box, taped it all up and put my label on it – I had actually completed the label before getting there! So not only was I shown kindness once, but twice … and in the same place!kindness

Oh, that makes me want to pay it forward! You know what I mean. Let’s look at this simple gift of kindness that was so Christ-like to me when it was put in action and I was the receiver!

The kind of kindness that Jesus is talking about here is actually also translated to gentleness. Oh, trust me, there was so much gentleness displayed through these four individuals that totally quieted my soul and my nerves!

As a noun, kindness means goodness of heart; it signifies not merely goodness as a quality, rather it is goodness in action, goodness expressing itself in deeds, yet not goodness expressing itself in indignation against sin, for it is contrasted with severity, but in grace (unmerited favor), tenderness and compassion.

Wow, there I was, about to pick up my broom and get on it … and, well, kindness entered in and pulled me back away from it!

As a verb, kindness/gentleness means to be kind and is “said of love.” So in other words, kindness is within the gift of love.  Hmmm, it’s like a gift within a gift, a box within a box!

I love how the Greek concordance describes this in greater detail: “This word refers not to a virtue of a person that encompasses only a person’s words and countenance; it refers to the virtue that pervades and penetrates the whole nature that mellows anything harsh and austere.”

Wow, I’ve experienced this firsthand! I mean I was coming into that post office like a bull fighting to get out of a china cabinet and I practically pranced out like a newborn reindeer!

It’s His kindness that keeps me from getting what I deserve time after time. It’s His kindness that has protected me from me, granting me life when I should have died; His kindness that extended another chance when I thought I had used them all up. And the crazy thing about His kindness is that it has no end. When we truly understand the depth of His kindness, it won’t ever be something that we take for granted!

Kindness when given mellows anything harsh. True kindness is without expectation, without a personal agenda and its motive must be pure. The only way to extend that type of kindness is with Him. When done with Him and for Him, it is powerful, and the reward is in the doing. Showing kindness to someone who has wronged and wounded you is an experience too beautiful for words. It is freeing.  Showing kindness to His prodigals will bring them back to the Father’s arms. Showing kindness to Godly people when they do ungodly things is a real spiritual muscle builder. Who in your life needs unmerited favor and needs to see His love in action through you?

Wrapped in His kindness,

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Jenn’s Journey-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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It’s already Monday … again?! Welcome to Coffee Hour and Jenn’s Journey! I love sharing my thoughts with you and I pray that they inspire you in your journey. I actually found these thoughts that I had written  almost three years ago, and I’m so glad I wrote them down, because there are times when I don’t feel like I’m making any progress in this thing called life! Grab your coffee and come on in.

Lessons can be learned in the strangest places. Today I tackled a project I have put off for a very long time. I know why I have put it off; it’s because it represents to me a whole pile of broken promises. I have not wanted to face it. But today, I faced it. And with it came thoughts and the inspiration to write them down.

The project lies behind my garage in a former dog pen. Piles of branches, weeds, leaves and dirt lay on top of a dry dog — well, you get the picture. For two hours I weeded, cut up branches, piled up dry palm leaves and filled two trash cans. More piles wait for when the garbage cans are emptied. This project is far from over!

I realized how much these piles represent how my soul has felt for the past three years … a mess of tangled thoughts, hurt, anger, and sadness. Often, I have not wanted raketo face that fact either. It’s easier to put it aside, try to forget it’s there or let it stress me. How much better is it to just get to work on the ‘piles’ of stuff? How does one work on those things in the soul that pile up, stress and depress? I think it is by facing it and getting to work on it. For me, that includes letting God get into my heart to help me let go so He can get rid of the junk. He does that by sending loved ones, friends, counselors, a story….something or someone who will help us face whatever it is we need to get rid of.

As I raked up some leaves, I found a snake curled up. Freaked me out!!! It reminded me of the devil, who once appeared as a snake, and how easily he can hide and sneak in when you least expect it. I can think I am making progress and then bam! The sneaky old devil hides under a pile of leftover anger, resentment, and hatred. All of those negative things come from him. So I hastily picked it up, and threw it out. Exactly how I will deal with the devil…throw him out of my life.

Admittedly, when I looked at the pile that still exists behind the garage, I started to feel overwhelmed, and how similar that is to my healing process. Sometimes it feels like the piles just get pushed around and moved to a different spot. But that’s ok because that pile is going to slowly diminish and one day, be gone! It’s a work in progress, just like me!

So if you ever feel that way, remember, He who began a new/good work will be faithful to complete it … when? Not until we see Him face to face! [Phil. 1:6]

Have a great week,

JennJenn

The Recipe for Confusion, part three… from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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EL pen Logo with heartGenesis 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for Good …

Thanks so much for joining me today for the conclusion of Recipe for Confusion! Grab your coffee and join me for some truths about this weapon of confusion that I pray is beginning to lose its power in and over your life!

So here’s where something good can come out of confusion, because confusion can actually be a diving board, so to speak, toward a breakthrough experience or experiences. This means that whenever you feel confused, there could be something happening within you. But if we pay attention to the emotional dashboard, we are better equipped to work through the confusion instead of being dried up by it, or taunted by it. It reminds me of a visual example He gave me I’ve given in class before called “Inside of Me.”

Picture a beautiful crystal pitcher with beautiful etched designs on the outside; on the inside is dirt, dirt, and more dirt. Right beside the beautiful crystal pitcher is another pitcher, nothing fancy about it, easy to overlook, but it is filled with water. As I pick up the pitcher of water and pour it into the beautiful crystal pitcher of dirt, and then stir it up, what happens? Mud is all you see, right?

Well, we are the beautiful crystal pitcher with beautiful God-given talents and gifts etched into each one of us. The mud, on the inside of us, represents the things not dealt with going as far back as your childhood, as well as any lies we’ve bought into along the way. The simple pitcher of water represents truth. It’s not in a fancy pitcher, or even pretty because we all know the truth is hard to swallow at times, especially if it brings pain with it!

So anything that is true that gets poured into you begins the stirring up process, and the only way to come out of the confounded muddy mess is to keep pouring truth until one day what comes out is clear!

It doesn’t always seem as simple as that but once you get to a point where what comes out isn’t so confounded muddy with fear, guilt/shame, rage, denial, and a broken identity, you will see that something has changed for the better. It’s like learning something new. At first, you feel confused and it just doesn’t make sense. But when you return to the material a few days or weeks later, suddenly you understand more than you did before. Keep pouring in the truth!

Now let’s put this analogy to work!

While the master chef of confusion is the enemy, the devil himself, we can turn to our Master Chef for the recipe to peace and contentment, the opposite of confusion. A thought occurred to me as I was about to wrap this up: Just because we profess Jesus as our Master Chef in our lives, doesn’t stop the enemy from trying to throw confusion into our lives! The enemy is always cooking up a batch of confusion and tossing it everywhere and will use even those closest to us to confound and confuse us in an effort to derail us from staying in the kitchen of life with our Master Chef.

So how do we ward off this confusion? Think of at least four things that count for truth that you can pour inside of you each day … Go ahead, write them down. It’s the first step to a new recipe!

Here’s a great recipe found in Galatians 5:22-23: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Clinging to the apron of my Master Chef …

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The Recipe for Confusion, part two… from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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EL pen Logo with heartGenesis 50:20: But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for Good …

Thanks so much for joining me for our coffee hour and some clarity on the subject of confusion, what I deem to be one of the devil’s most powerful weapons in our everyday lives. Grab your coffee and let’s get back to the recipe!

Let’s keep digging to confirm the truth; that confusion never works alone!

Another translation for confound is “buwsh,” pronounced “boosh” and means: “to pale, by implication to be ashamed; also by implication, to be disappointed or delayed.”

So here we learn that confound/confuse is also accompanied by SHAME. Let me give you an acrostic for that word, another powerful weapon of the enemy’s: Self Harming Attitude Manifesting Externally! In other words, shame is internal while guilt is external and the difference is guilt has been atoned for but shame is something we tend to hang on to … internally!

So now, so far in this pot of confusion, we have fear and shame. Pretty powerful ingredients, wouldn’t you say? And definitely not tasting very good! 🙂

The Hebrew concordance also explains that this translation/word also has hints toward worthlessness.

So if confusion were a main dish we were preparing, we have at least how many ingredients here? And we’re not even done with the recipe!  Take a moment and write “Confusion” and then underneath that, begin numbering the ingredients. So far we have three. FEAR + SHAME + WORTHLESSNESS = CONFUSION in the making!

But there are still more ingredients to add to this pot of confusion!

Another translation for confounded/confused is “kalam” and it means:  “to wound, but only figuratively” — which means emotionally — and it also means “to taunt or insult.”

So now we have in the pot of confusion, or confoundedness, fear, shame, worthlessness, and now we’re shaking in a bit of “wounded, taunted, and/or insulted.”

Wow, this is getting more and more potent by the minute. It’s like I can see the Wicked Witch of the North standing over her pot sneering as she stirs all these ingredients in there, her nose twitching real good and the hair of her eyebrows singeing off. The echo of her evil laugh makes me shudder … but only for a minute because I’m on to her recipe and I’m going to ruin her recipe but good … and when she least expects it! You can too! But let’s get to the end of this recipe first.

The last Hebrew (Old Testament) translation for confounded/confusion is “yabesh” pronounced “yaw-bashe’” and in addition to meaning “to be ashamed,” it also means “to be dry, be dried up, be withered.”

Let’s exchange the Wicked Witch of the North for the Devil, and we’ll keep the cooking theme here:

Imagine him cooking up this pot of confusion to cast it into our life. He’s throwing in all these ingredients, and then all of a sudden, he turns his back for just a moment; comes back to the stove, and poof, everything has been dried up! Where did it go? It vanished so its power is now silent … but ever powerful! The truth is that’s what the recipe of confusion does to us … inside; it dries us up making it difficult for truth to soak into our hearts!

Look over all the ingredients for confusion and journal some ingredients that would counter-act each one! Join me tomorrow for the conclusion and an analogy that will give you power and clarity over this weapon of confusion.

Rejoicing over the victory …

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The Recipe for Confusion … from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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Genesis 50:20: But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for Good …EL pen Logo with heart

Have you ever heard of anything good coming out of confusion? What if I told you that God doesn’t allow even confusion to be wasted? Grab your coffee and come on in for our coffee hour and let me share why in this miniseries and hopefully clear up the muddy waters of confusion! 🙂

With the holidays upon us … albeit it thrown at us much too early with all the stores vying for the earliest Black Friday, REALLY? Our minds and hearts are being tugged on from so many different directions that I can’t help but giggle as I imagine what our Heavenly Father, our God of order, sees as He looks upon us, running here and there, doing this and that, starting this while trying to finish that. Ugh, it makes my heart race just to think about it and yet … I rejoice at the knowledge for it is with understanding that we have the power to change, to clear up this weapon of confusion and be victorious, one situation, one project, one idea at a time.

While doing a final edit on a curriculum He wrote through me, and preparing for our final Transform Trench class – just one week away – I felt a nudge, ever so slight at first and then it happened again … and again, each nudge growing in intensity. In my own busyness which can definitely aid in the weapon of confusion, I must admit it took me a few more nudges before I finally paid attention to it going on within me.

So for the sake of being obedient to the One who clarifies my confusion, our next couple of coffee hours will be spent on the topic of confusion with the prayer that these nuggets He gave me will forever shine in your heart and mind, exposing the tiniest bit of confusion, casting light upon it and clarifying its source so you may be free from it.

We’ll start with some facts and a couple of definitions for this weapon that the devil has used since the beginning of time:

Did you know there are more than 69 conditions involving “confusion?” Whew, no wonder the devil has a field day with this weapon!  Also, the Word of God uses “confusion” and “confounded” interchangeably more than 240 times! Since confuse and confound are used interchangeably, we will do some exploring in both.

In my research on this topic, I discovered that there is a special recipe for confusion and let me tell you, there are several ingredients! I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking for a meal to cook – I’m usually looking in the 30-minute or less section of recipes! – if I see more than a few ingredients, I turn the page, intimidated by the recipe because of too many ingredients required. Well, let me tell you, this recipe is crazy potent!

One of the first instances of confusion, or a form of being confounded translates to “chathath” and means: “to prostrate, hence to break down, either by violence or (figuratively) by confusion and fear”! “’Chathath’ means to be dismayed, shattered, broken, terrified.” So this definition tells us that confounded/confused is accompanied by what else? FEAR, a false expectation appearing real! Keep that in mind as we continue to explore this recipe for confusion.

Until our next coffee hour

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Nana Holds-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

It’s so good to share this time with you. I marvel at the changes taking place in my heart since this series began all those months ago, all because of a little boy and a great big God who loves me, and you. Grab your coffee and come on in.

So after running to the car and putting the groceries away – he definitely likes to help – then we get home and begin to carry them into the house and put them away, another part of the process that he must be included in. He already has such a great work ethic!

While we unpack and put things away, Jene’, Bryce’s new girlfriend, rings the doorbell. I guess I should rewind and introduce you to her because I just realized that this is such a big piece of this story and I just threw her in it! So, allow me to introduce you to her.

God brought her into my life about seven years ago. I met her through the chiropractor’s office in Diamond Bar that we used to go to – still do when I’m in need of a miracle. Anyway, she’s the office manager’s

at The Castle

at The Castle

daughter and to make that long story short, court reporting was the bridge laid to fill our gap. She began going to court reporting school and I began to sort of mentor and encourage her in the journey.

We began to spend quite a bit of time together and she was like part of our family. In fact, so much so, that she and Bryce sort of hit it off right away, but he was still on the roller coaster ride in the midst of a love/hate relationship with bio-mom, and she was on and off with her roller-coaster relationship, so it never really went anywhere.

After that happened, she came around less, and even moved away for awhile and she went to school elsewhere. A couple of years later, she came back. She was still on her roller coaster ride, though not as committed, and Bryden was now part of the picture in Bryce’s life.

When God intervened last June, George “ran into” Jene’ and her parents – talk about God-incidence! Anyway, he

Jene' . . .

Jene’ . . .

conveyed to them what had taken place and he said that Jene’s eyes filled up with tears – she’s a tough but gentle girl and she is not prone to a public display of tears!

Well, the ashes from their story that began years ago began to kindle because the first couple of visits we shared with Bryce over in Riverside at The Castle, TC, he actually mentioned her, said he had blown it with her and asked if he could have her number in case he ever got brave enough to call her.

And so I called her and asked her permission to give the number and she said sure, and she sort of hesitated. “Are you sure?” I asked.

“Yeah, I am. I was just wondering if there was any way I could see him.”

So sometime in November, she became an important part of our Sundays and going to see Daddy at work.

Join me Thursday for more routines and memories that have added to this journey.

Evinda

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