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Wednesday’s Word

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

(Acts 9:17-19)

Imagine with me for just a moment; allow your thoughts to go to that person
you’ve been hearing about who has been doing all kinds of wrong…in or out of
the church. Do you have that person in mind?
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Wednesday’s Word
with Trench Classes United. Grab your coffee and your Strand of Faith and let’s go
tie some knots in our faith by applying a small portion of scripture to us.
So do you still have this person in mind? Keep them there as I recount the story of
someone we don’t really hear about; he may even be a one-mention wonder in
the Word, Ananias. In the book of Acts, which recounts the events that formed
the first Christian church, we hear about this crazy man Saul who has been doing
all sorts of bad things to the early Christians, including killing them. In this portion
of scripture, Ananias was instructed by the Holy Spirit to go and lay hands on this
guy! So not only was he told to go near him, but he was instructed to lay hands on
Have you ever been asked to do something that you were deathly afraid of doing?
Well imagine that feeling times 10! But Ananias didn’t allow his fears to override
his obedience. He went to Saul, did and said exactly as he had been inspired to
do, and the Word tells us that “ 18 immediately there fell from his eyes something
like scales, and he received his sight at once, and he arose and was baptized.”
Now we could literally stay in this verse feasting for a couple of hours, but let me
just share with you three very powerful truths God spoke to my heart this
morning as I was hanging out with Him in His love letters to me and you:
What if…I were asked to go and speak to and lay hands upon this one person who
I feel has been tripping up the Christians around me? Would I allow my “righteous
anger” to rip me off of the blessings that follow obedience?
And then in His loving and gentle way He reminded me of the calling He’s given
me, to help remove the scales from people’s eyes through the organization He
began almost 8 years ago!

But He didn’t stop there, because God is a God to all, but He reminded me that in
some way specific to each one of us, we were all called to be an Ananias, to live a
life that helps remove the scales from the eyes of those who have not seen, with
their lives and hearts, the love of Jesus Christ!
Oh, Coffee Hour Friend, as we go about our day today, may we all be like Ananias,
obedient to the whispers of our faith, living a life that helps remove the scales
from the eyes of those who have yet to accept the reality of the necessity of the
love and grace of Jesus!



The Waiting Room … In the Hospital of Life March’s WOW

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

EL pen Logo with heart“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.: Phil. 1:6

Thanks for stopping by for our Coffee Hour and more of our March WOW! We hopefully we will be done with it before the month is gone! Grab your coffee and your Strand of Faith and let’s go ties some more knots in the exam room of the hospital of life!

I don’t mean to sit in this room In the Hospital of Life, but there are some pretty powerful things that happen in this room! I remember several pivotal meetings in the exam room In the Hospital of Life … and exactly when the serious exams began. But the funny thread of commonality in those exams is I had to consent. I was in the habit of meeting with Him for our time each morning, which could also be considered preventative medicine, spiritually speaking. But it was in this exam room that I thought I heard some life-changing words, words that spoke of something that would change the direction for the rest of my life. I remember gasping with confusion, wondering if I had heard Him speak of His enemy. See, I had just purchased a brand-new home, filled with lots of upgrades, got my dream car – after asking for His permission, of course – and what I heard in this exam room was definitely life-jolting. He said: “I’m going to take you off work.”

Seriously I was speechless, which doesn’t happen too often with this girl! 🙂 How could that be, I wondered. I’m trying to think of something to compare it to, how bewildered and frightened I was at the first mention of such a directional life change – ah, got it!

It was just a couple years prior to that, I had to go in for a checkup for my tongue; I had noticed there were a couple of spots on it near the back. Oh, did I mention I was smoking at least one half of a pack of cigarettes a day? 🙁 That’s why I was reluctant; I just knew that whatever they found, it was going to force me to quit and, darn it; that was going to be incredibly difficult because I actually enjoyed smoking!

So I made the appointment, reluctantly, knowing I had to. There wasn’t as long a wait as I had anticipated; in fact, they got me in within two days, which for that medical group was a miracle.

As I sat on the exam table, with my mouth open, the doctor’s eyes staring through his instrument that was crammed in my mouth opening it nice and wide, I waited, and waited … and waited as he pulled it out and my mouth tried to return to normal. He turned his back, shook his head and then ever so slowly turned around suddenly spilling out a medical term so long with an accent thicker than peanut butter I was forced to ask him to tell me what he just said in English!

“It looks to be tongue cancer. We will have to do a biopsy to confirm that, but I would advise you to quit smoking. See my receptionist to schedule the biopsy.”

I got up from the table, stunned! My eyes threatened to spill over, but within seconds, I was able to sense this peace because He had spoken to me in the exam room at home during my quiet time before leaving for this appointment: “This is just a warning.”

As it turned out, by the time I had the biopsy, God had healed me and I did quit smoking … for a while!

I share these two instances with you because oftentimes, our Heavenly Father often prepares us in the exam room for things to come, just like He did all those years ago when He warned me that I would be taken off of work. I fought it for several weeks, and heard the words “He maketh you to lie down in green pastures.”

Two days later, I was in Human Resources, unable to even hold a pen to fill out the report to go see a company doctor, and the next day, there I was in the exam room in the Hospital of Life, crying out to God, “I’m a court reporter.”
His response; “No, you’re not; that’s what you did for a living. Now you will do what I created you to do … you will write, teach and encourage others.
Oh, friend, be sure and make at least one stop a day in the exam room in the Hospital of Life for you never know when He’s going to put you on the operating table of life!
Join us tomorrow for a possible conclusion to this series!
Loving His ongoing Physician’s touch …

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Faith Filled Fridays From Croley’s Corner of Chicklit Power

Friday, March 6th, 2015
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Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

Here it is, Faith Filled Friday already! So glad you could join me. I’d like to ask a question of you: Do you have a garden or are you thinking about one for this year? If so, have you surveyed the land for the right place to see the best results? I’m always excited when it comes to experiencing what He has prepared for us together, so let’s not delay any further. Grab your coffee, journal and let’s get started.

I love my prayer walks; each day He speaks to me something new. He is always faithful to give me a word of inspiration. Why? Because I have made myself unavailable, not capable of being disturbed by anything… no texts, no phones, no list of things that need my attention this very second.

In my walks lately I’ve noticed the parchedness of the ground and for many who have beautiful landscaping, the amount of water, or lack of water being used has certainly had its effects … because of our drought

Water, no matter what the condition of the ground is… lifesaving. Water is essential of any kind or way for life!

I know He’s been speaking to my heart about soil and as I shared last week in “A call to Sow,” the question still echoes: “Who are you sowing into?”

But after you’ve carefully tilled the ground, one must ask, “Are you sprinkling and saving on watering?” It struck a chord in my heart.. “Wow, am I under watering? Am I that busy that I only hear in part?” Sure, my intentions are pure yet sometimes I can be over-cautious in order not to offend. And the question is “Who am I offending?” If He has prepared them for me to do some sowing, then I’d better be prepared to sow…and if I’m supposed to water, then I better be prepared to water.

In order to sow, we must prepare in the rightful manner of God’s Word so it can abide, imparting His love upon their hearts and minds and if their hearts are not duly ready and prepared to receive it, it falls on hard ground. This is where the watering comes in. Water is vital in order for the seed to germinate. Watering is equivalent to pursuing keeping a watchful eye on what you’ve just sowed.

Life at this point of the sowing is very precious and fragile; timing is so important.

The devil is very busy, about ready to steal from the hearers that you’ve been sowing into just as the fowls of the air go about the seed that lies above ground. When the heart, like the highway, is untilled, he is like the birds; he comes swiftly, and carries away the seed of God’s Word sown.

Remember, He takes consideration in every single person ….just as we must take into consideration those whom He sends our way.

Using the right tools when we sow and reap is also important to the process. You cannot use a sowing tool when you reap and you cannot use a reaping tool for sowing. Oh, the steps of a garden: the tilling, the right seeds in the right season, and the right amount of watering and weeding in order to reap a bountiful harvest!

My prayer for you as you take some time to read today or this weekend comes from Isaiah 55:8-11 & John 4:27-38: that you will understand that you are used for every part of His “soul garden” and that He will accomplish His Word through you, for His ways are far greater than our ways…. lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already ripe for harvest… and remember; A word spoken in due season, how good it is!

Thanks for stopping by today’s Faith Filled Friday’s and keep Him close to your heart.

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Love, Deb