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He Showed His Power by Restraining His Power

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
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EL pen Logo with heartThanks so much for stopping by to have coffee with me and for more of this series that has everything to do with Easter, which is only a part of the Salvation Story. Grab your Red Strand of Faith and your coffee, and let’s go chat about more of the facts that prove His power was demonstrated in His restraint of power.

Many of us are aware of what the prophets foretold of His sufferings and I have read many of them, and more than once. However, I was not able to imagine even an inch of the depth of His suffering and how much all the events leading up to His crucifixion cost Him … until I watched The Passion of the Christ.

I remember watching it as if it were just a few days ago. We went with a church group, like one big family. I had heard it was pretty tough to watch, but I had no idea what I was in for. There were so many times I gripped my honey’s arm, or pulled at his shirt and even squeezed the blood to the surface of his hands as I dared to sit through it. But there were also times where I turned my head away, unable to watch such infliction, especially as I realized, and continue to realize that I was, and unintentionally at times continue to be, part of reason for that affliction.

“But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed”… (Isaiah 53:5)

I don’t know about you, but I am more of a visual, hands-on kind of learner. I need to see what I’m hearing, reading, learning; but oh, my goodness isn’t it hard to imagine all of that physical pain? We need to understand that though the physical pain was immeasurable, it wasn’t just physical; it was emotional and very spiritual! He took that emotional pain that we could, that we would have emotional and spiritual healing … eternally!

Why? Why would God allow such pain and sacrifice? I have come to the truth that God’s plan all along was about relationship with each one of us, now and eternally. He doesn’t need us; He WANTS us! His restraint of power continues to show His power!

Let’s look at the very first restraint of power in Genesis after the temptation and fall of man: “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the Garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’”

Picture this: the very first sin has been committed. SIN has entered all of us. God is still pursuing man despite man! He could have screamed, yelled, beaten, even killed them but instead, His first response to the sin … a restraint of power!

Let’s bring that in a little closer to home: When someone sins against you, what is your first reaction? If it is someone that God has allowed you to be over in the sense of responsibility, or someone that God has called you to lead, i.e. parent, in ministry, as a mentor or accountability partner, what kind of power do you demonstrate when you are hurt by their actions?

I don’t know about you, but my heart yearns for that meekness, that power in control that allows me to love despite being unloved, to offer healing despite being hurt, to repay evil with kindness, to forgive though not forgiven by them.

Could it be that power is best displayed by surrendering to His power?

Join me tomorrow for the conclusion.

Holding on to His power and gripped by His grace

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The Nondenominational Gift-Conclusion for March WOW-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Monday, March 11th, 2013
Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Happy day to you and thanks for taking time to take a break in the midst of what I’m sure is a busy schedule! Grab your coffee and let’s get back to the conclusion to this month’s WOW, The Nondenominational Gift!

Since this has been rather lengthy — 🙂  — here’s the WOW again to refresh our memories and hearts: Romans 10:11-13: For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

I’m so thankful that He led me to these verses because I know I’ve been guilty at times of pointing fingers at denominations I thought were off base but recent experience on the other end of this issue has taught me how that grieves His heart. It’s definitely no fun when others question your beliefs and accuse you of being in a wrong denomination because of their perception of that denomination and/or lack of understanding based on what others have told them. And yet, I can honestly say that this experience has led me deeper into His Letters for answers!

The day after this actually happened to me, I had an awe-inspiring conversation with a new friend, CPM’s landlord, if you will, who also happens to be the founder of C.S. Lewis Foundation. I shared my recent experience with him and also asked him some very important questions. I have a lot of respect for this guy and after this conversation wherein I feel Abba spoke through him, I came away with a much lighter heart, and another knot in my strand of faith as well as a deeper conviction for the ministry He has given us.

Stan said, “You want to know why we named our organization C.S. Lewis?” He didn’t wait for me to answer. “It’s not because he was an amazing writer, which he was. It’s not because he was a brilliant man, but we all know that he was. It’s because he transcended all denominations. His philosophy was, let’s major in the majors and minor in the minors. In other words, let’s stick to what we agree on, i.e. the major issues of salvation, and leave the minor stuff for the theologians.”

My heart lit up with understanding because that is exactly the mission of CPM, to inspire others toward the reality of the necessity of the love and grace of our Savior in their journey; that they may work out their salvation! It’s a heart matter, and though there is some pretty weird stuff out there in many denominations, it’s not our place to judge them, point fingers at them or shy away from them as if they have a plague or are some creature from Mars. Get in the Word and become stronger in your own faith, your own relationship, and your own salvation; don’t get trapped in the arguments and detours of denomination!

I’m so thankful for our Nondenominational Savior!


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Five Ways to Succeed in Life & Love-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Thanks so much for joining me for Coffee Hour. I love knowing we share a mutual commitment to understand this journey of life and a desire to live life the way He meant for us to live it, abundantly! Grab your coffee and come on in. 🙂

We left off with an example that described the definition, “not just to believe, but also to be persuaded of,” and the first example of commitment I used was our commitment to accept Christ into our hearts because we’ve come to belief the necessity of the reality of Him and eternal life.

But there’s more to salvation than fire insurance and that commitment requires relationship to stay strong. In other words, show up, partner up and you’ll be heading up. 🙂

Let’s take a bit of a detour that involves a reality check: What happens when we stop showing up?

Do you notice I used the word “when”? It’s because there are days where we just don’t meet life on life’s terms, days that we don’t show up to partner up and we take life into our own hands. I have to admit, when I do that, I inevitably cause several fires to begin burning along the way, and by the end of the day, I’m a hot mess! 🙂

But if too many of those days go by, our commitment weakens and something breaks, tears or crumbles in the process. The more time that goes by, the harder it feels to come back, but please, my believing friend, know that that’s from the enemy, not from the Holy Spirit, you know, the one you’ve partnered up with a while ago. He never left; He never changed, and His love did not decrease. We left; we changed and our love for Him buried in the rubble and forgotten, but that’s okay! Imagine His hands gently brushing all the rubble away and off of you and then He takes His grace, like glue, and puts you back together again, helps you up and begins to bring beauty out of that rubble. The almost unfathomable truth is that He’ll continue to do it over and over again, as long as it takes you and me to realize that He is committed to guiding you to and through that abundant life that He promised and paid for on the cross, and into eternity!

Oh, that we would watch over this first commitment with intensity and gain insight and guidance as far as who and what else to commit to. That’s a good place to stop and we’ll pick it up next time right there. 🙂

Humbly committed,


Giddy-Up Ears-Monthly WOW (Words of Wisdom) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Joy to you, and thanks for coming by today for what I hope will be the conclusion to our monthly WOW from James, brother of Jesus. Grab your coffee and come on in.

So to recap, the first part of our Words of Wisdom teach us to giddy-up our ears and pull the reins in on our tongues and that will help us to be much slower at wrath/anger. Then James goes on to explain why, and I kind of alluded to this in our last Coffee Hour.

“For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Oh, but that’s a mouthful. 🙂 There’s that “speak into His life and not out” I’m hearing! 🙂

I think it would be easier to pull the reins in on our tongue so the anger doesn’t come spewing out if we learned to recognize why we tend to let go of the reins. Let’s be honest; most of the time when the reins go flailing out of our hands and our anger/wrath erupts, there’s the big “I, I, I” all wrapped up in pride, and what’s in the middle of pride? Uh-huh, “I.” Plain and simple, pride is a sin – oh, what’s in the middle of sin? Yep, it’s that darn “I” again!

So let’s go back to the teaching experience at hand, which is my step-son and grandson living with us. Truthfully, I’ve had to do some serious soul-searching and allow Him to do some major heart-cleaning. I can only imagine how I must have looked to Abba at the beginning of this season: Just like a toddler going through her terrible-two phase on steroids, and needing her diaper changed constantly! I can’t laugh about it yet, but something tells me He’s smiling with me as He holds my hand and rids me of the “I, I, I” mentality I had going into this.

I was reading in my Bible study that God often teaches the toughest lessons to the teacher before they are taught through the teacher! Well, I am most definitely being served a few lessons and He’s using a two-year-old, and his father too, to serve them to me.

When Bryce first moved in, I was on him like white on rice, trying to get him to conform to my way of living, keep his room clean, do his laundry, because after all, this our house and I’m not going to stand by and watch him destroy it. I was going to help him as gently as I could learn to respect our things. Oh, I’ll never forget when our Sovereign Father revealed to me that the way I was going about doing this was doing more damage than harm! And when I finally shut up, showed up, He also revealed to me that this 27-year-old had little to no self-respect so it would be quite a process before he would be respecting anything of mine.

And then I hear this message through this WOW: “So, do you want to speak out of his life and push him further from Me, or do you want to learn to listen, be slow to speak and especially slow to anger, being a part of the solution instead of the problem, planting seeds in his salvation?”

Oh, Father, giddy-up my ears, and pull the reins on my tongue . . .

Champing at the bit but praising Him,