What Do People Do in Heaven?

April 19, 2017

I was thinking one day what people are doing in heaven. Some of my family members, including my mom, dad and older sister, are all in heaven. So I asked God what they are doing in heaven? I just didn’t know.

Well, I had a dream that night. I was with my sisters on a vacation, and one of my sisters walked in the door and I hugged her, then my sister Alida walked in (who passed away 4 years ago). I grabbed her and said, “Alida…. Alida… Alida….” I just wouldn’t let her go, but then finally did. She walked into the middle of the room and said, “Lookee what I can do.” And she began to dance!! She couldn’t do that before because of her health, but she was free and dancing without restraint. It was beautiful. Then I woke up.

The Lord answered my question… what they are doing in heaven is being surrounded by love and dancing. Well, if they are dancing, there must be music. My mother loved music, so I am assuming she is dancing, too. This truly blessed my heart! I hope it gives you hope too, knowing that your loved ones in Heaven are really enjoying themselves in the presence of the King.

Traumas anyone?

March 16, 2017

Hot off the press, barely have my eyes opened, and wanted to share an amazing experience I had this morning.

Several months ago I had a severe dizzy spell that went on for about 3 days. It happened when I would get up in the night to go to the bathroom, and when I reached the doorway of the bathroom I would start spinning. So I would hold on as I went to the bathroom… and waddled back to bed. The Lord reminded me that since that time every morning I would go to the bathroom I “anticipate” having a dizzy spell!!! That thought didn’t come any other time of the day, but only in the morning because that’s when the dizzy spell took place. That “trauma” became ingrained in my thoughts so that the bathroom triggered it all over again. I then saw what was happening, and this morning while going to the bathroom. I said to myself, “I think I’ll start using another bathroom so that thought won’t trigger a response of dis-ease in me.” Then The Lord met me!!! 

He began showing me that this is a mind-set towards the trauma that needs healing. Then I said, “Lord, I see I have this trauma. I never saw it before. Heal this trauma in my heart, and restore me to truth. disconnect this event with the bathroom so that thought doesn’t come up ever again when I go. I realize now it was a memory that was triggered by going to the bathroom. I cast out the spirit of trauma… in Jesus name. Amen.” And guess what, within minutes I knew it was gone!

I didn’t want to change my life to work around the fear of feeling that trauma all over again. I needed to get rid of the memory of that trauma so I can do whatever and whenever without a fearful triggered response. That is true freedom. So today, I chose to face it. Now I’m free…

I had to share this with you because this is practical. We all have things we stop doing because of something that happened. We stop going to certain stores, eat certain foods, visit various places, etc., because of a “trauma” that happened. Let’s get free from all this, which is fear based, and be healed in Jesus name so that we can visit those places again and be free and at peace to do so. The Lord may want you to go to those places again as He has an appointment for you… but if you don’t go because of that past trauma… who will?

I wrote a book called “Trauma’s and PTSD” and so if you want further details on it, that’s the booklet to pick up. I think I’ll be reading through it again myself! Because I want ALL traumas in my life… healed. No matter how small it is… as long as a thought keeps being triggered with dis-ease… there is a memory that is tormenting you. Face it today by seeing it for what it is and having a little talk with the Lord.

My Birth… again…

March 14, 2017

On March 6, 1977 I found myself at a little Baptist church and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Now 40 years later that day is still as clear as though it happened yesterday. Here’s how that day went:

I had a friend who’s kids went to Sunday School on a church bus, but she herself didn’t go. But one day she decided to go and received Jesus as her Savior. Well, she kept asking me to go time after time and one day I finally went. I was wearing a mini-skirt, spiked heels, and was hung over! But there I was. I was shaking the whole time and wanted to run, but my legs wouldn’t move. When the call to come forward for salvation, my feet moved in that direction. That day started a journey for me that I never ever thought was possible. But it also caused me confusion. I had suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for many years (starting at 15 years old) prior to becoming a Christian, and was so excited to be rid of all that. But that wasn’t the case at all. I still suffered. I wondered why I wasn’t healed now that I was a Christian because the Bible says that “by His stripes I am (past tense) healed.” So then doubt began to flood my mind that God doesn’t love me because another passage says, “God’s love casts out fear and torment.” So there I was, in a perplexed time in my life. And for the next 18 years I battled anxiety and stress and panic attacks – as a believer.

I was agoraphobic, was trapped in my mind. I was unable to do the simplest things like ride a bicycle, eat food, take vitamins, go in an elevator, travel, exercise, etc. Then one day something happened… I found the piece I was missing that led to my complete healing from anxiety, stress, panic attacks and phobia. It was when I was finally able to RECEIVE God’s love. See, as long as I was in doubt, fear was present. As long as I thought God didn’t love me, fear was present and it’s fear that causes the manifestations of anxiety and stress.

Now on this 40th year of Salvation, I am truly living the life I was meant to live. I’m not perfected, further from the truth, but I am loved. Peace reigns in my heart and mind now. Because I know for a fact that God’s love is real and very present with me and when I mess up God’s love pours through His Son Jesus to me so I can be restored once again.

I want to share this with you so you too can grab ahold of this for yourself. Perhaps you know of someone suffering as I did?  My book re-release is called “A Matter of the Mind… journey from fear to faith” is now available. It’s been updated and revised and shares how the Lord met me and healed me. I do believe that what God does for one, He will do for another, even you! You can pick this book up on my website at http://www.truthfrees.org or amazon.com.

But this month I truly celebrate life… and the love, joy, peace and patience that comes when we truly have believed and received God’s perfect love for us.

HOPE for our future…

December 28, 2016

There is HOPE… Truly…. with everything going on in the world and things seeming to get worse, it is all foretold. But I found a nugget while reading the account in Luke 21 as Jesus tells of all the things going to happen to THIS generation that gives HOPE… and even a way OUT of these hardships coming down the pike.

Luke 21:34-36: “And take heed to yourselves lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with dissipation (meaning: course of life, in which health, money, etc., are squandered in pursuit of pleasure; profuseness in immoral indulgence, as late hours, riotous living, etc), and drunkenness and CARES OF THIS LIFE… and so that day comes upon you unaware. For as a snare it shall come on all them that dwell on the face of the WHOLE earth… (now here’s the promise) WATCH YOU, therefore and PRAY always that you may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass… and in the end stand before the Son of Man.”

Good News! You who are fearing tomorrow, take heed! By keeping your eyes on the Lord, praying always and watching for His return, you will be “counted worthy’ to ESCAPE these things. I don’t know exactly what that looks like, but if God said it He will perform it. This isn’t talking about salvation… because sadly many so-called Christians will go through these things! To be counted “worthy” we need to take our eyes off the things of this world. Our possessions, our jobs, even our children and put them on the Lord. Because when we do, He gives us back these things! Seek first the Kingdom of God and HIS righteousness and ALL THESE THINGS shall be added. Don’t let the cares of this world choke your spiritual growth in the Lord.

I remember something I learned many years ago, “Hold onto this world loosely and hold onto the Lord tightly.” It doesn’t mean you won’t function because you have to be in a prayer posture. It means that whatever you do, do all unto the Lord. Whatever your hands touch, whatever you say, whatever you do, “acknowledge” Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6). Even during these last days. He will DIRECT your paths if you are listening. God is talking!!!

I had something happen during Christmas that is too much to share here, but just know that I wasn’t listening! I heard God, but didn’t take heed. Then after going through this “trial” I got a download phrase: “Disobedience is exhausting.” If we just simply obey we would cut out so many struggles and dis-eases in our lives and find peace. Each person has to see where their disobedience is, especially if you are exhausted and tired all the time?? It could be so small, but remember, a little leaven levels the whole lump. It could be from not loving yourself to treating others poorly, harboring anger and fear to out-right being rebellious! Only you know…. but ask the Lord because we can be deceived in believing we are doing well.

I believe this NEW year is a great time to get the cart back behind the horse… and seek first GOD in all things more than you ever have before. Because even if you already “think” you do, think again, because we can be deceived.

I’ve written a work book called “Discovering God.” I use it in all my conferences as it goes into relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, with yourself and others to fulfill Matthew 22:38-40. If you are interested you can get it off my website at www.restoringyourlife.tv.

But suffice to say… the promise is there for all who believe!! Stay the course, keep the faith, and ask the Lord to increase your ability to believe even more, watching always for His return. Have a wonderful New Year!!

God is Right On Time…

December 21, 2016

It’s been awhile since I shared anything becuase I’ve been doing most of the posts on facebook, twitter and newsletters… so wanted to re-connect here too. I hope this “blog” blesses you this Christmas Season…

 

Again…. as is my custom…. I’ll be telling on myself…. In hopes it reaches another with the same issue to find joy and peace as I did.

God is right on time… it seems when I come into a dilemma or a question, I go to the Bible and the answer pops out!! I love this. And here is one of those times. Recently I was helping someone, and spent a lot of time and money doing so, and in the end, no thank you, no nothing. Thinking it’s Christmas time, there would be a present? No present. So I have been hurt these past few days thinking I was chopped liver or something, yet seeing all the blessings this person was doing for others. Then I began thinking I just won’t do anything for this person any more… very ungrateful towards me. Okay…. so today I was reading in Luke 17. It says (in my paraphrase how the Holy Ghost interpreted it to me) “You aren’t to receive (expect) thanks from what is your duty to do.”

See. we get offended because we aren’t being “thanked” or “recognized” for our giving sometimes. And in that passage of scripture it starts out by saying, Rebuke those that offend you. So I had to ask God about the offense, because I was offended by this person. He began showing me offense. It’s when someone does something TO YOU…. And if that persons asks for forgiveness, we are to forgive. Well, this person didn’t do anything to me, they just didn’t thank me or give me a gift!!! LOL So, many of us are offended by “feelings” not by a deed done against us. So I had to repent today myself and realize that the things I do for others is because I want to, because it’s in me to do it, because Gpd gave me the ability and the means to give. And doesn’t deserve a thank you!

I hope this frees someone today to not take offense when you do something for someone and you don’t get thanked for it. Know that God sees it and writes it all down in His memory book…. laying up your treasures in heaven!

Honesty… the best policy!

October 6, 2016

Okay, since YOU are all my friends, it’s time to tell on myself… perhaps it may remind us all of a few things we let slip from time to time…… I share this not to be judged but to be loved….

The Title of this is “The Truth Makes You Free.” (A long one, but worth the reading effort..)

There were a few incidents the past 2 days that I wanted to share. It’s all about speaking the truth. Now, we all have been honest, but sometimes we may leave something out or stretch it a bit… Here’s what happened:

I bought some tires and it appeared to the technician that I should have gotten more wear on them. So they asked me what kind of driving I did? I said, just around here. I wasn’t completely truthful because I do a lot of mountain curvy road driving. He was giving me 20.00 off each tire. I wanted that sale! See, I had FEAR of not getting that deal so I didn’t tell him all. I felt BAD when I left and was going to call the tire place to make it right, I had lost my peace. But even before I had a chance to do that, my car died. The repair to be done to it was far greater than the value of the car… so we chose not to repair it. I started praying on it as I didn’t hear anything from God not to get the tires in the first place, as I would get a check in my spirit, after all, He knew the car would die… When I told Tom that I didn’t hear any direction, nor got an answer as to why. Tom said, “If you don’t get an answer, it was a mistake.” So true… sometimes we just have to reap what we have sown. Not only did I lose the tires, I lost the car!!! When we are in God’s Kingdom, we better be COMPLETELY honest in everything!! LOL

Even in this, God was gracious. He kept that car running until I completed a trip I was just on, got me home safe, and the car konked out near our favorite repair shop. I’m also donating the car to Breast Cancer research, tires and all! And the great news is I get to get a new car. Now the real fun beings… Seeing what the Lord has in store.

Account #2.

From the previous experience, I learned a huge painful lesson, so decided to stay completely, overly. brutally honest when I called the donation people to pick up the car. She asked me if it was running. I spoke truthfully (at the risk of them not taking it and getting a tax write-off). It was kind of running, but the engine needs work according to the repair shop. I did pay for a new timing belt, which was over $400.00 and has new tires. And to my surprise she said they would still take it!! So we are getting a tax write off on the car as opposed to just disposing of it. So that was a blessing, to have peace!! That is worth more than it’s weight in gold.

In both cases, I spoke the truth. The first one ½ of truth – and lost on that one… but gained spiritual insights and the second one I spoke truth, brutally… not only did I feel better, but I didn’t have to be “convicted” at all. Both situations were used to help me grow more in the the things of the Lord.

So, my encouragement to you is to speak the truth at all times, no matter the costs. I believe the reason we don’t is that we are in FEAR of not getting what we want or need in the situation. But the truth HAS to prevail no matter the outcome. And 9 times out of 10 it comes out beautifully, though a lesson may have to be learned! I like the quote that says, “The truth will make you free, but first it could make you miserable.”

My honesty has gotten me into trouble at times, but it always comes out better in the end

Does Everything Seem to be Happening at Once?

August 29, 2016

I wanted to share this with you because I believe many are facing a lot of difficulties right now and not just one but several at the same time. You may have even asked God…What does that mean? Why is this happening to me? Right? Well, then this is for you!

As many of you know my mom passed May 2nd. But since that time one thing after the other began to mess with my life. First we had to replace a fridge, then I had two flat tires in one week, massive car repairs on another car, we had to fix and repaint our deck for Allstate to renew our policy, had dental work into the thousands of dollars, and on and on and on. We weathered through everything, and saw the Lord with us. But couldn’t really understand why all these things started hitting us. Then I decided to ask the Lord. I thought He was showing me something about finances because everything that happened impacted that area of our lives. So I asked Him if I was robbing Him somewhere? He told me that wasn’t it. It was that I had opened the door for death, hell and destruction. I said, When?” He said when my mother died. I began saying things like I lost my anchor. Everything isn’t going so well right now. Things just seem to be falling apart. I feel de-rooted. All my thoughts about what I was going through was not faith based, they were fear based and when death comes in that type of thinking, it opens us up for the spirits of death, hell and destruction.

So Right then and there I repented for entertaining those fearful thoughts, cast out the spirits of death, hell and destruction. i also told the CANKER WORM to stop eating, and began proclaiming the Word over my life. That very day, things began changing. Money was being put back into our account, things stopped being problematic, finances were there to fix what needed fixing, and that door of destruction was closed.

This is a reminder to us all that we do reap what we sow. I sowed fear into my life which reaps a whirlwind. And this can happen in any type of loss. Loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, loss of job, loss of any kind. If we don’t handle this correctly, the destruction has access to our lives. So if that is you, do what I did. Stand up where you are and say, “Canker worm, stop eating, Death, Hell and Destruction go in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I reclaim my life now, and Lord I ask you to renew my mind with the washing of the Word to remove any lies I had been dwelling on.” And don’t forget to ask the Lord to flood you with His love, becuase perfect love casts out ALL FEAR AND TORMENT.

Sometimes we just need to be reminded. The enemy is sneaky so we may not even see this happening until the stuff hits the fan. Let me know how you are impacted by this, because if you truly mean business with God, He will mean business with you.

When Are We Saved?

July 26, 2016

Today I was talking with a friend and something came out of my mouth I never said before. “Many people believe we can lose our salvation, but how can we lose something we don’t have yet?”  That was such a profound question, because it’s true. We aren’t saved YET… faith keeps us living for the final prize… which is the crown of life. We are saved by grace THROUGH faith…  We won’t need faith in heaven, because we’ll have what we were having faith for, a heavenly home. That is why we are to work our our salvation with fear and trembling. This and other scriptures make a lot more sense  concerning salvation…

When we accepted Christ the Holy Spirit was deposited in us and SEALS us until the day of redemption. But we still need faith to BELIEVE we are redeemed and saved. We haven’t been redeemed yet. We are COVERED on this planet by the Blood of the Lamb of what Jesus did on the cross. Love covers a multitude of sins. So, we are still in a sinful state as long as we are on this earth. But we are given HOPE. Hope is what helps us stay in faith to believe for the prize, a crown of life that is given to those who don’t give up. Scriptures say that “Those who endure to the END shall be saved.”  The end of what? Your life on this planet.

That is why scriptures tell us to not grow weary in well doing, we will reap good things if we don’t faint.

So it’s not that we can ever lose our salvation, we are to HOPE in our salvation. And we are given every opportunity to continue in the faith by the power of the Holy Ghost, God’s Love and Forgiveness, and relationship with Jesus. We are daily LEARNING to follow Jesus. We just don’t wake up one day and know everything to do. We learn. Why do we need to keep learning? Why when we ask Jesus into our heart we have to continue in faith? Because we haven’t YET received the fullness of the glory of God until THE END.  The End…

So the question again is When Are We Saved? We are promised heirs of salvation, but it’s not until the end of our life that faith will become sight!

 

90% verses 10%

February 22, 2016

I wanted to share an excerpt out of my recent book called, “Do You Have an Unbiblical Cord?” It talks about being freed from manipulation, control, soul-ties and co-dependencies. How we can CHOOSE our freedom. The Lord showed me a formula for living, and here it is: (Note: I’m not one for formulas, but here’s a good one!)

1 Corinthians 5:4-6 4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?”

This clearly states that we don’t have to live with abuse, defilement or abusive control. We are called to peace. We are called to walk in holiness. Sometimes we’ll have to make hard choices. The Lord even has to let some go into the hands of Satan to save their soul! But we are also told to continue to pray for those who are like this because they are truly broken. They have needs that aren’t being met. They need the Savior! Christian or not… anyone who controls, manipulates, has co-dependencies on others, etc., needs more of the Lord in their lives. Perfect love will cast all these things aside and we will spring forth as we were meant to be.

It reminds me of the following passage which helps me to better choose those I spend the most time with.

Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

I see it this way. I’ve been learning to eat better using this equation: Eat 90% of healthy God made foods, and 10% of other stuff. That way the 90% outweighs that 10% and my health improves greatly. But if it’s the other way around, I start to feel poorly. I believe we can use that equation with relationships. Spend 90% with the Lord, fellowship with other believers, Bible reading, etc., and spend 10% of our time with those in need outside of the faith. That way we are ready and able to share our faith with conviction, we’ll be equipped to love the unlovable, and have the wisdom to keep ourselves unspotted from the world! We’ll be able to help others without falling prey. We’ll not get frustrated or angry when someone doesn’t do what we think they should do. Our lives will be so overwhelmed with God, that that 10% will be gobbled up. Scriptures say that the Love of God brings people to repentance. Since we are humans and can easily get distracted or fall into doubt, this equation will keep you strong, equipped and able to stand in any situation where you can receive what you need so you have it to give to others. This is truly an equation for Christian Living.

This equation sounds familiar doesn’t it? 10% tithe is to be given to the Lord so what do we do with the 90%? Something to think about.

Be sure to pick up my book called “Do You Have an Unbiblical Cord?” It also takes you through questions after each topic so we grasp the truth of what is being shared.

 

Got Hope?

February 6, 2016

This morning I awoke with a word for me from the Lord which I love sharing with you in hopes you are also encouraged and strengthened.

Have you ever heard someone say, “Don’t get your hopes up?” Perhaps you have said it to yourself? Well, that is such a horrible statement. One that will keep us bound in our junk, because without hope how can we survive anything? See, the problem is we are hoping in the wrong things. We are hoping the doctor finds out what is wrong with us. We are hoping someone does something for us. We are hoping for circumstances to change. We are hoping in people, places or things. But all those are called “false hope” and will end in disappointment and disaster. The only way we are to Hope is to HOPE IN GOD alone (Psalm 42:11). Then if you are waiting for an answer to a prayer or something else and you feel like giving up, then transfer that hope to trusting God! That will carry you to whatever ends. Trust becomes a bridge.

As you know, I always share a personal spin on these insights, and here it is:  I have been experiencing a chronic health issue, one that cannot be figured out. My hope was wavering as it’s been going on for almost five years. Wouldn’t that make you lose hope? Well, I almost did until this morning when the Lord said now take your hope and turn it to TRUSTing Me (Hebrews 11:6). He reminded me of the scripture that says Hope deferred makes the heart sick… (Proverbs 13:12). My hope is not deferred today, it’s been re-ferred to the Lord to keep me by trusting Him to keep me. Psalm 121 says “The Lord is my keeper…”

So if there has been something nagging at you and it’s not been resolved. If there is a health issue that is continual without no end in sight. This message is for you. I hope it encourages you to know you are not alone. The Lord understands all your weaknesses. He feels all your pain. He knows your suffering. Share them with Him through hoping and trusting in Him alone, and you will not be disappointed.