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Once Upon a Time…

One of my favorite things about Jesus is that He remained consistent.  The other favorite thing is that He was not a respecter of persons.  Try as I may to convince others that I am His favorite, the fact remains quite clear that He wasn’t given to partiality…He loved everyone the same; wasn’t fazed by titles and never allowed riches to cloud His judgment.   He was busy doing the Father’s bidding…head down, ears open, forging ahead, all the while knowing what was to come and still He poured out to those who would ultimately deny Him and even turn on Him.

This post has been roaming around in my head for some time now and today I remembered the scripture found in John 16:32 (Amplified) “But take notice, the hour is coming, and it has arrived, when you will all be dispersed and scattered, every man to his own home, leaving Me alone.  Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.”


Notice her crown came right off too. Ha! I found that sucker:)
I AM Arlene the Queen!!!

Once upon a time there was a girl after God’s own heart.  A girl who had witnessed the power of God…who had been blessed mightily, healed miraculously…who in exchange for all that He had done for her, promised to know Him deeper, serve Him gladly and share Him unselfishly and so she set out to do just that…head down, heart open, forging ahead.  It took no time for this girl to be noticed and it seemed that just the “right” people were noticing and soon the wooing began.  She heard of praises from the “it” people targeting her and soon the invitations to draw near began as she kept her head down, heart open and forged ahead.  She became pretty well known in that circle and her reputation was in tact as she kept her head down, heart open and forged ahead.  There were many who reached out for her insight, her prayers; many were the invites and overwhelming were the praises and amazingly she was able to keep her head down and forge ahead.  Unfortunately her heart was a bit too open.

And then one day…poof, the grace had lifted, the favor seemed to be gone and with it all of the invitations and acknowledgements silenced, along with the praises…silenced.  “Friends” and acquaintances scattered; weapons formed against her, stories told…she was even unfriended and blocked by a few.  Her response?  She lifted her head up, she guarded her heart and forged ahead, explained nothing to the “theys” and moved on.

I hear Jesus’ words so clearly….they left me alone, yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

I will forever be grateful for lessons learned.  I believe that every single occurrence in our lives should leave us well aware, better equipped, stronger and wiser.  I thank God for every bruise, every scar, every war wound sustained in my journey.  I thank God for strength in His word and a deep knowing that nothing can separate me from His love.  Yes, I had fallen from grace, but I landed in a soft place, a better place.

How about you? Have you taken a tumble off of your pedestal…have you fallen from grace?  Have you been betrayed, come against or hurt in any way?  Let me remind you that there are better days ahead, the worst is over, the past is just that….passed!  Don’t you get left behind too!

I’m praying that you not remain in a “pause” position; that you not allow anyone to stop your forward motion; that you run to and not away from the One who knows you the best and loves you the most; that you are able to forgive and release those who have hurt you and place the memory of the hurt where it belongs…in your past and not allow it to keep you enslaved.  I’m praying that you would be strengthened in your inner man and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be wiser, stronger, more anointed; that you live life filled with joy and loud!  Loud for Him!  Head up, heart open, ears in tune to one voice…now, forge ahead!!

There is one other thing I’d like to point out, even though I can’t seem to find it anywhere in the word….


Be Encouraged!

This morning as I was praying, Philippians 1:6 kept coming up…”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.”  I gladly took a break from laundry to post this bit of encouragement to all of you wounded warriors, the broken hearted, weary, disappointed, overwhelmed.  He’s the healer of the brokenhearted; He is your strength, your comforter, your joy, your peace.  Those of you who have fallen and are embarrassed, feeling judged or humiliated, please know that “The righteous may fall seven times and rise again.”  There is NOW (like right now) no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness!  Be encouraged!

I was once followed into the prayer room at church by a young adult who came in to sign up to bring a dish to an upcoming prayer meeting/fellowship.  I picked up that there was something else going on with her and when I probed, sadness spilled from her.  She had a lot going on and life was getting to her.  She ended by saying that she felt she had no purpose and stopped short of saying that she no longer wanted to live.  I spotted a doorstop steps away from where we were standing and I walked over to it, picked it up and brought it to her.  I shared that “everything has a purpose.  This doorstop was created with a purpose; this rug we are standing on has a purpose…how much more purpose do you have…having been created in His image and likeness; having the mind of Christ; having Him housed within your temple.  Please believe that you have purpose!”

And so do you…and so do I.  The trials and troubles we endure will not shake us from our firm foundation.  Do not grow weary in your well doing.  He is the healer of all things broken.   I encourage you to arise, take up your sword and continue to fight the good fight of faith.  Press on to the mark of your high calling and recognize that “God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.  (He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.) Romans 11:29 AMP  The greater One resides on the inside of you prompting you, guiding you.  The angel of the Lord is encamped around you protecting you.  He is your sustainer, your healer, your provider, your protector, your redeemer, the lover of your soul and with long life He will satisfy you!   If the enemy could have ended your life, he would have done it already!  Be encouraged!

“Arise (from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you – rise to a new life)!  Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” Isaiah 60:1 AMP  Lift up your eyes all around and see.

Would You Love Me More?

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Would You love me more if I said more?  No daughter, just say yes to Me

Would You love me more if I did more?  No daughter, just serve Me

Would you love Me more if I tried harder?  No daughter, just believe

This dropped into my spirit today as I thought of conversation shared with a few of my sisters in Christ around a planning table.  Casual conversation in between our thoughts and plans for an upcoming gathering.  Conversations which went from funny to serious in a blink…comments which exposed hearts unearthing the possibility of healing, revealing the importance of sharing, releasing, trusting, believing.  Believing that we were safe to share.  Trusting that someone may have an answer or would agree in prayer.  Grateful that God who in His love and grace has the ability and the desire to bring people into our circles who have been there, are currently there, may be drowning there, wanna be heard from there, need to get outta there.  I love that God meets us right there and doesn’t leave us there.

Can’t wait for our next planning meeting.

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