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Surprise Me God…Revisited January 19, 2009

Filed under: Surprise Me God - Round II — charredsmore @ 7:56 pm

This morning I was reading old blogs…

Man, my God is so WONDERFUL!  Seriously, I had not recounted some of the crazy testimonies of healing, deliverance, beauty, and wonder that He has orchestrated in such a long time.  There is POWER in remembrance. We must remember!

 

As I was reading way back when…January, February, and March of last year I was looking over all the stuff God did while I fasted from 24 and decided to pick up excitement and abundance with Jesus…Surprise Me God Experiment.  I am longing for more.  He continues to pour out.  I neglect to remember or reflect.  Forgive me God.  He already surprises me EVERYDAY…in multiple ways.  I must be a voice of His goodness, His faithfulness, His enduring love…

 

Surprise me GOD is back on!  Amen.  I am starting today.  I will go until my Birthday (March 31st)…which is exact ally 70 days.  Now, I am doing this experiment, I am NOT sure if I will blog everyday.  That is my intent and I should just take the plunge and say, “Yes, I am committing to updating this blog everyday.”   But, I am not ready for that type of commitment, come on…70 DAYS!  I know, I know, I know that He will come through everyday with cool testimonies, revelation, growth, refinement, provision, healing, deliverance, salvation…you name it.  But, if I commit with my words, I MUST be faithful.  So, we will see my friends.  I don’t like empty promises, giving or receiving.

 

Let’s see what Day 1 has in store…on a very significant day…Martin Luther King Day and the Inaguration of Mr. Obama as our new President tomorrow.

 

The Boomerang Effect

Filed under: Revelation and Growth,The Word — charredsmore @ 7:45 pm

Lately I have been reading over old blogs, kind of like flipping through old journals.  I recommend it.  It gives you a glimpse into what God has been doing in your own life and the lives around you.  Sometimes I forget those things…I don’t know how…He is so AMAZING!  Forigive me Lord for the wonderful things I neglect to praise and thank you for…Give me a heart of PRAISE!

 

I wrote this one April 2008…

Seems to be applicable now, in so many ways.  Here I go again, preaching to myself again. 

Have you ever thrown a boomerang in the spirit realm?

I’m talking about releasing our Isaacs. Those dear promises that Father God has promised to us – just as He promised Abraham and Sarah. You know the kind, they are so precious to you that sometimes you don’t even want to speak of them – they may at times seem a bit “out of place” or ridiculous to others. That’s okay. It was ridiculous for Abraham and Sarah to have a child at their age. They laughed. Have you ever laughed at one of God’s promises? As if to say, “God how could THAT ever happen?!?”

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1

He probably gets a kick out of our reaction, then He boosts up our faith to actually believe it and walk it out.  That’s right, walk it out.  Walk as if you believe the stuff He tells you.  Some may look at you a bit crazy, but hey, Noah got the same reaction. 

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
Hebrews 11:6

Boomerang affect.  I am learning how to throw out those promises in prayer, sure I still hold them close to my heart, but I let God take over the outcome.  Sometimes it is all too easy to make things happen all on our own.  I have made up my mind that I would much rather have a testimony of God’s glory being displayed rather than my own. 

Is it hard sometimes? 

YES! 

Is it rewarding? 

YES! 

Is it worth it?

ALWAYS!

He is building faith through this boomerang business.  I throw it out there and watch it come back.  Sometimes it is a bit slow…in my human vision, but always on time.  He is always on time.  He is not a God that is holding out on us. 

He sees us.

He knows us.

We need to yield to His ways, after all they are completely higher than our own.  Our own understanding will only mislead us. 

So, as I practice this boomerang affect, there are a couple Isaacs, okay many Isaacs I have placed on the alter.  He asked me if I loved Him more than His promises. 

“Yes Lord.”

“Show me with your obedience.  Show me by laying them down.  I will fulfill them in my timing and my ways if you hand them over to me.”

Timidly I place those Isaacs on the alter. 

“What if…?  What if…?”

He knows.  He will provide.  He has a plan.

Lord, let me have faith like Abraham.

 

Running Hard…

Filed under: Cairo Kids,Newspaper Articles,The Race — charredsmore @ 7:29 am

santa-cruz-half-marathon

This makes it official.  Real.  Authentic.  No backing out now.  I’m accountable to all of you reading this. 

 

I am training for a half marathon.  Yeah, Heather, who “hated” running not long ago is attempting the “impossible!”  Ha!  I have always loved making and reaching goals, whatever they may be.  That’s just me.  I have always loved pushing the limits…sometimes that can be good, sometimes bad.  Forgive me when you have been the brunt of the bad.   I am learning and growing, esp. with my words.  Yikes!  The power of the tongue.  I really need to be careful with my words.  Okay, back to the running…

 

I love going to the gym, I love working the elliptical, the bike, rollerblading, lifting, aerobics, Billy Blanks, rock climbing, sports…you name it…EXCEPT RUNNING.  I watched my roommate and good friend/-train for a half marathon and celebrated with them when they finished.  It was a marvelous event!  The energy!  I was wishing that I could have been there withthem running through the finish line…even though I hated running at the time.  Haha!  Funny, the different emotions you feel when watching people complete a marathon.  Really, it reminded me of the saints, coming into the Kingdom after a hard life of persevering and constantly choosing life, choosing obedience, choosing Jesus.

 

This past year I helped the 5th and 6th graders train for a 5K Levee Race in Cairo.  It was incredible to see the students persevere in running and training…hard.  This was a challenge for them.  Most of these students have not seriously committed to anything in their lives…this was a first for them.   Praise God!  They wanted to commit.  They wanted to run, even when it was hard, even when they complained, even when they whined…they did it!  I was INSPIRED!  I ran along with them, a 5K, which was a first for me too!  Before, I couldn’t even make a mile without walking.  Now, I was addicted to running.  I have be a little careful about this one too…with my personality type, I can just plain get addicted to anything…healthy or not.  I prefer to ONLY be addicted to the Holy Spirit these days.  I pray it stays that way.

 

Back at home over Christmas I reconnected with a friend who is a rockstar triathalete, or at least training to be one.  Super determined and goal oriented.  Helped write out a training plan on a napkin.  I really need to start following it pretty strict if I want to do this thing.  Haha, don’t worry Chris, I am not a total slacker!  So pray for me friends, this endurance thing is hard work.  Espescially when you are busy, out of town, have tons of committments and responsibilities.  It has to be a priority.  When it is a priority (no, of course not the first or even second or third priority) you make movement and progress.  My friends, the gym will be my best friend for a while.  I should start going early in the morning, time with the Lord while running on the treadmill is good stuff.  I’ve even done some church up in there!  For real, they are closed on Sundays, but we have a key (yea, small towns still trust people) so us girls will sometimes hit that up with our ipods full of some worship music, scripture in front of us…pressing in while pressing on.  I keep on keepin’ on!  Yea.  Something like that.  That’s my desire.

 

 

Of course there are 100’s of parallels with my spiritual journey…

 

“Running the race with perserverance.  Run as to win the price, which He has called me Heavenward in Christ Jesus…”

 

Since moving to Cairo I have known that my life is pretty full of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), however a couple biggies are lacking.  A good friend prayed over me regarding a really tough situation, two words came to her, “PATIENCE and PERSERVERANCE.”  Now, it is three and a half years later and another close friend prophesied, “PATIENCE and PERSERVERANCE” over my life.  “These are/will be the cornerstones of my life.”  I nearly dropped the phone.  Are you kidding me?!?  Along with that a vision of running across the finish line with the Olympic rings above my head.  WOW!  Talk about Jesus speaking directly to my HEART!  I love it.  I love Him – Jesus. 

 

 

I will reflect and share more on this journey as it unfolds.  It will be a challenge.  But everything worth fighting for usually is.  That’s why it is a battle.  The easy stuff isn’t appreciated as much – ya know?  So, I press on…I run…I keep on…I MUST!

 

Pray for me on this journey.  Both the marathon and the spiritual journey. 

 

The predicted (half) Marathon of choice…

 

Drum roll please……………………………………

 

Santa Cruz, California

April 19, 2009

 

I was praying to go back to Cali. for my spring break.  Yes, I will have a spring break, now that I will be teaching (starting in March).  While checking on line, I wanted to do something in the Bay Area…this will be the very last day of my spring break…in a place I almost ended up moving to about four years ago.  Yeah, I always knew I would be moving to California, so I started looking for jobs at different camps.  I had a friend from YMCA Camp St. Croix (where I worked at the time) who had worked for this great camp out there (Santa Cruz).  She suggested I apply.  While in the interview process I was not feelin’ it was for me at the time, although I was drooling at the possibility.  When the job was offered, I politely declined, knowing the Lord had His perfect time.  Now, I know that was His best for me.  I was definitleyNOT ready to head out to Cali.   I was definitley supposed to be in Cairo, IL, the desert.  I needed/still need MUCH refinement.

 

His perfect time my friends. 

 

So, really, it’s all kind of a prophetic act…

Patience. 

Perseverance. 

Preparation.

Training.

Waiting.

California. 

The race. 

The challenge. 

Running Hard. 

Amen.