Ask my husband, I’m sure he’ll be glad to tell you, I’m just a wee bit obsessive when it comes to being on time. Quite often I find myself waking up every hour, on the hour, about three or four hours before my alarm is scheduled to go off. I get so paranoid sometimes and I worry too much about my alarm not going off when I need it to so I can be on time. So many times as Christian we live that scenario over and over again when it comes to God. We have things that we want to do, and often times it’s things that we know He’s spoken for us to do, but they never come to pass when we think that they should or would like for them to. No, we don’t have a “God alarm clock” to keep a check on the count down of when something’s going to happen, but I know that we have all asked God, “Is it time yet?” Or should I say, “When are You going to do what You said You were going to?” No matter our frustrations or questions for God we have to remind ourselves of what God said in His word. Isaiah 55 verses eight and nine say, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” In a nutshell this verse tells us that all though we have things planned out, God’s way may not be our way because His ways are better for us than our best made plans. My favorite verse in the entirety of this chapter is verse 11, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Just because God’s promises don’t come in our time doesn’t mean that God has forgotten us. Delayed does not mean denied! Instead of being angry with God about having to wait on the fulfillment of His promises, we should be thankful for the lesson of patience. The quietness that happens in our spirit during the time of waiting allow us to listen for His still small voice and to be ready to hearken to Him so quickly. If you are waiting on God today, I encourage you not to dismay or worry, but be patient. Remember delayed does not mean denied.
Words cannot express how much I absolutely love this time of year. I truly enjoy spending quality, peaceful time with my family during precious times like these. In between visits to different relatives homes on Thanksgiving day, Paul and I started to talk about that very topic- how wonderful it is to spend time with everyone we know. Then we drifted off to nostalgia-land and he asked the question, “Did you ever think when we began seeing each other nearly 10 years ago that we’d be here today? Married, raising a baby, ministering all across the country?” I replied, “I really didn’t know what to expect. It was my honest hope that we’d be here one day, but I didn’t know if or how we’d make it.” Then my hubby chuckled warmly and a sweet silence ensued. At that point my mind began to drift back off into a warm reflection of the years gone by in our relationship. I knew that we had made it to where we are today because we’ve spent years spending honest, face-to-face, quality time with each other, relying on God. We’ve never hid who we are from one another, I am who I am, and he is who he is. Sure there are often times that life can seem mundane, going through the same routine day in and day out, but then there are those special moments. Moments that are so precious and dear to my heart that remind me of why I fell in love with my husband to begin with. Sometimes I get flowers or a card just because, or maybe he’ll surprise me at work and bring me lunch, or he’ll call in a sitter and have dinner reservations all lined up for a date night. As a Christians we should be 100% head over heels in love with Jesus. Sure, just like in a marriage or a relationship, it seems like things in our walk with God can get stagnant or mundane, but do we do special things for God like we do for our loved ones we can “keep the love alive?” No, we can’t send Him flowers or take Him to dinner, but do we spend quality alone time with Him? Do we take Him to dinner by feasting on His word, and praying or maybe even just listening to Him and seeing what He has to say? When my husband and I got married, we said our vows and professed our love for one another in front of all our friends and family so everyone would know that I am his and he is mine. It’s the same thing with God; the day I got saved I walked down the aisle of an old country church, confessed my sin to Jesus, asked Him into my heart, and then I stood before the church and told everyone of my new found love for Him. But, just as in my relationship with my spouse, if I don’t tell God that I love Him or do things to show Him that I truly care for him, such as give tithes, offer up a sacrifice of praise, then that spark or desire that I have for Him can leave. In closing, I ask you, my sweet readers, that you spend quality time with the ones you love, especially Christ. Tell Him how much you love Him, show Him your affection with your tithes, offerings, and praises. Most of all don’t forget to get alone with Him and give Him thanks for all He has done because He is worthy.
In His Love,
In the Ladd household my husband has given me the official title of “Princess Green-Thumb.” He always picks on me about loving to garden and plant new flowers, but what can I say, it’s in my DNA! This past mother’s day he bought me lots of rose bushes to plant outside in the flower bed in our front yard, and let me tell you, I was so excited! I could not WAIT to plant them and start tending to them so that all their beauty could be on full display. The following day we made a little Home Depot run to get miracle grow, potting soil, and all of the extras we’d need to help make the environment right for my roses to grow. When we got home we mixed in the potting soil with the existing dirt, dug the holes for the flowers, added miracle grow, and then we planted those babies down. I tended to the flowers very faithfully for quite sometime, however, I found that the more unbearable the heat became, the less I would go outside and take the time to work them. Then a few weeks ago I was walking to out mailbox when I noticed my beautiful roses were starting to become overgrown with weeds. It looked like the white and pink flowers that were blooming were struggling to stand tall and grow strong against the weeds. I knew at that moment I had to bear the heat outside and get to work. As I started to sweat up a storm, I thought,”God, I hate weeding.” It was then the Lord showed me that what I was doing at that very moment was what He wanted to do for His children. I believe it’s so easy for us as christians to fall stagnant in our walk with God. Being saved is a beautiful thing, and although we may have ourselves planted in the right environment of a 100% Bible believing, hell chasing, God praising church, we can still be overgrown with “weeds” if we don’t separate ourselves from the world. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” My friends, we shouldn’t walk in or lust after the desires of the things of this world. I’m not saying that it’s a sin to want or have nice things, but if that becomes your priority over Christ, that would be wherein your problem lies. You are precious to God, and having people who are not Christ-minded that could plant a seed of desire of the things of the world in your heart and mind is not something He wants for us. If you will go back and look at verse 5, it tells us we should cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. What is an example of such a thing? Anyone and or anything that puts you in a compromising situation which goes against something God has specifically told you to do or not to do, or anyone or anything that goes against His Holy Word. And if it’s going against God, you know it’s coming from the enemy. I am going to take down the curtains here, be completely honest with ya’ll, and let you take a look around in my life for a few minutes. God has been doing some SERIOUS weeding in my life. He is showing me the things and people who satan has used to try to choke out and over grow His beautiful plans and works in my life, and He has pulled them right out. Some of the weeding that He has done as been so painful, but as soon as the weeds were gone He began to grow and bless my life in ways I’ve never known. God is also showing me that different kinds of weeds will always try to grow and make their way into places where He intends to make Himself fully known, so weeding is a constant process. We have to weed out people and things even when we don’t want to or the circumstances are so harsh we don’t know if we can make it. So I pose this question, is God’s will fully blooming in your life or do you have weeds trying to choke them out? In the end, no matter how painful, the removal of anything that hinders His movement is worth the cost.
In His Love,
Somebody grab this lady a pair of glasses because I think I’m misreading the calender, it says it’s August! Lord have mercy, where in the WORLD has this year gone? The dog days of summer are nearly behind us and I can feel the change in the air. I mean, it’s still humid as ever here in the Carolinas, and the mercury is rising so fast it looks like the thermometer is going to burst, but can I just feel an excitement deep in my heart that I can’t explain. I believe it comes with knowing that the change of seasons is just around the bend. I don’t expect an end to this heat over night or to mystically awaken to a beautiful brisk fall day, but I know that the cool relief of autumn is on its way. I feel like I’m in that stage now, a kind of in-between-ness. It’s the part of life where you realize that you are coming up on the end of one thing and the beginning of another, but not quite to either point yet. It’s a precious time where God can reveal Himself to us as never before so long as we are willing to be still and listen to all He has to say. I know that many of you can relate to that sentiment as well. There are things that God has spoken in your spirit, things that He has promised you, but you haven’t seen it come to fruition yet. Hold on friends, change is coming! When we come under the attacks of satan it puts us in what feels like a spiritual winter time. From the surface it looks a never-ending valley of barren nothingness, but what the world, and so many times we ourselves, cannot see is what is going on beneath the soil. The cold harshness of the snowy trials provides us nourishment and the water we need to begin to grow and develop deep in the soil and in the hidden caverns of our heart where only you and God go. Every time the bitter chill of aloneness hits, it provides us with the strength to rely on Christ alone. When we’re in the darkest and most gloomy of freezing nights Jesus wraps us up in the warmth of His love through His SONlight and He shows us the way. Then before you know it the day that you never thought would get here has arrived; the first day of spring. Those spiritual seeds that were beaten down and frozen over by the storms of winter begin to sprout above the surface. Soon gorgeous blooms appear and the earth is over taken by the sweet smell of all the beautiful flora. It’s so hard to remember, but we need to keep in mind that our spring time doesn’t happen when we want it to. Just because we grow weary of the cold weather doesn’t mean that God is going to make it spring for us; that happens in His perfect timing. Every burden, every trial, every tribulation, every hardship, EVERYTHING that we go, no matter how difficult, is not happenstance, it is a divine tool that is used to shape us into beautiful outward reflections of our inner love for Christ for all the world to see. Are you ready for your season to change? I know I am. It is my prayer that when my spring time starts and it becomes my time to bloom that the world will see HIM and Him alone. I want to radiate the fragrance of the Rose of Sharon. What will you do with your winter? Will you let it’s harshness over take you and kill that spiritual seed that the Lord has planted in you? Or will you absorb it all to grow stronger from it? Will you pray daily and meditate on His word, come what may? Or will you turn your back on Him because it gets a little rough? Come spring time, what kind of bloom will you be showing the world?
In His Love,
Before I start my post, let me apologize for not posting a new “Moment of Truth” sooner. The plain and simple truth is that I’ve not had the time, and for that I am sorry. More and more these days I’m finding my self in awe of God and how He could ever use some one like me. We pre-released our forth-coming single “Let Go” to several stations and one imparticular is an internet station that broadcasts in 13 different countries (WVSG Radio). On that station it went to #1 in two weeks. I never thought in a million years that God would allow me to be apart of such a successful song, but even more so I never thought that He would give me the words and allow me to write a #1 song. He is so merciful and gracious, and for that I am eternally greatful. Even more exciting than any #1 or success of any song, we have seen healings and deliverances recently in our services. I mean, full on, flat out, God-sent physical healings and demonic deliverance. We are finding more and more that people today don’t believe that God is still in the business of doing “unusual” miracles. The scripture that says “if we have the faith the size of the grain of a mustard seed and say to the mountain be thou removed, it shall be moved” is still as valid today as it was the day it was written. So I pose the question, what is your mountain? What is standing in the way of you recieving your mighty and unusal miracle? Is it a mountain of doubt? Disbelief? Or is your mountain a circumstance? Remember that through the mighty name of Jesus anything is possible. ANYTHING. Just speak to that situation in His name, and the situation has to change. Just say that name- Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Through that name peace comes, resolution happens, demons and devils have to flee. So the next time satan creeps in with doubt or worry, or if a mountain stands in your way, just speak the name of Jesus, have faith in knowing that He can take care of anything and work any situation for your good.
My husband is one all-around talented guy; he’s an increadible singer, is a wiz with electronics, can throw down in the kitchen, and can utterly tare up a piano, but what most people don’t know is that he is one dynamite preacher. A few months ago he preached on a little something that I’d like to talk about; the “Lazarus” effect. Many people are plagued with something that can have a deadly effect on their spiritual life just as Lazarus’ sickness had a deadly effect on his physical life. Although it sounds quite hopless, just as Jesus called Lazarus forth out of death and into life, He can do the same for you. In order to fully be fully free and live in Jesus Christ we have to be unbound in all areas of our christian walk just as Lazarus had to be unbound from his grave clothes. John 11:44 describles where exactly Lazarus was bound at. “And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.” All of the areas where he was bound have increadible signifiance to us: 1.binding of the hands represents the binding of our praise 2.the binding of the feet represents the binding of our walk with Jesus 3.the covering of the eyes represents our need to keep our eyes on Jesus. In order to fully come out of our “spiritual death” we have to loose our praise, we have to keep following God, and we have to keep our eyes on God no matter what! Psalm 22:3 says that God inhabits the praises of His people. Webster defines inhabit as follows: 1. To live or reside in.2. To be present in; fill, dwell. Wow, isnt’ that awesome?! God literally LIVES in the praises of His people. No wonder Satan wants to bind your praise; when the praises go up the glory comes down! Also, in reference to the binding of our feet and the covering of eyes, 2 Corinthians 5:7 says that we should walk by faith. When it doesn’t seem like you know where to go or what to do, keep your eyes on Jesus and follow in His footsteps, He is the only one to trust in- He always take you where you need to go. So until next time, keep your eyes on Jesus, follow Him all the way, and lift your praises up!
As most of you know Paul and I are expecting our first child any day now and we are so absolutely thrilled. I am filled with such excitement and anticipation that I feel like I could burst, and I’m sure I look like I could burst too! Over the course of my pregnancy I have been thinking about Mary and what it must have been like for her to carry the wonderful gift of Jesus in her womb. I often wonder if she had the same fears and questions as I do- Will I be a good mother? What will he look like when he gets here? What kind of personality will he have? More than anything I am sure in the back of her mind she had to think about how she could ever give up her precious son to be sacrificed for us. What was it like to bring a son into this world who was born to die? I cannot even begin to fathom the mixture of emotions that must have overwhelmed her with that single thought. The same hands that reached for her and the very feet that chased after her would be nailed to a cross, the same brow she kissed would have a crown of thorns impressed upon it, and the same back that she would rub to soothe her tiny baby would be whipped and beaten, all for us. I have to be completely honest, I don’t think that I could ever give up my son ‘s life for any one in this world, especially when most of the world would reject him. Our sin debt and Jesus’ sacrifice can be explained like this: Our sin was like the ultimate crime and the death penality was the sentence that was passed down. When we were on death row, about to recieve our deserving sentence, Jesus stepped up and said, “I’ll take your place.” A man, the holy perfect spotless Lamb of God, who never sinned or did anything that would warrant such a sentence, voluntairily took our place. How amazing is that? It is a perfect example of pure love. Now as a parent how would you feel if your child came to you and said, “Mom, I am going to lay my life down for these people. You don’t know most of them and most of them do not love me, but it’s something that I have to do because I love them.” I would do anything and everything in my power to stop my son from doing what would seem to me to be a crazy thing! I am so thankful that Jesus gave His life willingly for us and that in the end Mary was able to see that His sacrifice was not in vain. He arose a strong and victorious king whose death and resurrection gave us eternal life! If you have never accepted Jesus’ gift of love and life, I invite you to do so; all you have to do is say this simple prayer:
Heavenly Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless. I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Him from the dead. Please Jesus forgive me for every sin that I have ever committed or done in my hear. Please Lord Jesus forgive me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today. I need you as my Father and my Friend. I give you my life and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer and meant it within your heart you are now a Christian! If you’d like, send us an email of your new found commitment at firstname.lastname@example.org