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Beauty in the Deep Places

My dad, husband and I drove to Carlsbad Caverns yesterday. They had both visited before I, however, had not. They were excited for me to see the Caverns and so was I. It was not without certain reservations on my part though! I am not too much on being in tight, dark, dank, musty places! Just sayin! I kept asking key questions that I thought were pertinent to my survival. It went something like this:

How big are these caverns?"

How narrow are the tightest places we have to walk through?

Is it well lit down there?

What happens if the lights go out?

How long will we be down there?

How hard is it to get down in there?

How hard is it to get back out of there?

Is it cold down there? Is it hot down there?

And of course the very important, How should I dress and are there restrooms down there?

Now don't let the barrage of extremely important queries fool you into thinking I am needy, high maintenance or anything like that! Maybe I am just very inquisitive?!! I just wanted to cover all angles and situations that might arise while down in the deep unknown. I needed to prepare for whatever might come in this slightly unnerving adventure or at the least, know what I needed to have in my purse and pockets that might save the day! Just the kind of girl I am and how my brain operates! When I go on a trip of any kind it looks like I am immigrating to Australia, so I am told....lies, all hateful lies propagated by family and friends!

Daddy and hubby assure me that it is a concrete, smooth walkway down to the entrance. The caverns are very open, no tight places to the "Big Room" that we would be visiting. Everything is well lit and we had flashlights and cell phones on the off chance of 1 in a million that there would be a cosmic event that would cause the lights to go out in the caverns. It would take us a couple of hours, surely I can manage 2 hours?! Oh and my favorite, we would ride an elevator down and back up because my dad recently had knee replacement surgery. I was content to let it be my excuse for not having to do all of that "unnecessary" walking and climbing! O Happy day!

Well okay, I finally had all my questions answered to my cautious satisfaction and I decide that I am a "mighty woman of faith" and I can do this thing. Bring it on! Caverns here I come!

After the long drive, we arrive and lo and behold, the elevator is out of service! Oh no, this can't be. Thankfully my dad said that there was no way he could do all that walking. I quickly agreed with his assessment. My husband and I could not go off and leave him for 2 hours now could we? So, we decided to watch the 15 minute documentary of the history of the caverns and then check out the gift shop before heading out.

After watching the movie, I was disappointed we could not go see it in person even though it still looked a little scary and treacherous. I don't pretend to understand or be able to adequately articulate the science of how the caverns were formed so I am not even going to try. Science was never a strong suit of mine anyway.

It was mind-boggling to think that all of that magnificence was way below the surface. Everything above ground was life as usual while nestled underneath was a realm of unspeakable wonders. So easy to drive by and not even know it existed. Existed it has for many, many years, no one knows for sure how long it has been forming. It is still to this day, changing and being sculpted into a natural showcase of splendor. There are still new passage ways being discovered. It was sensory overload and this is just from me seeing a very low budget 15 minute documentary of it on a flat screen. Even that was spectacular to behold. I could only enjoy it though through someone else's eyes and experience because I had not personally been to that deep cavern.

Don't think that I have not been to some deep dark places though, because I most definitely have. It was when I was abused and abandoned as a child, when depression, rejection, low self-esteem and unspeakable fear gripped me.  It was in the anguish of raising children, seeing their pain and hurting more than they did. It was when I was wading through the flood tide of marital heartache, it was the times of the lack of money to take care of the necessities. It was when disappointment replaced my dreams and grief overtook my joy. Yes, I have been there. I have been in the deep, dark, hidden places of life. As I invited my Creator into those empty caverns created by my acidic tears, I experienced His glory in my story.  I would rather experience the beauty of God rather than draw back in fear, never going deep, just being content to stay on the surface and be an observer of someone else's experience. The acidic rain in Carlsbad Caverns can be seen as either eroding limestone or masterfully forming the gorgeous soda straws, large stalactites, stalagmites, columns, draperies, flowstone, cave pearls, lily pads, popcorn, helictites and aragonites that delight the visitors day after day. What is your perception of your tears? Can you see beyond the pain and the circumstances to the hand of God working in the midst of it? Can you see the Kingdom of God in your life? I will readily admit sometimes it is harder to see than others. Know this, what was meant to destroy you by hand of the enemy can be turned for your good if it is yielded to the Lord.  You can be an awe-inspiring display of His grace, mercy and faithfulness. All things are possible with God! Through His power the victim becomes the Victor and the broken hearted is healed.

There is a beauty being formed in the deep hidden places of life. A place where acidic tears are falling, eroding the long standing hardened areas of past pain while sculpting and forming love, hope, joy, strength and character. A process of revelation of who God is and His unfailing love, exploring the many facets of His power and Kingdom begins in this place. Hidden beneath the surface of who you are, the Holy Spirit is hovering and brooding over the chaotic formless mess as He did in the beginning in Genesis chapter 1. There is a masterful flurry of construction, renovation, fortifying and creativity happening right now in accordance with the heavenly blueprints for your life. He has plans for a future and a hope for you, it is promised in Jeremiah 29:11. Don't forget to look for the beauty in the deep places because it is most assuredly there!

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Don't Fall for the games the Devil plays!​

At the risk of over simplifying, you need to know that God is Good and only wants to do you good; the Devil is bad and only wants to do you bad. If God tells you to stay away from something it is because it will destroy you, not because he doesn't want you to enjoy your life. Jn. 10:10 "The Thief (Satan) came to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came to give you life and life more abundantly."

Don't fall for the games the Devil plays! An onslaught of sorcery, bewitching, enchantments, spells, Voodoo, Ouija boards, seances, crystals, tarot cards, crystal balls, astrology, Teraphim (household good luck images), etc., has been unleashed upon our land in the name of Entertainment, Religion and especially Halloween.  Part of the deception is that it is "harmless" or it is "not real." Satan and His demonic assignments are real. You may have meant it all in "good fun" but the Devil is serious and plays for keeps.  He does not care if it was just something you did at some party.  1 Pet. 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary (Devil) walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom He may devour."  He wants to gain entry into your life. If you give him an Inch he will be your Ruler. Do not give him a platform to operate from in your life. He specializes in Fear & Terror. He especially likes to attack little children who innocently watch cartoons and movies and play video games that are laced with fear, violence and witchcraft.  It seems that witchcraft and all that it entails is in "vogue" right now. Be careful and mindful of what you and your children watch and participate in.

 Deut. 18:9-11 "When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations (detestable acts) of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter PASS THROUGH THE FIRE, or one who practices WITCHCRAFT, or a SOOTHSAYER or one who INTERPRETS OMENS, or a SORCERER,  or one who CONJURES SPELLS, or a MEDIUM, or a SPIRITIST, or one who CALLS UP THE DEAD."

1 Sam. 15:23 "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." 

There is only One true God, the God of the Holy Bible.  He is the One worthy of your worship and devotion. He is the God of power and might. Satan offers a counterfeit power and direction. He wants your worship and devotion.  Look only to the Lord to direct you and guide you. The Holy Spirit will be your indwelling Teacher. 

Some who have been lured into Satan's trap have experienced demonic manifestations and don't know what to do. Remember Isa. 61:1 declares-He came to set the captives free; Jn 8:32 -You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free;  2 Tim. 1: 7-God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind;  1 Jn. 4:4-Greater is He (God) that is in you than he (Satan) that is in the world. 

Know that God loves you! Jer. 29:11 states, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."  Call out to the Lord Who loves you with an unfailing love. Confess your SIN (an archery term that means to miss the mark, failure, taking the wrong course). REPENT (change your mind & turn away from the sin). RENOUNCE (declare you will no longer engage in the activity) your sin.

Guard your heart, your eye gate, your ear gate and your mind.  Read the Holy Bible. Fellowship with the Lord through prayer and worship. Faithfully attend a Bible believing, alive church! 

Psa. 34:8 "TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD!"   ENJOY the presence of the Lord and your life!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Philippians 3:14 "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
We can run toward and strain after many things in this life. We can pressure ourselves to gain trophies, money, fame, success and acceptance. These things are temporary and subject to change. There is only one ultimate goal and prize that will last, the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 
God calls us upward not down. If life has pulled you down and circumstances have depressed you, be still and hear His call to come up higher. Respond to His upward call. Make knowing Him your ultimate goal and prize. Everything else will line up and fall in place in your life as you put The Lord Jesus Christ and His upward call first place in your life. Let Him be the prize you seek and your life will be forever changed. 
No matter where you are in life right now, no matter how bad things are or how bad you have messed things up, God has a good plan for your life, far beyond your wildest dreams. Seek Him and allow yourself to dream again. 
Go ahead, he is waiting on you. It's a new day!

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2015 Prayer Poem

Fully alive, fully awakened, living without reservation, no hesitation. Totally surrendered, not holding back, alive in the Spirit, alive in this life. Completely yielded, life freely given, fulfilling His purpose, His dream.

Breathing Him in, breathing Him out, His glory within, His glory without. Pouring forth the oil of His presence, releasing His fragrant aroma, conformed to His magnificent image, His nature now our own. A vessel of His heart, His love, His life.

A true representation of Him, His heart knowing, His love showing. Through His eyes, seeing, through His ears, hearing. His hands, touching, His steps, walking. His heart talks, we listen, following the truth, the light, the way. His kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit revealed, as we worship, as we serve the Holy One of Israel.

This is right desire, this holy hunger and plea, to be all and who He would have us to be. Souls to lay at His feet, captives set free, hearts broken, now mended, His goodness to see. Lives’ restored, healed and delivered. Heavenly aligned, no longer drifting, no longer deceived, the 
Truth of divine identity received. To this, worshiping warriors have been joyfully called, to spread the good news of the gospel to those behind spiritual and physical walls.

We no longer wait for the day or the hour, to soar into heights unknown, it is here, it is now, it is life in His glory zone. The fullness of times is now upon us, all creation waits for our rising. Every fiber of our being fully awakened, abiding in His presence, energized. All for His glory alone, the advancement of His kingdom and heaven’s perspective to be shown.

2015 Fully alive, fully awake, living without limits.

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2 Choices

Every day we are presented with 2 choices; Satan's FEAR or Christ's FAITH! The evidence is mounting in the case for FEAR. Every time we watch the news or survey personal circumstances and that of friends and loved ones, we are faced with a decision…Fear or Faith. This is not a decision we can afford to make through default because human nature naturally defaults to Fear. Fear shouts loudly, constantly vying for our attention. It seeks to rout us from our position of peace and resting in God's promises. The more we listen to the voice of fear, the more we begin to waver and eventually fall into unbelief. Faith on the other hand is not based on what we see or our senses. Faith is based on the concrete, indestructible, never failing and always true, Word of God. Faith is a childlikeness and innocence that is convinced of their “Daddy’s” love and believes that what “Daddy” God promises, He will do. 
 

Heb. 10:23 declares, “Let us hold fast the profession of our Faith without wavering; for He is faithful Who promised.”Don’t hold “lightly” your profession or confession of faith. Get a firm grip on it! It is important what you believe and say. It is critical that we speak Faith not Fear in the day we live in. Don’t waver off into unbelief, hopelessness and depression. It is a place you don’t want to be. I have been there before and trust me when I say “you don’t want to go there!” Anchor yourself in God’s promises found in His Word. Don’t go wandering off with the world. Every undesirable circumstance and negative word must be filtered through faith in God and His Word. 

Believe what you are “saying” when you profess your faith. Your faith will be securely grounded when it is based on the faithfulness of the One Who promised. He is a God of His Word. He cannot go against His Word. “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num. 29:13) 
 

I can’t afford to trust in myself to be full of faith or faithful. I know me and I have failed too many times. I CAN afford to trust the Lord Jesus Christ because He not only has never failed He CANNOT fail!!! He is Faith-ful. He is “full” of faith. If you stake your faith on your ability to be faithful or full of faith it will not only waver, but it will surely fail. We base our lives on the sure foundation of Christ’s faithfulness. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Tim. 2:13).
 

I choose to be Faith-full and not Fear-full!!!

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Married 33 years, to the same man!

I was barely 18 and my husband was 23 when we got married. We are blessed to have 2 wonderful children that we are proud of. Our daughter is 30.  She and her husband have a handsome son and a beautiful daughter. MY son is 27 and is engaged to a lovely young woman. My husband and I have a history.  We have had many good times and some hard times.  I am so glad our marriage has stood the test of time and trials.  We are a family, not a perfect family, but we are bound together by love.  Some days our marriage feels perfect, some days it feels not so perfect but love is not so fickle as feelings. Married love is a blessing; a lifelong covenant, commitment and choice. Many of the problems and differences I once considered insurmountable, in retrospect seem so petty and insignificant now. A couple of generations ago divorce was not even an option. You just rolled up your sleeves, worked your differences out, learned to compromise where needed and put the other persons needs first. Now it seems divorce has become the first alternative to consider. Sometimes Satan will make certain traits of your spouse or undesirable qualities loom much greater than their positive ones. Beware of that trap. Now mind you, there are certain serious and dire circumstances where divorce is a must. But most often that is the exception to the rule.  Marriage is a 3 way covenant between God, you and your spouse. God is love, and love never fails (1 Cor. 13)! That is really good news for married couples. Keep God in the middle of your marriage. Lord, help us to see our spouse as  You do, forgive our spouse as You do, love our spouse as You do. Help us to love as we want to be loved and to forgive as we want to be forgiven. Keep our focus where it should be Father and make our marriages and families strong in Jesus name! 

If you have been through the heartache of a broken marriage and divorce, no matter what the reason, God loves you more than you can imagine! He has a good plan for your life. He can bring beauty out of ashes. God specializes in restoring our broken lives, be it from a divorce or a troubled marriage. He can heal your heart right where you are in life and give you a new beginning. He is still a God of miracles!  

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I used to live in a place called "FEAR"

I used to live in a place called "FEAR."
There is such an onslaught of terror and chaos unleashed in the world. When one report is finished, another one is on it's heels. I was one who battled fear, anxiety and insecurity for many years. It was not fun. It was not easy. I lived in a place called "FEAR."  Fear of the future, fear of failure, fear of the opinion of others, fear...fear...fear.  But not anymore!!! I changed my residence.  So... I decided to tell you about this really cool secret place that I now live in.  It is just too good to keep it to myself.  It is awesome! You really want to make plans to go there immediately!!! Guess what? You never have to leave either.  It is called "THE SECRET PLACE OF THE MOST HIGH." To find out all the details just go to Psalm 91. You can live there free of charge.  The price has already been paid in full by Jesus Christ. Those who humble themselves, invite Jesus into their life and ask Him to forgive them of their sins have instant access into the Secret Place. No waiting or performing a list of  good works beforehand. Isn't that great?  The doorway is called "Grace."  In the midst of turmoil, It is THE one and only protected place.  There is safety in abiding in the secret place; the presence of God.  And did I mention that His presence is amazing? 
"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.....You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.  A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near to you....." Now that's good news in this day and time!!!
Read the whole chapter then share it with others. The world needs to hear Psalm 91 so don't keep it to yourself!

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The Spiritual Line in the Sand-What are we to do?

The world’s spiritual climate has unmistakably shifted and accelerated.  There is a definitive “Line in the Sand” being drawn distinguishing darkness from light, sin from holiness, life from death, Satan’s kingdom and God’s Kingdom.  It will intensify, there is no turning back.

  

The deluge and rapidity of bad news is unprecedented: Wars, persecution, genocide, disasters, governments and leaders falling, countries being overtaken, terrorist attacks, borders over run, failing economies, rising crime, gangs, drug cartels, human trafficking, famine, break down of traditional family values, pestilence and disease has ushered in a tumult of fear and instability in the atmosphere.  Satan has launched a “Shock and Awe” campaign. It will ultimately fail and pale in comparison to the magnificent display of God’s glory, power and signs and wonders in the heavens. Darkness is rising but it can’t overtake The Light.  Jesus is Lord and He will reign and rule throughout eternity.  The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only real and lasting good news!!!  His Word never changes. You can stake your very life on it.  I have!!! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Throughout history, which is His-story, it has never been proven wrong and has always come to pass. The Bible prophesied our current events thousands of years ago with pen point precision as if you were reading today’s newspaper.

  

What are we to do in the midst of the swelling tide?   Most importantly, if you don’t have a personal relationship with Christ, TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION!        If you have not been “born-again” don’t wait, do it now.  You will NEVER regret it.  I have had a personal relationship with the Lord for over 40 years.  He has been faithful through thick and thin, the ups and the downs, the good and the bad times.  No matter what I have battled or walked through, He has never left me and has always turned things around for my good. It is the best decision I have ever made or ever will make. I urge you to do the same. It is so simple, just ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your life, ask Him to forgive you of your sins and to be the Lord of your life.  (Read John 3:3, 16-17; Ro. 6:23; Romans 10:9-10; Rev. 3:20-21) Get in a Bible based church.  Seek the Lord and yield to the His leading.  Read His Word and pray. Get to know Him, you will absolutely love Him! 

 

If you are CHRISTIAN, Shine, Shine, Shine!!!  Isaiah 60:1-3 “ Arise, shine; for your light has come!  And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory will be seen upon you.  The Gentiles (unbelievers) shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your arising.”

 

Body of Christ ARISE!!!  We have been saved and prepared for this very day.  Don’t be caught up in the things of the world.  Don’t entertain the ways of this world. There are demonic assignments of deception, strong delusions and a spirit of temptation not only against the world but the body of Christ.  Be on guard! Come out from among them and be separate.  Let there be a marked difference between your life and those of this world.  We are to be IN the world but NOT of this world.   Gal. 5:1 “Stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” That sin which you were previously convicted of and shunned away from do not now partake of.   Be sober; be vigilant for Satan is like a roaming lion seeking whom he may devour.  Don’t slumber or sleep spiritually. Don’t become numb in the spirit or procrastinate.

 

Satan knows we are carriers of the presence of God and are to proclaim God’s kingdom on this earth.  If he can’t lure you into sin he will try to lull you to sleep.  If he can’t cause you to fall through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye or the pride of life he will seek to distract you.  If all else fails he will try to overwhelm you with fear BUT God is the stability of our times (Isa. 33:6).

 

In spite of all evil reports or battles we may face, we are not to quiver or quake in the corner as those who have no hope. Don’t fear the evil tidings.  God said all of this would happen and it is.  God’s got this!!! God has amazing things in store for the body of Christ to walk in and to display.  We have been called into action.  We are the Army of God.  We are on active duty. Our assignment is to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, lay hands on the sick, cast out demons and make disciples of all nations. Awake! This is the day to take up our spiritual armor and advance the Kingdom of God! This is our finest hour! We have the Words of Life and the power of His Spirit.  With the name of Jesus, the Word of God, our spiritual armor and the blood of Jesus, we, the worshipping warriors of Christ cannot fail.  We are more than conquerors.

 

We are alive in the most exciting and greatest time of history. He is pouring out His Spirit on all flesh (Joel 2).  This is the time of the great end time Harvest and we get to be a part of it. Put in the sickle and reap.  The Tsunami tidal wave of God’s glory is rising.  We are called to ride the wave, laughing joyously.  With our eyes on Jesus and our ears tuned to His voice, nothing is impossible.  Miracles will be the norm!  Satan with all his tactics can never over power or “out do” God. God has the last say. We will soon see displays of God’s power as never before.  Get in on it! Live in such a way that the world will see Jesus in you and be drawn to the light that is in you.  Be His hands, His feet, His heart, His face, His voice, and His ears to a broken and hurting world.  This is the day for callings to be fulfilled, visions come to pass, gifts and anointing’s activated. As we lift Him up, He will draw all men unto Him.  Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!

 

For Him,

Louada

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Prophetic Word: "Sound the Alarm on My Holy Mountain"

Set the trumpet to your mouth! Sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Declare that Jesus Christ is Lord!  Lift up your head, your redemption draws nigh.

This is the day that I pour out my Spirit on all flesh.  This is the day that I have prepared you for.  Arise and shine! Darkness covers the earth and deep darkness the people, but upon you light arises. Do not fear the darkness and the tumult of the nations. Do not fear the reports, what you hear what you see.  Be a good soldier.  Do not be entangled with the things of this life.  Come out from among them and be separate. Do not be like the world. Awake! Put on strength!  Be set on fire by my Spirit and burn for me.  Be a light in the darkness.  They will come come to watch you burn.  The harvest is great and ripe.  Put in the sickle and reap. This is your finest hour!

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Whew! Now that's a Relief!

"For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him." (Phil. 2:13 NLT) WHEW! NOW THAT'S A RELIEF!! I don't have to depend on my own will, power or desires to get everything right in this life. That is a really good thing because sometimes I don't even know what my desires are and my will power has gone out the window! I want to do what is right but it seems like I am going in reverse at times. Hmm...I think I will give myself a "pass" on those things that are not perfect yet and quit fretting over them. God is working in me and Everything is going to be OK!

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What are you going to do with what you are going through?

Sometimes we are our own stumbling block because we fail to see beyond the present pain of our circumstances to the positive side of what it could lead us to and the person it could make us become.
Sometimes life is really hard, I am not denying that in the least. I have had my own fair share of difficulties and disappointments. I have found that if I allow my thoughts to revolve around all the negative issues in life, they just get bigger and more overwhelming...just what the devil wants to happen. However when I allow God to be the center of my life and thoughts, it is amazing what happens! Instead of telling God, myself and others how big my problems are, I begin to tell my problems how BIG MY GOD IS!! God cannot lie and He cannot fail. He still specializes in miracles. 

I challenge you to try focusing on God's love for you and His powerful promises instead of all the "junk" in this world. Ask God to be in charge at the center of your life. I would love to hear what happens...your story might just help someone else that may read it too! 

Matt. 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
 

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