Old School Becomes New


Montell Jordan cover of “Break Every Chain.”

Yup, that’s right, Montell Jordan is a pastor and worship music leader now.  Praise God!  Further proof that the Lord can use anyone at anytime for His purposes!  The path that you were or are on can radically be re-directed.  You don’t have to stay in chains!  All those times you’ve said no to God’s call, eventually there will be no other option, except to say YES and surrender.  Fully surrender!!  When this happens, it is glorious!  No words can describe what it means to fully be in God’s presence, to know that you are His, to know that nothing else matters except to be reconciled to your Creator.  He made the moon and stars to light a path for us!  He is the God of healing, of miracles, of salvation.  Matthew 19:26 says, Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Don’t ever forget where you came from and what God has saved you from!  If you haven’t tasted the sweetness of the Lord, then you are missing out!  Come today.  There is no point in waiting, there is no time to waste.  Now is the time.  Turn towards the Lord.  Repent.  There is nothing that you’ve done that God can not forgive, NOTHING.  There is nothing that matters more in this finite life, in this waning world, than a relationship with our everlasting Father. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:2).

Receive it!  ❤

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Church Home?

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I’ve been going to church since 2013.  When I first started going, I don’t even know why I was there.  I was not a Christian.  I was just somehow sitting in the back of a church listening to what the pastor had to say and then took a “new believers” class.  Prior to this, I was deeply involved in the new age meditation, eastern medicine/mysticism scene.  And before that, I was on drugs.  I somehow traded in drugs for gluten-free juicing.  How?  I don’t know.  Obviously God was protecting me because I honestly could have died so many times.  So many dangerous situations with so many sketchy people.

After everything all came crumbling down leaving me empty and lost, I began searching for answers through Christianity.  That’s when Jesus came.  He came strong and hard, and I haven’t turned back since.  I gave my life to the Lord and got baptized. Then I started dating my now husband and God gave us marriage mentors (praise the Lord!).  We then finally settled in North Seattle where the Holy Spirit smacked us in the face with trumpets, worship was unbelievably passionate and the pastors were strictly Bible-believing, unapologetic and not afraid to call out sin.  We were deeply committed and involved, serving in capacities we didn’t know we could do. God was moving so mightily in our lives and using us in ways that we never thought possible!  I thought, this was it!  We’ve arrived at our home (church)!!

But I was wrong… 😦

God had other plans.  He moved us to Auburn.

What??  What’s in Auburn?  Why?  Really??  We were perplexed.  But we obeyed and bought our first starter home in Auburn, WA.  And now I am in a church where I am struggling to find my way.  The pastors are on point, preaching the Bible, but doing it in a very harsh, militant-style way.  Where’s the love?  Where’s the patience and compassion?  Does God hate sin?  YES of course he does.  Will He not hesitate to flood the entire Earth and start over?  You bet He did.  Does He rebuke evil?  All the time.  Does He order men to kill kings and impale their bodies on poles?  Yes, absolutely.

But God also says, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ (Romans 8).  He is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (Colossians 3:12).  

In regards to sin, brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently (Galatians 6:1-2).

If we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins (Hebrews 10:26).  This is bad.  Real bad.

If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness (1 John 1:9).  This is good.  Praise the Lord!

Brothers and sisters, please stop tearing each other down from the pulpit!  Yes, expose sin, speak the truth, be real and tell it like it is.  However, God already died on the cross for our sins, He took the ultimate beating, shame and death for us.  Stop beating up, whipping and shaming your fellow brothers and sisters. Restore them gently and lead them to prayer and God’s word.  Stop bragging about how much you spank your kids (I have no problem spanking my kids as a last resort option), however, boasting about it and doing it all the time is not okay, and may actually become ineffective and potentially lead to abuse.  Please don’t pridefully justify abuse through Proverbs 13:24.  A shepherd uses his rod and staff to protect, guide and lead his flock, not to pound and batter them with it.  In Numbers 22, Balaam, the diviner, beat his donkey to try to get it to do what he wanted, but it didn’t work.  The donkey ended up being able to talk back  to him, asking him why he was being mis-treated.  Stop power-tripping.  Stop doubting other people’s salvation.  It’s not up to you!  It’s up to God!!  God has anointed some with specific gifts and others with other gifts.  Encourage one another.  God loves us!  If He didn’t, He would have never sent His son Jesus.  All honor, praises and glory to Him!

Toddler Spinach Smoothie

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If you are looking for a way to get your toddler to eat spinach, here’s something that works for us! My son loves to eat peas, sweet potatoes, corn, roasted carrots, mini peppers, celery and edamame. However, I haven’t had much luck in the broccoli and spinach department, so I came up with this smoothie recipe and it was a hit!

Ingredients:
Banana
Spinach
Plain Greek yogurt (can omit if you are dairy-free)
Peanut butter (can also sub almond butter)
Almond milk (unsweetened)

Add a banana, handful of spinach, a large spoonful of Greek yogurt, a large spoonful of peanut butter, and unsweetened almond milk. Blend together until smooth and enjoy!  🙂

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Take the Plunge

I did it!  I took the plunge.  🙂

Here’s the cliff-note story…

I got saved and baptized on March 2013.  Here’s a picture.  On this day, I walked up to the front of All Souls Church in West Seattle, shared my testimony to the entire congregation, then the pastor sprinkled water on my head and we all had cake afterwards.  Good times.  My life since then has never been the same, as I turned my back away from a sinful lifestyle and realized that much of my entire life up until then had been a lie.  I turned towards Jesus, stuck my nose in the Bible, and got deeply involved in church.  

Fast forward 6 years later.  It is now February 2019.  I’m still loving Jesus and walking on the path, however, after I left All Souls, I never saw another pastor sprinkle water on anyone’s head ever again.  I kept seeing church websites talking about baptism by “immersion.”  Every time I visited churches and they were doing baptisms, everyone I saw got fully submerged, dripping wet in a body of water.  I even saw people getting dunked in the freezing cold waters of the Puget Sound.  Hmm.. interesting.  I thought it was semantics and just kept carrying on.  

Until the Holy Spirit kept nudging me.  Once God’s voice became clear, there was no question what I needed to do.  I realized that I didn’t just want a sprinkle of Jesus in my life, I want Him all.  I never doubted my conversion and salvation 6 years ago, but figure, if God says to take the plunge, then so be it.  A few months ago, I saw a trailer for a movie about an ex-gangster who was in prison, and then came to Jesus.  He was so on fire for God and took Matthew 28:19 so seriously (Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit), that he bought a hot tub, put it in the back of his pick-up truck, and would drive through gang neighborhoods and invite people to be baptized right then and there on the streets.  I secretly wished that a truck would come driving through my neighborhood, or that I’d be at some random place, like the grocery store, and there would be a tub in the parking lot, or I’d be hiking somewhere and there would happen to be a priest baptizing people in a river.  However, nonetheless, it happened in the Faith and Victory Church parking lot in Auburn, WA.  The good times continue.  😀

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Blessings via Jacob & Esau

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If you’re a Christian, you have probably heard the story of Jacob & Esau. There are many Bible cartoons portraying Jacob as the younger brother with smooth skin and Esau as the older brother with hairy skin. The story goes that their father was very sick and could not see very well. He requested a meal and was ready to give a blessing to his oldest son Esau. However, Jacob’s mom did not want Esau to have the blessing, so she told Jacob to gather food for the meal, put hairy animal skin on his arm and pretend that he was Esau so he could inherit the blessing. Jacob questioned his mother, but then did what he was told. He thus entered his father’s room and stole his brother’s blessing.

At first glance, one may look at Jacob and say “what a liar! what a thief! how unfair to steal from his brother!”

However, there is more to the story.

Genesis 26:34 states, “when Esau was 40 years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.”

Esau chose to dishonor his parents by marrying two women from Hittite. Hittite women are from the land of Canaan and do not follow God. Thus the “source of grief.”

Later, after Esau learned that Jacob took his blessing…

“he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, ‘Bless me–me too, my father!'” (Gen 27:34)

“This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing! Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?” (Gen 27:36). The “second time” Esau is referring to is when Esau gave up his birthright to Jacob in exchange for a bowl of stew.  You can read about this in Genesis 25:27-34.

“Esau said to his father, ‘Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!’ Then Esau wept aloud.” (Gen 27:38)

“Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, ‘The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.’ “ (Gen 27:41).

Eeek!

The story ends with Esau still trying to get a blessing…

“Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman, and that Jacob obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac; so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.” (Gen 28:6-9)

So yes, it was wrong of Jacob to lie to his father to inherit the blessing, however, he was actually being obedient to his mother. Esau’s heart was not right with God from the very start.. marrying not one, but two ungodly women from Hittite (Canaan), being filled with fury and anger, crying and whining over not receiving any blessings, holding a grudge, plotting to kill his brother, then later marrying a godly woman in order to receive blessings, even though he already had two wives.

Esau does not have a heart after God. He seems to only be concerned with his own selfish wants and desires. There appears to be no repentance or forgiveness. He only wants to please his father, if there is something (potential blessings) he can get from it. There is no desire to please his father for the sake of honor, righteousness and obedience.

Are you after the heart of God or only desiring blessings? Do you make choices to please your Heavenly Father because you love Him, or only because you are hoping to get something from Him?

Thank you Jesus..

for the trees

for the rain

for the sun.

It is You who knows it all.

For I am a mere mortal.

I am getting more into Your Word.

Thank you for the Holy Spirit who reminds me to pray and devote my days to You.

This house is Yours. I do not own anything.

These children You have brought into my life are dedicated to You.

During times of doubt and uncertainty, I know that You have a plan and that brings me peace.

Let me not falter. Let me be pure.

Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)