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Saturday, September 7, 2019

I am a God of divine order. I have set things in order when I created all things. I have put everything in its place and when I put those things in their place, they are there for Me to use when the time is required, says the Lord. I knew you all when I created the foundations of this earth. I have raised you up for such a time as this. You are where I have put you. You are not where you are because this is something you wanted to do. You have always been here, says the Lord. Geographically, you may have been other places but spiritually you have always been where I have put you in creation, and now says the Lord, the water of the Holy Spirit is being poured out on you. There are many illustrations of this in My Word, of similar magnitude. The holy spirit falls like water to water the spiritual grass, the spiritual fruit, the spiritual trees and the spiritual plants. You are My plantings and I have planted you strategically and it is about to rain upon you, says the Lord. The rain of My Holy Spirit is about to be poured out on you. Prepare yourself as I lead you through the many experiences that you are going to encounter. Trust Me, says the Lord, that I am with you. I am not sending you; I am leading you. And know you are not travelling geographically; you are travelling spiritually. You are being matured at a very rapid rate. You are going to be raised up as standard bearers. You are going to be raised up as a living Word. You are going to be raised up out of the soil that I have planted you in and you are going to bear the fruit. The plant is wonderful to look at but the fruit is for others. And I am going to pour out the rain of My Holy Spirit upon you and you are going to make the desert blossom like a rose. But there will be more than roses, there will be food, spiritual food for those ones of Mine that do not understand what I am saying to you. But they will understand because you will know what is happening to you and you will be able to share that with them. You are where I have you in creation and you will remain, says the Lord, as the plantings of the Lord by the streams of living water. And your leaves shall reach out over the area in which you are and they will be for the healing of the nations here in this part of my vineyard, says the Lord.


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Devotional Week #12
How do our personal filters, beliefs or lies begin? I have questioned this for many years. As I shared in Week #10, my filter became one where I believed the lies that I was worthless, useless and unlovable. With these beliefs how can anyone succeed? Yet, I have led a successful life. I worked for over 20 years as an Executive Assistant, I led local community support groups, I raised two children and the list goes on. I remember the days where I would make it to work, only to find myself unable to remain there. I remember the days where I wanted to just give up and on three occasions attempted to end my life.
The mind is a battlefield. It never shuts off. All of the things we have been taught, all of the experiences we have had and how we have interpreted them are stored in its massive database. If we retrieve the lies from this database often enough, we start to believe them!
How to combat those lies? We need to counteract them with the truth! I have read many books, taken many courses and have seen many professionals. I have spent weeks in the hospital. In 1998 I had 12 ECT treatments. However, it wasn't until I started to believe the truth that the word hope entered my database.
A book entitled, "Telling Myself the Truth" literally saved my life. I believe God wants me to share my journey through the principles in this book. Check back next week ....
I encourage you to meditate on John 8:31-32 this week.
Pastor Karen
Devotional Week 11
I have struggled this week to write for various reasons. Hence, I am a day late in posting! The question is where to begin. You see, living with a mental illness has been part of my life since I was 13 years old. It became my identity in many ways. I lived with the knowledge that "something wasn't right" and with the stigma of those around me who simply did not understand, or believed they had far better reasons to be ill than I ever had. I guess reliving some of the pain, however briefly, has been difficult for me.
Before I share my testimony in great detail, I want you to know that there is hope. If you are struggling in any way with mental illness there is hope. I found my hope in God's love and in a group of believers who demonstrated that love. They continue to encourage and lift me up today!
If you are struggling with mental illness and you haven't sought help, please do so today. Call your doctor or reach out to a friend or family member. There are resources available - call 211 to get a list of services in your area.
Hopefully by next week my "writer's block" will have lifted! Until then I encourage you to meditate on Galatians 6:2 this week. Reach out and help someone carry their burden.
Devotional Week#10
I have spent the last few days arguing with God about what to write about next. Have you ever argued with God? We all know how that turns out ... so here goes.
I had my first attempt at suicide at the age of 16. At the time I had no idea why. My life was not terrible. I had made some very bad decisions but nothing that could not be worked through. Today, I simply thank God that he stopped me in my footsteps and rescued me from the darkness.
In my late 40's I started to recognize my own personal filters. My filter was one of believing that I was worthless, useless and unlovable. As I grew older other filters got added but I realized, that at the age of 16, I had already formed these lies in my mind. Where did they come from? How did they form?
In the coming weeks I believe God wants me to share my experiences with attempted suicide (not the details) - how the lies we believe can lead us down this pathway. I also want to talk about those filters.
It is going to be a long journey, but I believe God wants to heal others through it.
I encourage you to read Psalm 34:18-19 this week.
Blessings, Pastor Karen

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