September 2020

Hello Saints!

Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty. (Psalm 104:1) Wouldn’t you like to catch a picture of that?!!! It’s too great to even imagine! Our phones would burn up from the image! Every other picture we have ever taken would pale in comparison. If only we thought we could capture it, would we ever dare to focus our camera anywhere else? The sheer beauty would melt your heart and drop you to your knees. The incredible awesomeness of His majesty! Last week in church I had this picture come in my head during worship of the glory of God hovering over the lake behind our church and in an instant, I knew I was breathing in His glory! Imagine it with me for a moment! What would you feel like if every time you drew in a breath, you knew tiny particles of God’s glory were slipping into your lungs? Don’t you feel better already?!!! It’s an incredible thought! As I’ve pondered this throughout the week I’ve thought how do we know we’re not breathing in His glory everyday? How could we not be? He’s been in heaven for all eternity. His Spirit was hovering over the earth at the beginning of creation. Could the particles of His glory ever dissipate? Would they ever disappear into nothingness? What stops His glory that’s radiating from Him right now at this moment from coming through our atmosphere? Can anything stand against His glory? Certainly not! You’ve probably figured out that I’m not a rocket scientist (J), so I have no idea what happens when the astronauts are coming back into our atmosphere and the outer shell of there spacecraft gets burned up, but do you think that would be fierce enough to burn to bits the glory of God? I don’t think so! Ephesians 2:2 talks about the “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.” So if satan is dwelling in the atmosphere above the earth, could he stop God’s glory from reaching us? Not a chance! We’re always praying and singing, “God show us Your glory,” what if we’re already walking around in the overflow of it and we’ve just been too caught up in everything else to see it? So many times this week, I’ve made myself be aware that I’m breathing in His glory through the air, and every time, instantly, I felt revived! Even when I was driving through the countryside and the air got a little “fragrant” from the farm animals, I knew, even that, could not stop the radiance of His glory.

Exodus 33:18-33 “Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live! Then the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”  When God passed by Moses I bet that made Moses’ hair stand on end! Isn’t it fantastic to think about! This is the almighty, powerful God that we serve! The creator of all things! Moses was only a man, overwhelmed by all the responsibility he had at the moment, and he simply let God know he just needed to see His glory and God obliged.

Exodus 24:16-17 “Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.”  How amazing His glory must be! And yet He gives us access to it! John 11:40 “Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Jesus was talking to Martha, the sister of Lazarus, right as He was about to call Lazarus from the grave. Every time we see someone receive Christ as their Savior, we see the glory of God, as we watch them being called from the grave.

Last night I was at a tent revival being held by Pastor Pat Haskins, from Light of Faith Center. On the way there I had picked up two girls, ages 6 & 7, and took them with me. Towards the end of the service, I took them forward and asked Pastor Haskins to pray over them for protection (because of their home environment), and relief from the nightmares they have. He took it a step further and asked them to ask Jesus into their hearts. After praying the prayer, this beautiful happiness came over both of them. The Pastors wife played a final song and the girls danced and laughed. Their whole countenance had changed. It was the glory of God that had entered into them.

Earlier this year, as I was praying one morning, the Lord told me to stop praying right then and go pray with a woman who I had seen working at a doctor’s office. I did not know the woman, had only said hi to her in passing, so this was a little awkward. I went, praying on the way that the Lord would prepare her heart. I went to her desk and asked if I could speak to her privately. When I told her the Lord told me to come pray for her, her eyes filled with tears, and she said as she was driving to work that morning she asked the Lord to give her a reason to believe in Him. She asked me to pray for her daughter who was a heroin addict. When I asked her daughters name, as the Lord would have it, I know her daughter. We prayed, cried, & rejoiced. Two nights ago, I received a phone call that her daughter had just died of an overdose. I could pause right here for days. It’s the type of thing that leaves you heartbroken and stumped.

Yesterday morning despite little sleep, I knew I needed to get up and go down to the church service for the homeless in the park. I didn’t tell anyone what had happened. During worship the tears started rolling down my face. While my eyes were closed I felt a swoosh as a forceful gust of wind hit the side of my face and another hit the side of my back. I can’t describe it adequately, it came out of nowhere, two separate short gusts simultaneously. I opened my eyes, there was no one near me, no wind blowing. And the thought hit me, did an angel just land beside me? I closed my eyes. They were singing, Holy, Holy, Holy, and in my mind’s eye, I seen this regal, strong figure of an angel kneeling beside me in honor of the majesty of the Lord. The most beautiful awe-inspiring image you have ever seen. Within a few minutes I was kneeling on the concrete also. Such an incredible sense of worship filled my heart that I was sure multiple people were kneeling all around me. When the last song ended, I opened my eyes to stand up and the whole space around me was empty, but there was no doubt in my mind that I was not alone as I knelt there. Something amazing transpired over the next 20 minutes. Normally during the message, multiple conversations are going on all over the place, people moving around, sometimes arguing, or an ambulance might even come for someone having a drug seizure, the distractions are continuous. But this hush had settled on the park. Almost everyone was sitting or standing quietly and they paid attention to the Word! The man spoke from the passage of Jesus being in the boat in the midst of the storm. The peace in that place was indescribable, just as it must have been when the waves stopped as Jesus spoke.

His glory trumps our pain. His glory heals us when we acknowledge it. I heard a preacher recently say that in order to have peace that passes understanding, we have to surrender our right to understand.  I truly believe the Lord sent that angel to show me to take my eyes off the circumstance and put my eyes on Him. He confirmed it with the message, to quit looking at how big the storm is and to remember the authority of the Son of Man to silence it. Throughout the day yesterday I had multiple times when the tears flowed uncontrollably. Of course we’ll feel the pain, and then we learn how to comfort others with the comfort with which we ourselves have been comforted. (2 Corinthians 1:4). But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:7). His word says it all so much better than I ever could.

This month has been full of buying groceries and clothes for homeless and a few people who have recently been released from prison and are starting over, as well as providing multiple rides to appointments for single moms, and even taking a homeless woman to her family in Michigan, after she’s been living here in a tent for a few years, & trying to give hope to those still in active addiction, praying their eyes will be opened to the love of the Father. Every day, we just do what the Lord puts before us. May the God of heaven and earth, the creator of all things, fill you to overflowing as you breathe in His glory!

Your sister in Jesus!