I am a watchman, not a prophet, but still..here are two dreams for your speculation:

I’m going to take a huge leap here and share with you a couple of dreams I have had in the past few weeks. I realized their significance immediately-though the interpretation of one remains unclear to me-but I have hesitated sharing them in a public way because I ask myself “who am I?”.  I consider myself called as a watchman, not a prophet. Despite these dreams, I still do not consider myself a prophet so please don’t think that is what I am saying by sharing these dreams.  I am a stay-at-home-mom who wants to please her Lord, and who fails miserably at it daily I might add, but if the Lord wants me to share this with you then you will receive a blessing. Here they are:

I’ll start with the second one first cause it is the one that has me a little puzzled.

I am at an arena of some sorts. I go through a door that leads me under the bleachers. My dad and daughter are standing there, peeking through people’s feet. I look and see a stage. Standing on the stage is POTUS. My dad makes a comment about how easy it would be for a sniper to get to him from where we watch under the bleachers. I feel uneasy and leave for a moment. When I return, a group of security personnel are calmly escorting my dad out of the building. I rush to get my daughter. He is not handcuffed and he walks with them peacefully. He leans and whispers in my ear, “Tell Sandy and Cathy Red October”.  I think, “like the movie?” but know he is not referring to the Sean Connery film. The dream ends with me trying to text the message to its intended recipients.

I wouldn’t even mention this dream except for the heavy feeling pounding at my brain when I think about it and the cryptic message of “Red October”. I think my dad in the dream is completely irrelevant. He will never say such a thing, be in such a position. I’m unsure of what this dream means, if it even has a meaning, but I present it to you for your speculation.

This next dream I had first and its interpretation has come to me in two stages: the bulk of which was immediate, and then recently other meanings have filtered through. Forgive me, I have no experience with this kind of thing. My dreams are usually completely stupid where I am flying or needing to pee ;).

I am on our screened patio with my son. There is a lioness on the patio with us, pacing. I am nervous, cautious, around the lion but not scared. I do not feel imminent danger, just deep respect for its strength and power. I notice our kitten was outside around our shed. I go out to fetch it. In the shed I discover a sleeping brown bear. I quickly, yet quietly high-tail it back to the patio. The bear awakens and pursues. I make it onto the patio before the bear reaches me. The lion immediately stands by the patio door and growls at the bear. The bear returns the growl. I think to myself, the lion will protect us. I grab my son and we go inside the house. Meanwhile, my husband comes home. He walks right by the bear and lion and stands at the back door of the house waiting for me to unlock it.  I open the door and tell him to get inside. He says he has more stuff out in the truck he needs to get first. I say to him “Are you crazy? Look around! There is a bear and a lion about to get into a fight and they are in your path!” I grab him by the shirt and pull him inside.

This dream immediately segued into its interpretation.  Obviously the lion is the Lion of Judah, or Christ. I am trying to get my lukewarm husband to be aware of the dangers around him. Now as for the bear, upon telling this to my dad he immediately thought the bear represented the world system which is about to meet the wrath of the Lord. However, within the dream interpretation within the dream, I distinctly heard a voice tell me: “Remember the bear represents Russia”.  Since the initial interpretation I have prayed and wondered about the significance of the bear. Obviously Russia is about to go head to head with the Lion of Judah. In my dream, neither had broken through the screen to attack the other but it was understood it was just a matter of time. That screen is about to be shredded.

What events do these dreams relate to? I am not sure specifically but the lion dream certainly suggests Russia plays a big part. The Gog-Magog war of Ezekiel? A “lesser” battle which involves them? I don’t know. Is it significant that it was a lioness instead of a male lion, or just that I recognized it to be a lion?

So there you have it. Thoughts please!

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Psalm Sunday-Psalm 121

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I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you!  The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. (NLT)

Psalm Sunday

Psalm 5

Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.

For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple. Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face.

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; Their throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue. 10 Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, For they have rebelled against You.

11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. 12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield

Psalm Sunday-Psalm 140

Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men, Who plan evil things in their hearts; They continually gather together for war. They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The poison of asps is under their lips. Selah

Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men, Who have purposed to make my steps stumble. The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set traps for me. Selah

I said to the Lord: “You are my God; Hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord. O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle. Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; Do not further his wicked scheme, Lest they be exalted. Selah

As for the head of those who surround me, Let the evil of their lips cover them; 10 Let burning coals fall upon them; Let them be cast into the fire, Into deep pits, that they rise not up again. 11 Let not a slanderer be established in the earth; Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

12 I know that the Lord will maintain The cause of the afflicted, And justice for the poor. 13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence. NKJV

A Lonely Walk

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Do you ever wish you could turn off your mind? I mean, do you think too much?  I have always been introspective and analytical….cerebral.  Until recently, this personality trait has been no more than a nibbling in the back of my mind. It was controllable.  It wasn’t until I was born again that my mind has gone into overload.

Allow me to explain. I publically acknowledged Jesus as my Lord and Savior and was baptized when I was eleven years old. The next 25 years consisted first of “Bible beating” my peers, to wandering away and buying into the lies of political correctness and extreme feminism in my college years, to sleep walking through my mid-twenties and early thirties. It literally was only recently that- during a depressed, dark time- I surrendered all and understood what it was for Jesus not to just be Savior, but Lord. While I cannot give you an exact date, it has certainly been within the last six months that I began to understand what it means to be born again and to walk in the Spirit while abiding in Jesus.

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12 (emphasis mine)

I look at everything differently now and I cannot shut off my mind!  Even while performing the mundane tasks of home making and motherhood, I am thinking. Sometimes I cannot help myself but to bounce some of my thoughts off others. Ya know, get their input. I call this intellectual/theological banter. They call it annoying.

This is where the walk gets lonely. Even the Christians in my life cannot see the value in setting aside a few minutes to think about/pontificate issues that do not directly relate to their busy schedules. The lawn must be mowed, car washed, groceries bought, fill in the blank. When I ask what they are thinking about when they do these necessary, but mundane, tasks everyone of them will say…”nothing. I’m just focusing on what I am doing or what I need to do next.”

I cannot imagine this….going through life with thoughts no deeper than what lays before me at that moment or what is next on my To-Do List. I’m not necessarily saying this is wrong. I just cannot fathom it. Even in during my decade of sleep-walking through life…my mind was churning with random thoughts that had little to nothing to do with my chores. I understand every Christian is given a measure of faith and individual gifts to make up the Body of Christ. However, it does get lonely when the thoughts I deem worthy of mental energy are shrugged off by my friends and family, and what they want to talk about is-in my mind-a waste of time.

For example: I am told, “I don’t have time to consider what is happening in Syria, or the Gosnell trial or the riots in Sweden. There’s nothing I can do about any of it, so why bother thinking/talking about it? Sure, times are evil and we are in what must be the last days but I cannot spend much time contemplating prophecy-what’s going to happen is going to happen.” (Which is basically, saying to me, shut up cause my life is more full than yours cause obviously you have too much time on your hands if you are thinking about current events and theological issues.) Meanwhile, I am thinking (but I don’t say so, cause that would be way too rude and hurtful and while I am honest, I do not lack tact), “why should I care about the latest knick-knack you picked up at Hobby Lobby or how you’ve got this and this to do or what so-and-so said about so-and-so? Don’t you know we could be raptured at any moment? THIS is what consumes your thoughts?”.

Ah, we each have our own walk and we must all work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Still, I wonder-am I nuts for giving a hoot about current events and topics pertaining to God’s Word (while not in “church”)?  Some times I feel as though I am beating my head against a wall wishing those I love would have that “light bulb” moment that Jesus is about to return. We are living in exciting and important times. Why do so few people “get” this? Lots of people say they do, but I cannot help but doubt it because if they did they wouldn’t be so concerned about the day-to-day but instead be excited and looking up as they went about their day.

Psalm Sunday-Psalm 25

 

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To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. 3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.

6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

8 Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. 9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. 10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. 11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

12 Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He[a] teach in the way He[b] chooses. 13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth. 14 The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. 15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, For I am desolate and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart have enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses! 18 Look on my affliction and my pain, And forgive all my sins. 19 Consider my enemies, for they are many; And they hate me with cruel hatred. 20 Keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You.

22 Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all their troubles! NKJV

Stay in your box!

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My mind is blown every time I hear someone who professes to be a Christian-someone who is even active in his congregational church-say that there is no place for God in such and such area.  Usually these places where God should not be is the public school system, government and the media. Someone close to me allegedly said there is no place for God in the media (yet obviously there is plenty of room for satan). This person works in the media and is a small group teacher at his church.  Unbelievable. Also, a local school system has decided to not allow the Gideons to hand out Bibles, as was a previous custom. When a “christian” teacher was confronted by another christian as to what the christian staff should do to speak out about this, they were told they were to do nothing. God cannot be encouraged in public schools. This person is also a Sunday school teacher.

This post is not meant to spread gossip or smear names, but to warn believers that to keep God in a box is dangerous business!

32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 10

Christianity is not meant to be a Sunday-morning-thing, nor does God expect His followers to put Him in a box only to be brought out when it is convenient and politically correct.

The term Christian is thrown around and misused terribly nowadays. Everybody who is not a professed atheist is a “christian”. By today’s apparent definition, a “christian” is someone who doesn’t steal, cheat, murder, lie and is basically a good person. They may have even come forward at some point in their lives and asked Jesus to forgive their sins and were baptized in His name.

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3

To be born again is to start over…begin a new life, one in which Jesus is not only Savior but LORD.

If one truly believes Jesus is I Am, they would not want to shut Him up in a box because they know the One who created the universe, the Holy, Powerful, Sovereign Alpha is also the Omega.

Everyone will have to face the great Judge someday. If we keep God in a box- not willing to shine His light in everday life and allow others to hide His light in our careers and activities because it is the “tolerant, politically correct” thing to do- He just might look upon us and say,  “Since you did not have room for me in your daily life, I cannot find room for you in My Kingdom”.

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7

But this should not come as a surprise, for we are warned in 2 Timothy 3 that a sign of the end-times is people will take on a form of godliness, but deny its power. We are also told that there will be a great “falling away” and

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 2 Timothy 4

We are instructed to be the light of the world, a city on a hill, the salt of the earth. The true mark of a Christian is one who abides in Jesus.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. 9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. John 15

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. John 14

 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”John 10 (italics mine)

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22

Born again Christians want to obey God’s commandments because of their love for Jesus. As thus, we need to keep in mind the first and great commandment. Nothing must take precedence over the Lordship of Jesus in our lives. Our careers, activities and interests can become idols/gods and we need to remember He commands that we have no other gods before Him.

So the next time you feel tempted to stuff God back into His “Sunday box”, take Him out instead and display Him to the world. This dying world needs its Savior. You may be persecuted because of it, but you will certainly be blessed in eternity. Isn’t earthly persecution easier to swallow than eternal damnation and an eternity of regrets?

Psalm Sunday-Psalm 2

Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. 5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: 6 “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.”

7 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. 8 Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”

10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest  He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. NKJV

Psalm Sunday

Psalm 9

I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

3 When my enemies turn back,
They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
4 For You have maintained my right and my cause;
You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
5 You have rebuked the nations,
You have destroyed the wicked;
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

6 O enemy, destructions are finished forever!
And you have destroyed cities;
Even their memory has perished.
7 But the Lord shall endure forever;
He has prepared His throne for judgment.
8 He shall judge the world in righteousness,
And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.

9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble.
10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

11 Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion!
Declare His deeds among the people.
12 When He avenges blood, He remembers them;
He does not forget the cry of the humble.

13 Have mercy on me, O Lord!
Consider my trouble from those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,
14 That I may tell of all Your praise
In the gates of the daughter of Zion.
I will rejoice in Your salvation.

15 The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
16 The Lord is known by the judgment He executes;
The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

Meditation. Selah

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell,
And all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten;
The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.

19 Arise, O Lord,
Do not let man prevail;
Let the nations be judged in Your sight.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord,
That the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah

New King James Translation, emphasis mine.

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Hymnal Monday

Welcome to the first Hymnal Monday! I attend a small country church, where we still sing the old beloved hymnals….without music, I might add. I just love these old hymns and would like to share these with you each week. The first is a well-known hymn, “When Peace Like a River”. The lyrics in the video are a bit different from what I am accustomed to, but beautiful all the same. The final verse, in both versions, makes me cry every time! Enjoy!

Here are the lyrics I was raised on (remember, the last verse makes me cry to even read them):

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Chorus:
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Repeat Chorus

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Repeat Chorus

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