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Claim It!

Gods-gift-to-usA couple of months ago, I mentioned several CD’s I purchased from a Joyce Meyer Conference in a post called ‘I Fell On My face’.  If you haven’t gotten a chance to read it or can’t remember the details, please click here.  If you can’t remember, don’t worry, I won’t tell.  I had to go back and read it again and I’m the one who wrote it!

I listened to the CD, Speaking the Truth, a few weeks ago.  In it Joyce talks about not only the importance of not speaking negatively, but how we need to speak positively.  For example, we are not to just stop saying things like “I’m never going to get the job I really want”. We are to instead say things like “I am going to have a job doing  _____”.  Insert whatever your dream job is.

We need to claim the desires God puts in our hearts.  I mean God put them there after all, right?  If you’re not sure a desire is from God then you can, should, pray about it.  You can use the meditation technique I talked about in a recent post Sitting With Jesus.  Ask Jesus to reveal His desires for you.  Ask for the desires that are not from Him to be removed.  He will. All you need to do is ask. Then while believing that He is working to make it happen, pay attention to His leading.

“If you have faith in God,” Jesus answered, “truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” ~ Mark 11:22-24 (NIV)

After listening to this CD, several times, I became excited.  While driving in the car I turned off the radio and started claiming the desires I have.  The desires I believe God has given to me.  I also thanked God for these desires. I thanked Him from not only filling my heart with these desires but enabling me to carry them out.  I thanked Him for the many opportunities it has already brought to my life and the wonderful experiences I’ve had.

I also said “If any of these things are not from You, then please help me know and remove them from my heart”.  I wished for God to close the door on whatever I might be doing that wasn’t His will for me.  I want to please God, not the world, whatever that might look like.desire

The things I’ve experienced since that day in my car claiming the things I desire that are not as of yet, has been absolutely mind blowing.  AMAZING!  The people God has placed in my life and the conversations I have had are only things that God could have arranged.  I do, and will continue to, claim the things that are not as of yet.  I know God has incredible things for me and for you.  I wait, with anticipation, for the things God is bringing to me. I act, with excitement and a thankful heart, on the things God puts in front of me each day.

I must say again, as I know I have many times already.  Please take time to not only speak to God and listen for what He says in return, but pray with anticipation.  Believe God is working on bringing you to your hearts desires.  Follow His lead and act when He prompts you.  Let God blow your mind!  Claim the gifts God has for you.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for being in our yesterday, today and tomorrow. Thank you for preparing us to receive the beautiful gifts you have for us as we go through this life and into the next with You.  Lord, I pray we believe, always, that your love is all we need, Amen

Sitting With Jesus

sitting indian styleLast weekend I attended a workshop at Covenant Community Church in Vacaville, sponsored by their MOMSnext program.  I had the privilege of hearing Gayle Belanger speak.  She shared her book, The Inward Journey to Healing and Wholeness.

I was hoping the day was going to be filled with listening, taking notes and lots of fellowship. That’s not quite how the day went.  After she finished telling us a little about herself she started explaining what she was going to talk about and how WE would all go through it together.  I’m guessing we all had the same shocked expression on our face because she said “This is a workshop, so we will all be working”. What?!  I needed to participate?  Ok, time to click my brain on and pay attention.

The first half of the workshop Gayle taught us how to go into a deep meditation with Jesus.  It’s to help us have a more intimate relationship with Him.  She suggested we meditate with Jesus twice a day for 20 minutes each time.  Gayle explained how this would help us win the spiritual battle going on within our minds.  If you remember last week’s post, Digging In The Trash, you know I can use all the help with my mind I can get.

I’m sitting in a chair with my eyes closed.  Gayle begins walking us through entering into the Holy presence of stairs

I’m standing at the top of a staircase holding hands with Jesus.  I focus on the staircase in front on me.  I slowly breathe in and exhale. With each step I take I continually call out to Jesus.  As I reach the bottom of the staircase I see gates ahead that are opening.  As I pass through them I am thanking Jesus for all He has done for me.  “Thank you Jesus for giving me the gift of eternal life”.  I approach a door as I am praising Jesus. “You are the Son of God, You are my Lord and Savior”.  I stop at the door and knock.  The door opens, I walk through closing it behind me.  I am now in a “secret place” with Jesus.  We are sitting on the floor facing each other in front of a communion table.  I begin expressing my love for Him and sharing the truths I know from the Bible.

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Safe in the presence of Jesus

At times, while I was going through this, I did have a hard time visualizing it.  I kept pushing through calling out to Jesus. Once I approached the communion table with Jesus thinking about how much I loved Him, a warm feeling came over me and I pink cloud filled the room.  I felt safe there with Jesus.  Gayle then told us to open our eyes so we could share our experiences.  I didn’t want to.  I wanted to stay in the warmth of Jesus.  After opening my eyes I thought I couldn’t wait to do this twice every day.  It was amazing feeling the presence of Jesus and being able to communicate with Him as if we were actually sitting face to face.  So beautiful!

As much as I loved this experience you would think I would easily take the time to meditate with Jesus twice every day.  I must confess though, I haven’t.  I haven’t even been spending my regular daily morning quiet time with Him.  I do pray, talk to God, throughout my day, but it’s not the same as spending time alone with Jesus.  I’m in the midst of end of school year crazy’s.  I’ve let my task’s of the day over take my time with Jesus.

Each morning I jump, well not jump, out of bed and pray while getting ready for the day.  Instead of going to the couch to have my quiet time, I start taking on the tasks of the day.  Why? Because, it’s the end of the school year!  Really, I’m rolling out of bed at the last possible second. Then as I start to move I realize what little time I have and how much I need to accomplish.

not wanting to get upI want to take my mornings back and MAKE myself get up on time.  As Gayle said regarding many things she spoke about “It’s simple, but it’s not easy”.  I know my days go much smother when I start them off with Jesus.  But each morning as I lay there in bed I tell myself “You’ve got this.  It’s the same thing as every day.  No big deal.  Take a few extra minutes to rest. You’ll need it to get through this day ahead.”  I convince myself that sleep, or a few extra minutes of rest, is what I need and skip meeting with Jesus.  I need to remember Jesus will fill me with all I need to get through the day ahead.

I’d appreciate your prayers.  Prayers that I wake up, each day, excited to start my day off in the presence of Jesus.  Prayers that I will take this wonderful knowledge I have learned from Gayle and put it to use so I may experience Jesus on a more intimate level.

My prayers for us today ~ Father God, I thank you for wanting to have a deep intimate relationship with us through your Son, Jesus.  I pray we spend time daily, quietly in your presence, so you can reveal yourself to us, Amen

* If you would like to contact Gayle about her book or her workshops, please send me a message and I will give you her contact information.

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