I love this letter – I know I have shared it before – but it ministers to my heart today. Thank you Karina!
Thank you to Marlene at http://www.greatjourneyofjoy.com for allowing me to post my testimony today!
- Prayer for Deliverance from Evil (gracesinthecity.wordpress.com)
- Deliverance (lynnkennison.wordpress.com)
- On deliverance from the devil’s oppression (chixyfied.wordpress.com)
- Prayer for Deliverance (gracesinthecity.wordpress.com)
- 28th July – Testimonies of Healing, Deliverance, and Protection (hopministries.wordpress.com)
Congrats to Secret Angel! I would recommend this book to anyone who has been abused or lived in domestic violence. Her book has helped me to heal, and go from brokenness to wholeness!
Ghosts From A Dream
Sometimes there are authors that just melt my heart. Max Lucado is one of my fav’s. I haven’t read everything He has written, but a few and I love how he brings light to the Word and helps me see things differently. Here are a few of his words that blessed me today. Happy Monday!
“Our Savior kneels down and gazes upon the darkest acts of our lives. But rather than recoil in horror, he reaches out in kindness and says, “I can clean that if you want.” And from the basin of his grace, he scoops a palm full of mercy and washes away our sin.”
― Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus
“Let God have you, and let God love you – and don’t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you’ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before.”
― Max Lucado
“We see a hearse; we think sorrow. We see a grave; we think despair. We hear of a death; we think of a loss. Not so in heaven. When heaven sees a breathless body, it sees the vacated cocoon & the liberated butterfly.”
― Max Lucado, Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions
“The Bible is the story of two gardens: Eden and Gethsemane. In the first, Adam took a fall. In the second, Jesus took a stand. In the first, God sought Adam. In the second, Jesus sought God. In Eden, Adam hid from God. In Gethsemane, Jesus emerged from the tomb. In Eden, Satan led Adam to a tree that led to his death. From Gethsemane, Jesus went to a tree that led to our life.”
― Max Lucado
“He saw you cast into a river of life you didn’t request. He saw you betrayed by those you love. He saw you with a body that gets sick and a heart that grows weak. He saw you in your own garden of gnarled trees and sleeping friends. He saw you staring into the pit of your own failures and the mouth of your own grave. He saw you in your own garden of Gethsemane and he didn’t want you to be alone … He would rather go to hell for you than to heaven without you.”
― Max Lucado
“God sees us with the eyes of a Father. He sees our defects, errors and blemishes. But He also sees our value.”
― Max Lucado
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Father’s Love Letter
An Intimate Message From God To You.
You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
I am familiar with all your ways.
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
For you were made in my image.
In me you live and move and have your being.
For you are my offspring.
I knew you even before you were conceived.
I chose you when I planned creation.
You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I knit you together in your mother’s womb.
And brought you forth on the day you were born.
I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.
I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
For I am the perfect father.
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Because I love you with an everlasting love.
My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
And I rejoice over you with singing.
I will never stop doing good to you.
For you are my treasured possession.
I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
For it is I who gave you those desires.
I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
And I’ll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
He is the exact representation of my being.
He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
My question is…
Will you be my child?
I am waiting for you.
© 1999-2013 http://www.FathersLoveLetter.com
This morning I woke up with the word “rejected” in my head. I know that this is an area where God wants to heal me. If you are anything like me, there have been many rejections in your past. So, I started my journey today – my quest for healing from rejection. Here is one of the first things I found, and this struck me in my spirit right away:
From Joyce Meyer:
The Lord gave this Word to me as I was preparing for one of my conferences, and I believe He wants me to share it with you. He said:
“So many are in prison because they won’t accept themselves. So many are so gifted and talented, but they won’t express themselves because they fear rejection. They fear man. They fear what people will think. I want to love My people, but they hold Me at arms length and won’t let Me really love them because they have been hurt by others. They fear I will reject them because of their weaknesses—like people have—but I will never reject them. Tell them I love them. Ask them to stop trying so hard to be acceptable to Me and to realize I accept them where they are. Tell them I don’t want perfect performance from them. I want them to love Me and to let Me love them.”
Yep, that’s me. Funny how you find pieces of yourself that you didn’t know were there. How and why do we despise ourselves? And how do we get beyond this? hmmmmm….
Have you not noticed that these people [the Jews] are saying, The Lord has cast off the two families [Israel and Judah] which He chose? Thus My people have despised [themselves in relation to God as His covenant people], so that they are no more a nation in their [own] sight. (Jeremiah 33:24 AMP)
Then I went to In Touch Ministries. Here is what they said about Victory Over Rejection
People can live in bondage and not even know it. Some prisons don’t require physical bars or chains; they are made by the emotional burden of rejection that affects every area of our lives. It causes us to believe lies about ourselves and undermines our relationships with the Lord.
Characteristics of a Person Suffering From Rejection:
- Critical spirit toward themselves and others
- Experience difficulty in loving others
- Have feelings of inferiority
- Be preoccupied with their appearance
- Prone to Perfectionism
- Live in a State of Floating Anger/Bitterness
- Display an attitude of Superiority
- Being Overly Sensitive
- Be suspicious
- Become aloof
- Fall into Depression
- Be cheated out of life have a materialistic focus.
- Miss God’s plan for their lives
- Adopt sinful practices for relief
Reasons for Feeling Rejected:
the underlying cause of this painful emotion is a person’s negative opinion of himself, which is brought about by hurtful experiences such as:
- Physical “flaws.” A person who isn’t happy with his looks can feel undesirable or unlovable.
- Past emotional hurts. When a person is hurt, the damaging effects always linger.
- The death of a loved one. Some people see loss as rejection because they feel alone. in their eyes, God has turned His back on them.
- Divorce. this is a very painful experience because both spouses and children are left feeling discarded.
- Childhood experiences. criticism and rejection stick in a child’s memory and shape his view of himself. He will spend a lifetime trying to validate his worth.
My Prayer for You:
Thank you for showing us this today. I pray that Holy Spirit would be our guide as we travel down this road together. Forgive us Lord for placing more value in what others say about us than what You have said about us. Forgive us for rejecting ourselves and others. Bring us healing and health in this area. We are crying to you for wisdom and knowledge and healing, in Jesus Name.
Amazing Testimony of God’s deliverance and protection., thank you Jesus!
WHAT’S WITHIN MY BOUNDARIES?
Feelings have gotten a bad rap in the Christian world. They have been called everything from unimportant to fleshly. At the same time, example after example, shows how our feelings play an enormous role in our motivation and behavior.
Feelings should neither be ignored nor placed in charge. The Bible says to “own” your feelings and be aware of them. They can often motivate you to do much good. The Good Samaritan’s pity moved him to go to the injured Israelite.
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. (Luke 10:33 NIV)
The Father was filled with compassion for his lost son and threw his arms around him.
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20 NIV)
ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS
Attitudes have to do with your orientation toward something, the stance you take toward others, God, life, work, and relationships. Beliefs are anything that you accept as true. Often we do not see an attitude or belief as the source of discomfort in our life. We blame other people as did our first parents, Adam and Eve. We need to “own” our attitudes and convictions because they fall within our property line. We are the ones who feel their effect and the only ones who can change them.
The tough thing about our attitudes is that we learn them very early in life. They play a big part in the map of who we are and how we operate. People who have never questioned their attitudes and beliefs can fall prey to the dynamic that Jesus referred to when he described people holding on to the traditions of men instead of the commands of God.
You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human tradition. (Mark 7:8 NIV)
Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? (Matthew 15:3 NIV)
Behaviors have consequences. As Paul says, “A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7-8 NIV). If we study, we will reap good grades. If we go to work, we will get a paycheck. If we exercise, we will be in better health. If we act lovingly toward others, we will have closer relationships.
On the negative side, if we sow idleness, irresponsibility, or out-of-control behavior, we can expect to reap poverty, failure, and the effects of loose living. These are natural consequences of our behavior.
The problem comes when someone interrupts the law of sowing and reaping in another’s life. A person’s drinking or abuse should have consequences for the drinker or abuser. “Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path.” (Proverbs 15:10 NIV)
To rescue people from the natural consequences of their behavior is to render them powerless.
We need to take responsibility for our choices. This leads to the fruit of “self-control”
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)
A common boundary problem is disowning our choices and trying to lay the responsibility for them on someone else. Think for a moment how often we use the phrases, “I had to” or “She/he made me” when explaining why we did or did not do something. These phrases betray our basic illusion that we are not active agents in many of our dealings. We think someone else is in control, thus relieving us of our basic responsibility.
Setting boundaries inevitable involves taking responsibility for your choices. You are the one who makes them. You are the one who must live with their consequences. And you are the one who may be keeping yourself from making the choices you could be happy with. (ouch!)
What we value is what we love and assign importance to. Often we do not take responsibility for what we value. We are caught up in valuing the approval of men rather than the approval of God.
“Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God. (John 12:42-43 NIV)
Because of this misplaced value, we miss out on life We think that power, riches, and pleasure will satisfy our deepest longing, which is really for love.
Two aspects of limits stand out when it comes to creating better boundaries. The first is setting limits on others. This is the component that we most often hear about when we talk about boundaries. In reality, setting limits on others is a misnomer. We can’t do that. What we can do is set limits on our own exposure to people who are behaving poorly; we can’t change them or make them behave right. (another ouch!)
Our talents are clearly within our boundaries and are our responsibility. Yet taking ownership of them is often frightening and always risky. The parable of the talents says that we are accountable when we are exercising our gifts and being productive. It takes work, practice, learning, prayer, resources, and grace to overcome the fear of failure that the “wicked and lazy” servant gave in to. He was not chastised for being afraid; we are all afraid when trying something new and difficult. He was chastised for not confronting his fear and trying the best he could. Not confronting our fear denies the grace of God and insults both his giving of the gift, and his grace to sustain us as we are learning.
Our minds and thought are important reflections of the image of God. No other creature on earth has our thinking ability. We are the only creatures who are called to love God with all our mind.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30 NIV).
Paul wrote that he was taking “captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”(2 Corinthians 10:5) Establishing boundaries in thinking involves three things:
- We must own our own thoughts. Many people have not taken ownership of their own thinking process. They are mechanically thinking the thoughts of others without ever examining them. They swallow others’ opinions and reasoning’s never questioning and “thinking about their thinking”.
- We must grow in knowledge and expand our minds. One are in which we need to grow is in knowledge of God and His Word.
- We must clarify distorted thinking. We all have a tendency to not see things clearly, to think and perceive in distorted ways. We rarely see people as they really are; our perceptions are distorted by past relationships and our preconceptions of who we think they are. We do not see clearly because of the “log” in our own eyes.
Our desire lie within our boundaries. Each of us has different desires and wants, dreams, and wishes, goals and plans, hungers and thirsts. We all want to satisfy “me”. Part of the problem lies in the lack of structured boundaries within our personality. We can’t define who the “real me” is and what we truly desire. many desires masquerade as the real thing. They are lusts that come out of now owning our real desires. For example, many sex addicts are looking for sexual experiences, but what they really desire is love and affection.
We often do not actively seek our desires from God, and those desires are mixed up with things that we do not really need.
“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)
“He fulfills the desires of those who fear him” (Psalm 145:19)
Our ability to give and respond to love is our greatest gift. The heart that God has fashioned in his image is the center of our being; its abilities to open up to love and to allow love to flow outward are crucial to life. Many people have difficulty giving and receiving love because of hurt and fear. having closed their heart to others, they feel empty and meaningless. The Bible is clear about both functions of the heart: the receiving of grace and love inward and the flow outward.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37,39)
And how we should receive love: “we have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange – I speak as to my children – open wide your hearts also. (2 Corinthians 6:11-!3)
Many people do not take ownership for how they RESIST LOVE. They have a lot of love around them, but do not realize that their loneliness is a result of their own lack of responsiveness. Often the will say, “Others’ love can not ‘get in”.” This statement negates their responsibility to respond. We manuever subtly to avoid responsibility in love. We need to claim our hearts as our property and work on our weaknesses in that area. It will open up life to us.
We need to take responsibility for all the above areas of our souls. These lie within our boundaries. By taking care of what lies within our boundaries isn’t easy; neither is allowing other people to take care of what lies within their boundaries. Setting boundaries and maintaining them is hard work, but worth it
(REVELATION IS FOR ME FIRST! I am still learning here too, Diana)
- Boundaries and consequences (dharmagoddess.wordpress.com)
- The difference between healthy and defensive boundaries… (behindthemaskofabuse.com)
- Teens & Boundaries (alaksblog.wordpress.com)
- Boundaries (depressiondiaries21.wordpress.com)
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She used to be a victim – of rape and domestic violence.
She used to sit in a corner of the bathroom – and rock uncontrollably for hours.
She used to go on trips to the psych ward for suicide attempts after ‘playing’ with razors and drugs.
She used to hide from her abuser behind a locked bathroom door in an old run, down mobile home.
She used to be addicted to painkillers and script drugs.
She used to be depressed and not get out of bed for 6 months.
She used to hook up with men who would abuse her – mentally, physically, sexually and emotionally.
Then – She met Jesus, He came into her darkness and carried her out –
and things changed.
JESUS THE ANOINTED ONE
© 2013 Diana Rasmussen
Father to the fatherless, Protector of the weak.
Husband to the forsaken, Defender of the meek.
Provision for the widow, Freedom for the slave.
Justice for the oppressed, Deliverance for distressed.
Jesus, the Anointed One,
He’s Jesus, the Anointed One.
He’s Shepherd to the lost one, Healing to the sick.
He’s grace, mercy, and righteousness, All justice and goodness.
He’s comfort for the broken heart, Counselor for the accused.
Prince of Peace in everything, the King above Kings.
He’s Jesus, the Anointed One.
God’s in our midst
Jesus the Annointed One,
Refuge and Fortress,
Jesus the Anointed One
Our peace and rest.
Jesus the Anointed One, God’s in our midst
Jesus the Anointed one, God’s in our midst
- Patrick Stewart Speaks Out Against Domestic Violence (adventurousobserver.wordpress.com)
- Aspects of Domestic Violence by Angela Caldin (verbalberbal.com)
- Why domestic violence victims don’t leave? (inspiringevolution.wordpress.com)
- Rescued!!! (secretangelps911.wordpress.com)
- How To Get Out: Domestic Violence (wtvy.com)