Hearing His Voice

First, let me say again Happy New Year to all of you.  God is already doing some amazing things in 2015.  At my church, we are in a time of consecration.  We are removing distractions from our lives at the first part of this year, sitting at the feet of the Master and soaking in wisdom and knowledge and gleaning understanding for what the year will bring.  I thank God for removing me from a Martha-position these last couple of weeks into a Mary-position.  With all of the business of the Christmas season and the end of the year, it’s easy to lose focus of the things that are really important.  I thank God for vision and clarity of mind!

While I’ve been sitting at the feet of the Master, it’s become more clear to me how God speaks to me.  I know often times we wonder if the voice we are hearing is God or the enemy or our own thoughts.  Allow me to share a few of my thoughts on this with you.

God never comes to play games. It’s not that He doesn’t like to laugh and be joyful but He doesn’t play mind games.  He doesn’t toy with us.  He doesn’t come with riddles. He may ask us questions but he never comes contradicting or questioning His Word.

The enemy comes with riddles and games and accusations sometimes like a tape recorder that loops the same words over and over.  He comes with sarcasm.  He comes to make you feel bad.  He comes to distort the Truth of God.  He comes to paint God in a negative light.  He comes with an accusing tone and he comes to discredit God’s Word like he did with Eve when he said to her, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

If for no other reason, this is why it’s vitally important for us to know the Word of God.  So when the enemy comes, we will be able to combat his lies with the Truth. We have to know the truth in order to discern a lie.  Please hear me, the old saying, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” is another lie from the pit of Hell.  What you don’t know will kill you!

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10a).  He wants to steal every ounce of joy you have; he wants to kill your dreams and ambitions; he wants to destroy our marriages and our family relationships and our friendships.  He wants to take away our positive attitudes and outlook on life.

But God finished this verse with Jesus continuing by saying, “I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b).  Thank God for Jesus.

When the Holy Spirit speaks to us, He brings clarity to His Word.  He confirms His Word.  He upholds His Word or uses His Word to bring an example to your mind of a person in His Word who may be going through a similar situation as you.  On a personal note, what I’ve found is that when God speaks to me, not only is it comforting and calming and soothing, His voice comes in a complete thought. It’s like He says everything all at once and I completely understand it. And always I can take what He says and find it in His word.

That’s the key to it all…His Word. If there is ever a question as to whether it’s God speaking to you or not, you can check it against His word.  God’s word has all the answers.  His IS the answer.

How does God speak to you?.  Does he speak to you in dreams or visions?  Does he speak to you through pictures or people?  Do you see images in the clouds?  Whatever it is, I would love to hear about it.

Please send your comment and let me know how you discern the voice of God.

Be well my friends.  And God Bless you.

KayD G.

Happy Birthday reLOVE

Happy Birthday reLOVE!!!

It’s been one year since the launch of this blog site.  I pray that this year for you has been one of learning and growing and living fearless.  Even if it’s just a little more than before, you’re a better person than you were this same time last year.

I pray this new year will bring for you a life full of rejoicing, renewal, rejuvenation, rekindling, revival, rebuilding, resurrection.  For us, it will bring the
reLOVE, Journey to Freedom book release.  I hope you will continue with me on the journey.

Let me be the first to say to you, Happy New Year friends!

Be well and be blessed.  Talk to you next year!

KayD G.

Raindrops and Thanksgiving

Raindrops and Thanksgiving 

I'm fascinated by nature and the weather. In the summer when I was a young girl I used to lay out on my front lawn and stare up at the stars at night. When there was a deep snow the entire neighborhood would spend hours outside shoveling and sledding. And on days when there was a hard rain, like yesterday, I used to go outside and stand in the rain until my grandmother hollered at me to come inside. Forced to come inside I would then sit and look at the window pane and watch the raindrops slide down the window.

Have you ever watched raindrops? Little itty-bitty bits of water. They reach the surface individually but as they begin to slide down the window pane, one connects with another and another connects with another and as they do they gain momentum. And if you continue to watch, the more and more that slide down the same space travel even faster than the ones before.

How similar it is with us.

We are all little like the itty-bitty raindrops.  We begin life traveling independent of each other but as we join together traveling down the road of life, we gain momentum.  

I am thankful for all of the people connecting in my life.  The "Raindrops" who are traveling down the road of life with me.  

Some of you I know and some of you I don't but if you are reading this, you are one of those raindrops in my life and I am thankful to God for you.  

I pray that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend enjoying the time off, having fun shopping and or spending time with friends and family.

Be well and God bless you.

KayD G.

Yesterday Ended At Midnight

I listen to an internet radio station which plays urban Christian music.  There are lots of wonderful musicians, some of whom you’ve maybe never heard of; Carmen Michelle, Kevon Carter, Jessica Ready, LaCrae, Michelle Williams, Tisha Stratford and Rhema Soul.

One of my absolute favorite songs is entitled Midnight by Bryan Pound.  A portion of the lyrics are, “what I’ve done is what I’ve done, what I’ve done I can’t change”.  Another part of the song says, “yesterday ended at midnight, I’m moving on”. 

I’ve listened to this song so many times.  And it reminds me that when we ask for God’s forgiveness, he doesn’t remember our yesterday.  So why should we? It’s so simple really.  Relove yourself by forgiving yourself for your yesterday.  Today is a new day. Doesn’t the word tell us morning by morning new mercies are shown to us by our Lord? And we must be like Him and extend that mercy to ourselves.

And just as importantly, we need to relove others.  When we’ve been hurt or wronged we must remember that the greatest gift of love was God loving us when we were like filthy rags.  His son died for us long before we asked for forgiveness.  And truth be told, the sins we’ve committed against Him are far worse than any sin any man has committed against us.

If we are true to our flesh, this relove is quite difficult.  But if we are true to our God, and our belief that He has our back and He is working everything out and He is for us, it’s really not hard at all.  It’s a simple choice.  It’s easier for us to relove ourselves because we tend to justify our actions and we know our true motives, right? But somehow it’s not as easy to relove others when your flesh is burning in anger and resentment and pain.

It seems so easy when we are standing in church on Sunday morning in a high place of praise singing the lyrics to songs that say things like, “cleanse me with fire”, “praise in the middle of it”, and here’s one of my favorites, “for Your glory, I will do anything”.

Really?  Anything?

Then relove.

Trust me… I’m not telling you I’ve mastered this.  But when I’m true to myself and when I’m real with my God, I realize that this burning is a part of the process He has me in.  This cutting away (pruning) is somehow making me more like Him.  I don’t understand it all and I don’t always like it, but I know that His ways are higher and greater than mine.  I know that’s it’s in these times that my faith muscles grow and it’s in the valley that I grow stronger.

My prayer for you today is that you are quick to end your yesterday so your tomorrow can begin with a realization that if He allowed it to come your way, then it must be working for your good.

Be well friends,

KayD G.

The Long Arm of the Law

Bad boys. Bad boys. Whatcha’ gonna do?  Whatcha’ gonna do when they come for you?

Many of us know this as the theme song of the long running TV reality show, COPS.

Do you remember when this show first came on TV?  Who knew reality TV would turn into what it is now.  You can barely turn on the TV with out  seeing someone’s whole life, or at least what they want you to see of it, layed out for all the world to see.  A great deal of it is quite shameful actually.

As far as the bad boys, and the bad girls, of the COPS TV show, all of them are innocent until such time they may be proven guilty in a court of law.  Unfortunately for a lot of them, if you have prior offenses, when you go before the judge, these offenses are brought before the court by the prosecution.

The law doesn’t forget.

Praise God we have grace.  The love of God is long lasting.  For an eternity actually.  But His grace forgives and forgets.  As far as the east is from the west. God will remember your sins no more.

So the next time the prosecution (the Enemy) tries to bring up your past offenses before the Judge, remember that although our Judge is just and we are no longer under the world’s law.  We are under Grace.  You can testify to the prosecution that your Defense Attorney, your Judge and your Jury has acquitted you of all charges.  You are free!

Thanks be to God.

Be well, my friends.

KayD G.

 

 

 

Do you only love me when you like me?

I could stop right there.

Is your love based on your feelings or is your love based on a decision to follow God’s Word that says love the Lord they God with all of your heart, mind and strength and the command to love your neighbor as yourself.  Is your love and what you say about yourself based on His word that you are made in His image?

Do you only love me when you like me?

This applies to your children, your spouse, your friends, your coworkers and yourself.

Remember, relove is all about living free.  You can free yourself by answering this question openly and honestly.

I would love for you to share your thoughts with me.  Leave me a comment and let me know how you plan to grow in this area.

Be well my friends,

KayD G.

My Dream vs My Fear

Is my dream bigger than my fear or is my fear overtaking my ability to try.

Is my dream bigger than my ability to take the leap and try something new.  

Sometimes you have to try new things not knowing how it’s going to work out.

Sometimes you have to open the door and not know what’s on the other side.

Sometimes you have to take the leap and have the faith that your parachute you will open.

If you never try you won’t ever see your dream become a reality.  

If you never try you will never achieve your goal.  

If you never try then you won’t never know if you could have done it or not.

You only fail if you fail to try.

I think you can do it today.  I am for you today.  I’m calling for you today to try. Take one small  step towards your next goal.

Do you realize the pain, and the regret, and the disappointment you will experience if you go through your whole life and never try to make your dreams a reality?  So what if you fail! So what if it doesn’t work out exactly the way you think it should work out!!

If it sounds like I’m a bit fussy today, I guess I am.  Sometimes we need a little push,  sometimes we need a little shove,  sometimes we need a swift kick in the butt to get going.

So get going. Do it now. Get it done. You can do it! I believe in you.  This is not a test of the emergency broadcast system.  This is real.  This is your life.  You only have one chance to live it. 

Do not let fear, the false evidence appearing real, that the enemy tries to present to overtake you. I am so passionate about this today. My heart is breaking for you.  

Did you know that there will be tears in heaven?  Those are going to be tears of regret. When we get to heaven and the Father shows us all we could have been will you feel proud of yourself or will you cry tears of regret.   If only we weren’t afraid to step out and take a chance. If only we would have tried.  It only takes a little extra to be above ordinary.  Trying and failing is always better than not trying at all.

The last thing I want is for you to get to heaven with a parachute that never opened because you were too afraid to jump.  I encourage you to take the leap.  

Get It Done.  

Be well my friends.

KayD G. (letting my Son-light shine)

 

Fortune Teller

Today is a very special day for me. At times, one I didn't think I would ever see. But I'm here and it wasn't the words of a palm reader that got me to this place. It was at the palm of my Creator and King and I praise Him for it. It was only God that saw me through to this moment in time. 

Oh what freedom there is in knowing that He holds my future in his hands. It had nothing to do with what's written on my palm but it's all in the hand that I choose to hold on to.

My grandmother always used to say, "put your hand in God's unchanging hand". I didn't realize the magnitude of what she was saying until I began to really walk with Him. 

I don't know what the future holds but I know Who holds the future. Remember that one? How about that old song with these lyrics, 

"Put your hand in the hand of the man who stills the water. Put your hand in the hand if the Man who calms the sea."

So much we could say about this Great Man who stills the water in our lives and Who calms the storms and who leads us beside still waters.

Just want to honor that man today on my special day. Oh how I love him. Be well.

KayD G.

As always, please leave a comment and let me know about your special day let me know about how you're using this special day that God has given us to honor him.

The Real McCoy

I received this comment on my page a little while ago and I want you to read it.

It said, “I see a lot of interesting articles on your page. You have to spend a lot of time writing, i know how to save you a lot of time, there is a tool that creates unique, google friendly posts in couple of seconds, just search in google…” and it went on to provide me with the website.

Just for bumps and giggles, I did a search on this particular site and one of the first things the site proclaimed was “You don’t have to lose many hours writning content on your blog, you can rewrite articles from other sites and pass copyscape test. Google will love your new unique articles and you will have unlimited content and Google friendly posts for your webpage.”

Now truly if someone saw a lot of “interesting articles” on my page, and they truly read them, they would know that I am in no way, shape or form, writing so I can have Google friendly posts on my webpage and unlimited articles while copywriting.

I am absolutely appalled.

RELOVE is about freedom.  RELOVE is about the Truth.  RELOVE is original and provides thought provoking content that our Creator has deposited in my spirit.  I am determined to be a free flowing river, where He can deposit items into me and I can pass them along.  I have vowed to Him never to be a “dead sea” or a hoarder of what He has deposited in me.

My prayer is that my reader base will increase because God has decided to use me as His vessel not because I’ve copied something someone poured their heart into (or copy something someone else copied).

How can I talk about freedom if I were to put myself in bondage by lying to my readers and passing off copywrited content as my own?  I’m the real McCoy and I pray that all areas of our lives would be genuine and pure and unique.

I pray that you all are blessed today.  Be well, my friends.

KayD G.

What in the World???

What in the world? What in the world? That's a loaded question. When I was in seventh or eighth grade I took a drama class. I remember because there was a girl in my class named Holly who was one of the best actress I knew. And she was so funny. The things that she said and the way she said them were just phenomenal. So today I want to visit how Holly might say these words, what in the world?

What in the world is going on? What in the world is happening? What in the world are you doing? I think of these things when a parent walks into the bedroom of their pre-teen and it's an absolute mess. It's easy to say what in the world is going on? When we look at the news and we see some of the devastation or the acts of terror it's easy for us to blurt out, what in the world is happening?

And just as easily said or rather asked, is the question what in the world are you doing? When you stumble upon someone and there may be standing on their head in an awkward position or trying to cook something new and the kitchen is an absolute mess.

But let's take these questions from a spiritual standpoint and ask them again. 

What in the world is going on here?

What in the world is happening? 

What in the world are you watching?

On the one hand to hear these words it's just a simple question. But looking at it from another side, looking at it with spiritual eyes, 
these questions are profound. These questions are thought provoking. And these are questions that we must ask ourselves as believers in the one true and living God.

We cannot stand by any longer and let our nation and our world go to hell in a handbasket because we do not do anything we just stand by and ask the questions. 

We must be doers. We must be doers of the word. We must be doers of something.

I know the Lord hears my heart. I know the Lord hears my passion. I know the Lord hears my prayer. But he also must see me doing something. 

Now here's one more question that I'm sure you heard asked and now let's ask it. What in the world are you doing for heaven's sake?

I can't answer that question for you. Only you can take a deep look inside yourself to ask what in this world you are doing today for the sake of heaven. What in the world are you doing right now that His kingdom will come and that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Now this time when you read ask the question read the words very slowly . What in the world am I doing for heavens sake?

We want to hear him say well done, right? Then let's get to work. 

As always, please leave a comment to tell the world what you think is going on in this world.  Or you can tell the world what you are doing to make it better.  

Be well, my friends. 

KayD G.