Sunday, December 10, 2017

You DIDN'T imagine it!

I can imagine that there's not a single person on this planet who hasn't been offended by someone or something at sometime.  Offense is NOT imaginary so all of the jokes about offended people really aren't funny.  I can imagine that my last statement may have offended some people and for that I apologize and ask forgiveness.  I meant not to offend but rather to point out that our entire culture IS focused on being offended.  I think this author I'm about to share with you has truly been inspired by God in this matter!!

A whole book is emerging in my mind as I ponder what I just read about being offended.  My whole life is becoming clear to me when looking through the lens of how offended my parents were, at the end of their lives, to the degree that it ate them up and ruined ALL of their relationships!  My mother stood in front of the whole church and yelled at the congregation because nobody had sent her a card when she was a patient at Mayo clinic.  I was offended at her as I listened to her bragging to my children about the way she scolded the entire church from the pulpit!

My own mind is starting to open as I ponder this concept--being offended affects our health??????  I begin to see how my offended nature has been holding me back in so many ways!  I am certain that this tool of the evil ones has indeed affected every aspect of my life!!!  IT HAS NEARLY DESTROYED ME--TO TELL THE TRUTH!!!

This all makes me even MORE grateful for the healing tools that I've been given--the greatest one being forgiveness!  Still, it makes sense to get to the bottom of this--to get to the root of the problem.  The truth is that I am offended a lot! The more ill I've become, the more offended I've become.  I CAN SEE THAT NOW!!!

Why don't they care about me?  Why don't they help me?  Why didn't she smile at me?  Why won't they support me emotionally?  ALL DAY I COULD LIST THESE AND THEY WOULD BE TRUE!

and I have,

and I'm sick and in pain all day EVERY DAY!!

I'm also writing to ask for forgiveness from those I've hurt while on my offended downward spiral.  Please forgive me!

I'm writing to share that knowing my enemy gives me hope.  This MAMMOTH enemy called "BEING OFFENDED" just may be the source of your life's problems too.  Please prayerfully read this article.  Please prayerfully consider repenting of listening to the voice of, "I'm offended by...."  Please join me in shunning this monster and rebuilding our relationships while we can!

Hopeful once again,

Dawn


"A Vision of the Spirit of Offense"
Ryan Johnson, Fort Payne, Alabama Offense!

It's a word that we have either experienced or seen others walk through. It's a hot topic word as it seems more and more individuals are going through battles of being offended. Whether it is being offended over politics, religion, freedom, protest and choices, etc., the list is long with so many dealing with being offended on some level.

To understand more about how offense works against individuals who have a relationship with Jesus, I began to consider how the mindset of offense works. That's when I saw an octopus. Yep, I know it sounds strange, but it was the image that first came to me. I began to see how offense operates like the arms and the legs of an octopus.

Offense has the sole purpose to attach itself to you (to entangle you), and I believe that the Lord is detailing how a spirit of offense will come against you in 8 different ways.

1. Mind "Guard your heart, your mind, and keep your spirit devoted to The Father." "For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God." (Romans 8:5-8)

When offense takes root, the first place it's coming after is your mind. If offense can attach itself to your thoughts, it owns your ability to process understanding. The moment offense attaches itself to your mind, the ability to have clarity and peace is diminished, as everything now becomes about feeding every thought that is only directed at the hurt through offense.

2. Sight/Vision "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he" (Proverbs 29:18 KJV). "If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed." (Proverbs 29:18 MSG)

The problem now becomes about what you are seeing verses what isn't actually there. Once offense attaches itself to your vision, you now become bombarded by everything that you see. You begin to see things as though they are something that they are not. Every post, every picture, every action is something that you see as a direct attack against you. What is a general or a normal statement now looks as a direct shot against you. Offense shifts your vision from fulfilling your purpose into a place of opposition—from everyone/everything. You're now unable to recognize what God is doing as you're devoted to see what is being done to you. (Photo via Flickr)

3. Heart "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers." (Proverbs 6:16-19)

This is a very dangerous place to find yourself. The moment that offense attaches itself to your heart, many things you do becomes toxic and dangerous. It's out of the abundance of your heart that everything about your true intentions are revealed. It's the moment that your heart becomes so infected that your actions become destructive to those that are around you.

4. Relationships "Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends." (Proverbs 17:9)

This has to be one of the saddest things to witness as offense attaches itself to your relationships. Offense will eventually put a wedge between you and your family or friends. Your relationships will change over time as you search out certain people to tell your side to who will be on your side or who is now your enemy. Offense will divide your most devoted friends to now become an enemy because they didn't see it your way. ElijahList Prophetic Resources

5. Hearing "This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God." (James 1:19-20)

Offense will attack your ear gate! A spirit of offense will attach itself to your hearing in such a way that not only will your natural hearing be affected, but also the ability to hear spiritually will be tainted. Naturally, we will begin to hear what others are saying and process those things to be slanderous towards us. More dangerously is when that affects your ability to hear what the Lord is saying. Your spiritual ear will become more tuned to the lies, manipulation and deception of the enemy.

6. Body/Health "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." (Proverbs 16:24)

Many don't like to talk about it, but the truth is, offense will begin to become a natural issue in your body. The negative thoughts, bitterness, unforgiveness, rage, frustration, unwarranted worries, strife, etc., eventually take a toll on your physical health.

7. Time "Offense shifts your vision from fulfilling your purpose into a place of opposition—from everyone/everything." "Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth." (Ephesians 6:2-3)

If honor produces life, what will offense take from life? Time! When offense attaches itself to you, your time becomes consumed with proving others wrong and you right. You become consumed with payback or restitution to what was done to you. Instead of being about the Father's business, your number one priority is you. Therefore your time is now robbed from your own offense.

8. Finances "God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please Him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please Him. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind." (Ecclesiastes 2:26)

I know that it's a touchy subject these days, but money is still a relevant issue that must be acknowledged in the Kingdom. Part of the lack you will experience when it comes to finances can be rooted to a spirit of offense. When offense attaches itself to you, you soon welcome bitterness toward others in ministry, pastors, apostles, prophets, networks, churches, organizations, etc. When that offense digs deep, you will begin to withhold your finances from what you once supported. Offense will convince you to do so as a plan of strategy. Offense will convince you that they will come crawling back to you because they need your money. Truth is, offense attacks your finances and not the finances of those who are pleasing God.

Don't Let the Spirit of Offense Destroy You A spirit of offense has but one purpose: to DESTROY YOU!

 Offense is straight from the enemy and if you allow an open door, it will not be long until you see how it affects one of the 8 (or more) ways mentioned above. Guard your heart, your mind and keep your spirit devoted to The Father.

 When offense comes knocking, and it will, please walk out what the Bible declares. Don't be the type of person who calls everyone without going to the one with whom the offense first began. (Photo via Wikipedia)

"If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector." (Matthew 18:15-17)

Ryan Johnson Ministries Email: servant4yahweh@gmail.com Website: www.ryanjohnson.us

Ryan Johnson is mantled in equipping the Body of Christ to awaken the nations with a prophetic call of arising Ekklesia. Ryan ministers with a prophetic voice of revival and awakening with the demonstration of God's purposes in regions, individuals and the Church. Throughout years of ministry, Ryan has been blessed to develop relationships with many great men and women of God who taught him difficult and real-life lessons to their family so that they can continue to work for the glory of God. It's these relationship that Ryan credits to his development of a leader who walks in authenticity, honesty and integrity. Ryan strongly believes and walks in the understanding of accountability. Ryan is a member of New Breed Revival and TRIBE Networks

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Recollections of a blizzard

Having grown up in South Dakota, and now living my adult life in North Dakota, blizzards are not unfamiliar to me.  I'll always remember the blizzard of '66 which paralyzed our whole state for 3 days!!!  It took many livestock and most homes were cold. 
 
 Being we heated with coal, we were toasty warm, but Dad worried about the cattle.  On the third day of the blizzard he and my brother, Duard, set out for our farm which was 1 mile South of Eureka. The wind had let up so they took the chance to check on our herd which was locked in the barn.  My brother, Russell, stayed home to help mom carry the coal to the furnace so we would stay warm. 
 
About half way down to the farm, Dad and Duard got the pickup stuck in a snowbank and walked the rest of the way.  They found our cattle just barely alive and almost out of oxygen.  I stood in that barn this Summer with Jacob and told him the story I was told so often. 
 
 Dad and Duard managed to climb the snow mountains and got to the barn.  The cattle had lost so much weight from no feed or water for 3 days that they hardly looked alive--but they were.  God was merciful to us!!!
 
The snow had piled up 8 feet high and there was only a small air hole for them.  It is doubtful that they would have lived another day.  Dad and Duard dug by hand a large enough hole to throw some hay in to the starving animals and to refresh their air supply.  The hay had to be dug out of the snow and then carried to the herd as the tractor was buried. They figured that the cows could eat snow to keep hydrated until the storm had ended. 
 
As the grateful herd munched on the hay, my father and brother headed back to the pickup.  They were extremely cold upon their arrival back at the vehicle and were very grateful to be inside once again.  However, although the vehicle started, it was badly stuck and refused to move.
 
We at home were praying hard that not only the cattle but our family members would be ok.  It was taking too long.  We didn't know that they got the pickup stuck and had to make much of the journey on foot!!  The looks on the faces of my mother and brothers told me that things could possibly be bad--that Duard and Dad may not return AT ALL!!! 
 
Mother lit some lamps as the blizzard snuffed out the late afternoon sunlight.  WHERE WERE THEY???  WHY DIDN'T THEY COME???
 
My little 6 year old mind began to fret as I heard my mother talking to my brother.  Should we call for help?  Would anyone be able to help them in the blizzard.  TIME DRUG ON!!
 
Out in the blizzard, Dad and Duard realized that they had better head for home on foot before it got dark.  There wasn't enough gas in the vehicle to keep them warm all night and there was no cell phone to call home and discuss the situation with mom. 
 
After warming up in the running pickup, father and son again went out into the swirling snow.  It was half a mile and cold and hard to see but they pressed on!! 
 
FINALLY we heard the outside door open and they were home.  What rejoicing but it didn't last long!  
 
My dad had frostbite on his face and Duard, being the younger/smaller one had frostbite on his hands and face.  I was scared.  I couldn't stop crying because they were so stiff and quiet and cold. 
 
My mom was in shock but I can still remember dad mumbling through his frozen cheeks to get snow.  Mom got a pan and Russell got snow and I watched as they slowly warmed up the frostbit limbs by rubbing them in snow.  I learned later that the transition from frozen to healthy must be done slowly or extreme pain follows.
 
 After awhile, the color started to come back into the faces of our heroes and some of the weariness lifted from the faces of those who carefully watched them.  THEY WERE GOING TO BE OK!!!!  When Dad was finally able to speak, he shared that the herd was safe.  I'll always remember my mother's yelp of delight!! 
 
Never had our home seemed such a refuge to me than that evening as darkness closed in and we were ALL TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!  "Thank you, God, for bringing them home safely," I prayed as I drifted off to sleep!!!  Tears of gratitude dried on my cheeks in the frigid air--the same tears of gratitude that are flowing down these old cheeks right now!!!
 
So, during every blizzard since then, I pray for those who must be out in it to care for others!  Even now I have begun praying that my guys get home safely from the plant this evening.  PLEASE FATHER, GET EVERYONE HOME SAFELY TONIGHT!!!
 
So, our home school did a little study of blizzards years ago.  We learned that a blizzard is when there is at least a 40 MPH wind while it's snowing.  That's pretty simple to understand.
 
I decided to share this article with any of my readers who have not had to deal with blizzards.  Perhaps it will inspire you, too, to pray that everyone who is in the path of a blizzard takes precautions and are safe!  Also, please pray for all livestock in the path of blizzards--that God will protect them and nourish them during these wretched storms called blizzards!!
 
KEEP WARM!

Dawn
 
PS.  This is what a blizzard looks like from the safety of my living room.  Snow coming down with LOTS of wind.  If I only could share the sound of the wind with you.  The wind's howling makes everything seem colder!  PRAY FOR US ALL WHO LIVE HERE--PLEASE!!!  I already saw reports of accidents on the interstate North of us.  );
 
 

What Defines a Blizzard?

By Grace Muller, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
February 15, 2013, 7:40:25 AM EST


What is a blizzard?

Blizzards are dangerous winter storms that are a combination of blowing snow and wind resulting in very low visibilities. While heavy snowfalls and severe cold often accompany blizzards, they are not required. Sometimes strong winds pick up snow that has already fallen, creating a ground blizzard.
Officially, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a storm which contains large amounts of snow OR blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours). When these conditions are expected, the National Weather Service will issue a "Blizzard Warning". When these conditions are not expected to occur simultaneously, but one or two of these conditions are expected, a "Winter Storm Warning" or "Heavy Snow Warning" may be issued.
Blizzard conditions often develop on the northwest side of an intense storm system. The difference between the lower pressure in the storm and the higher pressure to the west creates a tight pressure gradient, or difference in pressure between two locations, which in turn results in very strong winds. These strong winds pick up available snow from the ground, or blow any snow which is falling, creating very low visibilities and the potential for significant drifting of snow. 

Where did the term blizzard come from?

In the 1870's, an Iowa newspaper used the word "blizzard" to describe a snowstorm. Previously, the term blizzard referred to a cannon shot or a volley of musket fire. By the 1880's, the use of the word blizzard was used by many across the United States and in England.
The Upper Midwest and Great Plains of the United States tends to be the region that experiences blizzards most often. With few trees or other obstructions to reduce wind and blowing snow, this part of the country is particularly vulnerable to blizzards. However, blizzards can occur in any location that has a climate that experiences snowfall. Northern Arizona can experience blizzard conditions when a strong low pressure system moves across southern Arizona and high pressure builds strongly into the Great Basin. However, these conditions are rarely met due to the infrequency of strong low pressure systems moving through the state.

What makes a blizzard dangerous?

Blizzards can create life-threatening conditions. Traveling by automobile can become difficult or even impossible due to "whiteout" conditions and drifting snow. Whiteout conditions occur most often with major storms that produce a drier, more powdery snow. In this situation, it doesn't even need to be snowing to produce whiteout conditions, as the snow which is already on the ground is blown around, reducing the visibility to near zero at times.
The strong winds and cold temperatures accompanying blizzards can combine to create another danger. The wind chill factor is the amount of cooling one "feels" due to the combination of wind and temperature. During blizzards, with the combination of cold temperatures and strong winds, very low wind chill values can occur. It is not uncommon in the Midwest to have wind chills below -60F during blizzard conditions. Exposure to such low wind chill values can result in frostbite or hypothermia. For more information, go to the NWS wind chill web page.
Blizzards also can cause a variety of other problems. Power outages can occur due to strong winds and heavy snow. Pipes can freeze and regular fuel sources may be cut off.
Source: NOAA

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

GoDesana

I have only a few moments but I want to share the essential oils that have changed my health.  Do I still have MS?  Yes, you don't ever get rid of MS.  Have these oils helped me deal with all of the trauma of knowing I have a disease that doesn't kill but just cripples slowly over decades.  YES!
 
This is one of my favorite essential oil blends that GoDesana creates.  It's called TRAUMA RELIEF!  I cannot urge you too much to try TRAUMA RELIEF if you are stressed out.  I can help you get it at wholesale prices if you leave a comment here.
 
 
Dawn

Friday, November 24, 2017

A scary ending

Please keep my mother-in-law in your prayers.  We had a delightful day together yesterday working in the kitchen preparing Thanksgiving feast for our family.  In the middle of the night she had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital where she stayed as a heart patient.  She has no history of heart problems that I am aware of!!!
 
As I ponder how quickly life can change, I have to gasp how my selfishness has kept me from truly enjoying my mother-in-law in the past.  Her 8th grade education next to my collage one kept us from connecting.  Perhaps it was her insecurities about not going on to high school, which she shared with  me over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Perhaps I was arrogant that my English was perfect? 

The point that I'm trying to make is that we never truly know someone else's story.  We don't know what was going on at the time that major life decisions were being made.  We have no right to value ourselves above others because of opportunities that we had that they did not.  I'm preaching to MYSELF here!
 
Anyway, the day that she and I had yesterday is a treasure for me!  I'm not sure how many more we'll have together.  It was terrifying to spend the whole day feasting; playing games; watching a movie; and singing around my new piano with a perfectly healthy mother-in-law.  Three hours later to see her breathing with difficulty and having chest pains..............
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR HER!!  Yesterday I called her, "Mother," and she smiled.  She's waited a long time to hear that!  I'm praying that she hears it many more times in the future!
 
I know that this poem is late but we were so busy cooking as we hosted the family here.  Still, it says what I am feeling right now.  I hope that you enjoy it too.  Also, I hope that you will enjoy this photo that Cora took recently of my mother-in-law holding my 2 grand babies.
 
Dawn
 

Thanksgiving's Coming

Over the river and through the woods
Thanksgiving's coming just as it should
The day to be thankful for the year
And for all the blessings that we hold dear

Time for families to get together
No matter what the weather
Mom and dad, sisters and brothers
Time to show we love one another

Grandma and grandpa and all the kids
Aunts and uncles and cousins amid
All the confusion and fun of the day
And lots of food in the midst of disarray

Sweet memories we make as the years pass by
We think of loved ones who've gone to God on high
The circle of life which is so very dear
As our family changes and grows each year

This is a special day we should all thank God
For the abundant blessings of the life we trod
Thank Him for the family you hold so dear
And that within your heart you can always feel them near

Thank Him for the laughter and tears you've shed
Thank Him for His daily provision of bread
Thank Him for living in this country that's free
And for the freedom to worship Him spiritually

Most of all thank Him for Jesus Christ His son
And that He loved you so much His father's will was done
Thank Him for the very life He has given to you
And pray that your life will glorify Him in all that you do

Over the river and through the woods
Thanksgiving's coming just as it should
But remember to thank Him every day of the year
For all the many blessings that to you are so dear!

 

Friday, November 17, 2017

He gets it

Sabbat Shalom everyone!
 
As I prepare for Sabbath, often I am discouraged with all that I failed to accomplish during the work week.  Often I am frustrated with how little I was able to do for my Lord.  Mostly I'm disgusted with my body for not being able to perform the way that it did 30 or 40 years ago. 
 
 How does this really help anything?  I know better and yet my heart keeps wanting me to do more for the Lord than my body is able to do. 

This morning the Father really touched me with Pastor Prince's devotional!  It's ok that I'm an earthen vessel.  He KNOWS that I am an earthen vessel.  He gets that I can only do so much in a day to serve Him.  You know what this said to me, "IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU, DAWN!"
 
I hope that you will be as blessed as I am as I ponder these concepts today--on Preparation Day.  I can only do so much with the rest of this day BUT my heart can sing praises to God who keeps me alive!  The oil of gladness can pour from my heart into those who are hurting more than I am!!  May it be so!
 
Hugs everyone,

Dawn
 
 
NOVEMBER 17 -
CHRIST IS THE TREASURE IN YOU

The verse tells us that we have “this treasure” in earthen vessels. Who is the treasure? Christ! Who are the earthen vessels here? You and I! Thank God the treasure is in the earthen vessels.
 
My friend, Christ the treasure is in you. So don’t get frustrated when you see your “earthiness”. You will always be “earthen” as long as you are in your mortal body, but remember that Christ the treasure is in you.
 
Should you lose your cool with your spouse or children, remember that Christ in you is your patience. When I feel impatient, I don’t pray, “Lord Jesus, give me patience...now!” No, I look to Jesus and I say, “Lord Jesus, I thank You that You are my patience.”
 
In my younger days and even when I first got married, I had a bad temper. I tried all sorts of anger management techniques, but I never got very far until I told God, “God, I am so frustrated trying to overcome my anger. I give up! I cannot. You can. I rest and depend on You.” Not too long after that, my wife commented, “You know, you have improved in the area of your temper.”
 
I thought about what she had said and realized that I was not even conscious of the change in me. When family members can see the patience of Christ manifesting through a naturally impatient person, God gets the glory.
 
Perhaps you are frustrated with your smoking and drinking habits. Or maybe you are discouraged by your feelings of jealousy, distrust, bitterness, depression and defeat. Don’t condemn yourself for being earthen. Don’t try to “cast out” your earthiness. Just realize that you have Christ the treasure in you.
 
The more you see that treasure in you, the more Christ’s brilliance shines forth in you. And in the midst of your earthiness, God gets the glory as you yourself are transformed from glory to glory! (2 Corinthians 3:18)