Posted in Journal

An Awfully Big Dream

According to Google, there are 195 nations in the world. Since making my blog “public” two years ago, it has now reached 125 of them. I write about Jesus, my studies of the Bible, and life as I walk out my salvation. It feels me with joy to know that it has gone where I have not been able to. Even so, I still have a deep desire to go and teach the Word, love on and pray for people, and see God move in mighty ways. But it seems I don’t have a green light when opportunity arises in these last years. Not only that but with the pandemic the world is facing, well…

As we entered the Easter season, I began a forty-day fast. Then a couple of days in came the pandemic. What a challenge! But God gave me two prayer warriors whose prayers helped carry me through. And then He encouraged me much at the end of the fast by telling me this – “Old dreams with new anointing by the power of the Holy Ghost will carry you into this next season and usher you through. You will go deep but you will also be required to navigate the currents there. Often there, you will think you are drowning, but take comfort in My heart and relax as best you can. Though it will be hard, try to stay above water and wait there…until you are endued with power. Then I will come pull you from the riptide. When I do and you are safely back on shore, when you come to, you will see that during the time of struggle this turned into a season of dreams come true…my dreams in you.”

So what are the old dreams? I dream of a life of missions. Is it crazy that in this hour, I just want to GO?!!! I dream of teaching the Word and fulfilling our call to disciple. I dream of praying for others and seeing the miraculous. I dream of igniting others with the desire for prayer that He placed in me. I dream of writing by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Missions, the Word, prayer, the miraculous, writing! It seems all over the place, but it is all very precise.

Perhaps in these next years, I will be able to touch the other 70 nations. Wouldn’t it be so amazing, when it is time to go to my heavenly home, to have touched every country in the world and to be greeted in heaven by those same nations? That is my dream!!!!

Father, would You give me the nations? As I pray for them and find out more about them would You show me how to use this tool to reach those across the world? Lord, I know it is an awfully big dream. I fully knowing it is something only You can do. Is it Your dream, Lord? I ask again today for the nations as my inheritance…according to Your Word….in Jesus’ holy and precious Name!!! Amen!!!

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On the list below are the nations touched by the blog. I always put up their flags and I hope on your device you can see them. Being in possession of a nations flag symbolizes victory. That is why I do it. Plus, I think they are beautiful. There will be a second list added with the names of every nation yet to be reached.

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The Reached

A
Albania ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Algeria ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
American Samoa ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Angola ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ด
Antigua ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Argentina ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
Armenia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

B
Bahrain ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ
Bangladesh ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ
Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Barbuda ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Belize ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Bolivia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด
Bosnia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Brunei ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ
Bulgaria ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ

C
Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Cameroon ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Chile ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Colombia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท
Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท
Curaรงao ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ
Czech Republic ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

D
Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Dominican Republic ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด

E
Ecuador ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ
Egypt ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ
El Salvador ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป
Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช
Ethiopia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น
European Union ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ

F
France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

G
Georgia ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช
Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Ghana ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท
Grenada ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
Guam ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บ
Guernsey ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

H
Haiti ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น
Herzegovina ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Honduras ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Hong Kong ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

I
Iraq ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ
India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Isle of Man ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

J
Jamaica ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
Jordan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด

K
Kenya ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช

L
Lebanon ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง
Lithuania ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น
Luxembourg ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ

M
Macedonia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Malawi ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ
Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ
Malta ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น
Mauritius ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ
Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Moldova ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
Mozambique ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Myanmar (Burma) ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

N
Nepal ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต
Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Nicaragua ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

O

Oman ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ

P
Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Panama ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Paraguay ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ
Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช
Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ
Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Puerto Rico ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท

Q
Qatar ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

R
Romania ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Reunion ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Rwanda ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ

S
Saudi Arabia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Serbia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ
Seychelles ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ
Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Solomon Islands ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ง
South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
South Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
St. Vincent and Grenadines
Suriname ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ท
Swaziland ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

T
Taiwan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ
Tanzania ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Tobago ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น
Trinidad ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น
Tunisia ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ
Turkey ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท

U
Uganda ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
United Arab Emirates ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช
United Kingdom ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
United States of America ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Uruguay ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ

V

Venezuela ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช
Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ

Y
Yemen ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ช

Z
Zambia ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
Zimbabwe ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ

Posted in Journal

Today the Message is Silent

Perhaps a decade ago, a man sent me a message via Facebook, because he thought he might know some of my family from Rutherford County, NC from back in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. As it turned out, this man, who I have known as Pastor Clyde, did know some of my family back in the days of their youth. He moved away from NC and spent his life pastoring in FL and TN. We became FB friends and shared stories and testimonies of life. He started checking in here and there, and every single morning from the very day I “met” him, he sent me an email titled, โ€œMessage From The Mountain.โ€

This morning the โ€œMessageโ€ was missing from my inbox, and since that was so odd, I looked on FB and read that Pastor Clyde had gone to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I will miss him and the messages. They were not airy,  feel-good, or even in-depth philosophical devotionals written by a minister with a huge following. Instead, each message was a deep heartfelt fresh Word, written by a man who passionately loved his Lord and loved and cared for his readerโ€™s personal and spiritual lives.

From the hills of Tennessee, Pastor Clyde woke up each morning, got his coffee, and sat before his PC with his Bible. There he allowed the Holy Ghost to speak through him. He brought Words of exhortation and comfort, prophetic and teaching Words, very often Words of correction. His messages were driven by the eternal and unchanging Word of God โ€“ always!

On rare days, Pastor Clyde would give only a statement that the Holy Ghost didnโ€™t give him anything to write for that day.  โ€œMaybe God wants to speak to you directly today,โ€ he would add. And you know, I think I appreciated that honesty and humility and encouragement more than anything else. What a lesson!!!!

Thank you, Pastor Clyde, for reaching out to someone from your hometown, just because my name peaked your interest. Thanks for your years of caring and for serving our great God and our Savior, Jesus! What a divine connection it has been.

The โ€œMessage From The Mountainโ€ has now gone silent, but I will take what God gave me in this last decade, and I will not only continue to move forward, but I will also do my best to run with all that was imparted.  Maybe God wants to speak to me directly today.

Posted in Hiding His Word

In the Closet

Below is an excerpt taken from a little booklet titled Helps to Holiness. Such a great teaching tonight by the author, S.L. Brengle, about waiting on the Lord.

Here I sit trying to honor our President’s request that we stay in so we can “flatten the curve” of the spread of this coronavirus. Here in the confines of my home though I am not alone… it is truly in this special place (my little prayer closet) that it is just me and God. There is no one to draw from, no one to compete with, no one for me to distract or to be distracted by. And still, even here, with God as my only companion and source, it is so hard to wait on Him.

But this was encouraging to me and made me search my heart.

David said, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.โ€ (Ps. 62:5); and again he declares: “I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His name do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning” (Ps. 130:5); and he sends out this ringing exhortation and note of encouragement to you and me: “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Ps. 27:14).

The secret of all failures, and of all true success, is hidden in the attitude of the soul in its private walk with God. The man who courageously waits on God is bound to succeed. He cannot fail. To other men he may appear for the present to fail, but in the end they will see what he knew all the time: that God was with him, making him, in spite of all appearances, “a prosperous man.”

Jesus puts the secret into these words: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly” (Matt. 6:6).

Know, then, that all failure has its beginning in the closet, in neglecting to wait on God until filled with wisdom, clothed with power, and all on fire with love.
~ S.L. Brengle, Helps to Holiness

What does it mean to wait?

Wait – to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens; to remain neglected for a time; to be postponed or delayed; to be available or in readiness.

Looking at those definitions, I can easily find the reasons I have such a hard time. Over the last years, I have become a person that loves to do and to go. We can fill our lives with many things. Even very good things things can become a hinderance when we allow them to keep our bodies and our minds occupied at all times. The first day I deliberately stayed home, all I wanted to do was go, go, go though I had no where to go and needed nothing. Obviously I don’t like “remaining neglected” for any amount of time. Does anyone?

So how then do we wait?

By Godโ€™s grace and by making a deliberate decision to press in to the waiting.

I have to get in the posture and attitude of waiting. Oh yes, it will be so much easier to move on toward the next sight or sound in the adjacent room. It will be easy to jump on Facebook or Twitter and lose an hour or two there…but the moment I give in, I know I will begin that same old descent that leads to discouragement.

What will be the benefits of waiting?

WISDOM, POWER, FIRE with LOVE!

Give me the grace to wait upon You, Lord…in Jesus Name. Amen!

Posted in Hiding His Word

A Good Reason To Fast

A good reason to put fasting alongside your prayers!

  • And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
  • Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
  • And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
  • Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
  • And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
  • Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
  • And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
  • Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
  • Matthew 17:14-21