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He Raised Me Up!!


“Lord You did not hide from me, no not at all !!

You hid for me, yes, for my best interest, for my deep-rooted growth with strong and trusting faith. You hid so I could stand. You hid so I could face and conquer my many fears. You made yourself small to raise me up big and strong!

You Lord are indeed The Great Way Maker, my recompense, my refuge, my hope, my strength…..my ever lasting love and salvation!!

Lord, I know that the past two years was heavier on Your heart than it was on mine! I know that it was no party for You to watch me fall apart and live in fear, turmoil and confusion. I know how you felt and feel for each one of your children when fear, anger and stubbornness tie Your hands from moving in our situations. As parents we want to rescue our children from the troubles of this world but too often we are helpless to do a thing!! Lord, I am so ashamed for hurting You, for causing You pain, for not trusting You when You have done great and mighty works in my life time and time again!

And yet even still,  in my darkest hour, in the midst of the horror and absolute carnage of my life, You raised me up!! You did one of Your mighty works and rescued my chick-let when there was no possible rescue available except through You. You showed Yourself strong and in charge and You did it in a way that no one could or would claim it to be a happen chance. No, even non- believers believed You! Lord, we didn’t even use our ace in the whole, You still have it stored up for Your future great pleasure and recompense!! While there is still work to do and You are still working behind the scenes for justice and victory, three months later I am going over the events in utter amazement!  I wonder daily of Your secret plans for they are too great for me to figure!!

Lord in all of my falling apart and not trusting You, You were behind the scenes directing things in the way You wanted them to go and You always get Your way even when our finite minds can’t understand your mysterious workings and your perfect plans!

The one thing I know, when the gates of hell are advancing, when the heat is turned up to unbearable temperatures and the sweat of the brow is so profuse and every drop is as if  life is being sucked dry of any hope, survival or victory, when I stand stripped down with nothing left to give, oh but that is when You O’ Lord show the world Who is boss and the way things are going to be!!  That is when You shout louder than words, “he’s mine, yea that one, she’s mine, yea that one,  get your hands off!!”  That’s when You say, “Fear Not, I am your God and I fight for you!!”

Stay tuned as I share the details of the journey of how the Great Way Maker made a way for my son’s release from captivity, turned my deceived and broken heart into love, truth, faith and confidence. My Great and Mighty Way Maker turned my hopeless nothing into a strong something!!  He raised me up!!

Lost N Found, What A Difference You Made In My Life


John 16:23

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you,

my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

Have you ever been just going along living the blessed life when suddenly if there was the slightest crack in your foundation you seemed to fall in it and get stuck there a while? Well, I hear ya!

I had some crater cracks that were very visible to me and boy let me tell you, I was diligent to the task of closing those gaps and being set free! On the other hand I had so many hair-line cracks that I didn’t see them with the naked eye, or even a telescopic eye!  Those were the cracks that swallowed me up and held me captive for two long years. I prayed, cried, screamed, kicked and begged for relief, for answers, for deliverance and freedom. God sent none which equals no – one. At least not in the way that I thought it or they should come. Yes, you know where I am going with this one already but please read on.

Now, prior to me falling into the cracks and getting wedged there for what seems like an eternity, a mini forever at the very least, my heart was on fire for God. I don’t mean a itty bitty let’s warm our hands by the fire kind of fire. I mean an all-consuming fire that consumed me night and day! I would become so overwhelmed and I would weep and cry out to God, “Lord, take me and my life and do something good with it!” That kind of fire moves the hand of God instantly. I became an instant crack dweller as God began to make my life and way unrecognizable.

John 16:23  In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

I stayed in the cracks as God began to show me the not so pleasing aroma of the secret places of my heart.  Day by day, hour by hour and often times minute by minute the Lord undid the doing…… as I kicked, screamed and pouted because in my eyes, I was going backwards and getting further and further away from my life ever being usable for something or anything good.  My dream and the yearning of my heart was now way off in the distance and I could not see it ever being good or doing good again!

everything happens for a reason

The past two years have been a mix of the book of Job and the Exodus.  Disaster after disaster sending me running for my life in terror screaming “Lord, I believe but help me with my unbelief!!!”  I don’t know how many times I thought of turning my ship around and going back to the safe blessed life before I asked God to take my life and do something good with it.  Because a request like that will undoubtedly turn you inside out.  A request like that will cause a complete and total make over.  A request like that will require a complete and total heart transplant.  That is what I got.

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You see, I wanted to do good and be a blessing but I wanted to do it within my own terms and my way.  I wanted to love the lovely and not be bothered by the unlovely.  I wanted to feed the hungry but only if they were hungry because of an unforeseen life event or trauma.  I didn’t want to get close to the hungry that just came out of prison, or that had a horrific drug problem that they couldn’t conquer or a drinking problem that they couldn’t overcome or the one’s that kept making the same mistakes over and over and over again.  I didn’t want to help the people who were a product of their environment and come with baggage.  I didn’t want to be around manipulators and thief’s.  I wanted to help but I didn’t want the mess.  I wanted to reach out but not if there was a stench or the least possible chance of an inconvenience or trouble.  I wanted my cake and I wanted to eat it too with no hassle and no mess.  The ridiculous thing is that I didn’t see the rottenness of my heart until the Lord turned my heart inside out!

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I didn’t get new eyes to see and new ears to hear until all the things and circumstances that I didn’t want touching my life came to visit and stayed with me for the longest and most excruciating two years of my life!  I will never be the same.  I don’t want to be the same.  I don’t want to be that person ever again that only does the glory work.  I want to be with and grow up with the one’s at the bottom, with the ones that need a second chance from the God of second chances. I want to look back some day and say “God, we made a difference in that one’s life, we gave some hope, some love and a way for a better life, we did it You and me!!

God did exactly what I asked Him to do.  He took my life and day by day He is doing something good with it!

O Lord, What a difference you’ve made in my life!!  Now I am willing and able to make a difference in other’s lives!!

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Not Blind


Love is not blind - It sees more and not less, but because it see's more it is willing to see less. - Will Moss

Love is not blind – It sees more
and not less, but because it see’s more
it is willing to see less.
– Will Moss

 

All Credit for art goes to Cebarre from bing images.

He’s Mine, Yeah That One!!


Do you ever think about God’s thoughts or reactions when we get ourselves into trouble? Well, I believe this song sums it up for me. Just like he hates sin but loves the sinner, don’t you know He may not like our behavior or the things we do to get into trouble but you better believe He doesn’t bat an eye to run to our defense and very proudly claim us for His own!!

Enjoy this glimpse of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE of a Father.

How Much?


“I asked Jesus, ‘How much do you love me?’  And Jesus said, ‘This much.’  Then He stretched out His arms  and died.”

–  Unknown

 

IT IS FINISHED!!

IT IS FINISHED!!

John 15:13 (NET)

 No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends.

Not my art.  Image taken from bing images

Possessing My Possession


I just have to share this rich and honest post full of wisdom given in way that inspires me to grow up and be all that god intended for me to be. This writer speaks from the heart and experience in the way that leaves no room for denial or victim mentality. A must read for anyone struggling to possess the promise land!!!

Lessons by Heart

When God sets us free from bondage, there are some things we need to know:

There is a Promised Land for us

– which does not refer to heaven (because…)

There are giants in the land!

(And there are no giants for us to fight in heaven!)

There is work for us to do.

God will not do for us those things which we are capable of doing ourselves.

After all, what good parent continues to tie their child’s shoes or dress him or her when the kid is in high school? Good parenting has mature, functioning adults as its goal.

Taking possession is not simply a matter of stepping onto property, but requires winning victories – one “city” at a time.

God may take down the walls of a stronghold, but our part is to destroy the residents within.

This will take effort; it will take courage; it will…

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The Face Behind The Name


Linda - The Face Behind the name Prodigal Chick

Linda – The Face Behind the name
Prodigal Chick

We are all Prodigal Sons & Daughters at some point or another, running around in darkness with our eyes hidden from the truth, dazed, confused, and hurting. 

I have had my fair share of desert experiences and prodigal seasons in my life time.  I felt the Prodigal Chick Avatar was fitting for symbol and meaning.

I married my highschool sweetheart – AJ.  When we met we immediately knew we were meant to be…..   We have now been married 32 years and have been together for 36 years.  We are miraculously blessed and very thankful and proud of our daughter Kristi and our son Kyle.  We are triple blessed by our grand-daughter, Emma.  I love the Lord and have given Him my life to do what He Will – which may sound super sweet but it is a tough gig to follow.  I love my husband, family and friends. I would rather give than receive.  My happiest and most joyous times are in praying, serving and reaching out.  My life is blessed to be a blessing.  I write to share, encourage, and make laugh.  I am passionate about what I believe in – Jesus, love, justice and doing what God leads me to do.  I love meaningful music, especially songs that tug at the heart-strings.  These days I especially like country because a good bit of the country artist are singing about Jesus and turning hearts to Him.  “This is me in a “nutshell!”

This is not my Bible but this is what my Bible looks like except mine has a hundred or a thousand sticky tabs on the top and sides, I just haven’t got around to taking a picture…….

This looks just like my Bible

This looks just like my Bible

Me & My Husband

Me & My Husband

My Daughter Kristi

My Daughter Kristi

My Grand - Daughter, Emma

My Grand – Daughter, Emma

My Son Kyle

My Son Kyle

Father & Son, The Two Awesome Men In My Life

Father & Son, The Two Awesome Men In My Life

So, this is the real prodigal chick, her chick-lets and hubby.  “The Lord Blesses and He adds no sorrow to it!”

Not My Photo - Photo Credit Goes To My children mean everything to me Community

To My Babies, Kristi, Kyle and Emma

This is not my photo. Credit goes to my-last-breath-from-my-children-mean-everything-to-me-photos community page