Friday, February 26, 2010

February 26, 2010, "Dying to Live"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspirec by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell

"Jesus said to her,
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."

~ John 11:25 ~


Lord, thank you for another day.
Another day you have allowed me to be a part of.
You are so awesome and so amazing!
As I think of how amazed I am by You, it leads me to the
reminder that I am here because of You, as You have a great
plan and destiny for others to see, know and experience, leading
them to You through Jesus Christ.

There are the ones, like myself, who profess and confess that we know You,
Am I revealing You? Lord You have equipped us all to be that which the world must see. They need an encouraging word, touch and gentle embrace
knowing that You continually draw us to You to be filled beyond overflowing.
The overflow effect is not to only say, "Look I have and possess overflow." But it
is to share and pour out that which You have provided upon us so lavishly.
I love You Lord.
What is it that You desire for me to do with You today?
Lord, I want to be open to Your will and be obedient to Your will.
The hurting ones, prepare my heart to see, go and do so that
they may see, know and experience You.
The ones that are hateful, you have equipped me with Your Love.
The ones that are judgemental and cause great stirring of strife, You
have equipped me with Your peace, love and joy! It is on the inside of me.
Lord! I struggle to know when 'enough is enough'? Your kindness revealed in us is not weakness, so why do others take it that way? Did you mean for me to become a doormat?
"Teresa, I am more than Enough. You lean on Me when you 'feel' enough is enough.
I have no boundaries, yet you do. Walk out of the comfort of what you call enough and what you justify as needing boundaries. Why do you expect things to go the way you think or feel it should? When you expand into the enemy's territory, when you yield and submit to Me, I will surely keep your hand and mouth from the temptation to do evil . Especially keeping you from speaking and doing evil against those who have done evil to you. Doormat? Look! My nail scarred hands. Look! My nail scarred feet. Look! My pierced side...Teresa, these scars do not represent my ending...they represent the beginning to your abundant life of redemption through Me, For what I died to is what I overcame with Power that cannot be measured, for this power is Eternal. I Am the Resurrection and The Life! Lean on Me at all times. When things are great, Lean on Me. When things surprise you and take you on a course I never intended, lean on Me...that course that I did not intend, still does not take Me by surprise. Teresa, you are learning at this very moment on another level how to die to self. Selfish, defensive steps you have taken to justify by fear. I call you to lay down. Make offensive steps through My Word, which is your Sword. Activate the Sword by speaking forth My Word, echo My words back to Me as I am watching over My Word to perform it. I do not watch over your word to perform it, I watch over My Word to perform it! No more defensive mechanisms at work, but Offensive as you have been justified by faith."

Wow! Lord! Wow! Thank You for the equipping of Your Word which is beyond my comprehension of this world's definition of power.
I am Your daughter. I am an heiress to who You are. Wow! Insults hurled my way, they can't come close to me, for I need to remind myself who I am and who I belong to!
I love You my Awesome Father! Thank You for Your encouragement as You are Encouragement!

Love your daughter,
Teresa

Thursday, February 25, 2010

February 25, 2010, "Thank You Father"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell

"Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful."
~ Romans 12:12 ~


My sweet friend Jennifer, called me and left me a message the other day. She said, "Teresa, I was thinking of you and wanted to give you a word and it's Romans 12:12." Thank you my sweet friend and daughter of the King for your obedience!

God You are So Powerful and Awesome.
Your Word is Alive and it penetrates deeper than
my definition of deep.
I am amazed how my spirit is comforted by Your Word
Yet so deeply rebuked in love.
I love Romans 12 as I read the whole chapter, Wow!
I know that when Paul wrote this to the church in Rome, O
how it applies to us even now on how I treat others; especially
to the ones whom it's hard to give what You have SO freely given.

God! You are powerful and mighty! I love how You want each of us
to be greatly blessed as we greatly bless You by blessing others; whether
we feel it is deserved or not.

I love You My Father; thank You for revealing Your heart that heals and makes
new and refreshed! I am refreshed by You Lord!
I love You Father, and King with Your unimaginable, unexplainable, immeasurable Love
Love Your daughter,
Teresa

Monday, February 22, 2010

February 22, 2010, "The End is Not The End"

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
~ Revelation 1:8 ~

"But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment."
~ Matthew 12:36 ~


I pray that you are encouraged by The Source of Encouragement Who Is Almighty God.

"I Am The I Am that is here, was and will always be.
Come to Me, I Am your Strength.
I Am Restorer.
I have and possess, never to be stolen the keys of death, hell and the grave.
Let Me be Your God.
I Am the Key to Life, Abundance and Resurrection Power.

Your own strength will run out, it will end, But I Your God Am Continual Strength;
your Fountain of Living Water. This is Who I Am.

I Am Provider of Your much needed strength ~ Yet, I Am also that Substance of Strength.

I created You and in that creation I created a perfect purpose. A specific destiny not according to the comprehension of what this realm attempts to foresee.

Just as the human body is intricately created, consisting of vessels, arteries, ligaments, tendons, cartiledge, organs, limbs, muscles, bones, skin, etc. each has a specific function, for a specific purpose.

The skin doesn't look at the heart and say, "I want to be like you." The liver doesn't say to the hand, "I want to be like you." They do as they are purposed to do. You have destiny and purpose, specific to the plan that I have made for you to walk in, with Me guiding you. As I guide you, My Son Jesus revealed me as Father and only did according to what I do. Jesus spoke these words on this earth manifesting the purpose and specifics of being in relationship with Me Your God. It was clearly spoken by My power and direction through Jesus Christ that He "is The Way, The Truth and The Life and NO ONE comes to Me, The Father but through Yeshua (My Son, Jesus)" (John 14:6).

Your own and man's guidance leads to death. I Am the Key to get off the path of death and I Am the Way to the path of Abundant Life.

There is no need to stumble and fall when I make your crooked paths straight. I Am The God who Transforms into wholeness and newness in life with great abundance. I Am The I Am. There is none greater than I.
I Am the Beginning. Every successful principle stems from Who I Am, revealing a glimpse of Who I Am.

I Am your Significance.
I Am your Success.
I Am. I Am. I Am.
Take My Hand and let Me reveal to you Who I Am.

This is not your end, unless you decide that it is.
I Am The God of New Beginnings. Even when the signs and seasons cause you to sense that it is the end, it is not the End. In your scope of 'now' is not what I see. I see in a dimension of Who I Am which is Eternal.

I Am The Beginning and The End.
Do I or will I ever end?
NO. I will not End. I Am God.
There is no ending to who I Am.

I Am Constantly Awesome.
I Am Constantly Loving.
I Am Constantly Merciful.
I Am Constantly Faithful.
My conception of the end is not yours.

The end to many is like the last page of a book and as the book closes is their definition of 'the end'.
My 'End' is the opening of a new book overflowing with restoration, refreshment and revitalizing strength.
I Am Strength.
Stir up that which has been gifted to you.
I will never abandon You or cause you to be unprepared.
You must come and partake of that which is already provided.
I cause Overflow of Joy in the midst of heartache and great disappointment.
I cause Overflow of Peace in the midst of bitter chaos.
I Cause Overflow of Power in the midst of your greatest weakness.
I cause overflow of Faith in the midst of utter fear.

Stir my gifts up. How? With your tongue. You be an influencer on that tool which is to cause great victory. That tongue has led many to great destruction in complaining, murmuring, gossip, spewing out bitterness, Guide that tongue with praises of Me on purpose. The tongue has glorified the wrong long enough, now utilize that tongue to glorify Me, Your Everlasting God, The Beginning and The End."

Saturday, February 20, 2010

February 20 & 21, 2010, "Vast Realm of Awe"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell

"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him."
~ Psalm 28:7 ~

Lord, to be amazed by You for only a moment causes my mind to enter an unknown, vast realm of awe.
My soul and mind plead with me to come back to this mundane realm of reality.
My spirit longs to stand, sit and lie down amazed at Your awesome wonder and majesty.

The things that I am finding out are beyond comprehension.
Yet doctrines and cliches of man has numbed me down to not believe that a great evil could exist; nor believe that Your great Power can overcome that which we don't dare look at or believe.

There is a great evil that no horror movie could articulate on a movie screen that is going on around us; but this does not take away from my true Focus. My focus is on You, The Great God of The Beginning and The End. You God The Creator, The Molder, The Fire of Passion that leads to You no matter the chaos, destruction and devastation that would try to rise up against us.
You God are Victory!

There is so much more than prosperity and poverty.
There is so much more than health and disease.
There is so much more than faith and fear.
It is all there, yet, it is You I desire to long for.
You are The Source of prosperity;
but I don't want to only seek after You for the prosperity to replace poverty.
You are The Source of Health;
but I don't want to only seek after You for the health to replace disease.
You are Faith and The Source of Faith. It is impossible to please You without it.
But I don't want to only seek after You for only the results of what faith brings.

Being that You are and were and will be; these attributes and more should not be my focus, nor where I find my source of encouragement.
You are my Source of Encouragement!
You are God.
If all is lost and forsaken,
You will not be lost, nor shall You ever forsake, leave behind or abandon;
not for one moment.
Never, never, never!

I love You Lord with Your Love! Thank You For Your Changing, Transforming Love!

Love Your Daughter,
Teresa

Friday, February 19, 2010

February 19, 2010, "Amazed, Awestruck, Smitten By You God"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Stevens Criswell

"The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples see His glory. ."
~ Psalm 97:6 ~


Lord, You are amazing! You are God, You are King!

Lord, I am amazed, awestruck, smitten, enamored, captivated by You!
You are gloriously ravishing, majestically powerful and mighty.
The mountains tremble with great honor as they declare Your glory.
The heavens declare Your glory.
The animals and creatures of land and sea find food that You have provided for them. They declare Your excellent glory!
The waters that roar with a beautiful rhythm of grace declare Your Majestic Power!

I am reminded today to reveal and declare with my life that belongs to You that I am ravishly captivated by You. You have equipped me with Your glorious light, how can it be hidden? The Light is You. Your Light is brighter than a million suns, why do I compare it to a 'this little light of mine'? The light You want revealed is of You, not my own little light. Lord, I no longer want to compare Your Light to my own comprehension of what You have intended. Your Light has great purpose to reveal those once dark places, exposing darkness as it runs hastily with great fear and trembling.

I love You Lord. You are God and King, Majestic and Holy! Yahweh! The Great I Am, Who was and is and is to come! Hallelujah!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

February 18, 2010, "Obtain and Keep Pressing On"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell

"Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me." ~ Paul
~ Philippians 3:12 ~


My husband was telling me the story this morning of Dan Gable, an olympian gold medalist wrestler who won his olympic gold medal in the 1972 Munich, Germany Olympics. The very night he attained the amazing honor for which he worked beyond hard for, received his gold medal at the olympics defeating the Russian favorite who had never been beaten; Dan went onto defeat him for the gold medal. Not only did he accomplish the victory over the Russian olympian, but he went through the entire olympics with not one point being scored on him.

After the medals were awarded to the medal winners, that very evening was a celebration at the hotel for the wrestlers and other olympian medal winners. By the time the festivities had ended at around six o'clock in the morning, two olympian wrestlers were coming back to their room. By their own eyewitness account they saw a man with a hooded sweatshirt running down the hall towards them. Not sure who the person was, they waited until he ran closer and saw when the hood came down, that it was none other than, Dan Gable. They asked him, "Why weren't you at the festivities tonight? Where have you been?" With beads of sweat running down his face, he responded, "Getting ready for the next olympics."

My husband was choked up when he shared with me Dan's response. The amazing part also is that Dan remained focused on maintaining and preparing for that which he had a goal to obtain. He obtained it and now possessed it. Yet even in that possession of what he had obtained, he didn't just settle and say, "I have arrived", instead, he saw the gold medal he received as part of his journey, not his destination.

In hearing this amazing story, I was not only moved with emotion but also reminded of Paul who wrote, "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14). Paul had attained so much on this temporal earth. He possessed great knowledge, knew many different languages, he at one time was a highly esteemed religious leader which even in these modern times he could be compared to that of a very prestigious gentleman with more than one Ph.D. under his 'belt'...yet, even Paul who had credentials out the 'wahzoo' didn't stop or slow down in pursuing His relationship with God through Christ Jesus. He kept going, seeking after God, drawing near to Him in ways that he could never imagine that God would draw near to him no matter his circumstances. He was getting ready for the next season!

Just as Dan did in the physical, temporal realm, Paul did both in the physical and spiritual realms. He not only preached and taught how to be a champion, but lived the life of a champion in Christ Jesus. The lifestyle was focused, pressing on, persevearing to the goal set before him. What was the goal? The upward call of Christ Jesus. What is the upward call of Christ? That when he preached the gospel, he would present the gospel of Christ without charge, that he would not abuse his authority in the gospel (I Corinthians 9). It was keeping his mind and heart focused on God through Christ Jesus, not keeping his mind and heart on himself. Paul truly checked his motives regularly. "Are my motives and agendas driven by the heart of God? Or are they my own motives and agendas driven by my heart?

Paul was imprisoned in conditions that would cause many of us in the western world to faint. He was beaten multiple times while in chains for preaching the gospel of Christ Jesus. His focus had to be continually on the upward call of God. If he was imprisoned and beaten multiple times for preaching the gospel of Christ for his own glory, his focus would have been revealed and made manifest, and finally would have grown weary and given up.

I am reminded today that when I have attained something of the Lord to keep pressing on in Him, not backing off. I truly want to desire more of Him!

I don't want to be found guilty of thinking I'm good and content with my relationship with the Lord, because I'm 'busy' with the 'church' stuff and doing good things. It's great to desire to see things grow in our churches, outreaches, but I also must remember that the the building of where we gather is another tool to see the things of God be made manifest on this earth, but it's not the 'everything' of our personal time growing in Him. The light of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, is meant to shine through each of us as individuals, so when we come together collectively the light of Christ shines brighter than a million suns upon the world we live in!

Today, I am reminded that the rewards we receive when pressing into God, is another beautiful milestone in the journey, the rewards are part of the journey in God, but the full reward is our God, the King of Glory!

May we get to fully press into Him on the journey. When we think we can't press through anymore, is when we keep pressing on even more. We don't keep pressing on in our own strength, but we allow the Lord to guide us in His eternal strength that never runs out and never grows weak or weary!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

February 17, 2010, "Perception and Perspective"

"Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy. You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The rivers of God will not run dry; they provide a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so. You drench the plowed ground with rain, melting the clods and leveling the ridges. You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops. You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. The wilderness becomes a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy. The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout and sing for joy!"
~ Psalm 65:8-13 NLT ~


I was looking at the ground as I was about to walk up the stairs. My husband came around the corner, catching me off guard as he embraced me. He said, "Teresa, I was in the garage and I thought of all the adventures we have lived together as a couple. We have lived all over the country, met many different and great people. Through our adventures we were blessed with Tristin and I was able to get Cody back into my life. We have gone through the roller coaster of having much and not having much at all; yet through it all, we have been blessed by our Father."

I was enamored and in awe that our life together brought him to this moment of appreciation for me as his wife and our children yet more than anything, his great appreciation to Almighty God. He gave me a kiss and said, "Thank you for living this life with me. We have been through a lot together and still are. I know there are some that look at us as though we have lived our life as vagabonds, but I don't see it that way." I looked up at him and smiled, saying, "It's been a life of adventure and I wouldn't want to venture with anyone else but you."

Still floating on a cloud of delight, we had a lunch date today and I told him how much I appreciated what he said. He just shrugged his shoulders, as though it was no big deal and said, "When we don't appreciate what God has done in our lives we begin to covet and desire those things that we don't have and what we 'think' others have."

I thought to myself, "That is definitely true." This truth allowed me to ponder what the King of Glory has for each for us. More than the gifts, temporal blessings, eternal blessings, relationships which are all wonderful, it brings me to appreciate who I get to be loved by today. The God of Love. The God Who Is Love has already extended His desire for each of us desiring for us to reciprocate thanksgiving and gratefulness towards Him onto others; especially our spouses and children.

When we begin to appreciate that which we have, we shouldn't be surprised when we get to have more to appreciate. After my husband blessed the Lord last night in speaking what he was grateful for, those things that seemed old and tired, God made new and refreshed all over again. I am reminded today that our perception on life and things becomes our perspective. What is my perception? Is it wanting more of what they have which in turn I perceive lack? Or is it being grateful of what I already have and in turn perceive abundance?

February 16, 2010, "Receiving and Releasing"

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
~ James 1:17 ~



Wooooooooooooooooo!!!! Our computer is back into full working order! I thank the Lord for my friend Rachel and her husband, Ivan. I applaud and thank them both for utilizing their marketplace skills to assist our family in such an awesome way! Rachel and Ivan, please know how grateful we are and I am excited to 'trade' my organizing skills in return for this great hook up! Our applications are even better than before...thank you! My fingers are very grateful as they are dancing upon the keyboard at this very moment!

As I write today, I am more than amazed to see my heart's yearning for more of what God wants to reveal in my heart, mind and life. The yearning for God and His Word, allows My Father's desires for me to manifest upon my life. The transformation that wants to come upon me is quite humbling. There are many things He is so lovingly highlighting in my heart that need to be dealt which is revealed in my attitude, especially when no one is around. I know we all deal with it, however, it's pretty interesting to see that I'm finally open to Him getting it out so those things that are of Him can spring forth from the inside allowing His love to be poured out. The most humbling awakening is realizing that ultimately it's my choice to receive the transformation or reject it.

I wanted to share a small excerpt from my journal to the Lord. I pray that you are blessed as I am by His Love that never fails and never gives up!

When writing this, I was thinking about the offenses we tend to take on, ultimately and unknowingly rejecting the gifts from God. If an offense comes our way, it is not a gift to receive, so as tempting as it may be, we are not to receive it. The gifts that are from God are to be received with great joy, knowing that when we receive from the Father of Lights, there is a great need to release for God's awesome glory. The act of receiving is knowing that there must be an act of releasing, revealing His great love for others to be forever changed, glorifying His awesome Name!

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Your gifts Lord are meant to receive so that those gifts can be released onto others.
Teresa, do not withhold that which belongs to Me, Your God:
(Compassion, mercy, lovingkindness, encouragement and forgiveness).

To much is given, much is required. Much grace was given to freely operate in compassion, mercy, and forgiveness..so because of that which was given to me, much is required to release.

It is not for me to withhold mercy, forgiveness, or encouragement from those we would normally and rather not share it with. Especially to those who have hurt us.

Now I can not and must not abuse those gifts of You Lord either. In my fiber, even before accepting You Jesus into my life as my Lord and Savior, there was encouragement within my 'make up'...still revealing the gift from You, God as I was knit together by You even before I took my first breath upon this earth. However, when I would use (notice the word 'use') encouragement, it was because it felt good. It was something I used to make myself feel good, like an 'at-a-boy' feeling. It would even become a 'high' to encourage others. Yet even in that high, it was all about nurturing my need for me, me, me. It was not to glorify You Lord.

I no longer want to be addicted to encourage for my own needs-but to give glory to You which is already Yours! However, now I can contribute to that which is already Yours!"

As we are motivated to use, may we transfer the using to utilizing with great care. Great care in knowing that we are stewards of what belongs to Him. I am reminded today of my motives. Reminding myself to be motivated purely and simply because of Who He is and what He has done in my life.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Am I Settling for The Counterfeit or Waiting on The Authentic?

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
~ Galatians 6:9 ~


I am in awe of God’s patience in the midst of our impatience. The things that are revealed when we study His Word amazes me beyond belief.

I ponder this thought provoking moment in history. When Abram was promised by God the Almighty Promiser that he would have a son. This was of great concern to Abram as he was quite concerned who he would leave his inheritance to as he was without children. He asked the Lord with great disappointment, I’m going to leave all that I have to my servant? The Word of the Lord came to him and encouraged him greatly taking him outside and showing him the stars in the heavens and told him to count the stars, if you can do such a thing. What God had shown Abram was an analogy of what his offspring would be. After great doubt and needing proof of such a promise, time passed, and the promise seemed to fade. The authentic promise already existed in God’s realm of time which is eternal, not to be contained. However, the promised son had not yet been made manifest in their life in their time which consists of boundaries.

Well, we all know that they grew impatient. They waited for many years for the promise, but were they waiting on The Promiser? It is obvious that the promise faded as their focus for a moment was not on their Promiser.

The counterfeit can’t be a counterfeit unless there is an original…the authentic thing, correct? Well, in this knowing, the counterfeit is now entertaining the mind of Sara and the helpmate to Abram becomes influenced by The Counterfeiter. She whispers her influence into her husband’s ear and tells him to go sleep with her maidservant, Hagar. The counterfeit is conceived and made manifest as Ishmael comes forth. It’s amazing that Sara’s influence conceived ‘til this day the enemy to the lineage of God.

Soon after Sara becomes pregnant with the promise of God by the seed of her husband, Abram, the authentic comes forth…Isaac.

The question I ask myself, “Am I waiting on the ‘Isaac’”? Or “Am I going to grow weary and settle for the Ishmael?”

These questions lead me to how many times the counterfeit comes before the authentic. It is truly a fact that the counterfeit cannot exist without there being an authentic. But through the patterns of life, many times we will see the counterfeit manifest first.

This leads me to ask myself, “Will I wait on the promise?” In the waiting God Almighty shall renew our strength. What is the Source of our strength? It is the Joy of the Lord. So joy comes with a purpose…it comes to bring strength in the midst of waiting. Why do we need strength in the midst of waiting? So we don’t grow weary in doing well (Galatians 6:9 & II Thessalonians 3:13).

I am reminded today that not only is Joy something that is of the Lord…but it is Who He is! The Lord is our strength who provides joy through affliction and weariness.

Do you remember the moment when the three men came to Abraham who were of the Lord? The Lord said to Abraham, “I will return about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” As Sarah was listening, she knew her own circumstances…she was way beyond the age of giving birth to a child. In that moment she laughed with great doubt. After she laughed the Lord confronted her and said, “Is there anything to hard for the Lord?” Afraid, Sarah denied that she ever laughed, however, the Lord said, “Yes you did laugh.” (Genesis18:1-15). I ponder this passage. I wonder, if in her laughter of doubt, revealing weariness, did God’s joy come upon her? In that Joy of Who He was, is and is to come, He has provided, provides and will provide His strength through His Joy and His promise will be fulfilled in our lives.

Will I wait? Or will I grow weary? I pray I wait!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February 8 through February 15, 2010, "Random Thoughts"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
~ James 4:8 ~

I sit and pause to find the word...ok two words...utterly amazed.

I am truly and utterly amazed by the King. His gracious mercy and love that He pours over me is indescribably amazing. As I sit here in the library, hearing the 'clicks' of the 'mice', the modems hum, the fingers click upon the keyboards, I would love to shock 'em all...haahaa! I would love to hilariously stand up on the desk, dramatically raise up my arms to the ceiling and yell, "Wow! God is good! Look at each of you so intricately made with the ability to ponder, wonder, and knowing that at this moment we are given permission to be ALIVE! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!" I sound crazy, yes I know...but I admit...I am! Haahaa!

All I can say is thank You Lord for another day you have made. May my life just exemplify Your freedom as though I were to hilariously stand up on my desk of life, dramatically raise my arms to the ceiling and yell with great joy about Your glorious greatness! Thank You for Your Love and Who You are to overflow when my love is empty.

As I draw close to You I am finding that Your promise to draw near to me is beyond what I could ever hope, imagine, dream or witness! I am totally enamored by how You draw near to me when I decide to draw near to You! I am blown away by your matchless powerful love! What do I do with myself? I just want to laugh so hard as Your overwhelming nearness annihilates me...how can I not share it with others? How? How can I keep this to myself? Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! You are beyond amazing...indescribable for any word to boast a definition! You are 'indefinitionable'!!! I love You Lord! I pray that when I say, "I love you" that I love You with Your love, not my own.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

February 4 ~ February 11, 2010, "Love"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell

"...God is Love."

~ I John 4:8 ~

I'm on line today, utilizing my sister's computer as we visit her and her beautiful family; including their beautiful new addition to their family...Emmie Kay Carter Gaines. She is so precious.

I truly appreciate your patience as we are in the process of getting our computer back to 'health'...but this is not my focus. I must admit that I am amazed that without my computer how I can see more clearly. When I say that, I mean I see life around me with great appreciation...the journal and my pen impress the heartbeat of my passion for God. I must clarify however, this is not my passion that drives me; it is definitely the passion of God stirring on the inside wanting to breathe out of me with great intention and purpose.

I want to share my heart with this simple journal entry that cast such a glorious perspective on the Love of God. Not only the Love which He possesses, or bleeds as it flows eternally through and out of Him; but also the Love that reveals Who He is. His glorious love is Who He is. As we receive a glimpse of Eternal, Amazing God, even in only the glimpse it is still a mind blowing, transforming power that overtakes us; IF we allow Him!

Journal Entry to the Father God, January 30, 2010:
"I long to love You and others with Your love God. Not my own love that is as filthy rags. For my love is based on conditions. I want to love you God with Your love. I am able to love with great ability upon the ones who are lovable. The "I love yous" flow, but then when things of life mess up or are even destroyed, my own love does not have the capacity to wrap around people as Your love does. My love can love the lovable, but what about the ones YOU have called me to love. The ones You have called me to love are unlovable, my enemies, traitor's in my life. No wonder You have called me to love my enemies, because I can't do it in and of myself. I must depend on You to love them. As I depend on You to love them, Your love transcends and overflows so beautifully and majestically, more powerful than the most rushing waterfall. Your love can love the ones I have the ability to love far greater than my own. And because of Your love, I can then most importantly love You with Your love."

When writing and reading this raw entry, I am reminded yet again of the calling God has called each of us to. When we become more intimate with God, there is a drawing to become more intimate with others directly from The Heart of God. The intimacy with God, begins to see Him as The Lover in pursuit of us, yet we also begin to pursue Him in ways we could never imagine. It becomes a forever transformation that annihilates our lives and the ones we come into contact with!

I pray I allow His Love to compel and propel me to love like I never dreamed. As I am compelled and propelled to love, it will only light His passion of fire upon others to compel and propel to know Him intimately. Not just 'knowing' that His name is the One to call on when in need, but knowing that He is all you long for and desire as you call upon His awesome Name!