Showing posts from June, 2011

June 26, 2011, "Forgiveness bringing forth Healing"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written By: Teresa Criswell Excerpt from post on May 10, 2010 "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." ~ Psalm 103:12 NKJV ~ For many who know me, please pray before reading this. I pray that you will not look at me differently, but see the transforming power of Almighty God over a woman's life who went against everything she knew and had been taught. The life I had lived was of great selfishness and vanity, a life with great void, not choosing to walk with God. "I woke up late. I had RSVP'ed for the event that I was suppose to be attending at 10 am. It was now 9:45 am and I wasn't even close to ready. All the thoughts of, "How are you going to get there without being beyond late?" "The drive alone is 15 minutes." I thought,"Well, I'm not going then, I can't show up late." Yet, the pull on my heart to go was

Reminded by a dog named "Hachi"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." ~ Isaiah 40:31 ~ Have you ever seen the movie, Hachi A Dog's Tale ? Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa are the principal actors in this amazing movie. I saw this extraordinary movie for the first time today and I admit, I wept uncontrollably. To see the loyalty of a dog who was incredibly grateful to his master, portrayed by Richard Gere. The matchless gratitude of this beautiful animal towards his rescuing master was undoubtedly humbling. I was sadly reminded the lack of gratitude towards my God in comparison to this loyal creature whom God created. This is an actual photo of the real life dog, 'Hachiko' who lived from November 1923 to March 1935 in Japan. You see, this movie is based on the true s

June 22, 2011, "Overwhelming humbleness"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell Psalm 8 I am reminded with great joy the God we get to worship. Our Awesome God of His covenant over the many human beings throughout our concept of time and history. It's quite overwhelming, isn't it? I love it, The Most Famous One allows us to pray to Him without ceasing as He desires to commune with us without ceasing . The amazing, awesome God, Creator of the heavens and the earth, the moon and the stars that are strategically placed with overwhelming creativity and order, desires our spirits to commune with His Holy Spirit. As recorded in First Kings 8, King Solomon asks with rhetorical awe, "But will God really live on earth? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple I have built (I Kings 8:27)!" The Wisdom upon King Solomon as He completed the building of the Temple, led him to this wisdom that humbly overwhelmed him as he was constantly

June 16, 2011, "Decluttered to Restored"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "Restore to me the joy of your Salvation and uphold me by your generous Spirit." Psalm 51:12, NKJV A few nights ago I had the opportunity to meet some lovely women as I was invited as a guest speaker to share some creative ideas on how to stage their homes. It was so amazing what the Holy Spirit brought forth as I prepared and spoke that evening representing my staging service, "Decluttered to Restored". There seems to be a significant awareness that empty rooms don't remain empty. A few of the reality cleaning shows on television have manifested this truth. These homes become filled with 'stuff', as that stuff seems to fill up not only the room but also the boxes, bins of all shapes and sizes storing the owner's once upon a time, 'must' haves. Upon preparation of what I was going to speak about in regards to staging, I envisioned an analogy of our rooms

June 5, 2011, "Depressed? Offended? Discouraged?"

Depressed? Offended? Discouraged? O, let me tell you...I sure have been. I must be real with you. My obedience to submit to God has been absent, leading to the 'praises' of what I am depressed about, of who has offended me and why I am so 'freakin' discouraged. I have tried to invite others to my self-pitied, depressing rants, but no one will join me. What the heck? Well, praise God that no one has joined me, because I am incredibly wow'ed by Almighty God, The Most Famous One. I am wow'ed in great belief that God in all His glorious fame longs for me to long for Him. Words cannot explain the incredible, indescribable, mind twisting awe that I have towards Him. I woke up this morning with a text from my friend Julie, who after a series of text messages of encouragement reminded me of what must be continually in my mouth as she pointed me to the Word by the power of the Holy Spirit. As my mind for the past few days have overflowed with rehearsed hurts that I