Whispers In The Wind

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I wanted to share a moment I had today with this song. I know probably everyone has heard it at some point. I want you to listen to it again. Listen to the words and I want you to vision the lost ppl around you, family, friends, co-workers, the lady working the register at Circle K, the young lady in Walmart that looks full of anger, and hurt… there are so many things and ppl around us that went through my mind when I was listening to this song. Then I had a flash back from about 5 years ago, It was probably 3 or 4 am, I was sitting outside on the steps, I was drunk and listening to this song. I remember listening to this song over and over again, actually several drunk nights I ended up around Godly stuff. See at this time I had recently walked away from everything I knew, my brother had died and it turned my world upside down, my two teenage boys were acting up, to the point where I cried almost every night, I was working 2 jobs, trying to be the best mom I could be because my kids were my world,  in church, in a small group, trying MY hardest to do this God thing.

Even being in church I was dying a self-induced spiritual death, I was dying because I wouldn’t let anyone fully in, yes including God, or should I say ESPECIALLY God. I knew of God, I knew I pretty much believed in him, I had seen miracles in my life, Angels when I was near death several times, so I knew he was real. I just didn’t think he was for me… I didn’t think that he loved me. I mean, come on… If he had loved me, he never would have let me go through everything I have been through. Almost no one knows my full story but there had been lots of pain and very close encounters toward death. I flipped when my brother died, left church, left my small group, stop talking to ppl from church, funny thing is?? It was my way of protecting them, I knew I was slipping bad, all I wanted to do was drink, party, numb the pain. ALL the pain, an entire life of doing the “so called right things” and having it screw me over. I loved my girls, the hardest thing was walking away from them but I couldn’t chance taking them down with me, so I vanished. One day im gonna finally sit and write about all of this for ppl but until then…. Anyway, drunk listening to this song.. wanna know the weird part? Even though I had walked away from church, from God… I often wondered if anyone “Heard Me” did anyone truly understand the pain, lost, hopelessness that I felt inside?

Let me ask you the same thing I asked myself today… Do you hear them??? Do you??? Do you hear the cries for help, the screams of desperation for a way out, a plea for hope…. Do you hear her???? OR have you become so comfortable in “doing life” that you have forgotten where you came from? Have you forgotten how broken you were before someone shared Gods love with you, before someone SHOWED you GODS LOVE. Let me tell you who did that for me, Pastor Shannon Richard. She showed me unconditional God love, through every drunk text message, through every hangover. She never gave up encouraging me, She never grew tired of reminding me of Gods plan for me. My life and who I am has changed because of God and because of 2 women, Shannon Richard and my amazing mentor Tasha Guidry. They invested God’s love into me. Who are you investing God’s love into??? We talk about changing the world, but what part are you playing in the change?? We pay things forward, acts of kindness, which I love love love doing, but how about paying forward ministering to someone who is lost and broken???

You want change in your life??? Then get Radical about God’s Love!! Wake UP, OPEN YOUR EYES, & BE THE CHANGE.

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The Leech Factor

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Without Jesus I’d be like a car accident with no repair shop,
a mental-case of self-doubt,
a walking shot of vodka times twenty.

Without Jesus in me,
I would travel from place to place
as a leech seeking my next feel-good prey.

That would be me.

You know what the crazy part is?

I’ve realized it’s ok if I still leech. Jesus doesn’t mind how much I leech on to him.

I can grasp on, pull out everything that IS him and still get every ounce of what I desperately need. I pull in all of his goodness to breathe out all of it wherever I go.

Jesus practically says leech off of me
and I will give you all-surpassing peace.

You will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Is. 26:3

I never thought it should work that way. But, it does. It really does.

He is the rescuer, the ambulance, the paramedic who now runs to my rescue.

Not from the physical issues that most likely would have plagued me, but, to the deep emotional hurts. He doesn’t even bandage them – but simply touches them with his gentle hands to bloom what once was bruised.

I don’t need much else besides him. He is the all-inclusive package to life.

I can seek him until I am blue in the face, and still uncover greater sustenance.

He’s better than the straight shot of alcohol because his intoxication heads directly into my heart.

He works in me, through me and for me.

to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Col. 1:27

Now I have hope.

What once looked like a world full of hurt, crud yet-to-come and accidents waiting to happen, now looks like a world of hope-at-bay, peace-at-work and joy-yet-to-come.

It’s a mystery, but once you have Jesus in you – it all becomes clear as day.

You don’t have to worry about today, because God holds tomorrow.

You don’t have to fret about lost dreams, because God works beyond our visual screens.

You don’t have to be anxious, because God is working through the piles of trash that seem all around you.

You don’t have to feel alone, because God’s presence is greater than the blue sky that covers.

You simply rest in him, knowing he is working. That is Christ in you.

A person cheating and swindling?  Compassion for their needy heart.
Christ in you.

An obnoxious customer service call? Grace to the one who gets rejected all day long.
Christ in you.

Another call at church to give more money? An outpouring of money to those in need.
Christ in you.

Things you could never comprehend pouring out,
were always poured out by Jesus.
Christ in you.

I am realizing that the only requir

ement is a desire to keep blockages of his glory far, far away. To keep those things that trip you up distanced. That’s it. It’s not even so much that I have to do the hard labor, Christ in me, handles that for me, I just have to be willing to bring it to him.

To acknowledge it – you know, the opposite of deny it.

Then we can see his radiant glory shining out and when it shines it changes everything you look at.  Christ in us. The power is staggering.

My El Shaddai 

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This morning I read Ps 91, when you get a chance today I want you to read it, the Amplified & Message are the best!! 
Here’s Psalm 91:1 1-13 

“You who sit down in the High God’s presence,spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.I trust in you and I’m safe!”That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,shields you from deadly hazards.His huge outstretched arms protect you—under them you’re perfectly safe;his arms fend off all harm.Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,not flying arrows in the day,Not disease that prowls through the darkness,not disaster that erupts at high noon.Even though others succumb all around,drop like flies right and left,no harm will even graze you.You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,watch the wicked turn into corpses.Yes, because God’s your refuge,the High God your very own home,Evil can’t get close to you,harm can’t get through the door.He ordered his angelsto guard you wherever you go.If you stumble, they’ll catch you;their job is to keep you from falling.You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,and kick young lions and serpents from the path. ”

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How amazing to know when we sit in the shadow of the Almighty his grace and mercy cover us. He even directs us! “Call out to me, God!! El Shaddai!! You are my refuge!! In you I am safe!!”

This is standing on Gods Promises!! It’s reminding yourself daily to stand, sit, kneel, cuddle, in the presence of YOUR almighty God, your covering! And when you do so, you build a relationship of trust with YOUR God!! Knowing he will protect you! Knowing he will send his Angels to stand guard over you!! His Angels to catch you so you don’t stumble into sin! 

This morning take time to call out to El Shaddai! Adoni! And watch him protect your life and protect your thoughts today! 

Brewster 

 

Fearless

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Fearless is dancing in the rain in the dark of the night… unconcerned with what others may think…
Fearless is going for the gold… when others only think you can achieve silver….
Fearless is sitting in the middle of the ocean….waves crashing on you… while you smile the entire time…
Fearless is seeing the grey shades in the sky and calling it beauty….
Fearless is wishing on stars… and believing someone hears you…
Fearless is dancing in your room… where no one can see… still pretending your only sixteen…
Fearless is letting down walls for the person you love….
Fearless is jumping from a plane… just too feel the wind in your wings…
Fearless is taking the chance to follow your heart….
Fearless is being afraid and having the courage to saddle up anyway… even if you have no idea how to ride…
Fearless is the confidence when you talk… the swagga when you walk…
Fearless is respecting yourself when others fail to do so….
Fearless is standing on a mountain top… eyes closed…. listening to the wind blow by….
Fearless is an unlearned art… something you are born with… unteachable to the soul…
Fearless is a mischievous grin when feeling alive inside….
Fearless is pretending to be alive… when you’ve lost all hope inside…
Fearless is loving without measure… trusting without judgement…
Fearless is believing in silly dreams…. looking for your destiny…
Fearless is finding strength to get off the floor when you feel worthless…
Fearless is finding hope in a child’s laughter…
Fearless is never letting someone be your priority when you are only an option to them…
Fearless is trusting in true love when everyone tells you it no longer exists…
Fearless is wearing glitter when your thirty….
Fearless is watching someone’s smile light up the sky….
Fearless is sitting in a beautiful green field to write poetry…
Fearless is letting go of anger…. giving mercy to those who don’t deserve it…
Fearless is getting excited at the sight of wildflowers…. because their beauty is so colorful…
Fearless is being both a devil and an angel with the one you love…
Fearless is laughing in the eye of danger….
Fearless is walking down a runway and looking your opponent in the eye…
Fearless is never seeking shelter when your world falls apart…
Fearless is daydreaming about mermaids….
Fearless is planning a trip to Italy without a penny to your name…
Fearless is seeing your future in love instead of money…
Fearless is trusting someone to be there when you fall….
Fearless is never losing your optimism in a cynical world….
Fearless is standing up for what you believe….
Fearless is honesty… loyalty… integrity… compassion and grace…
Fearless is praying to a God you love with everything in you…
Fearless is having faith where there should be none….
Fearless is breathing when you lose your lover and best friend…
Fearless is driving fast with your music loud…
Fearless is never giving up… never giving in…
Fearless is staying in someone’s embrace because there is no other place you would rather be….
Fearless is learning to let go when someone no longer loves you….
Fearless is painting a picture when you have no idea how to draw a straight line….
Fearless is feeding the hungry…. being kind to the poor… spending time with the sick…
Fearless is signing up for the drama team inspite of what your friends may think….
Fearless is letting love and kindness inspire your soul….
Fearless is becoming friends with the underdog….
Fearless is a gleam in your eye…
Fearless is starting a paintball war…
Fearless is giving yourself away and expecting nothing in return…
Fearless is mud riding on a beautiful rainy day…
Fearless is giving someone your entire heart instead of holding back…
Fearless is understanding when you’ve been abandoned…
Fearless is falling in love with a country song…
Fearless is wearing flowers is your hair in the middle of spring…
Fearless is intriguing… Mysterious… mischievous and full of life…
Fearless is having a soft heart… even when you can’t show it…
Fearless is never just what you see on the outside… but few understand what’s on the inside…
Fearless is funny… cocky… and witty…
Fearless is jaded…. with a heart that’s still pure… and naïve…’
Fearless is beauty… even when you no longer see it in the mirror….
Fearless is finding motivation from within….
Fearless is rainbows… glitter and spice…
Fearless is taking the time to smile at a stranger in hopes of giving them a better day…
Fearless is smelling the roses and making memories…
Fearless is a firecracker…
Fearless….. reminds me of a girl that I once knew…