Tuesday, June 11, 2013

We'll Be Back Shortly

Ladies,  we've been having some technical issues with the blog for sometime and things have gotten progressively worse.  I have no idea what is going on, but we need to fix some of these issues before I go Mad.  We're looking into moving the blog to Word Press- just looking at our options right now.  Please check back with us often.  Better yet, sign up to get our posts by email.  This way you won't miss a thing.


We'll be back shortly!

~Kasse D.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

One Day At A Time By Reba Altizer

 One day at a time  by Rebay Altizer.
So many times I will look forward to some event or something in the future, so much so, that I loose sight of the importance of each day.  Having true faith in God takes focus and communicating with Him daily- asking Him to guide and direct us in truth.  It is so important we keep our eyes on Him and involve Him in our daily life.

The song "Jesus loves me" seems like a childhood song, but when life gets hard, this song has an important truth even for adults.  It's important to remember: Jesus does love you!  He has a hope and a future for you.

Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This is not just positive thinking, but the Word of God which is truth. It is Important to get the whole council of the Word of God. This is why a daily time of reading is important.  If you are not in The Word daily, you will talk yourself out of His promises.

Keep Him Number One

Keep Him number one in your life. Don't feel condemned if you haven't, just start now. Think through what you do daily and put Him first.  My husband told me a story about himself many years ago sitting in church and the Pastor asked, "Who is your God?".  "Where do you spend the majority of your time and money?" He really thought about it. He got out his check book and after seeing taxidermy written all through his checkbook, realized, "I must worship fish and deer". I know this might sound extreme, but for him that was a moment of evaluation for his life. He still likes to fish and hunt, but it was at that moment he began putting his life in perspective.  He began to move God to first place.  We can have hobbies, we just can't let them have us.  Our hobbies should not take all our time and money. Keep first things first.


We need to remind ourselves daily where we came from and where we are going.  Daily, what we do determines our tomorrow.  God made morning and night. If we do wrong one day, we get a chance to change it the next day.

Lamentations 3:22-23New International Version (NIV)
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
Ps. 42:7-8
7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.


Our time is in His hands.  Despite how we feel about time, God wants us to know He fashioned it for our good.  In fact, He has ordained special seasons to pass over us that have eternal consequence.  And God wants us to know something—“our times are in His hands.”  God controls the clock of our life.

Psalm 31:15English Standard Version (ESV)
15 My times are in your hand;
    rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!

Our time will come and go if we don't plan it. We all have asked ourselves, "where did the time go".  I look at my 3 year old and wonder where did time go.  I am in that place again in my life evaluating my time.  I see I need to make some adjustments. I know when I keep Him first, He makes me make the most of every day.

Love this verse in the message Bible.
Place Your Life Before God

12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

As I get older, these old songs come alive with meaning...One Day At A Time Sweet Jesus! Clink the link below to listen.

Another great word!  Thank you Reba.
~ Kasse D.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

He Is Enough by Reba Altizer

He is enough

This song has been rolling over in my heart all week. Please listen to it before you read the devotion. I believe it will prepare your heart for what the Holy Spirit will speak to you. In the wake of all the devastation this past week, The Lord has had me praying this song over the areas that have suffered so much loss. The trinity is so important, as is remembering the person of the Holy Spirit and its function in our lives.

Noun    1.      Holy Spirit - the third person in the Trinity; Jesus promised the Apostles that he would send the Holy Spirit after his Crucifixion and Resurrection; it came on Pentecost
Holy Ghost, Paraclete

1.  Our Comforter

John 16:7, 8, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment."

This is what I have meditated on this week: We need to open our hearts up and allow Him to comfort us and pray for those who are in pain to be comforted by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the only true  comforter for hurting hearts.  Only the Holy Spirit can heal them. My prayer is, I give the time and opportunity to for the Holy Spirit to do a work in my heart.

I remember, years ago, I was reading a book.  It spoke about the trinity and the differences of each individully.  I remember The Lord showing me, its not all just squeezed together, but each part has it's own awesome purposes.   The Holy Spirit helps our comforters.

 John 14:18, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." In other words, He uses human instruments to do His comforting. There are times when the Holy Spirit will comfort you himself without human aid.

There are times when He will empower and strengthen OTHERS to say just the words you need and give you just the comfort you need. This does not mean the Holy Spirit is not doing the comforting. He is leading and strengthening someone and using that someone to comfort and strengthen in the time of need. Other times, He runs alongside to help when no human aid is in sight. In either case, this is the work of the Spirit. He simply sometimes chooses not to use human help and other times He chooses to do so.

2. Our Teacher and Guide

1 John 2:27New King James Version (NKJV)
27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will[a] abide in Him.

A teacher instructs you in the way to go or in the way to do something. A Guide, leads you and  tells you what is to come and how to prepare. We need a teacher and guide to help us navigate in this world. I have heard so many stories how people were in the right place at the right time by hearing the Holy Spirit. We live in a time when it is so important we hear the instruction of the Holy Spirit.  It can literally mean life or death.

John 14:26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things,
and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 16:13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,
he will guide you into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself;
but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak:
and he will show you things to come.

Again this doesn't just happen. We have to believe He is important enough.  We have to wait in His presence even when we want to act now.  We need to invite Him into our atmosphere-  to long for His presence. We can't stay where we have been, but desire to go deeper. In this day, we can't coast on what we have learned in the past about Jesus, but we must invite Him into our daily lilfe...Daily!  He is enough, but we must let Him flood our lives, and be overcome by His presence.  The Holy Spirit is identified by Isaiah as the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Might, the Spirit of Know- ledge and the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord (see Isa.11:2). He is enough!

Reba Altizer is a member of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Ok. She graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas TX with a bachelor degree in Practical Missions. She has been involved in missions and evangelism for the past 20 years serving in 28 nations. The past 10 years she and her husband have worked at Victory Christian Center as the Coordinators of the Victory World Missions Training Center which is a school to help prepare students for full-time missions work. She has lead women's teams to Italy several times, Slovenia, Finland & Estonia. She has a real desire for women to know they are valuable and to fulfill their God given purpose.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Who Is Your Goliath? By Reba Altizer

Who is your Goliath? 

I was reading this week about David and Goliath. I think God made this story such a great visual for us. Even as a kid most of us remember imagining the Big Giant standing face to face with David. It's always easy to imagine our self being David and beating the giant- the graphics of the scripture not only tell that he killed him but cut off his head. We see a real picture of a victor. As I read the story over again this week, I felt The Lord put some thing's on my heart.

1. Who or what is taunting you?  

The tactic of the enemy is always to scare and intimidate. 
 In 1 Samuel 17
4 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. 7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him. 8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.  
I know at times when I've faced things, I have said to myself, "Okay what's the worse thing that can happen  in this situation?".  This may not be the best thing to say, but sometimes dispels enough fear to go for it.  Other times the "worst thing" being something worse, even death. This is when the bully,  the devil,  has to be dealt with head on- not with your words, but with Gods Word. Just like in the following example:
Matthew 4: 1-7
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]”

2.  Don't loose Faith in God

David was gathering facts.  He wanted to understand the situation, and at that point had not even said that he wanted to go fight. His oldest brother started judging his heart and motives in the matter.
1 Samuel  17:28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
This is what can happen when we face our Goliath's as well.  We have to choose to Stand on the Word of God, which is the Truth, and not focus on the situational facts facing us. Good meaning people might think we are acting out of  pride, but it is not pride when we truly put our confidence in the Word of God. David was putting his confidence on the Victory's of the past, and this gave him confidence to take on Goliath. 
1 Samuel 17:34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

A good thing to remember is God helped David overcome the lion & the bear.  This happened, who knows how many times, while watching the sheep, before he faced the giant. God had prepared David for that particular time in his life during the ordinary tasks of his daily life. The things that have prepared us for our Goliath might not seem all that significant, but it's important to remember what God has done for us in past.  We need to remember and thank God for our daily victories.  He is the same yesterday and today. He will deliver you from this Goliath too.

3. Go in what your comfortable in! 

This had never really stuck out to me before, but when I was reading this week, I felt like The Lord said to me, "wear what I give you, and not everything others are wanting you to wear".  I so love this because sometimes when we face our Goliath we think we need to be like so and so.  No, God used all of who David was to defeat Goliath, his testimonies of the Lions and the Bears gave him the confidence to face Goliath. I  just had this thought: "Be the best YOU, you can be, with God that is enough.
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

We all know how this story ends. David kills the Goliath with one stone so why did He grab 5? I heard a preacher say once its because Goliath had 4 other brothers and He was prepared to take them on as well. 

2 Samuel 22
New International Version (NIV)
David’s Song of Praise

22 David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.  
The whole chapter is great but these verses sum up the chapter of David's gratefulness for all God ad done. 

47 “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
    Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
48 He is the God who avenges me,
    who puts the nations under me,
49     who sets me free from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
    from a violent man you rescued me.
50 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing the praises of your name.
51 “He gives his king great victories;
    he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,
    to David and his descendants forever.”
Amazing Word Reba!  I love it!!
~Kasse D.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Faith that Moves Mountains by Reba Altizer

Faith that Moves Mountains by Reba Altizer The Bible gives this description of faith in Hebrews 11:1: "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (NIV) Definition: Faith is belief with strong conviction; firm belief in something for which there may be no tangible proof; complete trust in or devotion to. Faith is the opposite of doubt. Faith is possibly the single-most important element of the Christian life. Hebrews 11:6 states, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." (NIV) I grew up in church, loved God, heard the Bible taught, but still didn't get it. God wants us to get it.. 1. Faith for Salvation Except You Become As Little Children... Matthew 18:3 New International Version (NIV) 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Notice that this is something all who wish to enter that heaven must do! 2.Faith to move Mountains What does this mean? What mountain are you moving with your Faith? When I was 19, I remember going to church and seeing this big sign hanging in the front of the church that said RUSSIA. I suddenly felt I wanted to go. At this point, I had only been on one mission trip. I had grew up thinking all my life that Russia was the "Bad Guy", so I knew that wasn't my flesh wanting to go to Russia, but my Spirit. I don't think I knew this at the time, but God showed me this story later in life. What makes your Spirit jump or what draws you? It is important to recognize this, so you can truly be in Faith and not just fleshly. Most of the time, when God moves, it doesn't make sense in the natural world. For example, I was going to cosmetology school at the time. I was living with an elderly woman and helping her so I didn't have to pay rent. I had no extra money. I was just believing for gas at this point in my life. Why would I think I could raise thousands of dollars for a mission trip? This is how The Lord works. Mark 11:20­26 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!" "Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." Luke 17:6 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like the grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. 3. Steps of Faith A. I went home and read Hebrews 11:1 in a different light. FAITH IS BEING SURE OF WHAT YOU HOPE FOR AND CERTAIN YOU DON'T SEE HOW IT CAN HAPPEN! I thought I qualify as being in FAITH:) I begin to tell everyone. I was so excited! It didn't take me long to realize I was not moving in wisdom, because discouragement came, doubt came, the devil came. Who do you think you are? B. Be led by the Holy Spirit. The next lesson came: Don't tell everyone. Be discerning. Tell those who can be in Faith with you. If God said it, He will make a way. I was working one day and overheard a lady talking to someone about Russia. I felt in my Spirit I was to go tell her I was planning on going to Russia. My first thought was "that is weird". First, I didn’t know her at all. I was overhearing the conversation, but I was young. "Okay, I will just do it". I went right over, and told her I overheard her talking. I told her I was planning on a mission trip to Russia. To my surprise, she was so excited. She followed me back to my working area and asked me what she could do to help. No one had ever said that to me. I just told her to pray. She said she would pray, but she wanted to know how much money I needed. I didn't want to tell her, because it was February. I was suppose to go in July. I had no passport or money... Right then, she gave me a check for $50. This was a great miracle to me. I told her I would give it back if I didn't go. Where was my faith? I think she had more faith in me than I did! GOD WILL ENCOURAGE YOU IN THE DIRECTION HE IS LEADING YOU! STAY IN FAITH AND BELIEVE. ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. 3. Get started. I remember calling the lady in charge of the trip to Russia, telling her I had only $80 dollars. I told her I didn't how this was going to work. She said, "well how much is a passport". I told her $80. She said, "well, get your passport, you're not going anywhere without a Passport" Use what you have... 1 King 17 Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath 7 Sometime later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” 12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” 13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” 15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. Once I sent for my passport Money came in little by little. 3. Your faith will be tested. I remember when it was getting closer money was coming but not enough and started thinking people are going to think I am lying but The Lord was so good He encouraged me in His Word. Proverbs 16:9 New International Version (NIV) 9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. My trust and dependence was now trusting God if this going to happen. Day by day more money came, and the opportunity to share in home prayer groups came. Humility stayed, because I don't know how it was going to happen. I had to keep planning and trusting God. The lady I had met in the beauty shop weeks earlier started sending money. She sent the first $300 dollars. She would always put John 3:16 at the end of the letter. The next check she sent was $500 dollars. I just kept wondering why she was doing it. When I would receive, I would just cry and thank God. Less than a month from the time I was to go, the woman from the beauty shop called my work. She wantedme to come by her house. I was so nervous because I still lacked $1000. I gathered my courage to see her. Once in her home, and seated, she questioned. She said, "honey how much do you lack?" I told her just pray. She said, "I did, but we have to put some legs to these prayers". She was persistent, and again asked me how much. I told her, and she wrote a check. She didn't know me or any of my family. I could only think this was a miracle from God. The final lesson: I learned when people ask, have a ready answer! God wants to move in your life and provide for you. He wants to put legs to your faith, but we have to take the steps- walk it out with Him. He loves you, He will see you through, and your faith will grow. I went on that trip and 16 more between the ages of 19 and 25. Faith works!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

National Day Of Prayer: My Prayer

Heavenly Father, I come to you today to give you all honor and glory. I come to you with a thankful heart, knowing that everything that is good in this life is a gift from you. We are blessed beyond what I fear we can even imagine. Lord, I pray you give us the realization of the depth of our blessings. Thank you Jesus for my life- for saving me, and for awakening me. I pray for my own strength to walk out your plan for my life. I pray you equip me to do my part while listening to only you each step of the way. I pray a special prayer for women today. I pray you rise up women to bring refreshment and encouragement to our nation- to reclaim this land, and our families as yours. I call on your name for the awakening of your sleeping daughters, our sisters who are lost, or sleep walking. I pray our eyes are opened wide. I pray you help us see ourselves for who we really are, so we can allow you to change the parts of us that are displeasing to you. I pray that we will bow our heads today and humbly go before you in surrender, asking forgiveness for the role we have played in the fall of our society. I pray we lift up our husbands and children to you in prayer to restore any part of them we ourselves have broken. Forgive us Lord in our doing. Forgive us of our pride and arrogance, for our selfishness and neglect. Forgive us for our mouths that betray. Restore our speech that we will only bring refreshment to those around us. I pray we will not be silent when truth needs to be told. Give us peace- quiet our restless hearts. Stop our striving spirits. Allow us to see materialism and greed for the ugly demons they truly are. Reveal our true motives and agendas. Break our hearts for what breaks yours. Allow us to see others as You see them. Give us your heart for those around us. Restore kindness and patience. I pray we quiet ourselves and listen to what it is you are calling us to do. Take our pride and fear of man. I will lay them at your feet. I pray you replace them with a boldness that can only come from you. Mold us, Lord, into warriors for your purpose. I pray you give us Godly wisdom and discernment to build our families in your name. Give us the strength to guide our children in a wicked world. Guard our hearts from Satan’s schemes and plans. Pour your spirit on all those who are willing to walk in your purpose. Help us to be your hands and feet on this earth. Give us the strength to stand. Cover our families in your grace and mercy. Lord Come Quickly. Amen!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Battle Belongs To The Lord By Reba Altizer

The Battle Belongs To The Lord By Reba Altizer

Have you ever said, "I am done with this"?  Then later, pick it back up, rehearse what happened, and began plotting what you were going to do about it. It is such a battle to just let things go.  God wants to fight our battles if we let Him. He has many examples in The Word how He helped His people overcome in their battles.  None of the stories emphasize the strength of the person.  Rather, it is the power of God that enables them to overcome or win. These days, we live with so much of our focus on the "YOU".   "You can do it" -just work harder, get smarter, and look a certain way, and you will make it.  Not much is said about putting your eyes on Jesus, spend time with Him, wait on His instruction, humble yourself, and He will help you.  That just sounds to easy, but that is truly where the answer lies. We have our part in getting through stuff in life, but we have to get ourselves out of the way.  We must listen to The Lord..

It is said that the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to the promise land was only an 11 day journey.  However, it took them 40 years, and still some of them never entered because of their stubbornness.  They refused to submit to the ways of God.  Instead, they continued trying to do it their own way.  So, we get to make a choice. I do not want to keep circling the same mountain. God help us to go to you and quit trying to do things in our own strength. He loves us, and we need to give Him all the Glory when He does help us. We have to remember that when the Israelites finally did arrive to the promise land, they allowed the 10 negative reports to talk them out of what God wanted to give them. The two positive guys Joshua and Caleb were begging the people to believe they could overcome the enemy with God, but the majority believed the negative report.  Because of this, they did not get to enter the promise land.  They couldn't see how in their power they would overcome.  Instead of looking to God, who had done so much for them up to that point, they kept trying to do things their way.  This brings me to my first point:

1. Remind yourself how God has seen you through other times, when you face the mountain. In the story of Jehoshaphat, there are three things that were very important that help him face a difficult battle.  A battle he he knew he would not win unless God helped them. 1) He admitted that he had no might to stand against his enemies. 2) He admitted that he did not know what to do. 3) He Said that his eyes were on God.  By doing these three things, he put himself in position for a miracle.

2 Chronicles 20:15-21
New Living Translation (NLT)
15 He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”

18 Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout.

20 Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”

21 After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:

“Give thanks to the Lord;
    his faithful love endures forever!”

I love this story and our God still will go before us and we will succeed! The second point I received out of the story of Gideon.

2. Gideon felt very inadequate, but he did listen to the Angel of The Lord.  God was patient with Gideon.   He started with instructing him to get some things in order.  Next, He confirmed to Gideon that in fact he was the one God was going to use.  He even caused Gideon to hear the enemy talking about a dream they had of being overtaken by Gideon.  This really let Gideon know he was on track and confirmed God was with him.  Last,  Gideon heard the strategy to victory which was nothing like what he would of thought.  Gideon was careful to give God all the glory when they overcame their enemy!  The whole story is found: Judges 6-8.  It is really awesome to see how God accomplishes what he desires through open vessels.

Judges chapters 6 : 11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”

17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”

And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.”

This is a great story of God's mercy at work. He used Gideon in spite of all his short comings. God being with you is the main point. You want Him on your side, but you have to be open, have a heart to hear God, and willing to be obedient to anything He says without reasoning Him away.  He shows He will be patient with us. I believe even though Gideon did not feel adequate, he still listened to the angel of The Lord, and God encouraged Him and saw him through.

Trust The Lord, wait for His instruction, and do what He says. He sometimes speaks to our heart or directly through the Word of God.  Sometimes He will even speak through a friend, loved one, or perfect stranger.  We have to stay open to hear Him, and give Him first place in our heart. Sometimes, I wonder how I can sit in a service and really feel like God is speaking to me, and someone in the same service feels nothing. The point is, God is always with us. We make the choice to just watch God work in others lives, or allow Him to work in our live as well.  He is for us!  He is no respecter of persons, but He is a respecter of faith. Are you open to Him? He loves you, He is for you, and He is ready to work through you.

If you haven't heard Hill's Surrender, do listen now.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bloom Where You Are Planted By Reba Altizer

When I read this last night, a couple of scriptures came to mind:

Jeremiah 17:7-9
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. And whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water.  That extends its roots by a stream.  And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leavs will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought, Nor cease to yeild fruit.

Psalms 1:1-3

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.  Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.  He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water.  Which yields its fruit in its season.  And its leaf does not wither;  And in whatever he does, he prospers.

As long as we are planted in Him, we can bloom anywhere.  Kasse D.~

Bloom Where Your Planted by Reba Altizer "Bloom where your planted" I read this quote on a picture when I lived in Italy as a missionary.  When I arrived in Italy, I began serving in a Christian resource library.  This assignment was very different than what I had imagined I would be doing.  I was trying to learn the language and began to doubt if I could really make an impact in my situation.  One day a week, I was responsible for cleaning the apartment.  Feeling a little frustrated, I came across this quote.  It made me think about my real purpose- serving God. If God had sent me, He knew the obstacles and frustrations I would face.  My real purpose was to allow God to work through me in what ever situation He placed me.  These next three steps have helped me, and I know they too will help you "Bloom Where Your Planted".

1. Obedience brings blessings!!
Sometimes, because we feel The Lord has lead us to a place to work or do ministry, we think it should be an ease and everything should just work.  He never promised ease, but He did say He would be with us. We must look to Him. We must remind ourselves He loves us, and He wants the best for our lives. It is defiantly one thing to say, but another thing to believe it and live it.

Deuteronomy 28:8
The Message (MSG)
8 God will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he’ll bless you in the land that God, your God, is giving you.

2. Face Obstacles with Perseverance
Testimonies come through testing!

No one really likes tests; But how do we measure our growth without them?   Reminding ourselves what the Word of God says, makes all the difference.
We have to remind ourselves while being tested; This test will pass and others have passed similar tests.  We can too!

1 Peter 5:8-11New International Version (NIV)
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
I love the above scripture.  It reminds me Satan is always prowling around trying to trip me up, but God says if I resist him, I will overcome!

Man calls you according to your gifting but God gifts you according to your calling.
3. We overcome
A Spiritual experience is not better than a spiritual exercise.  Sometimes it seems if we could just have some super natural intervention or experience, everything would be better.  These experience's are amazing, but they will not build the strength we need in life to do all God has called us to do. I love the experiences I have had with The Lord.  Some have been life changing, but the spiritual exercise of doing the right thing when my flesh doesn't want to, does something that causes real growth in my walk with The Lord. The exercises give me the that I can do all things in Him!

1 Timothy 4:7-8New International Version (NIV)
7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Romans 12:21New International Version (NIV)
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Be encouraged in whatever place you are in your life.  We can bloom in the desert with God. It might feel dry and lonely, but with God you can bloom and be a blessing to others.  Trust that He loves you, He is with you, and you will make it to the next season in your life with Him.

Reba Altizer is a member of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Ok. She graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas TX with a bachelor degree in Practical Missions. She has been involved in missions and evangelism for the past 20 years serving in 28 nations. The past 10 years she and her husband have worked at Victory Christian Center as the Coordinators of the Victory World Missions Training Center which is a school to help prepare students for full-time missions work. She has lead women's teams to Italy several times, Slovenia, Finland & Estonia. She has a real desire for women to know they are valuable and to fulfill their God given purpose.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Trust and Obey by Reba Altizer

Trust and Obey
By Reba Altizer

I want so badly to share Big Daddy Weaves version of Trust and Obey, but I can't get my copy feature to work.  So, you'll have to go listen for yourself.  Have a great week.  Trust and Obey.
~Kasse D.

This song Trust and Obey has been going through my mind.   It seems in life, when I go through a tough time, the songs that I sang as a a kid come up in my heart.   When I would sing them as a teenager, they really did not have the weight they carry now when I sing them.
The first verse helps me reflect that it is a journey and truly we are running a marathon not a sprint with The Lord.

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

The second verse of this song reminds me there is nothing that His grace can't carry us through. It reminds me of what a little time with the Lord can do. When we walk through things in this life that are not so comfortable, why does it seem easier to talk then to sit in the presence of The Lord and Trust.  I see Trust as the same as surrender. It is easy to feel helpless, but really we need to stay hopeful, when we have truly released everything to The Lord in surrender. He is enough and can get us through to the other side in victory.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

I love this last verse.  It just takes me to that place where true peace comes. John 15 talks about abiding in the vine and without being connected to the true vine we have nothing.  He loves us and believes in us and will give us the strength and courage to walk out the perfect plan for our lives as we trust and obey.

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

I always love to look back and read where the history behind the song came from.  This one really blessed me, because it was not some great revelation.  Instead, two men had heard a simple testimony from a young man.  This young man didn't know much about theology, but knew in his heart he must trust and obey. This sparked the song to be written. Sometimes we might feel a little intimidated by people who we feel know much more than us, but nothing can compare with true revelation from The Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:27
New International Version (NIV)
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

In 1887, just following an evangelistic meeting held by Dwight L. Moody, a young man stood to share his story in an after-service testimony meeting. As he was speaking, it became clear to many that he knew little about the Bible or acceptable Christian doctrine. His closing lines; however, spoke volumes to seasoned and new believers alike: I'm not quite sure. But I'm going to trust, and I'm going to obey.

Daniel Towner was so struck by the power of those simple words he quickly jotted them down, then delivered them to John Sammis, who developed the lyrics to Trust and Obey. Towner composed the music and the song quickly became a favorite. It remains popular with hymn singers today.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

He Arose So We Could Arise: By Reba Altizer

 I love what Reba has shared today.   I personally relate to the woman at the well.  I love, "When you truly have an encounter with God, no one has to tell you to go tell others."   God is as Amazing today as He was then.  If you've never encountered Him, just ask Him.  You won't be able to keep from telling what happens next.  Love you all.
~Kasse D.

He Arose so we could Arise

  Easter is such an amazing time when I reflect on the price that He paid for me and all of humanity. I remember when I was 18 years old at a church camp.   I was so desperate to know what was real.  Because of hurts in my past as a child, I began questioning what was real. I grew up in church and had heard the Gospel; I had asked Jesus in my heart but something was keeping me from All God had for me.  I believe God knew how desperate I truly wanted to know Him because when I walked behind the chapel that night, I truly had an encounter with The Lord. Outside, with no one around, I raised my hands to the Lord.  My first question I cried out "are you real God?".  Three hours later, I knew that He was real and the pain of my past was healed.  The openness and communion I felt with The Lord changed my life. My second question to The Lord was, "What do you want me to do with my life?".  Clearly, I heard, "missions and evangelism will be your life". I am convinced if people truly receive healing in Their heart, nothing will keep them from a close relationship and they will want to know and fulfill thir purpose on this earth. When that encounter with The Lord was over, no one could ever convince me God was not real.  Because of the healing He brought to my heart, no one could stop me from wanting to give my whole life in total surrender to Him.

1. Arise to your Healing

I was reminded in the Word of several ladies with similar stories.  The Lord reveled to me when I was 30 years old,  if I had not allowed Him to heal my heart when I was eighteen,  I would be married and having a lot of issues in my life from a unresolved past. God wants to heal us so we can arise and live our life for Him.  The first story God brought to my mind was the story of the lady with the issue of blood. She had used all she had and was at her end. She took what little strength she had and pushed through the crowd of people to finally grasp the hem of His garment. We must truly want healing and be willing to press through to receive it. God sees your heart.  He knows what measures you are taking to be healed and He will meet you right where you are.

Luke 8:43-48
The Message (MSG)
43-45 In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. She had spent every penny she had on doctors but not one had been able to help her. She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped. Jesus said, “Who touched me?”

When no one stepped forward, Peter said, “But Master, we’ve got crowds of people on our hands. Dozens have touched you.”

46 Jesus insisted, “Someone touched me. I felt power discharging from me.”

47 When the woman realized that she couldn’t remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story—why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed.

48 Jesus said, “Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!”

2. Arise to your calling

I love the story of the women at the well. When I read this story so many things pop out. One thing that really struck me, she was doing what she did on a daily basis. Sometimes, I think we feel we need to go to a conference or a retreat to really hear from The Lord about our life direction, but she was going to get water when she met Jesus.  When it comes to divine appointments, I don't just pray for them, but I also want to be one for someone else. When Jesus spoke with her about water, He made it spiritual when He spoke that He had water she did not know.  This drew her in to Him.  Then, He told her stuff only He could know by the Spirit. I love the next verses because they show if you truly have an encounter with God, no one has to tell you to go to tell people. She not only went and told, she brought them to Jesus for Him to minister to them. She found her calling in evangelism that day. A women Evangelist.

John 4
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

The Disciples Rejoin Jesus

27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

Arise to love

This Easter our illustrated production brought out and highlighted one of the most wonderful and memorable stories in the Bible.  Mary Madeline a prostitute living a Godless life had an encounter with Jesus that changed her life.  She showed her desperate love by pouring her expensive perfum on Jesus' feet and using her own hair and tears to clean His feet.  This is the same act of humility and love we need to show in our lives as we commune with The Lord. I remember when The Lord healed my heart years ago, I thought how can I not give my everything to Him.  When Mary Madeline washed Jesus' feet that day, Jesus told the onlookers, "this act is more than the others had done and to the one who sins are many love much more".

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[c] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

I included the stories of each of these accounts, so as you read them, the Lord could minister to your heart and He could show you what He wants for you to receive.  His Word can set you Free To Arise...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Wife To Widow: Sandra Bennett

I  feel like I'm being redundant in my introductions with you ladies, but each one of you has had something very special to share here with us.  Each one amazing, unique, and gifted.  Each one brave enough to share her story in the hopes it will fall on needing ears.   So when I repeatedly say I can't wait for you to meet... I'm so excited to share... This woman is truly amazing...I feel honored... I know you'll be inspired by... It is all very sincere. 

I know you will find our next "feature" courageous and inspiring.   She really makes you think.  Visit her blog.  She may not see it this way, but I see a ministry going on over at Thistle Cove.  We are all called.  Thank you Sandra for your inspiration.

Sandra didn't write this, but I want to add that she is working on a e-book she hopes to 
publish late spring/early summer.  It will be a workbook to help prepare for the death of a spouse.  I also want to add her blogs here as well.

She has two blogs her farm blog (updated fairly regularly) and her wife to widow blog (sporadic updates because she is working on the book).

~Kasse D.

 "These are questions I ask myself every day. I've a good idea of what God wants me to be doing now but haven't a clue about the future. I know my past has brought me to this place, this time, this farm and God uses it all to prepare me for doing the job He has set before me." Sandra

 We were going to sit down on Monday morning, cups of coffee at hand, three ring notebook at the ready and Dave was going to prepare me for that time when he wouldn't be here to protect me and provide for me. Saturday morning, around 10:30, he dropped dead of a massive heart attack. Even though he'd been fighting cancer for more than a year, we'd been given the hope of “another year, p'raps a year and half”.

I've learned a LOT, most importantly, happiness has a million voices while grief has one voice, one cry. After a death, people disappear and some of those who don't disappear, you wish they would. Everyone has to grieve in their own way, in their own time. Grief cannot be hurried; it takes as long as it takes. Crying is cathartic, so is screaming. You, the one left behind, has to do what is best for you and not, necessarily, what someone else thinks is best for you. The old adage, “don't make any drastic changes for a year” is good advice...except when it isn't.
Dave died in 11/11 and since then I've been working on a book to help others prepare as best one can. The book isn't a one size fits all, it's more of a workbook, with work sheets, to help put affairs in order now so you don't play catch up later. There are myriad decisions that can be made now to save so much money and heart ache later. My suggestions and advice are just that...suggestions and advice but for advice and counsel particular to your situation, please consult a professional in the area in which you need help.
I am not a lawyer, therapist, counselor, financial adviser or any other type professional. I'm simply a woman who was left before we could prepare and everything I've learned has been on the job training (OJT) and, mainly, BTSOMP (by the seat of my pants). If I'd been better prepared, I could have saved money and time and could have focused on the real work of grieving. This article is a sample of what you need to know, what you need to do and is by no means complete.
First piece of best advice...get out of debt as much as possible and as soon as possible. Determine what you need to live and let go of your wants; when you aren't enslaved by debt, you have a lot more choices in life. When you're enslaved by debt, your choices are fewer and you're slave to many masters. Sit down, the two of you together and establish a budget for your household. Frankly, this is something I'm still working on finishing; it's a task that takes a lot of time and effort but, you'll hear me say this again and again, doing it now will prevent headache and heartache later. If you're doing volunteer work, stop. From now until you get it finished, this is your “volunteer” work; you need to take care of home and family and when finished, you'll be in a better place to do volunteer work for others. In fact, stop anything that takes away from God first, family second, work third. When you're taking care of you, your family and your God ordained obligations, time has a way of expanding to fit the tasks at hand. My life now revolves around devotions, my farm, home, animals and myself. I'm helping with our small community association (our valley has fewer than three dozen people) and our volunteer fire department because it takes most of us to keep our community in working order.
One of the many things I found out was both names should be on the utility bills. It makes an onerous task less difficult because the utility company will say, “We're sorry for your loss but your name isn't on the bill so we can't talk to you.” When I'd reply, yes, my name is on the bill and if you don't want to talk to me, let me give you my husband's new address: it's Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA.” My sense of humor was lost upon corporate employees and even so, I had to send certified copies of death certificates for them to talk to me. As to having Dave's name taken off the accounts? That hasn't happened yet and, frankly, I've given up. If they want to give me a hard time when I move, I'll deal with it then or contact the State Corporation Commission and turn the big dogs loose. Lesson learned: decide which battles are the most important and this one wasn't. The electric bill still arrives, I still pay it and, thus far, all is well.
The phone company was a major pain, especially the mobile phone company which was also our land line company. Long story short, I canceled the mobile phone and went with Straight Talk from Walmart; it was less expensive both to purchase a phone (minutes, text and web) and to buy a plan ($30/month). Where I live there's no cell service so a “smart phone” does me absolutely no good.
Vehicle titles should read “Joe Jones or Jane Jones, Right of Survivor (ROS). It's less paperwork and less expensive to have the titles transferred into your name should your spouse pre-decease you.
When Dave died, my immediate problem was cash flow and I found out our bank accounts needed to say, “Joe Jones with Jane Jones, beneficiary” in order for me to access his checking account or vice versa. Yes, I had my checking account but for months couldn't access his money; meanwhile, creditors wouldn't wait.
If one dies without a will, called intestate, the State will assign an Executor or Executrix to administer the will. Said Executor or Executrix may, legally, receive 15% of the estate for such administration whereas a relative or friend may, voluntarily, forgo such a claim. There are myriad reasons a person doesn't have a will; some say it's too morbid, they lack the knowledge or they don't have the money to pay a lawyer, yet, in twenty-nine states, a holographic will is legal. A holographic will is a handwritten will that's witnessed and, usually, notarized by two people unrelated to the person making the will. Other options include form wills specific to your state such as Legal Zoom or US Legal Forms offer and both are found on the internet. If you have a will, you should consider a Living Trust next and your Last Will and Testament is written so your estate "pours over" into your Trust upon your death. It's an excellent way to keep your affairs private!
A short article is the tip of the iceberg but gives you some ideas of how to manage your affairs so you're proactive and not reactive. “Death comes to us or for us, it's best to be prepared.”

Sunday, March 24, 2013

We Overcome! Reba Altizer

This is one of my favorite things to hear people talk about.  We all have ups and downs in life, hearing someone tell their story of Victory in Christ encourages us all.  Thanks Reba.
~ Kasse D.

We overcome!
by Reba Altizer
Overcome:  past participle of o·ver·come (Verb)

Succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty).
Defeat (an opponent); prevail: "they overcame the guards"; "we shall overcome".
overpower - vanquish - conquer - defeat - surmount - beat.

Pslam. 668
Praise our God, all peoples,
    let the sound of his praise be heard;
9 he has preserved our lives
    and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, God, tested us;
    you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
    and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and water,
    but you brought us to a place of abundance.

I love how the Word of God is so relevant in my day to day life . It is amazing how when I get a steady diet of the Word of God, different scriptures will come alive- scriptures I know I have read before, but for some reason, on certain days they just minister to my heart.  It's as if God spoke them directly. The passage above is one of those for me. The whole chapter is good but these verses really ministered to me.

1 . I am reminisced of His goodness, love, and how He keeps us on solid ground. When everything around us is shaking, we can be steady because He is the one who keeps us from slipping. Here are a few scriptures that come to my mind, and bring even more strength to my Spirit.

Psalm. 108:1God, my heart is steady. I will sing and praise you with all my being

Psalm 23:6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 31:19Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!

2.  I am reminded that tests are part of life. When I read this passage this morning, I thought, "Why do we feel like we must be doing something wrong when tests come?".  We didn't feel that way in school.  Teachers normally test the student.  When they feel the material has been covered, it's time for an evaluation. Now, sometimes, I would feel nervous or anxious.  This was because I might not have felt very confident I understood the material I was soon to be tested on- I would study and then I would feel ready.  We have the best teacher. He always gives us an open Book test.  We just have to use the tools He has given us and we will pass the test!  These are just a few scriptures that encourage me to overcome tests and trials.  This only a few but as you read them be encouraged we overcome!

James 1:12 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

1 Corinthians 10:1313 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Romans 12:12 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

James 1:2–4 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

1 Peter 4:12–13 12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

Romans 8:2828 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

3. No test or trial lasts forever.  It does End, and yes, others come, but we have the assurance we will overcome when our trust is in Him.  We will move into a place of abundance not once in our life but over and over. He is our overflow.
Psalm 1:3
"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Psalm 5:12“For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.”

Psalm 37:25-26"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”

Psalm 41:11"By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.”

Psalm 84:11
 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

My husband and I many times insert our names in the Word when we read it. One passage that has really helped us in this time in our life is ps.23 which we who have been in church know by heart but something happens when you insert your personal name it makes it so relevant and close to you. Try it! God loves us and desire for us to overcome and live in the land of abundance.

Reba Altizer is a member of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Ok. She graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas TX with a bachelor degree in Practical Missions. She has been involved in missions and evangelism for the past 20 years serving in 28 nations. The past 10 years she and her husband have worked at Victory Christian Center as the Coordinators of the Victory World Missions Training Center which is a school to help prepare students for full-time missions work. She has lead women's teams to Italy several times, Slovenia, Finland & Estonia. She has a real desire for women to know they are valuable and to fulfill their God given purpose.

 ~kASSE d.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Feed Your Faith Not Your Fear: Reba Altizer

As always, what a blessing.  We have had some scary health issues arise in our family over the past week.
When life is rolling along normally, I forget the grip that fear is capable of having on our lives.  I usually move through life mostly positively and unfearful.  Then in a second, it's here.  Fear has raised it's ugly head, and  I forget what to do.  Always, the Lord is faithful, and in one way or another, He reminds me...
Thank you Reba.  Sending Love...
 ~Kasse D.

Feed your Faith not your Fear

I believe one of the most important things we have to remember in our day to life is to fear not!! We must decide what we are going to believe its not that you deny the facts but you focus on the truth in the Word. What I have heard  is feed your faith And starve your fear.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 Timothy 1: 7

Fear comes in many different  Disguises:

1. The mask that is fear of lack-consistently says there will  not be enough to pay bills to take care of your family- then the what ifs start happening what if I lose my job and on and on. Sometimes we don't even recognize we are operating in fear until we stop and take time to pray or read the Word and we start dispelling the enemy by defeating the fear of lack with the Word of God. Sounds simple but really it's not when you are burdened with this fear it takes discipline to meditate on the solution instead of the problem. Here are just a few scriptures to think on and actually the best one is the one The Lord leads you too in your  own quit time with Him, it seems to be easier to grab ahold of  what you believe He showed you through His Word and overcome.  Your bank account might not physically change by what you see but your attitude will and the strength to move forward will happen and your circumstances will change.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
(Jeremiah 29:11-13, NIV)

        “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
(John 10:10, KJV)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
(The Lord is my Shepherd,
I lack nothing.)
(Psalm 23:1-2, KJV esword)

 “For everyone who has [faith in an abundant, providing, good God] will be given more, and he will have an abundance.”
(Matthew 25:29, NIV)

“My cup over flows…”
(Psalm 23:5)

         “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
(Psalm 23, KJV)

         “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
(Ephesians 3:14-21, KJV

         “If ye then...know how to give good gifts unto your children: How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
(Luke 11:13, NIV)

2. Fear of illness- I think this is one of the worst because the fear of death, the costs of fighting the illness. I always wonder why is it so easy to go down the road of believing the worst, I think one reason is because there is less resistance and sometimes we have people around us going that direction but I have found those I have known who have overcome breast cancer and other life threading disease have made a conscious   decision they were not going down that road of despair and surround themselves with the Word, with information to improve there health and enjoyed their life the best way possible. The enemy likes to put us in the place of hopelessness but that is not where we should stay. We were created to have hope and to believe in the one who is our hope Jesus Christ. People do die of life threading disease but each one of us are individually made by our creator and He has plan for our lives so we must run our race and trust for Him to help us to fulfill all He has planned for our lives. I believe the main thing is put our trust in Him and know we do have an enemy that wants the opposite for us but with Christ we can overcome. Here are some scriptures to stand on for healing. Feed your faith not your fear.

1 Peter 5:7
Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].
Philippians 4:6-7
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 42:5
Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God.
Psalm 30:11
You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.
Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent.

3. Fear of disaster- wow this one is constantly playing on the tv, radio and movies. I find this one is constantly in front of us. The Gloom and doom people. We know as believers the life as we know will not go on forever but we as believers we do not have to be afraid. God is a good God and he will guide us and help us through all that comes our way before the rapture. My husband was singing a song today over and over and as I thought about it I was so blessed. The song was I am a friend of God I am friend God He calls me friend. He is our Savior and friend He does desire a relationship with us. In that relationship I believe He can speak to our hearts and help us avoid disaster and for those who do not know Him and our family and friends I believe we have a responsibility as believers to pray that disaster will not come near them. I know I have had family and even myself in some pretty bad car accidents  but I believe by Gods grace and mercy we were spared  for His purposes. The scriptures I am listing below are great to speak over yourself and family daily. Remember feed your Faith not your fear.

Proverbs 18:10 - The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Psalm 121:2 - My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:3 - He will not let your foot slip--he who watches over you will not slumber.

Psalm 121:7 - The Lord will keep you from all harm--he will watch over your life;

Psalm 121:8 - The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and for evermore.

Psalm 27:1 - [Of David.] The Lord is my light and my salvation--whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 4:8 - I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 91:9 - If you make the Most High your dwelling--even the Lord, who is my refuge--

Psalm 91:10 - then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.

Psalm 91:11 - For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

The key to this is you spending time in His Word and allow Him to illuminate the Word you need to stand on in your situation. That is where I find the power

Reba Altizer is a member of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Ok. She graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas TX with a bachelor degree in Practical Missions. She has been involved in missions and evangelism for the past 20 years serving in 28 nations. The past 10 years she and her husband have worked at Victory Christian Center as the Coordinators of the Victory World Missions Training Center which is a school to help prepare students for full-time missions work. She has lead women's teams to Italy several times, Slovenia, Finland & Estonia. She has a real desire for women to know they are valuable and to fulfill their God given purpose.