Sunday, January 27, 2013

Moving Forward in 2013: By Reba Altizer

Moving forward in 2013 By Reba Altizer

Sometimes we just want The Lord to do things in our life.  Sometimes He just does it, and other times He gives us the plan we must walk out. When I was praying about this new year, The Lord took me to these verses and encouraged me in some areas that will help me move forward in Him this year. I pray God speaks to your heart as you read this.

This was a scripture The Lord layed on my heart.

Hebrews 12
New International Version (NIV)
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

1. Lay it down:
Lay down those things that are keeping you from walking in unity with The Lord, so we can run the race He has set before us!

A scripture The Lord gave me this last week is out of
Ps. 19
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

2. Fix my eyes on Him:
It's easy to get distracted and have our mind on what people might think of us or spend time trying to become what others think we should be.  There is no joy in that.  We must rest in peace with who God has made us, and stay open to what God has for us.  It might involve change on our part, but our eyes cant be focused on others.  We must keep our focus on Jesus. 

Another scripture I meditated on this last week
Luke 9
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

3. Don't lose heart:
I think this is one of life's biggest challenges.  When we are bombarded with such bad news, it is so easy to start to lose heart,  and began to wonder if one person can make a dent in the issues our world faces.  This is where we must encourage eachother with the "Ones" in the Bible that did make a difference, because of their decision to stay committed beyond their circumstances.
We can't allow circumstances to control commitment.

Here are just a few examples of the "One's" in the Bible:

Paul stated in Acts 20:24, after hearing what he would face later he said, "But none of these things move me..."None of the circumstances coming his way would move him from God's will. His commitment would take him beyond the circumstances.
In Esther 3 & 4, Haman has a wicked plan to destroy all the Hebrews and word gets to Mordecai, who in turn sends to Esther. They communicate back and forth and finally, Mordecai tells her she would not escape. Her objection was that she could not approach the king unbidden, lest she die. She states she will go to him and "If I perish, I perish." Her commitment went beyond the circumstance.
In Daniel 3 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego took a stand and refused to bow to the image. Nebuchadnezzar asked, "And who is that God that shall deliver you out of my (the circumstance) hands." They responded, "We are not careful to answer...Our God is able...but if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve they gods, nor worship the golden image." Their commitment went beyond the circumstance.

 Daniel is faced with a circumstance in Chapter 6 to not pray at all for 30 days. He goes to his house with the window open and prays 3 times daily. The decree from the king was to throw him into the den of lions (the circumstance). Daniel never said a word, even though the king tried to free him and fretted all night. God caused the lions mouths to not open and Daniel came out of the circumstance, because his commitment carried him through the circumstance.

In Gen. 22, Abraham has a circumstance...God told him to take Isaac to Moriah and offer him up as a sacrifice. They go and Abraham never tells Isaac the plan (circumstance). Abraham's commitment to God controlled his attitude. Isaac asked, since we have all the necessary items, "Where is the lamb?" Abraham answers, "God will provide Himself a lamb..." Abraham's commitment was strong enough to trust God in the circumstance.

This is my action plan for 2013!  I believe The Lord has shown me through His word to believe I can make a difference through my obedience to Him. To use his Word as a guide and encouragement, and to keep moving forward and trust Him.

Thanks so much Reba.

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, January 13, 2013

Favorite Podcasts

I 've been listening to a couple of podcasts on a regular basis.  I just want to share today, as I have been so encouraged lately by listening to different women speak entirely on women's issues.  Almost all the podcasts are under 30 minutes- Great while driving, walking, and waiting.

 I want everything the Lord has for me.  I want to be everything the Lord created me to be, and I want to be whole enough to pour out or give back everything the Lord has given me.  You will not regret downloading from these sources and listening on a regular basis.  You'll be blessed!  Have a great week and do take the time...

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Just in case anyone should wonder if I have alternative motives: I receive no affiliate money, I have never attended church at New Life or Gateway, and I don't know a soul that does. I just stumbled upon these a few months ago and I've been blessed.  I resolved to share the things I am learning here and this is one.
Have A Great Week! 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Vision Of Refreshment...Encouragement!

I shared my ONE RESOLUTION earlier this week as a fresh vision for this site.  While RWR will continue to be about bringing women together for the purpose of inspiration and encouragement through our stories,  I resolve to share as much of what I'm learning in my own life here as well.  Not as an expert, but as a learner- humbly.  This will not be an easy task.  Although, having this site may make it appear as though I love attention and have the confidence to step out.  The truth of the matter is,  I don't.  I began very reluctantly, from what I believe was a prompting from the Lord.  It is a challenge each and every time I write.  I've failed in the initial inspiration, because I have a tendency to be a coward.  This year is different.   I can feel it.  I hope you can too.  I'm also hoping that you ladies are resolving right along with me.  You do know that we can change the world around us if we're willing...

Over the past year, I've thought a lot about refreshment and encouragement.   I feel like the Lord has planted a series of seeds concerning this concept in my heart.  It has been confirmed in too many ways to count.  The first seed came in a dream I had on Jan 4th of last year.  I've shared this dream with a small hand full of people, but was very reluctant to share it here.  I began thinking about this dream once again while trying to write the mission statement and vision for the site.  I really think it was meant to be shared here.  Mainly, because immediately after- the morning after to be exact, my feet were literally swept out from under me.  I've spent the last year trying to regain footing.  With the Lords help, I'm steady once again.  I do believe with all my heart this dream was from the Lord.  It was different than any other dream I've had in my life.  I also know that the Lord woke me in the night, months before, and told me He was going to give me dreams.  I woke literally thinking, "wow that was weird".  I know this may sound crazy, and for a good long time, I questioned whether I might be teetering on the edge, but over the course of time, the Lord has been faithful in exactness to the things that He whispered to my spirit.   The Lord is at work in the hearts of His people as He has always been.   I believe He is concerned with His Daughters.   We've always had the ability to influence- from the beginning.   We still have the ability to change the entire course of humanity much like Eve had in the garden.  If ever there was a time in History when the course of humanity need be changed, I believe the time has come.  We were born for such a time as this.   "The hand that ROCKS the cradle rules the world."  I believe this dream speaks the vision of our purpose as women and the results of our failing.  I'd love to know what you ladies think.  The Dream:

I was standing alone in a vastness that is unexplainable.  I looked across the earth and the land for miles around was dried and cracked.  So much so, I'd never seen anything like it.  Nothing living, just cracked earth as far as the eye could see.  It brought to mind the cracked cakes of earth created when the sun dries a puddle quickly in the summer, but larger deeper cracks of earth.  It was unsettling.  Then in the distance an ominous thunderstorm swelled and moved closer.  It was rolling grey and black coming toward me.  I thought to myself that nothing good could possibly happen next.  Then all of a sudden the sun started breaking through and as the storm rolled forward it transformed into something that looked more similar to a summer thunderstorm.  The sun shining through white clouds made it look like a summer day.  Then all of a sudden the rain broke through the clouds, but it looked like it shouldn't be raining at all.  (Now, remember I'm dreaming.)  As the rain fell, almost animated like, green vines started sprouting, twisting, curling, and growth rapidly began everywhere.   This happened before my eyes as it rained, until what was once parched cracked cakes of earth turned into lush green pastures.   Then from behind me a voice spoke.  I never turned around, but I knew it was the Lord immediately.  He said, "This is what women have the ability to do, they have the ability to bring refreshment."   Then I looked up and the horizon was filled with hundreds of women standing on a hillside.  From left to right the women raised their heads from facing the ground, and began smiling almost in a wave like sequence until all of them were standing in the sunshine smiling.  The dream was vibrant and detailed- beautiful.  It was so much more than these few words can capture.  I woke up excited, ready to do something, but I wasn't sure what.  I got up and wrote it down while it was still dark outside.

Each of us has a group of people standing on a hillside.  They are the people who we touch and come in contact with- the people who God has placed in our life.   It is our purpose to bring them refreshment and encouragement.   Let's walk in our purpose this year.  Let's bring refreshment to our families, friends, and neighbors.   We can all do our part to heal this dry, cracked, and barren land.   You know we have the ability to change the world around us if we are willing...

 Just a footnote:
 That very day I woke with that dream and the excitement ready to walk out that vision in my life, something happened that literally swept my feet from underneath me.  What happened is not important, but what is important is the realization that Satan comes at us full force when we began to recognize the Lords vision for our life.  I didn't know that then.  I was distracted for almost a year before I recognized it for what it was.   I'm telling you this, because if you have decided to make this resolution with me,   it’s important to recognize the Enemy at work.  You will become a threat when you move into your God given purpose.   Anything, that distracts, offends, steals  joy,  causes confusion, or takes you off course, is assuredly the work of the one that doesn't want to see this vision flourish in your life.   Set your face like flint...

Refreshment:  The state of restoring strength, energy, or vigor. 

Let’s start thinking about what this looks like in our lives.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are already doing.
Ephesians 4:29

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification
according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Proverbs 10:11

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 

1 Thessalonians 3:2

And we sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith,

Hebrews 10:24

And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds..

Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today, " lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

I'd love to hear other scriptures that belong here...

Encourage those who are difficult to encourage- they need it the most.

Have a great week!

Kasse D.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 My One Resolution

 2013 My One Resolution.
Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider Him who endured such opposition for sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Over the past year, and to be more honest, over my lifetime, I have taken on things at a daily rate that do not align to my purpose on this earth.  You know where I've always ended?  “Distracted, confused, out of time, and off course”.  It is my ONE Resolution this year to follow the plan that the Lord has for me; Because, this last year, I learned the rewards of walking fully in obedience.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm not saying that I was obedient every day of last year.  I couldn't even start to slip that by:) What I am saying is this past year I received a word from the Lord, and for the first time in my life, I walked through it from beginning to end.  This was a very first for me.  I had never walked through a calling from the Lord beginning to end.  I have always been derailed somewhere along the way.  Looking back on my life, I can clearly see places and times the Lord had called me to do something.  Perhaps something as simple as saying a word; I could not walk it out.  I now know the tremendous blessings that lie on the other side if we can stay on track.  We let so many things get in the way.  My biggest?  Fear of man.  Others: general fear, people, other Christians, distractions, time mismanagement, selfishness, confusion, business, comparison, finances, and the list goes on.  All of these are nothing more than Satan working overtime to keep us from the blessings the Lord has for our life.  Satan is fully aware that when we truly receive from the Lord, we will be "sold out to Christ".   Satan knows, if He can just keep us from tasting fully the goodness of the Lord, or get us far enough away from Christ, he can keep us in that lukewarm place in our lives that will ultimately render us his.  

Revelation 3:15-16
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm- neither hot nor cold- I am about to spew you out of my mouth.

Ladies, I have a vision for this year.   It's something that has been stirring in me this entire last year.   I've been filled with thought, but just pieces of thought strewn everywhere- life too busy and too many other things viding for time and attention to try to piece it all together.   In saying that, I've also been in expectancy- knowing that all those scribbles on sheets of paper crammed in books, on my night stand, and between seats, are meant for something, someone, somewhere, somehow... Could it actually be that I am to share more here than I want?  Share more than is comfortable?  Could it be that perhaps the Dream the Lord lay in my lap, I carried off on my own accord without Him?
Am I really here again?  Taking the long way home?  Wondering in the Wilderness?  Wading in luke warm water? Regretfully, I believe the answer is yes.

The basic vision has not changed, but for this site to remain here, I have to align it with my goals or throw it off.  I'm choosing align. 

Yes, I stuck my toe in over  Here .   Then attempted squeezing Him in Here .  Only in the spaces between toes as not to step on any, but  I'm done toe dipping and tip toeing...

I am "sold out" completely "all in"- hot water that is.  On the high dive after the bounce…

Any one in for a New Year?