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Oh how Exciting!

Today I got my wristband! Oh how exciting! I am a huge fan of Beth Moore. Beth Moore is a bible study teacher based in Texas.  She has written various best-selling bible study series and books. Nearly 7 months ago, I found out that she was coming to town! Let me explain to you how big this is for me. I got married 7 months ago, so around about the time that I was walking down the aisle, I was planning my Beth Moore experience too! Man did my heart dance when I discovered that this teacher and author who experiences her own special encounters with God, such as my own, was coming to town!  Several years ago, I was going through an extensive cleansing exercise with God. He had me on a mission to put a voice to some of the things that I had experienced in my past. One afternoon as I was reading the newspaper, I saw an ad in the Church section. A local church was offering one of Beth’s classes and the only requirement was to purchase the workbook. Let me tell you, when I walked into the Lifeway store and saw all the resource material, I was in love! I didn’t even know you could purchase a workbook for a bible study class. I had no idea things like that existed.

My first touch of that workbookA Woman’s Heart, God’s Dwelling Place,” was sacred to me. I had great expectation and I knew without a shadow of a doubt that God was calling me into something big! Years later and many workbooks later, I still have a special bond to my first. I’ve taught the class to other thirsty women and I use it as a reference in my daily life. The study is a journey through the book of Exodus, it outlines God’s perfect plan for redemption, after Eden. I love it, I love it, I love it!

I challenge you to recall your first’s with God. The first time he presented himself to you or helped you feel comfortable with who he designed you to be. Remember it and walk in it. Allow it to move you to your next phase in life.

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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Leah

Leah

Genesis 29:33-35 She became pregnant again and had another son. “God heard,” she said, “that I was unloved and so he gave me this son also.” She named this one Simeon (God-Heard). She became pregnant yet again—another son. She said, “Now maybe my husband will connect with me—I’ve given him three sons!” That’s why she named him Levi (Connect). She became pregnant a final time and had a fourth son. She said, “This time I’ll praise God.” So she named him Judah (Praise-God). Then she stopped having children.

 (The Message Bible)

The book of Genesis introduces us to Leah. Leah is the eldest daughter of Laban and is described as having a weak eye. We find that Leah suffers from feeling unloved, unwanted and dishonored by her husband Jacob. As the story continues we find that Leah is constantly in battle with her sister Rachel who is also Laban’s wife. The two battle back and forth, bearing children and providing mistresses for their husband.

I wonder how many women have ever felt unloved, unwanted or dishonored by someone who we truly love and admire. Have you ever given someone control over your emotions or allowed them to make you feel a certain way. A way other than what God designed for you. Leah looked to her husband for approval. I tend to believe it had something to do with her weak eye. Our eyes are the window to our soul and our soul is where we think and process our thoughts and emotions.  In this area Leah was weak; she looked to other people to fill what she felt was missing instead of to God and because of this, she suffered for many years.

If you continue reading the story, you find a connection with Leah giving birth to her children and giving birth to her God-given identity. Leah began pulling in the pieces as she named her children. I can only imagine as she connected the dots… Oh yes! God has heard that I am unloved by my husband (Simeon). “Wow I am having yet another child, I am really feeling a connection now (Levi). When Leah had her fourth child, she named him (Judah). We learn that Judah literally means Praise God! See God had poured enough into Leah that she began believing him. What once was considered a weak eye became a discerning eye. Now I am not claiming by any means that Leah was perfect from this point forward and she did go on to have more children with her husband but I am suggesting that she took a chance on God. She started to believe that he cared for her and that he was concerned about her well-being.

If you have ever given anyone in your life power over your emotions or if you are anxiously waiting on someone to make you feel loved, wanted or honored, STOP waiting and START praising! Praise God for turning your weak eye into a discerning eye!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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The Silence

Habakkuk 2:20 But the Lord is in his Holy Temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.

In the Old Testament, the Holy Temple was the place where the presence of the Lord dewelled. This temple was considered Holy and represented the place where God’s power was manifested. Only the High Priest could go before the Lord. A regular citizen was not allowed in His Presence.

I can only imagine the anxious mind that the Israelites possessed. So close to the presence of God but still blocked. Unable to make an intimate connection. Days of waiting for the High Priest to return with news of answered prayers. Long moments of silence, anticipation and waiting.

In God’s silence we learn patience, reverence, expectancy and praise! The silence motivates us internally to remember the countless blessings that God has already answered many times before and it allows us to wait with great expectancy on His answer to present issues.

When meditating on His goodness, we begin thanking Him, before you know it our hands are lifted, our heart is singing and our mouth is praising, “thank you Lord that your people are no longer separated from your Presence, thank you Lord for sending your Holy Spirit to live within us and thank you so much Father for giving us real relationship with you!”

In T.D. Jakes Women Thou Art Loosed Bible, one of the first excerpts from the pretty pink pages reads as follows: “God looked out across eternity. He saw you. He saw everything he had created and everything He would create around you. He saw the specific need on this earth that He would make you meet. He saw the full set of traits and abilities that you would need in order to complete His purpose for your life. He knew what kind of environment that would be necessary for you to properly develop the gifts He would give you. God looked…and then He created, He created you. You! And God looked at you and said, “This is good!” (Jakes 2003)

Now that’s some good stuff, before the silence, the High Priest and the Temple, God looked out into eternity and saw you! Beautiful You! My guess is while that citizen from ancient time was in the midst of waiting on an immediate blessing…God was present in all eternity and enjoying the praise from the generations to come for the rewards of that same blessing! May the Lord bless you and keep you and may he make his beautiful, wonderful face to shine upon you!

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Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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Call Him!

Call Him!

Joel 2:28-32: And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.

The scriptures describe the day of the Lord as great and dreadful. This glorious day of eye witnessing the coming of our Lord and Savior, our helper and our comforter will be marked with dread. The sun will be darkened and the moon turned to blood.

To the average person this message may seem a bit uncomfortable or make you feel a little fearful. To those who have been saved, the Lord has personally poured out his spirit on you and given you peace of mind. The encouraging news for us all is HIS promise to save EVERYONE who calls on HIS name.

How do you call him? You resist sin and temptation. How do you resist sin and temptation? You commit your ways to him! There comes a point in everyone’s life where choices have to be made. The person you were yesterday has to die and your new self must spring forth. You can’t expect change if you’re doing the same thing over and over again. God is not an ordinary God; he does not operate in mediocrity. He is a great God! He is an all-knowing, all doing, all providing, all efficient by himself God. The beauty of this is, he wants you to have it too! All of it! He gave up his son for you! He turned his face from the cross for you!

Now, I do not proclaim to be any more than I am or label myself as something that I am not, but there are two certain and constant components in my life. My love for the Lord and His love for me! They are immovable and unshakable. I do know that the only way to be saved and receive God’s Holy Spirit, is to confess that you are a sinner and that you are unable to change if God does not come into your heart. Ask for forgiveness of your sin and you must accept that Christ died on the cross so that you could be saved and allow Him to be Lord of your life.

Those simple steps allow you eternal peace and not eternal darkness and despair. Someone may be saying that it is difficult to do something that you’ve never done or seen before. The greatest part of receiving the Holy Spirit is also receiving the mind of Christ! Yes! Christ’s mind allows you to see things as he sees them. He will give you spiritual insight into those things to come and when you begin to walk in it and take His word for it, you will see change!

My prayer for you: Lord, your people need you. They need to see you present in their life. They need to know that you have not forgotten about them and that you are watching over them. Comfort them Lord and let them feel your powerful hand at work. Lord we love you and we thank you.

 In Jesus Name. Amen!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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The Winning Equation

2 Chronicles 16:7-9: At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa King of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the King of Aram and not on the Lord your God, the army of the King of Aram has escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of Chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the Lord, he delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Equation: (Relying on the Lord) with (A committed heart) =God given strength

Oftentimes we rely on our own strength or the strength of others to help us in our time of need. Relying on God becomes an afterthought, instead of our prelude. If you really want to experience genuine change in your life, your heart must stay committed to God.

If you need change in your spouse, commit your ways to the Lord! If you need change in your kids, commit your ways to the Lord!

Whatever change you need, commit your ways to the Lord and he shall strengthen you.

Today’s scriptures speak, “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” God is searching for people to strengthen, he wants to strengthen you, and he wants to give you a part of himself!

To receive that strength, you have to be ready. When God is gazing over the earth, your heart should stand out as being fully committed to him!

My Prayer for you:

Dear God, we pray that as you gaze over your beautiful creation, you will find us fully committed to serving you and building your Kingdom. Lord you said you shall supply all of our needs according to your riches in Glory. Father, your Glory is never-ending and never-failing. We believe you at your Word and receive your blessings. Lord, with a humble and committed heart, we say thank you and we love you!

In Jesus Name. Amen.

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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Hesitation

Hesitation

Genesis 13:14-15 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go walk, through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”

God commanded Abram to leave his country, his people and his father’s people. Abram left but he took his nephew Lot along with him. Funny thing, Lot was characterized as being an unsure man. When faced with decisions, Lot hesitated and was uncertain. Taking this a step further, in the New Testament a system called casting lots was implemented to determine God’s will in a matter. When people were unsure or indecisive about a matter, they would cast lots.

In essence, God spoke to Abram, gave him clear instruction on what actions to take and he took hesitation and uncertainty right along with him.

We have to learn to leave fear and uncertainty behind when God is calling us to better things. The more you allow hesitation and uncertainty to govern your life, the more unfocused you become. When Lot departed, fear departed and Abram was able to see all that God was giving him. Not only did God show him but he commanded him to walk around in it and get familiar with it because it is yours!

For many years I had a lot in my life. Fear kept me from realizing all that God wanted for me and all that he was preparing for me. One day, I got over it and understood that God had already moved me out of my Egypt and it was time for me to see myself in the same way.

My Prayer for you:

Dear God, thank you for your wonderful word that has never-ending lessons. Lord, you have commanded us to take action and we’ve hesitated because of fear. Help fear depart from us, giving us a clear vision of your purpose in our life. Help us to keep our focus on you and to trust what you say to us. Lord we are unable to move without your blessing and direction. Speak Lord, for we are listening with great expectation. In Jesus name,

Have a wonderful weekend!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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Trust Him

Trust Him

Psalm 46:1-3: God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

For my good friend,
New surroundings can bring about uncertainty. When God promotes us to new levels, often times we find ourselves in a strange land among strange people. We may long for familiar smells and sights from our homeland. Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our refuge and strength. When feelings of loneliness and uncertainty set in, we have to rest in God’s strength. Not our strength, HIS strength! He’s able! At our weakest times, his strength is most evident. We’ve all heard the phrase, “If God will bring you to it, he will bring you through it, take comfort in those words and trust that he will divide your fear and uncertainty just as he divided the Red Sea. You can rest assured he will bring you out better than you went in!

God has plans for your life which have already been spoken into creation and finished according to his purpose.  Right now is only a brief stopping point along the way. 2011 represents an expected disorder and imbalance, a vibrational shift in the land. If everyone on earth added their age (after their 2011 birthdate) plus the last two-digits of the year of their birth, your total would be 11 or 111.

The true test comes in believing when there is no evidence, but if you need it, God has provided it. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest person can expect a level of disorder in their life this year.  Along with that disorder, take comfort in knowing that God is only balancing things out for our good. Do not fear the raging storms or the high gas prices. Trust God in what he is doing. Trust Him! Trust Him! Trust Him! At the appointed time, he will speak and peace shall be still!

It’s only a matter of time.

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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The Yellow Envelope

“The Yellow Envelope”

Psalm 16:11: You will show me the path of life; in Your Presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

My daddy died when I was two. My brother and I would receive a yellow envelope every month from the Social Security Administration.The yellow envelope contained funds to help my mother provide for us each month. More than that, it served as a reminder that my daddy was still taking care of us, long after his death and absence here on earth. Each month, I would run to the mailbox, just to touch that yellow envelope that had my daddy’s name on it! When I reached the age of 18, the envelopes stopped coming. I still remember that sense of sadness I felt, knowing that the monthly meetings at the mailbox with my daddy would cease.

Once the envelopes stopped coming, God began molding and shaping me into a young woman with unbelievable faith. I began to call on HIS name and actually wait on a reply. Each time I called and waited, God was pushing me deeper into HIS Presence and cultivating my testimony. See, what I have learned is that God’s provisions are never-ending. There was no way he would allow me to believe HIS blessings would be limited to a yellow envelope.

The absence of my daddy allowed me to understand the Presence of God more clearly in my life. Many earthly dads have a favorite cologne which becomes their trademark smell or their touch may be marked by calloused hands from a hard day’s work. My Heavenly Father has an aroma so sweet it fills my entire house and a touch so smooth my spirit tingles with delight.

More than a monthly envelope, I have a bible full of my Heavenly Father’s name and his promises addressed personally to me. The magnificent part is that he makes the same accommodations for you. The scripture tells us that HIS pleasures are forever more. My pleasures are unique for me, but yours are unique to you.

All you have to do is get in HIS Presence. Once there, a new roadmap of life and HIS fullness of joy will be released to you from HIS right hand. I thank God for my daddy and the lessons learned through the yellow envelope, but more than that, I thank God for never leaving me to myself.

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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“O Desperate Woman”

“O Desperate Woman”

 

O Desperate woman to become so wise

            You gave up eternity because of your eyes.

A pleasant sight you thought you had perceived

            But foolish you, how easily deceived.

The serpent came and sold you his plan

            To shame humanity and curse the land

A daily walk with God is what you lost

            Before that bite did you estimate the cost

Your sorrow was multiplied and your husband shall rule

            To work the ground became  his daily duel

But in the midst of your rebellion God put his plan to work

            A Savior set on redemption would be earth’s biggest perk

To save mankind from sin and shame was his lifelong mission

            To educate a chosen people and bring in the addition

Jews and Gentiles all are welcome, God wants us all

            To reap the benefits of redemption after mankind’s fall

Grace and Mercy cover God’s people from head to toe

            Jesus is the only saving Grace and soon all the world will know

Original poem by Melissa A. Rivers-Misenheimer

April 25, 2011

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Reflection

What’s On My Mind?

Acts 15:14-18:  Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself. The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild. And I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things that have been known for ages.

The scriptures detail God’s concern for mankind by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself. In other words a people who were once considered inferior because they were “other than” a Jew, God made them his chosen.

It is amazing how God can speak life; into utter confusion, total chaos and devastated ruins! Just as the Jew did not consider the Gentile worthy, we may consider some of our family members torn up! We may not agree with everything our loved ones do and they may even cause us a great deal of heartache. In our mind we may think that our way is better than theirs. Truth be told, God created us all the same and set all of us on the same playing field. We are all one temptation away from falling and one suggestion away from backsliding! All of us are that remnant that the scriptures speak about! Before we find fascination in judging the ways of others, we first should look at our own reflection through God’s word.

God’s word is the only mirror that can show us who we really are. Our actions, words and thoughts need to be aligned with that of the Holy Spirit. If not, we are just clanging symbols and resounding gongs.

Many of our friends and family members are gifted and the gift should be respected. Our gifts need to be used to strengthen, encourage and comfort those in need. God does not need man’s opinion of HIS creation, he only needs you to fall in line and do your part to build HIS Kingdom.

Commit your way to the Lord and take comfort in knowing that your work is not in vain. At the appointed time, God will personally deliver to you, the desires of your heart!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer.