LIGHT IN THE GARAGE

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The fluorescent lights in my garage started flickering a while ago. I was afraid it would be a complicated fix so I put off getting an electrician. Finally, we did it. Jane made the call. The electrician came, took one look at the lights and told us it was just that the ballasts were old. He checked with our house insurance and they paid for all the new parts. It only cost $55.00.

 

We are afraid of the things we don’t understand, in the physical as well as the spiritual. But so often the fix is not nearly as difficult as we anticipate.

 

There was a good side and a bad side to getting the lights repaired. The good side was that we could see everything. The bad side was that we could see everything! WOW, so much dust and disarray had collected in my garage when the lights were flickering and low! It’s the same with us spiritually.

 

I have been working so hard at getting volume two of WINGS out, that my time in just reading the Bible was like the garage lights—flickering. Then yesterday I took several hours away from home to just sit and study the Word of God. I did a word study on the word “sleep.” In the process, I ended up reading many exciting chapters of the Bible and got all kinds of new light on some current world situations as well as things in my own life. It was thrilling.

 

Even in the very first verses of the Bible, God talks about light: “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness” (Gen. 1:4).

 

The thing about light is that it exposes any darkness. So when I had new bright lights in my garage, I could see that I had work to do. I can now see the mess! Time to clean up.

 

Psalm 18:28 says, “For thou wilt light my candle: The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.” If we want the dark places of our lives to be lightened, we need to get that light of God turned on. First Corinthians 4:5 tells us: “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”

 

The supposition here is that every man will have praise from God because he or she has sought light from the Lord; the light has revealed the darkness and the person has received the exchange of light for the former darkness. Then God is super happy because light and clarity and peace is prevailing. Confusion, filth and fear has been removed. Isn’t that what we all want?

 

We get lazy sometimes and make excuses for ourselves. I know I was lazy about getting someone to fix my garage lights. Then because I couldn’t see out there very well, I didn’t bother sweeping the floor. I didn’t see that some of my supplies had tipped over and that I needed an all over general clean up. I asked myself, “What happened? It used to be clean and organized out here!” But without proper light, something awful happened. Yikes!

 

God is light and His “word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Ps. 18:28).

 

If our time in reading the Bible has been flickering like my lights, it’s time to get back to it. Let’s not be apathetic in our Christian walk and think that it’s okay to expect the Lord to always just give us revelation, rather than us having to actually sit down with the Bible and read His Word.

 

When I started my study on “sleep” yesterday, I went to BibleGateway.com and printed out the scripture references. Then when I began to look them up, certain stories caught my interest and I had such a great time reading the context. By doing this, the Lord was able to direct me and give me new insight on sections of scripture that directly related to current events in my life as well as in the world at large. It was awesome.

 

Jesus came in the flesh to help people. His mission was, and still is, “to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light” (Acts 26:18).

 

Let’s let the Word of God, and the revelation of Jesus Christ, open our eyes and let the light shine in.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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JESUS DELIVERS MY FAVORITE CUPCAKES

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I was asked to bring something to a barbecue this coming Friday. I volunteered to bring dessert. I had to bring enough for 20 people, so I thought about it and decided I wanted to bring my favorite triple chocolate cupcakes. My roommate Jane said that a package of four costs about four dollars, which is kind of expensive, and they usually don’t have too many of the packages available.

 

She looked in the usual place and didn’t even find one package of cupcakes. She stood there and the Lord said, “Go to the cooler in the bakery and take some pictures on your phone of some cupcakes for Carolyn.” When Jane got over to the cooler, in the very corner on the top shelf, there were nine boxes of the exact cupcakes we wanted and they were 75 percent off! Score!!

 

This is a great example of how the Lord had prepared to bless me before I even knew what I needed. He had someone put those cupcakes in a special place just for me. He is so awesome to care about even the smallest blessings that delight our souls.

 

Psalm 37:4 tells us that you can “delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” And Luke 12:32 says, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” In this case, the kingdom included a whole lot of my favorite cupcakes to take to the barbecue, and a couple extra for Jane and me.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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LAUGH AT THE DEVIL

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I opened the door to the hall closet and stepped down onto wet carpet. I checked to see if one of the plastic gallons of water leaked. Nope. Then I started to feel around on the carpeted floor and I had to move everything on the floor and pull back the carpet and liner to see what was going on. I followed the water through the closet and into the bedroom. Thank God the water was moving very very slowly. I had to laugh at the devil.

 

Since before the beginning of the year I’ve been working on publishing volume two of my WINGS series, which I did in June, and just last week I published a smaller booklet, A Devil on Every Door Knob: And the Faith to Know What to Do About It. I have another booklet coming out on demons also. Obviously Satan is upset with me because since the beginning of the year I’ve been attacked by worldly things. Finally, the devil pushed his luck too far and I’m not biting the bait. He’s a fool and I have the wisdom of God.

 

This time, by revelation, I was told to laugh at the devil and speak to the demon bringing this on. I said, “Do you think you are interrupting my plans for the day by causing this to happen? Nope! This IS the plan for the day! I trust in Jesus. I’m living in the moment and I am going to see the value of a good God and good Lord with me today. HA HA HA!”

 

In testing the various places that might have been leaking, I found out my second shower was working great. I had trouble with the draining a year ago and hadn’t needed to check it until now. I wouldn’t have known it was totally okay until having to check it in this situation. Ha! Ha! Also I’d been wanting to clean out the closet. Well now I have to and I’m not in a hurry so I’m at ease with it.

 

And the other great thing is that I think it may be a broken pipe in my sprinkler system and that is okay too, because I’ve been wanting to revamp the irrigation. It was put in in 1994 and has only had one minor repair in all these years. But it needs a little work, so now’s the time.

 

I’m laughing at the devil because what he thought was a great coup is only going to give glory to God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

I was reminded of how Jesus must have been laughing at the devil when He said bye bye to Hell when the devil killed him and thought he had Him. God raised his son Jesus from the dead and from Hell itself, to have everlasting victory and give that victory to us. 1 John 3:8 tells us: “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

 

I told Satan, “Nope, devil, you get no glory here! In fact, you didn’t even affect me. You actually helped execute God’s will! HA! HA! HA!”

 

I am so thankful to the Lord for my attitude change. At one time in my life, this kind of thing would really put me over the edge and I’d drive myself and everyone around me crazy with my frantic nervousness and obsessive compulsion to fix everything right away.

 

But I’m different now. I believe Romans 8:28, that says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” And I can say that even in the midst of problems, applying Philippians 4:6-7 is working for me. It says, “Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

 

Life brings challenges and problems. Our attitude brings resolve and solutions. The Bible really does have all the answers to life.

 

The water is turned off now and the next step will come this week. Keep us in your prayers as the solution gets sorted out.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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REFRESHING, NOT DISTRESSING

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My friend Alex told me that yesterday after work he couldn’t stop thinking about the job and he was really stressed out. When he got home he took one look at his pool. Though the pool has been operational for a couple months now, this was the first time he decided he really wanted to get in and take a swim. He told me the water was shockingly cold at first, but then he started just floating on his back and looking up at his trees and his whole body and brain started to relax.

 

The phrase “chilling out,” meaning “relaxing,” is literally accurate. Cool water is good for slowing things down. When my shoulder gets tense, I put an ice pack on it. It stings at first, but if I just bear it for a couple seconds, I start to breathe slowly and deeply, the tension goes and it feels pretty darn good.

 

Some of us always move pretty fast, if not always in body, then at least in our brains. I’m like that. It’s hard for me to just sit down and meditate quietly. When I start, the thoughts of things I need to do come popping into my head and I have to grab my pen and make a note. It takes some real determination for me to really slow down and “chill out.”

 

If you can relate to that, then we both need to learn how to breathe deep and be still. We need to give our brains a rest sometimes, even when we’re awake.

 

In Psalm 46:10 God tells us: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

 

Even as I was writing this article on my computer, my internet connection went out and I started to get frustrated. I took a deep breath and stayed as quiet as I could, while my roommate Jane took a look at it and fixed the connection. I thank God for Jane.

 

Lately it seems like I’ve been hit with so many things to get rattled about, but not to worry. Jesus is always there to get me right back on track. I believe Jesus had my friend Alex tell me that story about the pool because He, Jesus, had a special message for me. When Alex described the incident it was as if I was there myself. I could feel the chill of the water and then the refreshing and calm. Jesus was trying to get me to pay attention.

 

So when the computer incident happened, I was able to pull myself back from distress and calm myself with the scriptures. And now that the incident is over, I feel much more refreshed. Cool shower to finish off the day? Maybe I’ll try it.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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A TIME TO REBUILD

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We all get our hearts hurt a time or two in this life. We just don’t have the ability as a human, to never hurt or disappoint someone we love. It’s not that people are intentionally evil or mean, but stuff happens. Do you know what Psalm 118:8 says? It is the very middle verse of the Bible and it says: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

 

I was recently hurt deeply by someone I never expected it from. She got married and never told me. I only found out afterwards by someone else. My heart reeled; I felt broken and my soul was devastated.

 

It tore me up for weeks and finally I couldn’t take the pain anymore. I had to settle it; I had to know why I wasn’t told. I prayed and between texting and phone calls, by the end of the evening, I got full understanding.

There were major complications in the wedding plans. I won’t go into details but lots of things changed and things got missed.

 

When I understood what happened, I could finally just forgive and forget. I just let it go and got my soul free of the pain. It was such a relief.

 

Though my heart had been crushed, I learned two very important lessons:  1. Handle heart issues as soon after the incident as possible, and 2. Don’t put your confidence in people. Even the best of them can hurt you. It doesn’t mean we stop loving people, but it does mean we have to go back to what God says about trusting Him and the Lord Jesus above all else.

 

Psalm 147:3 says, “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”

 

Jesus said this about His commissioning from God: “He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives” (Luke 4:18). Sometimes I feel like those two phrases can relate to the same thing. When our hearts are broken, the painful emotions take us captive until we can finally get free. Time heals, but it doesn’t always make us totally free from the hurt. Only Jesus can do that.

 

John 8:32 says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  I could guess a hundred possible scenarios as to why I wasn’t told about the wedding, but in the end I wouldn’t have guessed the real truth. I got the real truth because I prayed to get it and the Lord answered my prayer quickly.

 

When our hearts are broken and our souls devastated, trust in Jesus will absolutely help us to rebuild, repair and heal. We go through the pain and though it’s so hurtful at the time, later we look back and say, “Now I understand.” And then we can go on. The resilience of the human heart and soul is astounding.

 

We survive; we get understanding; we get through sorrows; we get through struggles; we get through pain; and we can rebuild.

 

God promises in Psalm 23:3, “He restoreth [is restoring] my soul.”

 

My pain lasted a month and my recovery took place miraculously in only one day. I asked for His help and did as He guided me to do. I made it through and now I can honestly say my pain is gone and I have complete peace.

 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27). This kind of miracle peace and release only comes with Jesus. It feels very different from anything else!

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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