Women’s Issues

Link to insightful articles.

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Words to Heal By – Blog “Release”

Think I’ll write a statement of warning and “release” here.  This blog will not always be uplifting and positive. 

It was a challenge from a dear friend to start one and for me ~ it’s a project, a way to learn new technology, an experiment, a start to begin to write again after shutting down for nearly 10 years; and a means to continue to heal.

Writing, journaling, has always been a means of healing for me.  Haven’t quite transferred over to the “teacher” only part of me, or the PROPHET only, or Moma only, or the Bride of Christ or Passionate Pastor only – all parts of me… loving and caring yes.

Outraged at times, at the way we hurt one another and the wrongs done in the world – most definitely.   Feel the need to address those wrongs at times (hence the Pharisee article).  But you know, I can say things face-to-face too.  I’ve learned if I process these “confrontations” first – away… then once we get face-to-face, I can be more led by Holy Spirit, gentler, more tender and brutally but lovingly honest.   Confrontation is NOT good with me, if you’ve deeply wounded me or mine, or those I am called to love and cover; or if you have a past history of being an abuser of same.  It WON’T ever be pretty.  It may bring TRUTH and light into your darkness.  (oh, and you’re welcome to do the same with me… with courage and in Christ’s love – of course! LOL).

Okay – you’ve been warned… READ my blogs AT YOUR OWN RISK!  Some WILL be humorous (okay to me)… it’s a toss up… and after all, just a tender place – a creative outlet.

While I love the Lord, the Word of God, positive ministry websites, humor (and those sites too)… The Pioneer Woman (and all her interests)… this is ME.  :-)  You are most welcome to comment… OR to hit the delete button.  LOL

HUGS,

~Debra

 

Operating in the Holy Spirit – or are we?

Operating in the Holy Spirit – or are we?

by Debra Sheffield on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 6:43am

In learning to battle against generational, family strongholds – a very useful book recommended by Elijah List and one of my pastors is Breaking the Threefold Demonic Cord — by Sandie Freed

  • Price: $13.99 on ElijahList.com about How to Discern and Defeat the Lies of Jezebel, Athaliah and Delilah. I find it excellent, insightful and detailed – and realized some of these things I’ve been battling for over 20 years now. Get it.
  • Jezebel aka Queen of Heaven aka under Baal, wrongful rule over God’s people, wickedness; Athaliah, comes after the next generation, against the young but the rightful king who had to be hid & protected, Delilah – for every woman to read how NOT to be… specifically a book for ALL to read. Current insight for Body of Christ.  Holy Spirit actually told me to get it and read it; and then confirmed that word to me again and again, through posts on Elijah List and then through my pastor.  I obeyed!
  • Daughters in the Lord
  • We want pure hearts to worship our King Jesus, and in the right manner – free from ALL idolatry. In humility, we read Who and Whose we are; we also need to study how to come out from under wrong influences, and present ourselves to Him for cleansing, for His bride is going to be spotless and without stain or wrinkle. Study to “show thyself approved.” This book is a recommended read for every woman I know.  Men and women can operate in these spirits, but they are “deceiving spirits” (every unclean spirit is).  How to recognize real and counterfeit.  Excellent and very clear, with great insight on what is coming against our following generations (Athaliah is a very specific spirit sent to destroy the destiny of following generations), how to get free yourself, and knowledge is power, with which you can help others get free…without which we are destroyed.

For EVERY WOMAN IN MINISTRY, for every pastor that ministers to women, for every wife and mother and woman whose husband is also called to lead, this one is an excellent resource – hands down.  This simple $14.00 book is an investment for a lifetime, and for your future generations, so you’ll know how to pray. ~HUGS~ All my love, Debra

      • One more thought – Momas of Prophetic Children – Jezebel ALWAYS comes against the prophetic children in the family; along with Athaliah – to try to destroy generational destinies.  The Jezebel spirit intends to “kill” the prophetic, shut it… down any way it can.  It can happen in a church, or in any other setting, including families.  As praying Moma’s of children that can and do hear God, you need to know what to be alert for.  Jezebel promised to KILL Elijah… I’ve battled this spirit personally, and it comes up in several settings – Queen of Heaven is NOT Mary, it is a demonic principality that wants worship and wants to rule.  Stay alert, stay alive.  Be wise, and pray in the spirit and with understanding.
      • Love, ~ Deb

Languages, Translations, Words

Language, languages, words, writing – I’m not a “Word”smith – not the way I see other writers are, not the way my sons in the Lord are… but I still love Words… and I love THE Word of God.

My youngest son posted this for me on FB ~ A mhathair alainn, i mo chroi go deo ~ great – ummm, wwwwhat?  And the following posts from his sis-in-law (like mine) and his Big Sister that followed, showed SHE understood what it meant… So I learned today, how to go to Google Translate (of course he had to tell me the language he had posted this message in)… like a treasure hunt I think.  :-)   Translation!

“My beautiful mother, in my heart forever.”

Awwwww.  Amazing timing today.  And OUCH!  Made me *sniffle* – cry.  Why you ask?

Because I am SO missing my family, and having empty nest emotional issues today, “missing our identity as a family, that will never be for me again” (yes, divorce issues again today) ~ and TODAY this youngest son tells me the meaning of this fun-to-him, encrypted, secret message to me that he posted on FB publicly.  And he boasts that his Sis took the time to go find the meaning, and came back and commented.

His grown & adult but very COOL Sis that make sure she gives GOOD GIFTS, gifts that you actually wanted ~ and she remembers, and diligently goes and finds them and presents them SO beautifully… that same Sis (my only daughter) that MADE sure that I got a digital camera (my old camera died and I’ve grieved it long) AND the batteries and memory card to go with (she knows my non-existent single Mom budget).

Your timing, Lord, is very humbling.

I wasn’t feel so beautiful, Prov 31-ish, or like a very good Mother today… more like looking at all of my failures in magnification!  Tears come unbidden more and more these days.  I hope that means more healing is happening, I hope.  Laughter and tears TOGETHER is a good thing, right?  I hope.  I’m weary with these tears Lord ~ I understand more and more about David’s Psalms… I think more than I ever really wanted too.  ***sheepish smile***thru tears***

Thank you Lord that you love me.  And that my kids, that are SO grown, love me – even in my tears, struggles, and weaknesses.

~ME

Ransomed Heart Ministries

by John and Stasi Eldredge.  Just found their website and rediscovered authors that I TOTALLY LOVE! because they LOVE JESUS SO MUCH, because HE LOVES US SO MUCH!!!!  I have never loved an author as much as I do their (they are a husband/wife team) work~  I am going to post their “Mission Statement” from their website below, because honestly – it just rocks.  Check them out – get a book, get “Wild At Heart” (for men and their wives), get “Captivating” by Stasi too… and then the rest… it’ll rock your life, your faith, and FREE YOUR HEART.  ALL MY LOVE and His, ~Deb

Mission Statement on http://ransomedheart.com/mission_statement.aspx

We agree with A.W. Tozer,

“That our idea of God corresponds as nearly as possible to the true being of
God is of immense importance to us. Compared with our actual thoughts about Him,
our creedal statements are of little consequence. Our real idea of God may lie
buried under the rubbish of conventional religious notions and may require an
intelligent and vigorous search before it is finally unearthed and exposed for
what it is.”

In other words, if you want to know what a person (or an organization) really
believes, their creeds may not tell you nearly as much as how they live. Or
perhaps, how they pray.

The core of what we believe, live in, and teach may be best captured in our
daily prayer…


My dear Lord Jesus I come to you now to be restored in you, to be renewed in
you, to receive your love and your life, and all the grace and mercy I so
desperately need this day. I honor you as my Sovereign, and I surrender every
aspect of my life totally and completely to you. I give you my spirit, soul and
body, my heart, mind, and will. I cover my self with your blood—my spirit, soul,
and body, my heart, mind and will. I ask your Holy Spirit to restore me in you,
renew me in you, and to lead me in this time of prayer. In all that I now pray,
I stand in total agreement with your Spirit, and with my intercessors and
allies, by your Spirit alone.

[Now, if you are a husband, you’ll want to
include your wife in this time of prayer. If you are a parent, you’ll want to
include your children. If this doesn’t apply to you, jump to the paragraph after
this one.]

In all that I now pray, I include (my wife and/or children,
by name). Acting as their head, I bring them under your authority and covering,
as I come under your authority and covering. I cover (wife and/or children, by
name)with your blood – their spirit, soul and body, their heart, mind and will.
I ask your Spirit to restore them in you, renew them in you, and apply to them
all that I now pray on their behalf, acting as their head.

Dear God, holy
and victorious Trinity, you alone are worthy of all my worship, my heart’s
devotion, all my praise, all my trust and all the glory of my life. I love you,
I worship you, I trust you. I give myself over to you in my heart’s search for
life. You alone are Life, and you have become my life. I renounce all other
gods, all idols, and I give you the place in my heart and in my life that you
truly deserve. I confess here and now that this is all about you, God, and not
about me. You are the Hero of this story, and I belong to you. Forgive me for my
every sin. Search me and know me and reveal to me where you are working in my
life, and grant to me the grace of your healing and deliverance, and a deep and
true repentance.

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and choosing
me before you made the world. You are my true Father—my Creator, my Redeemer, my
Sustainer, and the true end of all things, including my life. I love you, I
trust you, I worship you. I give myself over to you to be one with you in all
things, as Jesus is one with you. Thank you for proving your love by sending
Jesus. I receive him and all his life and all his work, which you ordained for
me. Thank you for including me in Christ, for forgiving me my sins, for granting
me his righteousness, for making me complete in him. Thank you for making me
alive with Christ, raising me with him, seating me with him at your right hand,
establishing me in his authority, and anointing me with your Holy Spirit, your
love and your favor. I receive it all with thanks and give it total claim to my
life—my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind and will. I bring the life and
the work of Jesus over (wife and/or children, by name) and over my home, my
household, my vehicles, finances, all my kingdom and domain.

Jesus, thank
you for coming to ransom me with your own life. I love you, I worship you, I
trust you. I give myself over to you, to be one with you in all things. And I
receive all the work and all of the triumph of your cross, death, blood and
sacrifice for me, through which I am atoned for, I am ransomed and transferred
to your kingdom, my sin nature is removed, my heart is circumcised unto God, and
every claim made against me is disarmed this day. I now take my place in your
cross and death,through which I have died with you to sin, to my flesh, to the
world,and to the evil one. I take up the cross and crucify my flesh with all its
pride, arrogance, unbelief, and idolatry (and anything else you are currently
struggling with). I put off the old man. I ask you to apply to me the fullness
of your cross, death, blood and sacrifice. I receive it with thanks and give it
total claim to my spirit, soul and body, my heart, mind and will.

Jesus,
I also sincerely receive you as my life, my holiness and strength, and I receive
all the work and triumph of your resurrection, through which you have conquered
sin and death and judgment. Death has no mastery over you, nor does any foul
thing. And I have been raised with you to a new life, to live your life – dead
to sin and alive to God. I now take my place in your resurrection and in your
life, through which I am saved by your life. I reign in life through your life.
I receive your life – your humility, love and forgiveness, your integrity in all
things, your wisdom, discernment and cunning, your strength, your joy, your
union with the Father. Apply to me the fullness of your resurrection. I receive
it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul and body, my heart,
mind and will.

Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my authority, rule,
and dominion, my everlasting victory against Satan and his kingdom, and my
ability to bring your Kingdom at all times and in every way. I receive all the
work and triumph of your ascension, through which you have judged Satan and cast
him down, you have disarmed his kingdom. All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to you, Jesus. All authority in heaven and on earth has been
given to you, and you are worthy to receive all glory and honor, power and
dominion, now and forevermore. And I have been given fullness in you, in your
authority. I now take my place in your ascension, and in your throne, through
which I have been raised with you to the right hand of the Father and
established in your authority. I now bring the kingdom of God, and the
authority, rule and dominion of Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home,
my household, my vehicles and finances, over all my kingdom and domain.

I now bring the authority, rule and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the fullness of the work of Christ, against Satan, against his kingdom,
against every foul and unclean spirit come against me. (At this point you might
want to name the spirits that you know have been attacking you). I bring the
full work of Jesus Christ against every foul power and black art, against every
human being and their warfare. I bind it all from me in the authority of the
Lord Jesus Christ and in his Name.

Holy Spirit, thank you for coming. I
love you, I worship you, I trust you. I sincerely receive you and all the work
and victory in Pentecost, through which you have come, you have clothed me with
power from on high, sealed me in Christ. You have become my union with the
Father and the Son, become the Spirit of truth in me, the life of God in me, my
Counselor, Comforter, Strength, and Guide. I honor you as my Sovereign, and I
yield every dimension of my spirit, soul and body, my heart, mind and will to
you and you alone, to be filled with you, to walk in step with you in all
things. Fill me afresh. Restore my union with the Father and the Son. Lead me in
all truth, anoint me for all of my life and walk and calling, and lead me deeper
into Jesus today. I receive you with thanks, and I give you total claim to my
life.

Heavenly Father, thank you for granting to me every spiritual
blessing in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. I claim the riches in Christ Jesus
over my life today, my home, my kingdom and domain. I bring the blood of Christ
over my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind and will. I put on the full armor
of God – the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel,
helmet of salvation. I take up the shield of faith and sword of the Spirit, and
I choose to wield these weapons at all times in the power of God. I choose to
pray at all times in the Spirit.

Thank you for your angels. I summon them
in the authority of Jesus Christ and command them to destroy the kingdom of
darkness throughout my kingdom and domain, destroy all that is raised against
me, and to establish your Kingdom throughout my kingdom and domain. I ask you to
send forth your Spirit to raise up prayer and intercession for me this day. I
now call forth the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout my home, my
family, my kingdom and my domain, in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ,
with all glory and honor and thanks to him.


For those needing/desiring a few more thoughts…

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, only, infallible, inerrant,
    authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe in the One True God, The Sovereign, eternal Creator of all that
    exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternally existent in three persons, yet
    one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in
    His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through
    His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand
    of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe God created mankind in His image. Adam and Eve, the first human
    beings, chose to rebel against God and go their own way. As a result, all of
    mankind became separated from God; the image of God in man was distorted;
    mankind became subject to the power of the devil; and the sinful nature was
    passed on to all their progeny. Because of original sin, unregenerate human
    beings are incapable of pleasing or commending themselves to God. The only
    remedy for mankind’s pitiful predicament is redemption through faith in Jesus
    Christ.
  • We believe that when a person exercises saving faith in Christ he passes,
    immediately, out of spiritual death into spiritual life and from the old
    creation into the new, a new nature and a new heart imparted; being justified
    freely by grace, he is accepted before the Father as Christ, His Son, is
    accepted and loved as Christ is loved–having his place and portion linked to
    Christ and one with Christ – forever.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling
    the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of, both, the saved and the lost–they who
    are saved unto the resurrection of life and they who are lost unto the
    resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hugs to My Friend

I saw you cry tonight.

Just had to hug you close.

Hope that didn’t embarrass you, really (sorry!)

I wanted to wipe away your tears, and tell you it WILL be alright.

But I’m not God.

What I DO know is His comfort.

That HE holds us in the storms.

In fact, HE HOLDS US UP.

Praying for you tonight.

That you know His comfort too.

~Hugs~

My Children

Witty. Brainy, Fun

They are beautiful in life

Creative, Loving