Enjoying the snow, while praying and the fox appeared on this path
It was a standoff. The biggest fox I’d ever seen… and me…
We’ve lost countless chickens, ducks, turkeys, and even a couple newborn baby goats to fox attacks. They come to kill, steal, and destroy under the guise of the dark.
They can sniff out a bountiful farm a mile away, even sending a few lead foxes to scope out the place before the attack. Then, before dusk, they inch their way closer to their prey- all the while hiding (very sneakily) so as not to get caught.
Yesterday, I took a walk on my prayer path through the newly fallen snow, with the Lord. I was marveling at each intricate snow flake, the beauty of His creation and then I saw this past summers hornets nest. “Lord thank You for this time of rest on the farm! Thank you that I don’t have to worry about poisonous snakes, hornets nests, or poison ivy!”
No sooner had that prayer been spoken to the Lord, when the biggest fox I’d ever seen stood directly in front of me. It was staring right at me! If I didn’t know better, I would’ve thought it was a wolf or a coyote it was so BIG! Any predator looks bigger than life when face to face, the red hair gave him away. Foxes usually come out at dusk and forage for their kill until just after sunrise. It was broad daylight–he took me by surprise!
Thankfully, I terrified him and he ran away… Then I did!
After I collected myself, I asked the Lord, “What in the world was that about?” He very gently and sternly showed me… We can never take a rest from guarding our lives from the schemes of the enemy. He is always on the prowl looking for ways to kill, steal, and destroy from what is rightfully ours.
We need to guard the perimeter of our home, family, marriage, and (figuratively speaking) our vineyard. We can never take a break from guarding our lives. If you give the enemy an inch- he’ll not only take a mile…he’ll take everything. . .
In the beginning it may be one fox, then two- then they bring their whole pack. It’s at that point, a lot is a stake…Dale has had to stay up all night waiting to capture a pack of foxes! But he got ‘em!
Isn’t that how the enemy is in our life? Comes when we aren’t watching, he’s sneaky and looks for opportunity to devour us. We have to be on guard all the time, always patrolling the borders around our home, marriages and in our children’s lives.
This morning I asked the Lord to reveal any area of my life that I’ve not guarded and have given the enemy entrance to. I asked Him to reveal any area of compromise, or sin.
My eyes were closed in prayer when I saw a set of scales—I felt the Lord whisper to my heart that, “everything I think, do, or say glorifies Me or your flesh. Weigh everything on those scales, Sharon—everything.”
Every dollar I spend… book I read… movie I watch… word I speak… every thought glorifies Him or my flesh. If it doesn’t glorify Him, it will bring compromise into my life and to the fullness of His will becoming manifest.
The little foxes will come to the most bountiful farms. Guard your borders and if you ever find yourself face to face with a fox- Having done all, STAND. He will flee if you command. Take charge, don’t let the enemy think you’re bait!
Song of Solomon 2:15 “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.”
Romans 16:19-20a, “For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”
Our chickens in the snow
Moonlit sky on the Glasgow Farm
My 40 day fast ended abruptly before my head hit the pillow, on the first day! Yep, my plan was to… fast from complaining. I was pretty excited over the possibility of reigning all those negative thoughts… then I woke up on the first morning- and our pipes had frozen!
I stood with my blow dryer, blowing hot air on to pipes while Dale sawed huge holes out of our drywall to find where water was flooding behind walls.
The phone rang, I turned the blowdryer off. Someone was unhappy with their circumstances and were complaining- profusely… My thoughts were flailing… I got ready to stop myself because of my fast… but… then- I took the bait and went along with the complaining. How quickly my high hopes and ambition failed me!
Dale’s computer died. It wasn’t even its appointed time. It was still in its prime… Poor thing, he had to work on mine- which put me behind. My thoughts started to complain, but then I remembered- I was fasting!
That night, I had a rip roaring fire in the wood stove. I opened the door to load wood but my dog wouldn’t move. His back end pressed against the scorching hot stove door and caught fire! A large stream of dark grey smoke rose toward the ceiling. The fire alarm sounded, “Fire, Fire, Fire!” He ran. I chased him with a wet towel… He was fine. We both sat back down, by the fire. The house smelt horribly of burnt dog hair.
I said,“Lord, I failed terribly at reigning negative thoughts today. I don’t have the ability to do this in my own power. What would you suggest for the next forty days knowing my weak minded condition?”
I’d been reading in Exodus, so He spoke to me through it. I had just read Exodus 29 where Moses and Aaron were to offer a morning and evening sacrifice- an offering made by fire to the Lord of their first fruits.
I’m not a morning person and I would never choose to rise before the sun does, ever. So I decided that I would sacrifice those hours to Him. I would rise at O’dark-hundred every morning for the next forty + days to spend three hours alone with Him.
I started this past Sunday. I thought it would be impossible to get up, but He woke me before the alarm sounded. Then yesterday and today were the same — He woke me before the alarm… as if He’s excited about our time together.
The hardest part of getting up is that our house is FREEZING! We heat by a wood fire and by wee morning hours it’s just a few glowing coals left. The temperature in the house is 40ish degrees until the fire gets going. I load the wood and then we start to talk, Him and I.
It’s getting pretty exciting… How ironic that my sacrifice starts with us starting a fire together, kinda like in Exodus. The forty days will be over on Good Friday- and this year, Good Friday is even the first day of Passover! I can’t imagine what it will be like in 37 days. If you see me out and about you notice me glowing like Moses you’ll know why! His Shekinah Glory is EXPLODING!
Oh that my sacrifice be a sweet smelling aroma unto Him!
The Overflow of His Shekinah Glory
Ephesians 5:1 tells us to “Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
2 Corinthians 2:14-15 “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God…”
- Sparky and I the night he caught on fire
Valentine’s Day Breakfast
This year, make Valentine’s Day memorable for your entire family without breaking the bank!
There’s no need to venture out to a restaurant and subject yourself to the movie theater, when you can make it even more special at home…
This past week Dale and I watched an amazing movie that I want to share with you. It’s a love story. Quo Vadis is a romantic and powerfully heart- gripping film that was created by MGM in 1951. It beautifully portrays the conflict between pagan Nero, his Rome, and early Christianity in a stirring love story between an agnostic Roman general and a Christian woman. Can you sense the tension yet?
The Apostles Paul and Peter are both characters in this moving film.
It’s directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Produced by Sam Zimbalist and adapted from Henryk Sienkiewicz’s classic 1896 novel- Quo Vadis.
It’s a three-hour movie! But, don’t worry- you won’t get bored! The first two hours are setting the scene for the final hour. Be awake and fully alert for the finale. You won’t want to miss a second. That’s the part when you’ll literally be sitting on the edge of your seat. (Oh and have a tissue or two nearby.)
Its rated PG, but there are moments that wouldn’t be good for younger children to see; Christians eaten by lions and burned at the stake as sport in Nero’s Coliseum. However, it is NOT a scene to fast forward through. It is one of the most POWERFUL moments to see on screen when the lions are unleashed into an arena full of Christians. (GULP/GASP…)
At first fear grips them. Then they start to sing and worship. The entire stadium is in awe and amazement. The scene is a testimony even to this day that we are to worship even in face of death, hardship and persecution. Oh King Jesus, help us all to worship on the hardest day of our life!
I shouldn’t say more since I don’t want to spoil anything for you. But there’s more- so much more. The love story is. . . epic.
MGM spared no cost in making this film. Thirty-thousand people were used in one scene. It is a story of immortal combat. Once a man has the zeal of
the Lord within him- the fire within cannot be quenched! He can and will endure anything for the sake of love.
A few important questions to ask ourselves…
What will I be doing when persecution presents itself? How will I choose to give glory to God even in the face of suffering?
I don’t have cable or watch television shows so my review of a movie may be different from yours but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it.
Here is part of Movieguide.org summary of the movie Quo Vadis:
“QUO VADIS was made in the days when major studios like MGM were willing to invest absolute fortunes in unabashed Christian epics. It was like spending an AVATAR budget on a movie with the message of COURAGEOUS.It’s the story of the Christian martyrs in Rome contrasting gross pagan excess with Christian love and compassion. It deserves a Plus Four Acceptability for its profound Christian message but slight caution should be applied to young children because even tastefully done images of martyrdom can cause young children anxiety.
…On that road, General Marcus Viniculus (Robert Taylor) returns to Rome after conquests in Britain. Emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov) has him camp his troops outside the city and wait for a spectacular entry to provide the proper conquering hero victory procession for the entertainment of the Roman citizens.
Marcus is instructed to wait in the home of retired General Plautius, whose whole household is Christian, including Lygia (Deborah Kerr), a hostage the general adopted as his own daughter. Marcus mistakes Lygia as a slave. His bold advances show a very low regard for women. Marcus is frustrated and puzzled that Lygia is not thrilled by such an important general as himself showing interest in her. Her Christian values don’t fit his pagan concept of male/female relations.
Marcus’ victories are celebrated with a massive spectacle. Because all hostages are at the mercy of the Emperor’s wishes, Nero rewards Marcus with the gift he desired, Lygia.
Feminists who consider Christian’s attitudes about marriage to be a form of bondage should see this movie. The Romans treated women like sex objects for sale, while Christians considered women partners in having and raising a family. Nero had his wife and his mother murdered.
Peter Ustinov’s Nero is a truly disturbing character. Like Hitler he justified the senseless killing of thousands in pursuit of his own warped sense of greatness. His decision to burn Rome, so he could rebuild it as he wished, was horrific enough. He then blamed it on Christians and made a spectacle of feeding them to lions and burning them on crosses before a Coliseum full of spectators.
As Nero becomes more and more crazed, Marcus begins to see the purity of Lygia’s Christian faith and values. Also, the words of Paul and Peter ring out with moral and spiritual clarity. He decides to take a stand, but Nero sentences him and Lygia to death in the Coliseum. Only a miracle can save them.”
Another movie I LOVE is the 1948 Joan of Arc- read my review here.
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Valentine’s Day Breakfast
The plane was jam packed- yet an empty seat was right next to me. Ahh, I profusely thanked the Lord, for only He knew how exhausted I really was. I took my boots off… laid my head back, closed my eyes and started to praise God for His graciousness.
Twenty minutes into flight a man came up and asked me, “ Can I sit here? There’s a screaming baby back there.”
What could I say? “Sure” and closed my eyes. Immediately he opened a conversation, “What was your purpose for travel this weekend?” I gave the quickest answer possible… “I was speaking at a conference.”
“Oh? What were you speaking about?” He asked. I then knew, this was not going to be a flight to sleep and replied, “I’m a Christian speaker.”
His eyes got big and a huge smile overcame his face as he pulled his face into mine, “So, you speak about Jesus?”
I said, “Yes, I do. Do you know Him?”
The smile cleared off his face and he said, “I do. Tell me what you know about him.”
I was tired and wanted to see where he was coming from so I said, “You first. You tell me what you know of Him.” While he talked, I realized that he didn’t know Him.
He then asked, “Why do you believe in Jesus? What is your proof that He is the Son of the Living God? I have read many books, and none convince me that Jesus is God’s Son.”
Instantly, Luke 24 and Acts 1:8 flashed before my mind, “You will be My witnesses. . . even unto the ends of the earth.”
I was being called to be an eye witness.
An eye witness!? Oh yeah, a surge of glory hit my weary body. I’d never heard the Lord say I want you to be an eye witness- like that. He didn’t want me to give a theological or academic answer. Oh no, He wanted me to give an eye witness account of His Glory. He wanted me to give testimony of my experience- of what I’ve seen and heard Him do in my life and in the lives around me.Exhaustion left me and the Holy Spirit empowered me as I gave an eye witness account of my risen Savior and how I personally knew without a doubt that He indeed is the Christ the Son of the Living God.The man was loud and gregarious as he interrupted me. “WHAT? Say that again… I can’t hear you?”Repeatedly at the most intense parts of the conversation he would loudly state a question and ask me to repeat the answer over and over.
Everyone sitting around us listened. I wanted him to lower his tone- but he didn’t.He asked about heaven and hell… the purpose of baptism… the inspired, infallible Word of God… He covered all bases for himself and all those around him- on the packed airplane.
He was SO excited when we landed. He said, “I can’t wait to tell my wife ALL that you’ve said about Jesus, the Son of the Living God!”
We exchanged emails and are continuing this conversation.Next time you’re relishing that empty seat next to you- don’t get to comfy. He’s calling us all out of comfy and asking us to be eye witnesses of His glory even unto the ends of the earth.The Lord is asking all of us- today to be eye witnesses of Him. We are called to go into all the world, preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost!
We are each called to teach them to observe all things that He commanded and He promised to be with us always even to the end of the age. GLORY. AMEN!!
When I stood up to get off the plane, passengers started to shake my hand.
People are watching and listening to
us. . . What will they hear?
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Sparky in our snow covered field at sunrise- If you’re visiting me from P31 devotions today, welcome!
We’d been cooped inside the vehicle way too long!
The kids were fighting. Everyone starving… but the good news? We were only 10 minutes from home. Until suddenly I realized… I needed one item from the grocery store. Yeah. . .
I reassured them, “I only need one thing and I’ll be out in less than four minutes. I promise. Set the timer!” They wailed louder.
I ran in, got the one item and found an empty check out line. I was making excellent time. I would probably get back in less than four minutes. I love exceeding expectations! I grabbed my bag from the cashier and darted for the door. They could see me from the vehicle… Surely they were happy to see the plan going as I had said…
Until I got to the door…
A man laid on the floor in the doorway and the grocery store manager knelt by him. I knew my clock was ticking and my vehicle could explode if I didn’t get to them instantly… but I had to, you know… stop.
I laid my bag on the floor, bent down, and looked into the man’s eyes. He couldn’t say anything. The manager said, “We just called the ambulance. They’re on their way.” I asked the man if I could pray for him. His eyes seemed to say, ‘yes.’ The manager closed his eyes… The man on the floor and I stared at each other as I led him to the throne of God!
Tears filled his eyes, but no words came. I said, “Do you know Jesus?” He didn’t nod. This time he didn’t even say yes in the expression of his eyes. I said, “God loved the world so much, that He gave us His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life.” I got up and got ready to run to my vehicle.
The manager said, “He’s trying to say something to you.” I couldn’t understand what he wanted to say, but the Lord heard. The Lord knew…
I never saw the man again. I don’t know the end of his story. Was he a Christian and just needed someone to minister to him? Did he hear his Savior calling him for the first time? Was this a wake up call wherein he became a radical believer and brought thousands to Christ after this day? I don’t know! But I do know this… that sometimes (actually most always) ministering to strangers isn’t convenient, unless we’re ready to be interrupted by the unexpected.
I thought it was strange that the guy evidently dropped there immediately after I walked through the door coming in. God surely had a precise plan for this guy. There are God set-ups everywhere! We just fail to be a willing part of the plan sometimes. You never know how God is going to use you. You might bring someone to the Lord who’s going to bring millions of people to Him! That’s definitely possible in this age- more than ever.
Andrew brought Peter to Christ and Peter brought thousands.
A stranger walked into a shoe shop where D.L. Moody was a salesman and led him to Christ. D.L. Moody led a multitude to Christ in the 1800′s. D.L. Moody made a pact with himself to tell at least one person a day about Christ. If he got in bed and realized he hadn’t told anyone he would get up and run into the street to find someone to tell.
Shouldn’t we have the same enthusiasm?! I mean, The King of Glory is so glorious within us that we shouldn’t be able to contain Him. He should explode from inside out!
Oh yes! Getting back to my family waiting for me… My vehicle didn’t explode simply because I didn’t make my four minute deadline. When God interrupts my plans for His, the right action is always- Just do it! A couple minute “God detour” could lead to who knows where. He is GOD. His plans are higher than ours.
The next time God interrupts your plans for His- Just do it!
God has already put people in your path and they’re still waiting for you to tell them about Jesus. Just do it! Don’t wait anymore, time could run out.
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