Sunday, September 11, 2016

Gratitude Attitude

Is the attitude of gratitude a useful asset? Does taking the time to list what you cherish worthwhile? In the midst of a trial is it wise to consider "what is the good, the value, the purpose of this?" Does complaining lift your spirit or the spirits of those around you? We all delight in and favor some people and experiences more than others. Do you delight more in the people that vent and complain, or in the people that tend to point out the positive and encourage us?  Truly, most people are thankful for some things more than others, but have you honestly listed what you are authentically thankful for? God tells us in His living Word to "give thanks in all things".  Obediently, have you thanked God for the
dismal days in which you were challenged to rise above the circumstance?  Even after a horrible experience, positive people look for the good and proclaim it. Have you been thankful for the ears to hear and the ability to laugh and sing?  How about being grateful for your sense of smell?  Consider a world without color?  Imagine if everyone had black hair, black eyes and black skin?  What if all the trees were black, and all the fruit was black.  Have you thanked God for the variety of color? It is easy to take a lot of our every day life for granted, but what if you did not have hands or fingers?  We could not hug, we could not easily type, write or play the piano without hands and fingers.  What
would the world be like without music or flowers?  All movies would be in black and white without that background music which helps to set the tone and communicate during the expanse of a movie.  Consider how singing effects your mood. Singing God bless America stirs many to think of victory, while singing the blues makes us reflect on times of sorrow. Some music makes our bodies sway and our toes tap and some loony lyrics make us laugh. The truth is God laughs and He sings over us and when we take the time to know our heavenly Father, we begin to understand the value of our relationship with Him and all that He has provided for our pleasure.
Listing and reviewing what I am thankful for...just before I celebrate my 65th year of living. Dear Lord Jesus, I am thankful for the husband the Lord chose for me. Why? Because Michael is a man after God's own heart and he honors me as his wife.  Mike is patient with me, and he give me space as I require it. My husband treats me with kindness and calls me his German princess.  Mike is generous in his desire to help around the house and he was willing to transplant himself in a foreign country.  I am thankful that my husband enjoys my quirky ways and the faces I make. He is proud to introduce me and quick to want to please me. We share the same "purpose" in this life and that is to draw close to our Creator, to walk in obedience and to please God and be of service.  I am thankful that God placed Michael in my life for His purposes, that we can be of service in our new community and laugh at the days to come.  My list continues that I may add the little and the big things that I grateful for:
1) My salvation and the ability to communicate with God, my Father, Jesus the King of kings.
2) My eyes to see beauty, my ears to hear music, and my hands to hug, and keep busy
3) The parents that God chose for me, and the lessons I have learned through struggles
4) The children God knitted into my womb, and the awesome priviledge of being a mother
5) The experiences I have been given that have increased my compassion and mercy for others
6) The many people He placed in my path to love, to encourage and to help
7) The everpresent Holy Spirit, to lean on, call on, and trust in for decisions to be made
8) Nature, trees, sunsets, lakes, the ocean, animals, flowers and the majestic vistas to renew me
9) God's living Word and His guidance, mercy, grace and deliverance from evil
10) My final destination, heaven, and the reunion with Jesus and my beloved family members

Friday, September 9, 2016

Who is Jan Hicks?

Who is this woman?  She is an adoring wife, a beloved mother, a devoted daughter, a respected teacher, a fun loving woman, and a published author who is after God’s own heart. She is a generous friend, a truth teller, a prayer warrior, a Harley rider, a kayaker, a great listener, and a thankful, transparent woman who has no shame --- as she has been supernaturally changed by God for His mighty purpose. JAN’s FAMILY:    Jan delights in her awesome blended family.  She has two sons, two daughters, eleven grand-children and one great-grandchild. In 2013 her sons took her on a special trip.  They traveled to San Diego to see the sights, sky dive and surf. Jan gives God the glory for His way of showing His unique ways of demonstrating His faithfulness. The Lord surprised her on this particular adventure by introducing her to a couple of high ranking Israeli Generals plus a USA Army Colonel, working in Special Forces. Jan and her husband pray daily that the Lord bless the USA and Israel so she felt this was a gift meeting from the Lord. She counts her personal relationship with Jesus as the top blessing of her life.  In 2014 Jan was surprised by her two sons with a new paddle-board for her 65th birthday.
She rides a Harley, and is delighted to spend days with family and friends out on the family boat. Jan loves horseback riding, kayaking and now paddle boarding. Her family gathers for annual reunions, and for the past 12 years, Jan and her mom enjoy a once a month mother-daughter day. During Spring break each year all available grand-kids are happy to travel with Granny for a fantastic time at the beach together. In 1991, both parents had worried that when Jan began passionately talking about all that Jesus had done for her, they were earnestly concerned that she was in a dangerous cult. They even dispatched Jan’s eldest son to investigate. However, while he only came to church to spy on his mom, during a church service, her son accepted Christ. Jan’s Dad and Mom accepted Christ in December 1994 as he was battling lung cancer. He moved in with Jesus 7 months later.  Her mother continues to serve the Lord today and was remarried to a minister in the year 2000JAN’s MINISTRY: Don and Jan Hicks have lived in the same neighborhood since 1993. For years (1993-1999) Jan worked in the same church that she got saved in. Her gift was to pray and the prayer ministry at this church operated 24 hours a day. Eventually friends from church encouraged Jan to begin an independent prayer ministry outside the church. They even financed a new prayer ministry and a website for Christians United Ministries, Inc. (CUMI) which launched in August of 1999. CUMI began with 12 prayer partners. God blessed their ministry and by His grace the website received prayer requests from churches and other online prayer ministries. Within a year, over 100,000 prayer partners joined from around the globe. Jan continues to work full time, without a salary, while Don works with their son doing restoration
construction to pay the family bills. Today Jan teaches a prayer model that brings healing to hearts that have been wounded or who remain in denial about past hurts. Many hard working Christians withhold pieces of their past from the light of Truth which prevents total healing.  The process she teaches comes from her personal healing experience. It includes closing doors to the enemy’s habitual ways of obstructing a person’s right to live a joy filled life. Jan is invited to share her amazing redemptive testimony at various denominations of faith. The power and grace of God transformed Jan's messy adolescent ways, supernaturally, in one hour. She is a beacon of hope for all who suffer through a life without passion or purpose. His power continues to restore whatever has been stolen from those who genuinely seek wholeness. Jan travels to Mexico in August each year as a teacher/trainer by partnering with Wellspring International School of Ministry. Wellspring combines CUMI and other ministry resources to teach and encourage pastors and their church
leaders to become certified in the simple method of prayer. The deep healing of the Holy Spirit, personally experienced by church leaders, is helping to restore health to the church that Jesus Christ began.  JAN’s HISTORY: Jan was born in Alabama, and raised in Pensacola, Florida. Her daddy owned a meat packing company, and her mamma retired from Sears and Roebuck as the personnel manager. Growing up, her mom and dad did not attend church themselves, but dad dropped off Jan and her brother at a local Baptist church every Sunday.  At the age of 12, Jan went forward to receive Christ Jesus with a gaggle of close pre-teen girlfriends. When she came home boasting of what she had done, her mother stated she was just following the crowd. Jan graduated nursing school and worked in a hospital, a private practice, and was a private duty nurse for Para and Quadriplegics. For a short time she worked in for a Urologist, and the last 5 years of her nursing career was spent working in a Family Practice Office in Foley, Alabama. Little did Jan know that her choices would soon lead her into a personal crisis. Jan first got married in 1967 and at the age of 20, she gave birth to the first of her two sons. That marriage ended up in divorce in 1978 and Jan went out seeking attention as she wildly celebrated her freedom with friends. JAN’s TESTIMONY: In 1979 Jan met a man in a bar, who said all the things a damaged young lady wants to hear. They moved in together and later Jan learned that her boyfriend was secretly shooting up hard drugs. Jan eventually
caught him and she sought to save him by using her knowledge as a nurse. Her boyfriend responded “How can you help me with something you know nothing about!” Jan, full of pride, insisted “ I might not know anything about illegal drugs, but I am smart enough to not get addicted!” In a dare to prove she was strong, Jan stuck her arm out to him. Her boyfriend inserted a needle into her naked arm and filled her veins with liquid cocaine. For the next 12 years, Jan’s arms were full of tracks from heroine, cocaine, and speed use.  Jan manipulated people to get the drugs she craved. She stole from her parents and she overdosed twice and was left for dead once. She was dangerous to herself and to others. Jan attempted to murder the uncle who had molested her as a child, by trying to put a meat hook into the back of his head. She also attempted to intentionally harm the boyfriend who introduced her to drugs.  Jan moved from Pensacola to Alabama in 1982 after getting married again. She continued as a nurse until 1986 when she took a job at Sears and was promoted as a Department Manager.  She wore a mask and hid her addictions and worked to support her drug habit.  Soon she was divorced again and back into the partying lifestyle.  In June of 1991 she was dumped by another live-in boyfriend because he had met Jesus and could not be seen with a ‘whore no more’.  Jan deceived herself into thinking that she was doing okay. By the will of God, on August 4, 1991 that same boyfriend, who was raised by a preacher, and left his home as a prodigal, 
God used him to extend Jan an invitation to church. Jan declares that she only accepted his invite in a desperate attempt to win back the heart of this man. She admitted that she had no desire to turn her life over to God. His will be done on earth, and in us, as we stubbornly submit. During the music and the sermon Jan began to weep. She thought foolishly “If I go up to the alter this ex boyfriend would get credit.” After the service they drove 17 miles back home. Jan was sobbing and requested that he take her back for the music service at 6:00 pm. This inter-denominational church was celebrating their new sanctuary that night and afterwards Jan said “We need to talk”  This ex-boyfriend at one time had been a seminary student, but when his wife divorced him, the seminary kicked him out. He had been angry at God and the church, but he was redeemed and wanted Jan to experience new life in Christ. Later on that night Jan cussed him because he drove her back to the church to speak with the Pastor and his wife. On August 4, 1991 at 9:30 PM after the pastor prayed with Jan, her heart opened and she honestly confessed to God “You know all that I have done, and I am not sure you could use me, but I ask You to help me stop using drugs, alcohol, tobacco and pornography. Jan knew her home was filled with all sources of evil habits. That very night Jan was totally delivered from any desire for drugs, or alcohol. She went home and tossed all substances into a burn barrel. Two weeks later Jan was baptized and delivered from three and a half packs of cigarettes a day. In October of 1991 Jan heard a man named Don Hicks
give his testimony at church. His story of bad choices matched her own struggle with addictions. Jan was moved by the Spirit to ask Don if he would talk to her incarcerated girlfriend. They went to talk over coffee. They talked for hours and soon after began seeing each other every day. Within three months after their first meeting they got married on Jan 3, 1992. Don’s dad was also a preacher, and Don also left home as a prodigal son. He had tasted all that the world had to offer and returned home to Christ in Sept of 1991. Don was also supernaturally delivered from all his addictions which cost him about $20,000 each summer. Don worked in construction and throughout their brief courtship, together they attended either a bible study, or some kind of church function every night of the week. Don led Jan into the Word, the importance of tithing and prayer. Jan Hicks took possession of the indwelt Holy Spirit. Nothing but the indwelt Holy Spirit could ever satisfy her hunger to know God. Jan said YES to God and she allowed Him to inject His living Word into her soul, her body and mind.  Don and Jan Hicks are blessed with an awesome blended family. Don's two daughters refer to Jan as "Mom" and her two sons introduce Don as "Dad". Everyone in the family has crossed over to Freedom in Christ.  The book "Crossing2Freedom", by Jan Hicks“If you find yourself bound by your past --- and try as you might, you are unable to move away from the lingering pain of old hurts, Jan's book encourages you to pick up your mat and walk into all that God has personally intended for you. 
Crossing2Freedom is a must have BOOK for anyone that truly wants to be healed. I learned how to pray effectively and to release certain chapters of my past to the Lord. I live free from the urge to dwell in the hurts of the past. Jan is the real deal, and so is her book. This isn't a book of theory, Crossing2Freedom was written with the blood, sweat, and tears of her own personal journey to absolute freedom in Christ Jesus. Jan has an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying, and she walks her talk by the Holy Spirits leading.” Written by a thankful student in Mexico 2014. You can order this life changing book by clicking here: Christians United Ministries

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cross to Freedom

The following question is entirely relevant today. Who needs spiritual healing?  Nations of people. However, most Christians or people of faith will deny that they need any spiritual healing because they have attended church and studied God's word for years. They believe that their soul is " just fine" That all wounding, all jealousy, envy, hatred, rejection, neglect, bitterness, self-doubt and unbelief have been confessed and healed.  Jesus knows our hearts, minds, fears and individual soul needs better than we do.  He died on the cross so that we could enjoy freedom in Him. The truth is IF a person shares an emotionally painful memory from their past, then Dr Mathais would say that some degree of anger or bitterness is present and our spiritual health is not what the Lord would hope for us.  Wounds left unattended fester and spill out into our minds and we may deny it all we want, but when our tongue speaks intentional words to wound others, our spiritual wounds are making themselves known. Jan Hicks points out in her internationally effective book entitled 
"Crossing to Freedom" we are all wounded in some way.  You may have denied it for years, but if a wound is yet seeping, it will come to the surface in the form of jealousy, envy, or in feelings of inadequacy as we compare ourselves to others.  The soul is wounded by Satan, for he is the thief, he is God's advesary, he is the Liar, he is the voice that gives us ample reason to be mad, angry, judgemental, critical.  He is invisible, he is the temptor that is also known as the prince of the air. The one who lingers in the quiet of our thoughts to frustrate our peace as we feebly, in our own strength, keep silent when we feel tormented by raging thoughts to attack another with accusation and blame.  Within the text of John 8:44 - Jesus told the self-righteous Jews, that they were indeed descendants of Abraham, but by their stubborn
behavior, Jesus told them that in their spirit, their father was NOT God, but the devil.  These prideful Jews who studied scripture believed that they were RIGHT, they did not acknowledge Who Jesus was, because they insisted that they were scholars, and that they knew more than He. They argued with the living Word of God, with Jesus who knows the hearts and needs of all His sheep.  With their hearts set against the Truth, with an attittude of spiritual superiority, their spiritual eyes remained closed as Jesus told them "Before Abraham was, I am".  God used a doctor to make a clear declaration of the purpose of Jesus Christ.  There are five statements of purpose in Luke 4:17-21.  Those five reasons why Jesus came down from heaven to walk among a suffering people who were seeking a Savior are 1) To preach the good news to the poor in spirit.  2) To proclaim freedom to the prisoners, to the slaves of sin.  3) To recover the sight to the spiritually blind, to bring people out of denial and into the truth.  4) To release the oppressed, the downtrodden, 
to those who carried the burden of shame, guilt, bitterness, resentment.  5) To proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. First of all God wants those who are broken to hear the truth. Secondly God wants us to know that we can find healing for our wounds. Thirdly, God wants us to "see" the truth about the wounds that Satan instilled in our minds against our family, our neighbors and ourselves. In regard to the Liar, our enemy, what does the Word of Jesus say about the power of Christ in Luke 10:18-21?  "He replied, 'I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to
overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said 'I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.  Yes, Father for this was your good pleasure."  In ther words, our pride prevents us from admitting that we need the authority of Jesus to overcome the enemy and receive a healing of our wounds. The simple minded believer receives power and authority, not necessarily the wise and learned, to overcome, to be healed. If we are to heal, according to scripture, we are to heal in the name of Jesus.  If we teach that there is power to heal, we teach that this power comes from Jesus. God placed power in the name of
Jesus Christ for us to use as a weapon to use according to His will.  The name of Jesus Christ will bring healing to our lives, and He receives all the honor and glory for what He accomplishes through our obedience to pray in His name.  (Acts 2:38; Acts 3:6-7; Acts 4:10; Acts 9:27; Acts 10:47-48) All humans have a natural desire to resist change and to resist being told what to do.  We mask our pain with a fake smile and pretend that we are "just fine" because we feel that we
cannot show any weakness.  "He is strong, in our weakness"  A man that was wounded physically and spiritually cried out in Job 14:1-9 "For there is hope in a tree....if it is cut down, it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease."  The tree represents a man, and its tender shoots, its root, the seed of God planted within. That which is in us will not cease to seek outside itself, its own limited beliefs, its circumstances to tap into the living water, the Holy Spirit. "It will sprout again!" A man who has been cut down can be restored and bloom with much fruit.  "This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit." John 15:8 ~ As Christians we say that we trust God's will, His plan and His purpose for us. His word tells us that He came to set the captives free. God also says "We cannot heal a wound that we declare is not there." Is the joy of the Lord visible in your daily countenance?  Do you look downtrodden? Do you attempt to conceal the truth with a smile? Pray this prayer. In the name of Jesus Christ,
Oh Father God,  I give the Holy Spirit in me permission to reveal any area of woundedness that I am not aware of.  Open my eyes Lord that I may see and allow You to heal any hurts so that I may be pure in mind, body, and soul.  Restore my belief that I am already filled with the authority to trample on the enemy of my soul.  In Jesus name, AMEN ~ Repeat this blessing to your spirit. "To my spirit, I bless you with a profound reconciliation to God and His purpose, that my soul be totally healed. I bless my spirit with the full illumination of scripture.  I bless my spirit with the joy of speaking with God's authority and sending Satan back to hell. I bless my soul with the ability to see good in what man or beast meant for harm. I bless my spirit with the joy of personally experiencing God daily. I bless my spirit in the name of El Shaddai, my all sufficient Father that I be a reflection of His glorious light in dark places.  I bless my spirit with the truth of the divine nature of Yahweh and His immense love for all people. I highly recommend that you read the post below entitled "Who is Jan Hicks".  Her supernatural healing and transformation will give you hope in what He can accomplish through one healed soul. A great book entitled "Daily Spirit Blessings" by Sylvia Gunter is great for restoring the truth and displacing the lies of the one who seeks to destroy us..

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Prepare to be Healed

Do you have stress in your life? That is a crazy question because we all have stress! To uncover the root cause of stress I highly recommend taking the time to read Jan Hick's book "Crossing to Freedom" Jan and many other Christian leaders teach together at the annual Wellspring Ministry Conference at YWAM here at Lakeside. IF we want to pick up our mat and walk in the freedom that Jesus Christ offers we must be obedient to His inner nudge. Click here: Pray with Others "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”  Matthew 18:18-19   "How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. “  Matthew 17:17 NKJ - JUST DO IT, read this article in its entirety -  “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do,
he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  And whatever you ask in My name, that  I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12 NKJ  “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me.”  … Jesus said to him “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:1-6 NKJ Dear heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, I give you permission to examine my heart for any wicked way and I covenant with You that when You reveal a wicked way, or any confused or perverse thought, that I will repent and ask for Your forgiveness.  I set aside this time for You and ask that the Holy Spirit
be in charge. In the name of Jesus, I bind all evil spirits and render them powerless to interfere with the restoration of my soul to purity.  Lord Jesus I desire that our intimacy be joy filled, I invite you Holy Spirit to prick my conscious to make me aware of anything that is not from You.  In the name of Jesus, I come before you with a humble heart, full of thanks because Your plan included that ALL my sins were to be paid in full on the cross.  Satan, in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, and by the power of His blood, I cancel all of Satan’s power and authority over me and I legally and forever bind the spirits of deception, lying, false accusation
and confusion! Today, in Jesus name and by the power of His blood,  I pronounce that I will never again fall victim to the attempts made for these spirits to enter and destroy my intimacy with my Lord Jesus because I refuse to be offended.  Lord Jesus I ask that You help me to love myself, and ALL my neighbors as You love me, with forgiveness, mercy and grace. Heavenly Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and as an act of my free will, I confess, repent, and renounce any pride or rebellion that is in me, or operating in my life, and in all my generations, clear back to Adam.  Holy Spirit, heal my heart and mind.  I ask You Lord Jesus to forgive me for any bitterness and any unforgiveness  that I hold towards those who have  offended me.   Forgive me and all my generations for resisting the full power of Your written Word.  I release myself from the religious spirit in me and ask the Holy Spirit to seal me with the Truth, according to Thy will and power.  Holy Spirit please speak your words of truth to me for I am humble, receptive and  listening. 
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Craving Change

In nature, change occurs every four months as we experience different climates during the changing seasons.  It is also noteworthy to consider how much our external environment impacts, or triggers our internal feelings.  Sunshine makes us feel happy!  A compliment or an encouragement from a friend makes us feel valued. Music lifts our spirit and we feel inspired.  Any kind of exercise delivers endorphins which elevate our sense of well being.  A crave for change comes from within and it is wise to discern WHY we desire change.  To feel better about our relationships, our job, our circumstances, and/or our physical and mental state, we need to
pay attention to our cravings and then apply a plan of action or a success strategy. For me, the year 2016 has been a year which included several unexpected changes which resulted in a wild ride of roller coaster emotions.  I live in Mexico and it was necessary to suddenly travel to the USA twice in two months.  In March my mother died, and then in April my son took his last breath.  Death, travel, and meeting up with family are all stressful triggers that cause most people to eat volumes of comfort foods. Today at Lighten Up I learned about the three different triggers that cause us to sabotage our very best
intentions to live a healthy life.  1) Tabu Food Triggers.  When we begin to have an unstoppable craving for a tabu food, we are wise to stop and consider WHY we want to eat that which will not add any benefit to our life.  Am I FEELING: Hungry? Anxious? Bored? Isolated?  Tired?  Make it a HABIT to be conscious of our food intake.  Most people have tabu foods that cause them to eat beyond dietary satisfaction.  Mine happens to be carrot cake.  A slice is okay, but a whole carrot cake in my house is not allowed.  For some it is a bag of chips, and they literally know they cannot just eat one. 2) Enviromental Triggers. There are also certain places that cause us to put more than a healthy portion of food in the tank. For some the trigger to over indulge may be at the movie theater, a family reunion, or a buffet.  3) Feeling/Emotional Triggers.  Is this emotional eating?
Am I feeling sad, depressed, stressed, bored, anxious, or angry due to life not going according to my plan? These are emotions that often cause us to binge on comfort foods. What I learned today is that there are triggers to avoid, and triggers to seek out.  If we crave changing the way we feel about ourselves, or change how much we weigh, we must find meaning in the tragedy’s that will occur in this life, and we must cultivate optimism.  In June of 2016 I was just laying around the house feeling sad and I craved change!  So I felt compelled from within to seek out and find a positive environment that would allow me to spend quality
time with encouraging people.  Serendipitously, in that same week I just happened to bump into Donna Williams who was wearing a colorful “Sit Fit” shirt and I stopped her to ask “what is Sit Fit?”  I met Donna and her 87 year young mother Anita the following Monday and I have been attending three times a week ever since.  The change in my environment, the physical exercise to upbeat music, the positive attendants, and our passionate instructor all contributed to a remarkable increase in my hope for the future and my energy level.  My success strategy also includes attending the "Lighten Up" meetings and a Spanish class weekly. It is a positive remedy to the boredom I was experiencing at home, and the information we get weekly is positively inspiring!   As our leader suggested, to live “IN CONTROL” of our food and emotions, we must organize our battle plan or we will lose the war on food, feelings and environmental triggers!  Also, as a student, I am excited to make my gratitude list and mail out some sincere thanks!