It’s In The Process

hatching bird

What makes, clay pottery,
cow’s milk buttery,
butterflies fluttery?
It’s something in the process.

What makes, bologna lunchmeat,
a cane of sugar so sweet
a loaf of bread from whole wheat?
It’s something in the process.

What makes, dark clouds roll away,
the rooster crow at dawn each day,
us doubt and turn to God to pray?
It’s something in the process.

What makes, us lift our eyes toward the sky,
an eagle soar so high,
laugh aloud – when we want to cry?
It’s something in the process.

What makes us want to cleave to earth,
wonder how God planned our birth,
see the world in such a dearth?
It’s something in the process.

Why then, do we question the Potter’s plan,
the turn of His wheel,
the choice of His sand,
His pressure applied,
the crush of His hand?
It’s something in the process.

So then,
How can we look at all God’s done,
understand the truth,
yet feel so alone,
after all,
Isn’t the battle won?
It’s in the process.

 

“I”s that will Incinerate You – Immobility

Fear

Immobility  – Fear will immobilize you as was in the case of Pastor Bobette Stubblefield,

Soon after our marriage began, my husband began to isolate me by forbidding me to spend time at church and with my family and friends. Isolation then begins to break down a person’s worth; and little by little steals their identity.  My husband would shove me down and overpower me physically.  …He would then urinate on me.  Fear became my captor (Stubblefield. March 20, 2004).

She also described how she would shake uncontrollably whenever she would think about going home or would drive toward her house. She stayed in the marriage for 12 years and faced fear daily.  Finally, one day, when she had to defend herself in a court battle over her children, she was forced to face fear head on.  Fearful, but determined to overcome it, she took courageous steps toward the courtroom door.  Just before entering the courtroom, she realized she was not alone and that God had stationed angels around her.  Bobette recalls that day:

But, before I walked in front of the judge, God opened my eyes like He opened the prophet Elijah servant’s eyes.  Elijah’s servant saw thousands of angels standing ready for battle on he and his country’s behalf.  When God allowed me to see into the spiritual realm, He showed me six angels dressed like Secret Service men.  They were with me walking arm in arm into the courtroom. I realized I was not alone anymore. The Bible says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and a sound mind.”

For More information about how you can overcome fear….
Contact Marlene Hoenig
Cinderella Released….from ashes to beauty.
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Like a Signal in the Sky….The Power of the Cross Never Dies!

The Power of the Cross Never Fails

I’m looking back a couple of years, when I took this picture.  I had spent a year in Ohio working at a large ministry and the experience and friendships that I made while I was there are not measurable.  There was probably not anything in Ohio that I didn’t love!  I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life there and build a retreat where all of my friends could come.  I already had my eye on a beautiful old farmhouse!

I had made many forever friends and were building more each day.  I loved Ohio’s central location, the ability to travel practically anywhere in the U.S. quickly and  had set up a very cute and cozy apartment in New Albany.  Getting ready for my first fall and then winter set in as quickly as the next change did.

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Change is always difficult and who can know when you are in a changing season how to plan.  For a while after I left Ohio my heart was not open for planning.  It seemed like every time I got my hopes up again for a home, a place to put roots down the season would change and I would be picked up like an autumn leaf and carried away on another adventure.  Thus is the feeling in my spirit.  Who can fight God?  Acts 5:39 says,

But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them.
You may even find yourselves fighting against God!”

You see I didn’t know at the time that my youngest would be soon be getting married. But, I knew he was going to need me there.  The excitement of living near all of my sons again was exhilarating!  Yes, I can do this!  I’m not too old.  A position and plan opened up and yes, there it was God WAS once more directing my steps.  There was also someone very special in Pensacola, that I would learn much from and whom needed and wanted me!  So many things have happened since that drive after that cross appeared in the sky signaling the change that was coming.

[the mockers to Jesus at the Crucifixion:] “…Save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”

“He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.”Mat 27:40, 42 (NIV)

This must have been what the disciples thought when they saw Jesus up on that cross.  I would have thought it.  How many times had the disciples seen Jesus do miracles in their lives, and yet, even Peter had just denied him.  Even after he had promised he would never do it.

John stood by with Jesus’ mother Mary and the other women.  The grief the sadness, the sorrow, the change.  This was what was in my soul that drive from Ohio until I looked up and saw the cross.  It was like a signal in the Sky that everything was going to be ok.  It didn’t matter how old I was, or what the future held, good or bad.  I had hope that only the cross and the blood of Jesus can bring.

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.
It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Hebrews 6:19

Hope, I would be working for Globe Hope.  Change for me is really never easy, but it is exciting. Once I get over the hump.  Like a leaf, picked up by the wind in the fall…

Anchor – Hillsong Live

I have this hope
As an anchor for my soul
Through every storm
I will hold to YouWith endless love
All my fear is swept away
In everything
I will trust in You

CHORUS
There is hope in the promise of the cross
You gave everything to save the world You love
And this hope is an anchor for my soul
Our God will stand
Unshakeable

VERSE
Unchanging One
You who was and is to come
Your promise sure
You will not let go

BRIDGE
Your Name is higher
Your Name is greater
All my hope is in You

Your word unfailing
Your promise unshaken
All my hope is in You

Cinderella Released …from ashes to beauty

“Cinderella Released, Take My Hand!”

King kissing hand

This morning during prayer I began to be anxious, and feeling like I wasn’t doing “enough” to get things moving the direction the Lord would have me to go.  He told me to, “stay seated.” When the time was right He said, “I will come and take you by the hand.” He then reminded me of a portion of the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge called Take My Hand, There is a scene near the end of the film Anna and the King I wish I could now play for you.  Let me describe it.

The setting is nineteen-century Siam, a tiny but beautiful Asian country still in the grips of its ancient past.  Anna, an English woman living in Siam as a tutor to the king’s many offspring, has helped King Mangkut prepare for a state dinner.  He wants to show the British that his country is ready to enter into the affairs of the world, so the dinner is given in the English style — silverware, tablecloths, candlelight, and, at the end of the meal, ballroom dancing.

When the east is over and it comes time for the first dance, the king stands and extends his hand to Anna.  He invites her to dance with him.  He fixes his gaze upon her and is distracted by nothing and no one else.  He waits for her response.  She is clearly surprised, taken aback, but has the grace to respond and stand.  As they walk past the long table, the king’s eyes never stray from hers, a smile playing on his lips.  Others are upset that he has chosen her.  Some watch with contempt, others with pleasure.  It is of no consequence to the king or to Anna.

Anna came to the ball prepared.  She was beautiful in a striking gown that shimmered like starlight.  She spent hours getting herself ready — her hair, her dress, her heart.  As they reach the dance floor, Anna expresses her fear of dancing with the King before the yes of others.  

“We wouldn’t want to end up in a heap,” she says.  

His answer to her questioning heart? “I am King. I will lead.”

Jesus is extending his hand to you.  He is inviting you to dance with him.  

He asks, “May I have this dance… every day of your life?”

His gaze is fixed on you.  He is captivated by your beauty.  He is smiling.  He cares nothing of the opinion of others.  He is standing.  He will lead.  He waits for your response.

My lover spoke and said to me,

“Arise, my darling,

my beautiful one, and come with me.” (Song2:10)

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In the service of the King,
Marlene Baggs-Hoenig
Trauma, Stress and Joy Recovery Specialist

Are you “set” for the end times?

I was studying Psalm 2 this afternoon and came across the word “set.”  It is an interesting word.  Image

In this Psalm it speaks of rulers or kingdoms setting themselves up… Wow there is a lot of this happening in our society today…

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Further along in the Psalm it speaks of setting God upon His proper throne… for Christians this means putting God on the throne of our hearts…  Read the Psalm and then read the definition…

Psalm 2

King James Version (KJV)

2 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

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One definition says to stand up against God… kingdoms will come agains God, but then later…it speaks of putting God in the proper place which is also a definition… to stand up for stand by… in this case God….

The closing part of this Psalm speaks of the wisdom and intimacy that will come from seeking the Lord….

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

The following is  a poem I wrote titled: King of Creation:

King of Creation

King of CreationI am His Queen – The King of Creation kisses me full on my mouth with His passionate love.

It’s better than wine, and is worth more than oil.
When He says my name – Creation stops to see….
if I will run into His arms.

Though others scoff me loving the King of Creation, I adore Him.
He ordained me to plant His fields,
to be darkened by the rays of His SON,
to watch over the flocks of the earth.
They are in my tender loving care.

Though I seek Him and sometimes grow weary awaiting His coming,
He desires me to make myself ready for His appearing.

Though He tarry, I must not wane,
in preparing myself to meet Him.

He will come — “Suddenly” to get me.
He loves me, he’ll never leave me alone or forsake me.
I’m His beloved and He is mine.
He is the King of Creation and I am His Queen.

In closing, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Have I not told you I WILL deliver you?  When Daniel realized the 70 years of captivity was almost over he SET his face (standard) with MORE FERVENCY than ever before to SEEK THE LORD!  Daniel 9:2-3