Declaration & Healthy Living for the Week

Declaration: I am valuable. (Luke 12:29)

So I’ve decided to change “Declaration & Exercise of the Week,” to “Declaration & Healthy Living of the Week.” The title is a bit longer; but it will continue to include declarations, as well as, exercise, recipes, humor and other things related to living a healthy lifestyle.

I tore two menisci in college; after tearing my ACL in high school. The doctor told me that I would have arthritis by the time that I was forty. Before I could even think about it, I boldly declared: “No I won’t!” Fast forward all of these years later, I’m beyond 40 and arthritis free. Praise YHWH! What I didn’t know at the time was that I would go on a journey of learning how to eat in a way that was best for my body. I became a vegetarian, progressed to vegan, and finally to raw-food vegan. During all of my pregnancies, I returned to meat (chicken and fish); and continued eating it until even after my last pregnancy. Since dropping the meat from my diet, I am feeling SO much better overall. My next thing that I’m going to tackle is my sugar cravings. It is SO bad for us. I knew it in my head; but I just ignored. I felt a tug in my heart that it was time to get back on track with my eating habits; so I’m yielding to obedience.

My husband and I were talking a couple days ago after he cleaned his home office. To give you a little background. He is an extremely neat and organized person; but for a while, his home office was disorganized. His other offices and car were still in immaculate condition; so I wondered why; but never said anything about it. He told me that the Holy Spirit revealed to him why this one place in his life was out of order. A deal that he was making fell through while he was in the home office; and it brought disordered thinking for him. God told him to clean it up; and so he did.

I got to thinking about the disordered places in my life. I could see that it was my diet. I’ve always been a disciplined person; but after my last baby; I started to feel a bit overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure how homeschool was going to workout. I didn’t know what the new morning and night time routines would look like. I didn’t know what my new sleep routine would be. I just had a lot of unknowns. By YHWH’s grace, we got into a new routine. Homeschool worked itself out. I adjusted to my new sleep routine.  However, when I did meal planning; I only did it for the way that my husband eats; and not the way that I ate. So without a plan, I was just eating what was there. I began noticing that I wasn’t feeling as well as I had always felt. So, it was time to make a change. I’m grateful to the Holy Spirit for loving me so much, to remind me of my value. Yeshua died for me to have excellent health. That’s a hefty price to pay; but it was well worth it to Him.

What’s an area of your life that the Father is nudging you to change or improve?  Below is a picture of one of my favorite simple salads. It’s made up of spinach, cucumber, tomato, avocado and raisins. Have an excellent rest of your week!

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I stand for the Righteousness of the Most High

Abortion – the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.

Termination – the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.

Murder – the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.

Homicide – the deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another; murder.

Abort – to cause something to stop or fail before it begins or before it’s complete (Cambridge Dictionary)

I googled the above words this morning; because I believe I heard YHWH (God) say: Abortion is a spirit. With abortion came not only the death of babies; but also the death of destinies. Everything that we do has ramifications. It doesn’t only affect one thing or person. It affects households, cities, nations and generations. Abortion is a spirit of murder and sacrifice that seeks to abort (or stop) the performance of YHWH’s will in the earth. It was around during the time of Nimrod and baby Abraham, Pharaoh and baby Moses, as well as Herod and baby Yeshua (Jesus).  All of these mass murders became lawful; because of the fear of those in leadership. None of the leaders wanted their leadership challenged or overthrown. Look at the impact that Abraham, Moses and Yeshua made in the lives of the people in the earth during their time; and even now, that is still affecting people this very day. People were able to live a life of freedom and reach their destinies, because of the birth and lives of Abraham, Moses and Yeshua.

The enemy will ALWAYS try to hinder or block the will of YHWH; but YHWH has given the church (the people who understand His identity; as well as their own) power over all power and plans of the enemy.  He said in Matthew 16: 18 &19 (AMP) – And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades (death) will not overpower it [by preventing the resurrection of the Christ]. 19 I will give you the keys (authority) of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth will have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth will have [already] been loosed in heaven.”

So we are assured by Yeshua that we (the church):

  1. Cannot be overpowered
  2. Are in possession of authority of the kingdom of heaven
  3. Have the ability to forbid and declare things improper and unlawful on earth; which are already improper and and unlawful in heaven
  4.  Permit and declare lawful, things on earth that are already lawful in heaven.

The church is very powerful. It’s time for us to walk in the power ensured to us by Yeshua. There should be a major distinction between the church; and the world. There should be no resemblance of the people of YHWH, to those who are not of YHWH. Just as there is no resemblance between YHWH and satan; there should be none between their children. In John 8:44 (NIV), Yeshua said: You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. In verse 47, He said:  Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. YHWH and satan are not saying the same thing. With this in mind, understand that YHWH is all about life. Abortion is about death.  Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV) says: This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The last verse that I have in support of choosing the will of YHWH is: Proverbs 6:16 & 17 (MSG): Here are six things God hates,
and one more that he loathes with a passion:eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies,
hands that murder the innocent.

This post is not intended to condemn anyone. If you’ve ever had an abortion, YHWH’s grace is more than enough. This post is to encourage YHWH’s people to align with Him for His will to be brought about in the earth. We are here to express His goodness in the earth; and to be a blessing to the people. YHWH has great plans for all of us (Jeremiah 29:11). Let’s humble ourselves and seek Him. His heart’s desire is to bless our nations. I took it personally when the abortion bill was passed in my state (NY) last year. It grieved me at the core of my being. I cried out to YHWH on behalf of the babies; and I have been in prayer about it ever since. I know that YHWH hears my prayers; and I fully expect for abortion to be abolished in this nation. I also believe that people will grasp their true identities in Messiah (Christ) and reach their destinies. Who are the other believers who are using their authority and standing up for the righteousness of YHWH in our nation (and the earth)? Who sees through the lies of the enemy and is boldly declaring Abortion is unlawful and I will no longer tolerate it! Righteousness WILL prevail!

 

 

 

 

Where do you live?

Reserved parking

As I was sitting outside of the Music Academy yesterday, waiting for my son’s piano lesson to end, my attention was drawn to the Reserved Parking sign above. I thought about a prophecy that the Father had given to my husband and me more than a few years ago. What God said that He would do in our lives took a lot of faith. I remember driving in our downtown area one day; and I said to God: How can I believe you for that, when I can’t even believe for a parking space? It was at that moment that I knew that that would be my starting point for building and exercising my faith in His abilities. I had started to believe God for close parking spaces wherever I went. I wasn’t being lazy. I just had a bunch of small kids; so closer was better in my line of thinking. Every where I would go, I began to get close parking spaces. It didn’t matter if the place was packed. There was nearly ALWAYS a close parking space for me. It happened so regularly that other moms who went to the same programs that I took my children to, expected me to always be parked close.

As I focused on this sign, I began to see that because I am a citizen (or tenant) of the Kingdom of Heaven, there is  ALWAYS a reserved parking space for me wherever I go. Earlier this week, I was thinking about how there have been a number of  powerful and ruling  kingdoms in the earth that have come and gone; but the Kingdom of Heaven, introduced to us by Yeshua, is the most powerful kingdom and it will forever stand (Daniel 2:44). Although our physical bodies live on the earth, our spirit man is seated in heavenly places with Yeshua Messiah (Ephesians 2:6). As people of God, it is of great benefit to live from and by our spirit; rather than by our physical senses. Remember that we are spirits with souls, that live in a body; which means we should be living from the inside out; and not the outside in.

God’s Dependable Word

Yesterday, I had loaded the kids into the car to take them to swim lessons. Well, my car didn’t move. The wheels spun around and around. I sat there and prayed. I then got out  and looked under the tires; only to discover that there was a sheet of ice under them. I  put sand under the tires; then got back in, to try and pull off. Nothing! The wheels continued to spin. After about 20 minutes of trying to figure out how to get this car to move, I asked the Holy Spirit. What do I do? I heard:” Speak to it.” I got out of the car. I pointed to my car and said: “In the name of Yeshua, I command you to back out gently.” I sat back in the car and waited a few minutes.  I then put the car in reverse and pressed the gas. Nothing happened. I just started praising God; because I knew I heard His voice; and that the enemy was trying to bring doubt. I gently pressed on the gas; and the car went in reverse; and I was able to get the kids to swim lessons.

The previous night, I had been meditating on Mark 11:23 (NIV) – “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” An opportunity presented itself for me to apply the very thing that I’d been meditating on the night before. At that moment, that situation was a mountain to me. My husband wasn’t home; and neither was my very helpful neighbor. I just praise God for His wisdom and the trustworthiness of His word!

January – A Month of Blessings

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God is so worthy of all of the praises, all the time! I just praise & thank Him for a fruitful start to this year! I thank Yeshua/Jesus for His faithfulness; and for the honor of being His daughter. As you read this post, it is my prayer that you are encouraged and inspired to believe God for both small and big things; as well  as trust beyond all shadows of doubt that He is faithful to His word. He doesn’t withhold any good thing from us (Psalm 84:11); and he delights in seeing us prosper (Psalm 35:27). The first couple days of the year started out with my children receiving some blessings. I am still so incredibly grateful with how God manifests Himself to them. My eldest son wanted four specific fruits on the first day of the year. As God would have it, the doorbell rang. My mom showed up with a bag filled with the exact four fruits that my son wanted; as well as a generous financial blessing, for an outing to the movies. The next day, my husband showed up with a brand new deep freezer. I was one happy lady!! We took our annual little staycation at our local indoor water park; and we all had a great time!

Every week, God’s abundant goodness has been manifesting in our lives. My family and I had been believing God for a 6-seat  airplane. As God always does, He gave us more than we asked for. Not only did we receive our airplane (it actually has 7 seats); He also gave us a new divinely appointed friendship; as a result of the transaction. That is a whole other testimony that needs it’s own post. I decided to go back to a plant-based diet, after being away from it for about 2 years; and I feel SOOOOO much better!

Aside from personal blessings, I’m deeply grateful to God for how He’s watching over the president; and is continuing to put things in order to prosper this nation. President Trump was the first president to give a speech at the March for Life rally. Despite all of the opposition that’s coming against him, he has continued to put things in order, to position our nation to prosper. I thank God that I have honored my commitment to keep our leaders and nation in prayer during the month of January; and will continue on. I’m truly encouraged by the prophecies that God has been speaking through His mouth pieces. The nation might look divided and out of sorts; but the people who are called by His name are humbling themselves, praying and seeking His face. Praise God! How has your January been? What are you trusting God for in February? Have an EXCELLENT rest of your weekend and I’ll be seeing you around the blog!

PUSH!

The poem below is based on Proverbs 13:12 & 1 Corinthians 15:57

Proverbs 13:12 (MSG) – Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.

Proverbs 13:12 (TPT) – When hope’s dream seems to drag on and on, the delay can be depressing. But when at last your dream comes true, life’s sweetness will satisfy your soul.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (AMP) but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The title of this poem is PUSH, because that’s what women do, who are about to deliver a baby. The day before my first child was born, my very good friend Angel called me and said: “I feel like I need to tell you this: When you get to the point where you feel like you can’t go on, the baby is about to come.” The very next day, my water broke; and I went to the hospital to have my baby. I got to that point when I felt like I couldn’t go on and like the baby would never come. At that point, Angel’s words flooded my mind; and with one big push, my baby came completely out!

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My midwife and nurse were shocked because it was my first pregnancy and they told me that it usually takes a while for the baby to come. This taught me a valuable lesson: you MUST ALWAYS listen to the voice within…no matter what the experts or anyone else says. I also learned that all that I needed to birth my baby was already on the inside of me. I didn’t need to ask anyone anything. I simply listened for the voice of God.

Angel’s words have stuck with me through each of my four deliveries and throughout other challenges in life. If you are in a pushing season, rejoice! Your victory is near!

 

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Dreams dashed over and over again,

Makes you feel like you’ll never ever win…

hopelessness and depression,

Seeks to drag you down,

But something inside

Says you won’t drown.

You renew your mind,

With God’s encouraging word,

No matter how outlandish or absurd…

Your dream may be;

That’s in your heart,

You saw the end, from the very start.

You pray, you push, and push on through,

Because you know that God promised

the victory to you.

Breakthrough has come!

Your victory is here,

Because you held to the promise,

When it didn’t seem near.

Praise God today and forever more,

For the victory that has

always been yours!

Partnering with God

In 2016, I went to the polls to vote. I had no intentions of voting for Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump. I was going to write in the name of a person who I thought would make a great president. As far as I was concerned, neither were deserving of my vote. To my surprise, I heard a voice (almost audibly) say “Trump.” I was like, ohhh nooooo…..I MUST be hearing things. My mind then went back to a story in a book that my husband and I read years earlier, about how Trump had paid off a man’s mortgage; because the man had stopped to fix a flat on his limo…..or something to that effect. I knew the all too familiar voice; so I voted for Trump. No one was more shocked than me. I was almost too embarrassed to tell anyone …even my husband. Come to find out, my husband was also lead to vote for Trump. It was at this point that I knew beyond all shadows of doubt that this was a God thing. We waited up to see the result of the election; and were cautiously happy about the result.

For the next few weeks or so, I poured myself into doing my own research on then President-elect Trump. I went through books, watched documentaries and videos, looked up prophecies concerning our nation and this particular man. I realized that the picture painted by the media and what I had found; were almost completely opposite. 1 Samuel 16:7 says man looks at the outward appearance; but God looks at the heart. Trump ran for president because he did not like the direction in which the country was moving. He got together with some pastors to pray about running for office in 2008; but he learned that it was not the right time. Then after He sought the Lord again, and it was revealed to him to run for office in the 2016 election.

I support President Trump because I believe that He is appointed by God. Romans 13:1 says: Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.  Though he might not say or tweet things that are politically correct; or that I’m necessarily in agreement with, it doesn’t make him a Godless or immoral man. His background might not be as stellar as some may think it should be; but SO WHAT??? I’ve yet to meet a person without sin, transgression or iniquity.  If people were perfect, there would be no need for Jesus/Yeshua. Moses was a murderer; but that did not impede His call to lead the Children of Israel out of captivity. If I’m being totally transparent, I need not look outside of my own life. There are things in my past and areas in my life that are less than perfect; but it does not stop me from doing and being who God has called me to be.

Second, 1 Timothy 2: 1-2 says: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. Also Proverbs 21:1 (ESV) states: The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord, He turns it wherever He will.  As true believers, our resolve should be to obey the word of God above our fickle feelings and emotions. God omniscient. When we don’t trust and obey God, we are idolizing our own thoughts and feelings.

Third, in an interview that I watched of him, the interviewer asked him what he wanted his legacy as president to be; to which he responded: “I want to be known as the president who prayed the most.” Colossians 4:2 (NIV) states: Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Fourth, He restricted access to abortion. I know that this is a HIGHLY emotional and therefore, controversial topic. I’m not here to condemn any one. God’s grace is sufficient for all of us; no matter what we’ve done.  I’m simply stating facts and spiritual truths. Proverbs 6:16 – 19 (AMP) says: These six things the Lord hates; Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him: 17  A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that creates wicked plans, Feet that run swiftly to evil, 19 A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths], And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers. I have learned that when God tells us not to do something, it’s for our own good. He doesn’t want us to suffer unnecessarily; nor does He want the flow of our blessings to be obstructed. I think it most interesting that the above mentioned verse lists the THINGS that God’s hate; instead of the people who have done these things. Many years ago when I attended my Montessori Teacher training, I was taught to separate the child from the behavior. In other words, the child IS NOT the behavior. This is how God is with us. Anyway, let’s continue on.

Fifth, He recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and made plans to have the U.S. embassy moved there. Psalm 122:6 (NKJV) says: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Psalm 48:2 (ERV): His city is such a pleasant place. It brings joy to people from around the world. Mount Zion is the true mountain of God. It is the city of the great King. By doing this, he put our nation in a position to prosper.

Finally, witches have gathered on a number of occasions to curse and put hexes on President Trump. Satan doesn’t come against his own kingdom. He comes against the kingdom of God. Deuteronomy 18:9-12 (MSG) says: When you enter the land that God, your God is giving you, don’t take on the abominable ways of life of the nations there. Don’t you dare sacrifice your son or daughter in the fire. Don’t practice divination, sorcery, fortunetelling, witchery, casting spells, holding séances, or channeling with the dead. People who do these things are an abomination to God. It’s because of just such abominable practices that God, your God, is driving these nations out before you.

Matthew 12:25-28 (ERV) says: Jesus knew what the Pharisees were thinking. So he said to them, “Every kingdom that fights against itself will be destroyed. And every city or family that is divided against itself will not survive. 26 So if Satan forces out his own demons, then he is fighting against himself, and his kingdom will not survive. 27 You say that I use the power of Satan to force out demons. If that is true, then what power do your people use when they force out demons? So your own people will prove that you are wrong. 28 But I use the power of God’s Spirit to force out demons, and this shows that God’s kingdom has come to you.

In conclusion, I pray that if you’re a believer, you will recognize what and who is of God; as well as partner with Him and His agenda for our nation; rather than opinions, emotions and the high thoughts of today. Remember, that God loves us. He loves people. He loves our nation. He loves to bless us; but we can halt His blessings in our lives if we are not in alignment with His will. Amos 3:7 (NIV) says: Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. Just as God has prophets that He speaks to and through, satan also has his prophets and people who he speaks through (remember Elijah and the prophets of baal). The next time you’re listening to the news or a partisan debate, ask yourself: “Is this the voice of God?” or “Does this align with the voice of God?” If your answer is no, you’ll have to make a decision on whether or not to eliminate that voice in your life. As always, have an EXCELLENT week and I’ll see you around the blogosphere!