Apr 11, 2016

Lord, Send Me

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives. Isaiah 61:1
These past week I have been studying, praying, and preparing, for my workshop which I will be leading at our Women's Retreat. I have done many workshops, but this one seems the most challenging of them all. I had to write a description of my workshop for the program here it is:

Sistah Soldier.. Basic Training 101 Empowering Women For Spiritual warfare.

Commanding Officer: Jesus Christ
Platoon Leader: Holy Spirit
Training Instructor: Lorie Yocum
A Sistah Soldier does not give-up, she will not turn around, she is a soldier in God’s Army, marching heaven bound.

What does it take to become a Sistah soldier.
What does the Lord require of her
What does she need to be equipped for the battle.
How can she reclaim what rightfully belongs to her, that the enemy has stolen, and held captive for so long.

Together we will find answers to these questions and more.
Empowering you to face each battle with courage and strength.
To make a difference wherever he places you.
A special award awaits those completing their Sistah Soldier basic training 101.

Okay this workshop will be intense, no holding back, I promised the Lord that much, He took me deep into revelations and the holy spirit directed me into places that only he could lead me. The hidden secrets in dark places, I felt his words so deep within as I read his word, telling me this is what was he had been preparing me for. He said you've been trained by experience, tried by adversity, and tested by fire. Now is the time , your time as my servant, for you have been faithful in the little things.

Behold I release you now fully in the spirit of my might and my power to go forth in boldness, this has always been your desire, your soul cries. I heard you and you never gave up on these desires, you never gave up on me, but most important of all you never gave up on you. Go in my strength, have your prayer warriors interceding on your behalf, you are worthy because you are my soldier.

Maybe you are wondering why these words spoke so deeply to my spirit, it's because my desire and passion has always been to minister to women. The Lord paved the way for me to be able to fulfill this desire by allowing me to be involved with some of most broken women I would ever meet. Women of all ages, in prison, homeless, on the streets, those with addictions, or battling mental illnesses, abused physically, emotionally, and in ways that leave her feeling so unworthy, ashamed, and with no self confidence at all.

You see when I asked the Lord to use me to help women, I had no idea he would lead me to minister to these precious women first. I saw myself ministering to women in a nice church setting, or sitting in a lovely living room sipping tea, and being involved with women in ministry committees. But God had other plans and I said okay Lord have your way in my life, send me and I will go.

God knows where we are needed to do his will, and sometimes it will be in places we may not want to be at, or go to, it may be with people we may not feel comfortable being around. I discovered after all these years what the Lord was trying to make me see. These women did not wake up one morning and decide to become addicts, to live on the streets, to be abused, end up in prison, to battle a mental illness, and so forth.

These were women who once lived normal lives, sure majority came from broken homes, or grew up in a bad enviroment. But many of them also came from good homes, grew up in a good neighborhood. They lived in the suburbs, had a family, kids, husbands, and the house with a picket fence. They were involved in their church committees and functions, and yes some were wives, and daughters of pastors. They were also young women who came from respected families, and very well educated.

What changed their lives? well spiritual warfare is real, the enemy is real, he does not discriminate, his mission is to steal, kill and destroy. No one is immune, it knows no boundaries, color, culture, or age, this spiritual battle cannot be fought with earthly weapons. We as women must be equipped and always ready to face the enemy, we must be prepared at all times, for we wrestle not against flesh but the spirit of adversity that comes against us all.

So what is it that God has been preparing me for? To represent him once again in a room full of woman, the only difference is that some of these women will not be from a broken environment. There will be women who may have never experienced such brokenness as the others, or may have never lived in such an environment. But they too have had their share of struggles and issues in life, and I get to share a message of hope with them all. The Lord also prepared me awhile back, because today women very close to my heart are now struggling in these broken places, and I am able to be a support for them today.

My point is that we are all God's creations, he loves us all, he does not discriminate as well. Let's not be so quick to judge, or look down on that sistah who in on the streets, who is homeless, addicted, or experiencing depression or other mental disorders. She is someones daughter child, sister, mother,and wife, but most of all she is a child and daughter of the king.

We need to remember whatever backgrounds we all come from good, or bad, we are all fighting a battle of our own. Let us pray for one another, and unite, as sistah soldiers for the Lord. Coming together in one accord. The battle is not mind or yours, we must stand together and fight the fight, with Jesus Christ the Lord.

I am planning on doing a number of posts regarding spiritual battle.
Next weekend I will be at the retreat, and will share more with you on Sistah Soldiers Basic Training 101, when I get back on Sunday. Pray my strength in the Lord to do what he has prepared me to accomplish for him for such a time as this.




Nov 14, 2012

Everyday Life Is Prayer


Everyday Life is Prayer

Being up with a sick child is prayer

Visiting an elderly parent is prayer
Helping a friend bear grief, or rejoice is prayer.
Nourishing bodies and souls, this, too is prayer.

With every breath, and every heartbeat, we pray.
We pray with desire, longing, hunger, thirst.
With sighs, remorse, regret, disappointment, despair.
Discouragement, even in our anger, rage, jealousy, and envy.
We pray over these emotions we battle each day.

We pray with pleasure, contentment, happiness, exultation,
Joy, gratefulness, appreciation, acceptance, and relief.
We pray when we comfort, cheer, console.
We pray when we laugh, we cry, we work, we play.
Making a meal is prayer.

We pray when we create, and admire creation.
One way or another we pray, everyday life is prayer.
How we conduct it, celebrate it, consecrate it.
Conscious prayers are always the best.
In the purest form prayer is a conversation
Communication, connection, an intimacy.

Pray is a simple conversation with the Lord, you don’t have to hold back, you can say whatever needs to be said, exactly the way you want to say it. You won’t be judged, you won’t risk losing love; You don’t have to phrase your words carefully fearing you’ll be misunderstood, you won’t be misunderstood. Even if you don’t know what you want or need the holy spirit knows what you are about to ask.





The Gift Of Peace

I share this with you in hopes that as you seek to find true inner peace no matter what age you are, for we are never to young or too old to claim the peace that the Lord intends for us to have in not only in our hearts but also in our lives today. This what I have learned in my journey of finding peace through my own personal experience, from a book I was blessed to receive, and studying God's word, and prayer.
To have peace of mind is something that does not happen overnight, it comes over time and part of the steps of entering into this peace consists of letting go of past hurts, anger, and guilt. It’s surrendering oneself to live fully and lovingly in the present with faith in yourself and in the Lord. So many times all that has happened to us during our childhood, teen, and young adult years we continue to carry with us even till today. Not only has our faith been tested but every part of our being.

Sometimes the past can cloud the present and prevent us from seeing tomorrow. Pain, fears, and worries, create noises in our mind and doubt in our heart. We lose precious moments in time when we look backwards too long and keep wondering why. Of course sometimes we need to go back to see what has happened so we can come to terms and make peace with them before we can move forward. But when we constantly look back and dwell there to long , we end up missing the joys and moments of today. I have discovered the three parts of me… which represents the different phases in my life.

The Me of yesterday Who allowed the hurt and pain of old memories , keep me from making the best of my life.

The “Me” of today… This is what it is, who I am today, and how fully living my life in the present allows true personal growth, and peace of mind, and room to grow. The past is gone, and future is yet to be.

The “Me” of tomorrow… This is the hopeful part of me, you see, I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds my tomorrows.

I have allowed myself to receive the greatest gift of all which is… The peace of mind to let go of the past, live in the present, and let tomorrow be.

I Surrender All

I find myself scribbling my thoughts in the wee hours of the morning. This was one of many I had written down during my journey with the Lord. I was going through some of my writings tonight, and it was as if the Lord led me back to this particular one. Oh how well my Father knows me, maybe there is something that is still lingering in my soul that I still need to surrender to him. I have asked him tonight to reveal it to me, just as the words of my favorite hymn says, All to thee my precious savior I surrender all.

My Journal Entry...
I was getting ready for bed, It’s after midnight this seems to be the hours of openness and receiving for me so… I received once more.. not holding anything back as my soul cries out for courage and strength. I think this is the deepest I have ever allowed the Lord to come down to this part of my soul. The places of my inner most cries, not quite ready to allow him fully into a few areas yet but… he waits as he always does so patiently and listens to those cries within . I know he cries as well with that part of me, he longs so much to reach down and embrace me in that place deep within. He knows I’m not quite ready to release them fully. I myself do not know all what my soul needs to let go of , but I am assured it will be okay when the time comes, I am assured. As I take this journey with the Lord I find that I would not change a thing, besides it’s not mine to change. It is a soul cry and my soul had her way, the holy spirit had his way, we embraced and I was comforted. Lookin back over this entry I see how far I have grown in my trust of letting go and letting the Lord have his way even more in my life. My gentle and patient father waited till I was ready to allow him into the areas of my life that once was off limits, yet he already knew what was in those off limits places in my soul. He lovingly waited till I was ready and he entered in.

Oct 24, 2012


       

In the flight of night, angels come down to earth
There are duties to be fulfilled, miracles to work.

In the flight of night, they come to comfort the sick
To pray for the broken hearted, hopeless, and weak.
To watch over each one, that someone is praying for
The addict, runaway child, or a disease with no cure.
 
God sends his angels; one by one he assigns each one
They closely listen, to all that he says must be done.

Each person has a  special angel, watching over them
From the time they are born and until their life ends.

Thank God for his angels so obedient and faithful
We appreciate each one, and we are forever grateful.

That his angels are always with us and they truly care...
Be careful you might be entertaining angels unaware.

Written By: Lorie A. Yocum © 2012