Morning Glories-devotional

We had all been talking about our morning rituals, so when my Pastor told me about his morning ritual of “doing his morning glories” I thought, “What a lovely thing to call your morning devotions.”  I said to him, “So, that’s what you call your morning devotions?” He looked at me puzzled, then with a smile said, “No, Sister, I go to the porch to trim my morning-glory flowers.”  Well, we all got a good laugh out of that, but the term “morning glories” has stuck with me ever since. That is why I would like to call my new devotional page, “Morning Glories Devotions”, in honor of my Pastor, Juan Tapia.

Days of Elijah

“I have offered this generation of youth the honor of being warriors in this end age.” That was the good news…the bad news…many aren’t ready. And why is that? Why are many of them not ready? Well, part of the answer God spoke to me was this, “Many of those that were called to be my warriors have put aside their armor to play and frolic and dance and eat and sing and worship their own type of golden calf. Though I called to them, they shut their ears to me, for they were unwilling to pay the price of being called and separated unto me.” What is that price? It is Holy Sanctification or Consecration. The basic definition of sanctification is this: Dictionaries – Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology – Sanctification “Sanctification…To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer….In the theological sense, things are sanctified when they are used for the purpose God intends. A human being is sanctified, therefore, when he or she lives according to God’s design and purpose.” “Oswald Chambers wrote in “My Utmost for His Highest”, “Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s …

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The Holy Wait

I said to Jesus, “What would I give you for Christmas if I could give you something?” I thought on it, then said, “I would give you a beautiful, cleansed temple.” I had been thinking about Christmas and was still puzzling over what to get for a couple of gifts yet. I had just asked God to help me think of the right gifts and it had gotten me thinking. I said to Jesus, “What would I give you for Christmas if I could give you something?” I thought on it, then said, “I would give you a beautiful, cleansed temple.” By this, I meant my own spirit, soul and flesh.  (1 Corinthians 6:19,20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.) You know how one thought leads to another, sometimes leading down a rabbit hole of epic proportions? Well, this made me think about the fact that I was still a work in progress that the beautifying and cleansing of my temple wouldn’t happen …

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I’ll Meet You in the Morning

“I guess I’ll be seeing a lot of sunrises”…I was on the couch with my freshly brewed coffee, looking out my East window at the pink sky of sunrise. I was thinking about the fact that God had asked me to meet Him daily at sunrise to listen for his voice. He had reiterated this morning his need to speak to me early, saying, “The spirit realm and your fleshly spirit become very active shortly after the sun rises and it becomes more and more difficult for you to hear my voice without confusion and conflict.” Prior to this I had always waited until after I was finished praying and reading my Bible to listen for God’s voice. The fact that I didn’t always get up super early sometimes put my time to listen for God’s voice well into the full swing of morning. I can attest to the fact that the later it gets the more restless and impatient I become and the busier the street becomes outside my window and the more distractions there are. God has had much to say to me about my time management.  Some time ago he spoke to me of, “the life-blood” of the day passing. He also called it …

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Evening Before the Dawn

“But…the muscles of your knees will atrophy!” The horrified look on the face of one of the Radiologists I worked for, said it all. I had run into this fine musculoskeletal radiologist in a back hallway of the medical institution I worked for. I didn’t usually work in this area, so we had not bumped into each other for a very long time. I was using crutches and he had asked me what I had done to myself. I had explained to him that my knees had become bone on bone and I could no longer walk without a great deal of pain. He had asked if I was getting my knees replaced soon, but my answer back to him had astounded him. I had told him that I had been approved for bilateral knee replacements, but didn’t feel I needed them yet. I had said that I thought I could get by like I was and was OK with simply using crutches until I could no longer make that work. It was then that he blurted out that the muscles of my knees would atrophy if they weren’t used. As soon as it was out of his mouth, he realized that what …

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Marching While You Wait

The piercing whistle of the drum major signaled the drummers to transition from a marching cadence to the intro of the next song. Instruments were snapped up and the music began to blast forth with confidence. The sound of marching was no longer heard over the song being performed. Knees were raised to a predetermined height and feet were stepping in precision.  Once again the drum major signalled, this time indicating a parade right. As each member of the marching band reached the correct spot, they spun on the correct foot, and turned sharply. This was followed by another parade formation, followed by a new drum cadence, followed by more whistles from the drum major, followed by another song. All of this…and the band was in the same half a block as when they started, waiting for the signal to move forward into the parade. The band was ready. They were prepared, but they were waiting for the signal to move forward. Until the signal was given, they practiced and perfected their formations and routines until they were ready to step forward, into the moving parade with flawless precision. Each individual band member had invested a great deal of time, energy and …

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Morning Glories

“I like to get up very early in the morning sister, while it is quiet and well before my household stirs. I like to enjoy my time with God in peaceful solitude.” My pastor continued speaking, his Bolivian accent flavoring his words, “When it is nice out, I like to take my coffee and go to the back porch and do my morning glories.” We had all been talking about our morning rituals, so when my Pastor told me about his morning ritual of “doing his morning glories” I thought, “What a lovely thing to call your morning devotions.”  I said to him, “So, that’s what you call your morning devotions?” He looked at me puzzled, then with a smile said, “No, Sister, I go to the porch to trim my morning glory flowers.”  Well, we all got a good laugh out of that, but the term “morning glories” has stuck with me ever since. That is why I would like to call my new devotional page, “Morning Glories Devotions”, in honor of my Pastor, Juan Tapia. I asked pastor Tapia for his permission to do this and this was his answer. “That will not only be fine, but an honor sister.  Go ahead with it, and when you become …

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Season of Peace

When the The Potter needs a vessel, sometimes the clay has to go back on the wheel and have the imperfections kneaded out of it…then it goes into the hot oven and is baked until it’s strong.

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Bearing Witness; My Uncut Hair

I was praying. Tears were streaming down my face as I let my long hair down and draped it over my hands.  I studied it carefully, noticing the deep browns and the glistening auburn where the sun was shining on it. I pulled the length of it through my hand, then I held it out and studied the varying shades from the ends upward.

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