April 10, 2008

My First Blog Give Away

The Lord has led me to give away this book and cd set written by John Bevere as the beginning of my internet fast. The book is titled, "Driven by Eternity" and the cd set is called. " Affabel". Here is the following description taken directly from Messenger International John Bevere's web site. Please visit it, John and Lisa his wife have many wonderful books, dvds, cds and other helps that I highly recommend. You can also hear excerpts from Affabel here Listen to an audio excerpt.

Affabel: Window of Eternity

Join the majestic King Jalyn, the dark lord Dagon, Charity, Independent and others as you explore the wondrous lands of The Kingdom of Affabel, The Community of Endel and the terrible outer limits of Lone! You'll be challenged in the Great Hall - perhaps even shocked - as each character reveals much of YOUR very own heart! Search your deepest feelings as you hear the drama play out!

This audio drama, taken from John Bevere's newest book Driven by Eternity (Warner Faith) will capture your heart and soul as you experience life on "the other side" where eternity is brought into the present and all must stand before the Great King and Judge. Be prepared for a roller coaster ride of joy and sorrow, astonishment and revelation as life-long rewards are bestowed on some and others are bound hand and foot and cast into outer darkness by the Royal Guard!

4CD SET, digitally recorded with a hollywood cast, this riveting audio drama brings characters to life with action, emotion and custom music to complete the exciting production. This story takes you beyond yourself and into a world of other-reality. A place where things are not always as they seem, but truth prevails and your heart will emerge forever changed!

Driven by Eternity
Making Your Life Count Today and Forever

We were made for eternity. This life on earth is but a vapor. Yet too many live as though there is nothing on the other side. Scriptural laws and principles may be applied to achieve success on earth, but are we prepared for eternity? Have we failed to remember we will all stand before the Great Judge of Heaven and Earth?
Scripture tells us there will be various degrees of rewards for believers ranging from those who watch as all they accomplished is devoured in judgment to those who are awarded the privilege to reign with Christ. These judgments will determine how we spend our span of eternity.

Included in this book is a riveting allegory. It takes place in a world similar to our own, yet different. Lord Jalyn is the ruler of the Kingdom of Affabel. You will journey with six of his subjects through their lives, witness their judgment, and see how and where they will spend the rest of their lives. The teaching of this book revolves around the lessons learned from their lives.

The purpose of this book is to reveal an eternal perspective, motivate believers to labor for what endures, as well as, to draw seekers to Salvation and Kingdom living.

I have just finished reading and listening to this set and I have to say that it is truly phenomenal! I have learned so much about the end times and eternity. I had so many questions about the saved and how they would answer to the Lord. This series answered and taught me much!


Since I am going to be away for some time I would like to ask you to blog a little post linking back to my blog with the details of the giveaway, then just leave me a comment and tell me that you would like to have your name entered in the contest and sign in on Mr. Linky linking directly back to the post that you blog about this giveaway and NOT directly to your blog. This will enter you once. No one will be able to see others participating if you link to your blog. After a week they will not be able to even find it!

If you would like to have your name entered in the contest twice I would ask that you visit my other blog Keys of the Kingdom Evangelistic Ministries and chip in any amount that you feel led (with a minimum of $5) to help send my oldest daughter Heaven to South Africa for one month this summer. The chip in button is in the side bar and you pay with paypal. Her testimony is there as well as our pleas for prayer over her and this trip. If you would prefer to mail a donation the address is on the blog. Just be sure to send me an e-mail to let me know of your plans and comment me so that I know your intentions and I can visit your blog upon my return. If you choose to do this just include a link to the Keys of the Kingdom blog with mention of my daughter and her trip with requests for prayer in the same post that you will create above. No need for two separate posts. I have not one but TWO sets of Affabel and the book Driven by Eternity to give away. When I return I will take the time to reply to all e-mails and all comments making sure I have everything correct and then will plan a draw date! Please know that I so appreciate any and all prayers and support.

It's really important for everyone to use Mr. Linky to link back to the NEW POST you create about THIS GIVEAWAY and NOT just back to your blog. I'm not trying to be a stickler but with me being gone for 40 days how will people know about the give away if you guys don't share the information with others?!

Please keep me in your prayers while I am away on this 40 days fast that I have been called into. My new look will be taking place sometimes during my away time so be looking for it! I will be in prayer for all of you as the Lord leads me. I am eager to draw close to Him. Remember to wash in the water of the word!

I came back to add share these words of wisdom from a sweet friend. Read this friends if you would like to go deeper with God read Deeper by Tiffany at The Shame Factor

My fast begins midnight tonight 4-12-08 and will end midnight going into 5-28-08.
Ephesians 5
Walk in Love
1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.
Walk in Light
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:
" Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light."
Walk in Wisdom
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

Thankful Thursday

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

I found this scripture because the Lord had been giving me the verse that says "washing in the water of the word". I had no idea that this scripture was included here with the scripture on Marriage. The Lord has been pouring scripture into me that I know He is wanting me to study. This one hit me pretty hard because as of late I've not been submitting to my husband. Its so hard to submit willing and trustfully without first putting in my two cents and making it clear when I don't agree. Now I'm not saying I shouldn't have input or an opinion but I've crossed the line. My husband honors me. He cherishes me. He loves me just as Christ loves His church. Tony truly desires nothing MORE than he desires for me to trust him. For me to allow him to lead us. For me to say "ok honey, God is leading you so I'll stand beside you in this."

So today I am thankful for my husband. I'm thankful for his patience with me because I know its by the grace of God that he doesn't just simply explode!! I'm thankful for second chances, and thirds, and fourths....I'm thankful for the Lord's gentle nudging and how He always opens my eyes to situations at hand even if I can be slow at realizing it.

I'm thankful for the internet, the blogoshere, my homeschooling boards, my e-mail, my friends, the ministry and every gift from my Father. I'm thankful for the fast the Lord is calling me to. I'm going to miss you all but I'm thankful the Lord is drawing me close to Him. I'm thankful I can ask you all to pray for me! Tomorrow I'm going to post my give away and say a farewell. I will be praying for each of you and looking forward to seeing you when I return. I pray each of you have a wonderfully blessed Thankful Thursday and blessed thankful everydays until we meet again. I love you all!

April 9, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


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April 8, 2008

Divine Appointment

It's so good to be home!!!! We had a great time. We visited Lee University in Cleveland, TN and I have to say that we all absolutely loved it. It was a beautiful place and a wonderful atmosphere. We stayed in Cleveland Thursday and Friday night and after Lee Day was over on Saturday we drove on into Jamestown, TN which was a good 140 more miles. We stayed at a little motel in Jamestown, the only motel in Jamestown I do believe! We visited a dear friend, Jason Kerr a Youth Evangelist who has been speaking all of the world for more than a decade. The Lord has finally called Jason to settle and become a Pastor, a Sheppard of a flock. His church just launched last September and it is growing leaps and bounds.

We had planned to surprise Jason so we hadn't told him of our visit. I didn't rest really well that Saturday night and woke early the next morning. The girls beat me to the shower and I wasn't much of a happy camper and told Tony to take me out and give me time to breathe, cool off and make sure I didn't over react or say anything I would regret. So we rode out early into this little town. Strangely it reminded me so much of where we are from only....smaller. I would have never imagined. The fog was heavily misted over the place and we seen no life and had to wonder if we were even in the right place. Turning onto the road we knew the church should have been on we seen a odd looking fella getting into his car. Tony pulled in and rolled down his window and asked the man if he could direct us to the church we were looking for. The guy knew immediately and replied quite matter of factly , "Jason Kerr's church." Yes that was the one. "Its right there," and he pointed to the building we were parked beside of. The guy told us his name repeatedly, he asked us not to forget it and to tell Jason he had pointed us to the right place. We pulled off and I realized we didn't know where to find breakfast. I told Tony he should have asked that man where the nearest place to eat would be, he agreed and turned around to go back.

Sure enough that odd fella was sitting in his smoky car waiting for it to heat up some before pulling off. Tony asked him if he could tell us where to find a good breakfast and the man replied, "Follow me." We arrived at the Dairy Queen in Jamestown just seconds from where we were and when we were getting out the car Terry was on the phone with Jason's voice mail. Tony tried to tell him that we had planned a surprise for Jason but the cat was already out of the bag! We laughed! How funny it was because Terry had no idea. Jason called Terry back and Tony spoke with him for a moment and then Terry came in and had breakfast with us. Talk about Divine appointment. While our weekend had been nice and we had enjoyed the college it had been uneventful and I had not felt at my best. As everyone knows when mom isn't at her best it prevents everyone else from being at their's and presents an unspoken stress. Something you can't see but is felt.

This was eventful and it excited me.

It was obvious God had led us there and I was amazed that my short temper and intolerable mood had been used to bring us to exactly where the Lord wanted us to be. What a kind reminder of how in control God really is. This odd fella, this man named Terry began to pour out his heart, his struggles. He had been praying and we were the voice God used to speak to him, to answer that prayer. We had grace with him before the meal and afterwards we held hands and we prayed for Terry. Tears were shed as hope filled the air. It had been a long time since I had felt so used by my Father and I loved that He used my unshowered bedhead to comfort someone whom I know would not have been as or even at all comfortable had I been ritzed up as I would be for church. I had a strong feeling that it had been even longer for Terry. The blessing was double, it was two fold.

We hurried back to the hotel and quickly showered and made it to church just before the doors were closed and services began. The presence of God was so strong and of course the message was tailored just for me! It was called, "Obedience vs Rebellion" At the end of the service the Lord spoke to me and I entered into a worship that was so sweet. I spend a lot of time in praise but this was worship and it was another needed reminder of the difference between the two. After the service Jason met with us and asked us to share how in the world we came across Terry. We shared the story and then Jason shared with us. Terry had been the man that had led Jason at the age of 21 to Christ. I was amazed. The world is truly so small and the little things are truly so large. If we could only discern their importance and if we could hear the Lord more clearly we would see such a larger picture and we would know how very important down to even the most minute detail things really are.

The Lord used Jason to speak things we desperately needed to hear about the ministry the Lord has led us into and the place the Lord has us in. Thank-you Father for that answered prayer.

As I looked back over the trip from start to finish I could see the Lord's hand. I was able to remember things I had seen, things I had done, things I had heard and the things I had felt. I was able to have revelation as though a veil was removed and I was able to hear God speaking to me and showing me things and by the end of the trip I was able to put them all together for a full message. Just like a puzzle. The Lord revealed much to me that I had been blind to. I was able to repent, forgive, receive deliverance and come away in a new place with the Lord. A fuller place and I was renewed with reminders that we are ever growing, ever needing and that He is always with us even when we do not feel Him, see Him or hear Him. He is always knocking. This was Divine Training, another revelation.

I can't wait for the Suddenly that I know is coming in our life. The door is getting ready to open.

Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

April 3, 2008

Visiting College Campus

Sorry I haven't been able to participate in Wordless Wednesday or Thankful Thursday this week. I went out of town and stayed in a nice hotel with my mom and the girls. Mom had to take a state board exam and it was easier for us to drive down the day before instead of trying to get up at the crack of dawn and find the place. I'm no morning person anyway so it would have been torture for me! :)

We are headed to visit a college campus that my dear Heaven is looking into this weekend. I won't be back until Sunday or Monday. I'll get around to all of you as soon as I can. I find it sad that it seems as soon as I meet so many new friends I have to be gone so much. I have a lot of things coming up though....

We have been invited to speak in three churches so far in April. Heaven is sharing her testimony, her call into missions and raising funds while sharing the word of God. She graduates in June! Since we have been homeschooling the last 7 years we are planning and implementing her graduation ourselves. We are holding it at our church and I'm having mixed emotions. Emotions ranging from ecstatic happiness to nervous wreck to sad mourning. Her 4 week missions trip to South Africa is in July. Lots of changes!

I am scheduled to have a new blog "do" soon! I'm guessing somewhere within the next two weeks! I can't wait to see what Rebecca at Artistree Blog Designs has in store for me!

Also I am praying and feeling the Lord calling me into some time with Him. I'm having thoughts that this time is going to include fasting and this will most probably include fasting the internet. This is incredibly hard for me and in a lot of ways I think that sounds silly but my home school boards, blogging and myspace are a huge part of my life. They are a huge part of my ministry. I am going to be hosting a give away that will begin before my departure and will end upon my return! This way everyone will have something to look forward to!

I'll be back the beginning of next week! Hugs to all and have a very blessed weekend!