Wordless Wednesday…Be Still

Psalm 46:10a, “Be still and know that I am God…”

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With the noise of life all around us, it is a true benefit as hard as it may be, to pull away from it all and get quiet before the Lord. Psalm 46 begins with the words, “God is our refuge…!” That is the place where we need to find ourselves…in God.

Bring all things to the very one who can handle it …all.

Come before the one who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we could ask or think and just be still.

Listen, hear His voice, hear His heart beat. Then go encouraged, revived, assured, obedient.

He’ll lead you. He’ll guide you. He’ll strengthen you.

So come. Be still. Whisper a prayer and believe.

Lord, thank You for being our God who knows, sees, hears, loves and cares. Lord, You do it all. Thank You for being our refuge in times of need; our strong tower against the tempest of life’s ups and downs. Right now touch every heart, every mind, every situation and circumstance. Put Your divine balm of healing and deliverance upon all that is brought before You. Move on behalf of every whispered prayer. Every thought. Every worry and every concern. Thank You Lord that in You we can have peace in the midst of the busyness of life. Help us to still ourselves in You and let You have Your way in what seems to be so controlling or so out of control. Bring order, wholeness and calm to our world; to our lives; to our hearts. Help us to rest, believe and rely on You.

Thank You most gracious God for being there…right when we need. In Jesus’ name…Amen!!

Love and Great Peace, Kulia

Wordless Wednesday…Stepping Out

Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”

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There may be times in our lives that we find ourselves hesitant to move, go forward or try new things. With advancement comes new responsibilities, adventure or even unexpected breakthrough!! You just don’t know what lies ahead…until you go forth.

Success or not. God is with you. Be encouraged knowing that our steps are ordered by the Lord. The next verse in the passage states, “though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with His hands.”

Go for it! Step out!

God is with you!

God is for you!

Either way it goes…God’s got you!!

Father in the name of Jesus, I pray that you pour out Your Spirit of grace, mercy and love. Allow boldness, confidence and courage to fill the heart of each individual who calls on Your name. Birth a courageous spirit out of the inner man. Allow the privilege of living to their highest potential.

In You and for Your Glory help us to live the life of abundance that Christ has provided for us.

Today Lord, our hearts release whispers of prayer to step out!!

Blessings, Kulia

Wordless Wednesday…You’re Not Alone

Psalm 35:1, “Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.”

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Sometimes you may feel that no one understands or that no one cares, but let me remind you of Your Heavenly Father who hears, sees and cares!!

You’re Not Alone!!

He is there listening, seeing and orchestrating. Trust His timing and know He has everything in control. Any thing that seems to be working out for bad, He’ll turn it around for your good. Be patient. Encourage yourself. Put it all in His care.

Whisper a word of prayer from your heart to His ear. He is there for you when no one else seems to be. And because He is…

You’re Never Alone!!

Father God, touch the depths of hearts today. Heal any unspoken concerns, hurts or worries. Saturate from the core to the surface with Your unconditional love and Your merciful grace.

In Your Son Jesus’ name…Amen!!

Blessings and Great Peace to your soul, Kulia

Wordless Wednesday…Stir It Up!!

1 Timothy 1:6, “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”

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You’ve made it through another day, another week, another month!! Now you feel the weight of all that you went through and you’re tired with the thought that it is only going to begin again. But you did it! You’ve done it! You’ve come through it. And yes, you can do it again!

Reach down from within and draw from the secret place of the spirit of God on the inside of you. He’s there. He’s your energy. He’s your strength. He’s your joy.

Whisper a prayer to Him of all that you need and then begin to give Him thanks for all that you have come through. Release yourself to Him and allow the peace of living waters to flow over your mind, heart and soul.

Stir it up and be refreshed!!

Today is a new day!

Father, bless all who turn to you today with exactly what they have need of. Bless them supernaturally and revive their passion for life and purpose.

In Jesus’ name…Amen!!

Wordless Wednesday…Keep Going

Isaiah 59:1, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.”

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No matter what is going on in your life today, no matter what it may look like be encouraged to know that the Lord God Almighty is truly sovereign and is in control. All is going to be okay and turn out just fine. Hang on. Hang in there. Don’t give up.

Come before the Father in prayer. Whisper to Him just what is stirring in your heart and know He hears you. Know that He cares. Know that He is working it all out for your good.

Great is our God and Great is His faithfulness toward us.

Don’t stop. Keep going. Rest assure you’ll make it through.

“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

Love and Blessings richly in abundance, Kulia

The Lord is Near…

IMG_1932Have you ever felt like you are in the middle of a wide open field and at any moment a strong wind could carry you away, a giant boulder could fall and crush you or a large hole in the earth could open and swallow you up. Sounds kinda cartoonish, but the reality is that those type feelings sometimes arise within us and are very real. Therein lies the trouble. Those are just feelings and emotions, but we sometimes are led by them and forget the fact that…

The Lord is near!

God is our refuge and our strength! He is our present help in the time of any trouble, pain, disappointment or uncertainty. We can get mixed up, turned around and flipped upside down, but God Almighty never is shaken or moved. He is our rock, our portion and our stay. Even on top of that, He will gently and lovingly remind us in the midst of life that “my child…

The Lord is near!”

So while having that feeling of being in the midst of the field with the wind, the boulder or the hole that at any moment you could be taken over be ever so mindful that..

The Lord is near!

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“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.”

Gracious God and Father, I thank You for being the Loving God and Father You are. I thank You that even though You sit high and look low You have made it possible for us to be ever in Your presence. Only You could do that. Thank You!! You have made it possible for us to feel Your presence and to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that You are with us. You are omnipresent. Everywhere all at once.

Thank You for being near!

Cover every heart. Strengthen every mind. Shield every life from destruction whether it comes from within or without. Make Your love known to those who look to You today in a very special and tender way. Thanks be unto You for what You already do and provide for us. It is just that sometimes Lord, life stirs and things come into play that take it’s toil. Bring peace in abundance now to the atmosphere. Bring hope to the one whose energy has been drained by the facts of life. Turn things around and make good come out of bad. Cause victory to arise out of defeat. Manifest strength to overpower weakness and joy to flow from a heavy burdened heart.

Only You Lord God can do the miraculous. Do it today Lord in someone’s life. Out of all that may be going on in life, heart and mind reach way down in the midst of situation and circumstance and bring forth transformation of the glorious kind!! Thank You in advance for Your time and attention; for Your love and grace; for Your faithfulness and mercy; for Your timeless patience and unending kindness towards us. Thank You for the strength to go on and the mind to be hopeful. Thank You dear Heavenly Father for always being there and reminding us that…

The Lord is near!!

To You our God be Glory, Honor and Praise!!

In Jesus’ precious name…Amen!!!

Love and Great Blessings, Kulia

Press In…

IMG_8238There are times in our lives when we have to step back and take a moment to regroup, re-evaluate and eventually as tough as it may sometimes be…

Press in!!

Life by design is often times just that way. I am thankful for the spaces of times and opportunities to be able to adjust. Yet, there are those times when we are going through a season or circumstance that life does not afford that to us.

When you can, take advantage and make the most out of those opportunities. Don’t beat yourself up when you have to change. Don’t feel condemned or as if you have failed in someway. Just step back, restructure, do what it takes then…

Press in!!

With all your might, Press in.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had committed to go on the Daniel Fast for the next 21 days. Well, today is somewhat over the half way mark. 9 more days to go!! Because it is midway through I stopped to make an assessment. Actually, my heart was stirring and the correction or re-evaluation came by the spirit of God that I am so trying to be sensitive to.

First, I must say that the time on the fast has been an excellent experience. Spiritual discipline always always always has its rewards. This time is no different. On the beginning of the second week I had certain things come forth to change my intensity in the fast. I had a distracting feeling of being within my comfort zone within the fast. Fasting is something that I have done before and I know the things I had planned to position myself for growth, discipline and time in the presence of God. Yet, there was something that crept up inside that was draining my enthusiasm and energy. It wasn’t the lack of foods I’m use to; It wasn’t the focus of more time in the Word and prayer; It wasn’t the discipline of going to bed at a decent time…finally!

It wound up being the drain of the enemies lies in my ears that what I was doing, gaining and embarking upon was a waste of my time. “What are you doing? Are you really making a difference? You really could put your efforts on other things that need to be accomplished.” Dart after dart came flying in almost undetected. But God intercepted and made what the devil meant for bad into something that now is great. God caused me to realize I needed to…

Press in!!

My level of commitment needed to increase from what I was doing. Again, I needed to go further than what I’ve known my fast to be. I’m not the same person I used to be and I can’t operate where I use to operate. So now several steps I’m taking to change in regards to the fast in order to press in are:

  • two meals of day instead of three
  • no snacks
  • and a one day water fast within the remaining week of the Daniel Fast

The Daniel Fast is already restricting, but I need to increase the intensity of what I do. These were the things that came to me to do. Afflict the body to strengthen the inner man. It hasn’t been easy, but I have developed quite a collection of food combinations, recipes and ways to follow the guidelines and be satisfied. So even with all the adjustments and healthy choices, I had to ask myself “where is the sacrifice?” For me, I had developed a comfort zone that I needed to break out of.

Remember, this is about “My Daniel Fast Journey” and what the Lord has dealt with me about. It doesn’t reflect anyone else. It is a little challenging to even share some of the things. But Praise God I have disciplined myself even in that area and shared from my experience. You can find daily postings on the blog “JournalsWithin.” I gain so much but can only share a little. Due to time, space, your attention span and my willingness to totally expose so many lessons, revelations and corrections from the Lord. It is a very personal time, but hopefully what is shared is inspiring. I know I am truly inspired by what others have shared on their fasting journey. 21 days that will be life altering. Hope you will be able to stop by and read some of the postings on JournalsWithin.

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Here are a few of the food items I prepare to give you an idea and maybe even try:

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One of my favorites: Sauteed peas, mushrooms, onions and tofu

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Another favorite: homemade corn tortillas with stir fried cabbage, onion, carrots and tofu along with salsa and avocado slices. Served with corn

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What I call Veggie Tomato Pasta with homemade whole wheat tortillas and green beans. I finally found a recipe for the perfect tortillas not the one in photo above, but the one below!!

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Yes, the perfect homemade tortillas. The recipe can be found on day 4 on the blog “JournalsWithin.”

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Here is a third recipe attempt at a veggie patty (with homemade pico de gallo on top). I was closer than ever before, but still on the look out for the recipe that works for me. Tasted good, but the patty just didn’t hold together very well. It was made with black beans, sweet potatoes, quinoa and other healthy goodies. We had kale and roasted oven potatoes as sides

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Last but not least, my favorite dessert or snack item: fruit bowls with frozen banana sauce, chia seed and ground flax seed sprinkled on top!! Hidden underneath and not seen in the photo are sliced bananas and pineapples

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My second favorite snack: apple slices dipped in 100% natural peanut butter sprinkled with sesame seeds

The above photos are pictures of why I was in my comfort zone!! I discovered how to be on the Daniel Fast and be totally content with what I was eating. Not a bad thing because it was all within the guidelines, but my focus was on the food, the meals… It took time to master my favorite items. Researching, testing, shopping, retesting, and preparing, altering. Too much time focused on the food!! Again not bad, but for me at this point having participated in the fast before, I needed to step it up a notch. I needed to…

Press in…

My family has adopted many of the habits from the fast in our everyday eating habits (also sited on day 4 on the JournalWithin blog) so I feel obligated now to do a little more to intensify my focus. Not my family, but for me personally.

Hope you are blessed by my sharing. Enjoy the blessings of the Lord and may He continue to manifest His presence to you.

Great Peace, Joy and Love, Kulia!!

Wordless Wednesday…In His Presence

Psalm 16:11, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forever more.”

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The safest most gentlest place to be is in the presence of God.

His Presence!!

Whatever you find yourself doing; wherever you find yourself to be, seek the presence of God. Whisper a prayer. Sing a song. Hum a tune. Whistle. Smile. Say thank you. Take a deep breath and exhale.

Receive His presence.

Enter in.

Father God, it is my prayer today that You go beneath the layers of life and touch with Your hand of mercy, love and compassion those areas that are or have been hidden that have been a drain on the joy and peace of everyday life. Father, uncover and release the tightness that has squeezed the normalcy of life until nothing is allowed to flow or pass through. Release that which is stuck. Unclog that which is compacted, hard, dried up. By Your grace restore the fruit of the Spirit fresh and anew. Breathe refreshment within and cleanse any rubbish or debris from our most inner parts. Manifest Your Most Holy presence in our atmosphere right where we are. Do it now Lord! Draw us near to You as You have promised that in doing so we would be accepted by You. We have no worry of You turning us away. Thank You Lord Father. Simply, Thank You!!

In Jesus’ precious name…Amen!!

May your moment with Him encourage and strengthen your heart!!

Love, Blessings and Great Peace, Kulia

Wordless Wednesday…Again, Again and Again

Lamentations 3:22-23, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not, They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

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With every breath we breath God is with us. He is in our rising and in our lying down. He is with us in our ups and in our downs. All the time. Always. No matter what we have need of He is there and He shows up for us again, again and again.

You can count on our God who is faithful!!

Hebrews 10:23 – Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful!!

The Lord richly bless you today as you Whisper a Prayer to the One who is faithful and just in all His ways. Be encouraged by His love and strengthened by His grace.

Great Peace and Joy in Him, Kulia

Preparation is the Key…

IMG_1643Is there ever a time, when you have been so excited for something to take place? Whether it was an event that you would attend or some undertaking that you would be involved in, yet only to find that in your excitement you moved too fast. As the old sayings goes, “we sometimes put the cart before the horse!” Yes, that’s what happens when we take steps in the right direction, but fail to use wisdom. Our enthusiasm outweighs our practical reasoning. Through experience, I have found that no matter the level of the task…

Preparation is the key!!

Proverbs 3:5-6 reads, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths.” If we would in any and every thing we do first give it over to the Lord for His direction. We would be so much better off. It’s a wonderful feeling to have the motivation and zeal to accompany what we plan to accomplish, but it is very unwise to barrel ahead without a strategic plan.

Lord, grant us the wisdom and the patience to submit our daily plans to You. Allow us to bring before You our intentions. Lead us in the way we should go and cause us to prosper. Let our minds be clear, our understanding complete, and our energy levels unending. Thank You Lord God, that in You we live, move and have our being. May all that takes place be orchestrated for our benefit and good and may others be blessed as a result. Thank You for our life, health and strength. Increase our submission to Your will, Your way, Your timing and grace.

In Jesus’ name…Praise God…Amen!!

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In speaking about preparation, I have committed to go on the Daniel Fast next week for the following 21 days. Having participated in the fast before, one of many lessons I’ve learned for its success is PREPARATION. It truly is the key. We have an enemy that wants to steal, kill and destroy us. He certainly doesn’t want us to advance in anyway spiritually. It can be guaranteed that he most definitely has a plan of attack designated for us. To be successful against him, we need to also plan, prepare and actively fight in this battle.

Usually, with only minimal preparation I would wait until the first day of the fast to really hone in on the specifics on how I would participate. But this time, the past week and actually several weeks before have been days of planning and positioning (heart, mind, body and soul). Foods and meals are in place that meet the requirements, study plans and materials are laid out along with specific times and activities for prayer and meditation. I’m entering into this time of consecration with specifics well defined, yet as is very important being totally open to the leading of God’s Spirit.

From time to time, I hope to share my experience with you as I journey through this season of 21 days of prayer and fasting. There are many who make this same commitment sometime at the beginning of the new year. May the overflow and sharing of the experiences be a source of strength, blessing, and inspiration.

Love and Blessings, Kulia

For more information on the Daniel Fast, visit my page or one of many websites such as daniel-fast.com and the ultimate daniel fast