Patience:  A fruit to ripen

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#Patience
Patience isn’t something most of us are born with. It surely doesn’t come automatically the moment we take a breath-it’s developed. It’s a process. It takes time.
Children are not automatically patient. As mom looking back, I can’t even count the number of times I told my children “just be patient” or “in a minute!” When you stop to analyze that statement it’s actually quite funny. A little child? Be patient? Most adults struggle with being patient, yet we expect our children to ‘be patient.’
Most people, including children, truly don’t understand what this word means. “Patience.” Yet we expect it from everybody. But are WE being patient?
Children learn patience when it’s demonstrated. They live what they see demonstrated. It is learned over time but so are other characteristics.  

I know as a mom, there were times when I demonstrated patience with my children, yes; but there were MUCH more times when I didn’t. I wish I could change that now. I can’t. I was still ‘fruit’ in the process of being developed at the time I was raising my children… 
Webster defines it this way:
Patience:
“the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. The ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed.”
The word “patience” historically comes from the Latin, patientia, meaning suffering, which also gives us the word patient, referring to someone who is suffering from being sick or injured.
“Patience” is one of the fruits of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22) Fruit takes time to ripen. So does patience.  
The Strong Concordance for the original Greek word translated to our English language for patience is:
#8318 pa’-shens (hupomone, makrothumia):
“Patience” implies suffering, enduring or waiting, as a determination of the will and not simply under necessity. As such it is an essential Christian virtue to the exercise of which there are many exhortations. 
We need to “wait patiently” for God, to endure uncomplainingly the various forms of sufferings, wrongs and evils that we meet with, and to bear patiently injustices which we cannot remedy and provocations we cannot remove.
PATIENCE: The quality of forbearance and self-control which shows itself particularly in a willingness to wait upon God and his will. Believers are called upon to be patient in their expectations of God’s actions, and in their relationships with one another.
Patience is often hard to gain and to hard to maintain, but, in Romans 15:5, God is called “the God of patience” as being able to grant that grace to those who look to Him and depend on Him for it. 
It is in reliance on God and acceptance of His will, with trust in His goodness, wisdom and faithfulness, that we are enabled to be patient, endure, and to hope stedfastly.
“Patience” is a form of #Love
In 1 Corinthians 13:4, “LOVE is patient.”
Ahhhhhh.
This is key.   
“God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
We are to walk in love. (Ephesians 5:2)
When we are patient with one another, 

we are demonstrating Gods love. When we are patient with ourselves, we are receiving Gods love.  
While we strive to be patient all the time, to be loving all the time, we fail.
Progress takes time. We’re all human.
Praise God that HE never fails! He is ALWAYS patient with us, ALWAYS loving towards us.  
Join me today to commit to exercise our patience with one another.
#FaithActs!

What is the Purpose of Wheels?

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Remember the children’s song 🎶 “The wheels on the bus goes round and round, round and round, round and round…?”🎶



Lately, I’ve been drawn to wheels… a mode of transportation.  
I began to wonder how long ago wheels were invented… I remember big wheels on stage coaches from studying history, but behind that?  

Hmmmmm.  

Go I googled it.  

According to Wikipedia,  the earliest wheels were made out of a solid piece of wood.


So this really got me thinking.

What is the purpose of the wheel?

I suggest its purpose is to assist us in getting from one place to another place where we are inclined to go- a means of transportation.

Smithsonian Magazine (June 17, 2009) suggests the original purpose of the wheel was not for transportation purposes, but rather was used as a tool for the potter. 

Fascinated, my mind goes to the scriptures.
God says He is the potter, we are the clay.  (Isaiah 64:6-12; Jeremiah 18). He used the ‘wheel’ to help get us to where we need to go.
God grew the tree that was used at Calvary.   (Genesis 2:9) 

This is where Jesus Christ died willingly for you and for me.  
Jesus carried the old wooden cross, heavy with the weight of all our sins.  (1 Corinthians 1:18; Philippians 2:8; 1 Peter 2:24-25)

Jesus is The Way… the ‘wooden wheel’ the cross, that carries us into Heaven- the ONLY way.

Still in thought, my mind meditating on various methods of transportation… the wheel, and it’s purpose. 
As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we become ‘wheels’ to carry the gospel.
Once we are Holy Spirit filled, we are equiped with wheels … and commissioned to go.  
Whether we use our two feet, a bicycle, a motorcycle, a boat, a train, a horse, a plane or a car … we are called to go (not just near, but also far!)
The fire that ignites us IS the holy power of the Spirit… to carry the gospel INTO and across the world … 

What is the purpose of wheels and feet BUT to go? 

We aren’t called to be a parking lot or a garage type of church, where we go once a week and park.
Rather, the church is more about being a gas station where we go to fill up, so that we can go- we have an assignment!
The Holy Spirit highway in God’s church is connecting people of every nation and tongue to THE WAY.
Jesus the ONLY way, truth and life!
How can we sit still and pamper ourselves, stuffing our faces in a spiritual feast week after week in our fancy clothes, sitting parked in our fancy church buildings-when there are literally millions unreached people groups?  
People who are dying and slipping into an eternal hell, forever lost are in need of the gospel.

Reinhard Bonnke said it like this in his book Evangelism by Fire:  “The purpose of Pentecost is to get the wheels rolling for God in every church, thereby transporting the gospel across the face of the whole earth.”

Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel at all costs… 1 Corinthians 9:16 

She Wanted to Run

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There are tests and trials that come to us all, whether in business, in ministry, or in everyday life.
How do we overcome them?
Do we let them control us, destroy us, or contribute in defining us?

Six years ago this August, Satan attempted to kill our youngest daughter in a horrific hurricane related accident.

God brought her from death to life, restored her completely from total brain damage… she was unable to stand… unable to talk for awhile & was able to see only in one eye…
When she was finally able to speak, she kept saying ‘I want to run.’ 

She was 16 years old, a few months away from turning 17.   She was beginning her senior year of high school, the girls cross country team captain.

Running was part of her life.

She was determined to do whatever she could do to help lead her team to States.

But…

She was told she wouldn’t be able to run again, and possibly not be able to walk again.

But she kept saying ‘I want to run.’ 

Don’t ever let someone else’s word be your final word.

Words are powerful.   Proverbs 18:21 says ‘Death and Life are in the power of the tongue.’  

It matters what you speak.

It matters who, and what you believe.

She refused to give up, she refused to accept what others said about her fate, unless it agreed with God’s Word.

Like the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25–34, Matthew 9:20–22, Luke 8:43–48) who kept saying to herself  ‘if only I can touch the hem of Christ’s garment I will be healed’, our daughter kept saying ‘I want to run.  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.’

She walked out of the hospital in 13 days in spite of the odds, went through two brain surgeries to repair brain fracture-and endured months of multiple types of therapy, but never she gave up.


Medical science via expert doctors told her she’d never run again. She kept saying she can do all things through Christ who gives her strength.
Well, never in my life have I met someone as self disciplined as this gal.

She’s the strongest person I know.

She’s my hero.

She pressed through the pain, she sets goals and goes after them, with the strength of God in her.

She runs with the pure freedom of LIFE, and Christ IS Life!

She runs for herself, but she runs for God!
She’s a walking, talking, RUNNING MIRACLE and all I can say is WOW GOD, and THANK YOU GOD!

She ran a marathon this morning in Pennsylvania and qualified for the #Bostonmarathon!

Guess where this family will be next year?
Most won’t remember the trials that began August 27, 2011 that she overcame.
Many wouldn’t understand the daily sacrifices of conditioning and running made to get to where she is today, but we will never forget, and will always be her biggest fan.

Flash Flood of souls 

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I was reading Evangelism by Fire  by Reinhard Bonnke, and literally found myself scorched by the fire of the words I was reading.

Before I could breathe my next breath I found myself exploding with thoughts and urgency to get back on the mission field again, while preparing to head into my office for another work day.

I find myself jealous of the time spent  in the Word of God, hungry for more and more of Him…   it’s difficult to pull myself away from my prayer room and the glory of God’s saturating presence, so that I can go to work…

The time spent in Word and study is sacred to me…

When I read this:

The gospel is not good news to people who do not hear it- an unpreached Gospel is no gospel at all.   (reinhard bonnke )
My soul reasonated.   YES!    How can they hear if we don’t go?

Nations urgently need the life-giving message of the cross now, not when it’s convenient.

‘If the Crucified One is to ‘see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied,’ as Isaiah 53:11 states, dare we think in smaller terms? Would He be satisfied with anything less?”

The whole earth is full of His glory (Isaiah 6:3) and the knowledge of His glory, power, and salvation will be spread across the world like a flashflood reaching every people-group and every nation, tribe and tongue

The great commission is about GOING.

‘The church is a lifeboat, not a pleasure boat.’ (Bonnke )

The ‘church’ that does not seek the lost is ‘lost’ itself.  (Bonnke)

The word ‘seek’ doesn’t imply wait in your seat and hope someone comes.

It suggests action.

Means to go after, search for , sought out, find that which is lost.

If we got serious about seeking the lost like we would search for a missing $100 bill, we would find treasures stored up in heaven so rich we could not count its value.

I am hungry for revival …

I am at the precipice of a mighty move of God that will flood with souls …

I see with eyes of faith a vision of homeless people finding Christ, and eternal homes secured in Heaven.
I see also a flood of thirsty people coming for living water that we will give them that will satisfy their thirsty souls-

A revival of millions.

October 15, 2016, at 9:30am, The Holy Spirit gave me this vision which is noted in my digital journal. I’ve shared with a select few then, but He told me it’s time to share with the world, as a prophesy that shall come to pass.

Here is what He showed me:
I have this vision. I see it crystal clear.


There’s a gathering. It’s building and more and more are coming.


We are assembled together.


We are at a place that is wide open fields as far as the eye can see, flooded with people.



In the fields and in the back fields surrounding the parking lots and building. Tents are coming up. All together in unity.  



Flashlights- multiple ones at different battery levels.. Some extinguished some very dim and some extremely bright.



Batteries…. Exchange the dead ones, recharge those rechargeable, and turn them on bright!



Holy Spirit Fire!



Camp Restoration.



Tents. Campfires. Acoustic Christian music spreading from fire to fire.



People and families coming from far and wide joining in as a Holy Fire Revival explodes and the Spirit breaks out!!! 



One day of camp shall turn into two.



 Two days of camp shall turn into three. 



 The Spirit of prayer will overflow, and the flow will increase.




God called me there to Preach.



To  preach the gospel.   To speak of the blood of the lamb.  To share our testimony.  




Their is a power present.  



The power of salvation. 



The message of revival. 




The message of restoration.



Pray in the Spirit and watch His glory fall!


A call will go out into our land!!! 



People who are in need of healing will come. 



 The healing power of God will be present! 



 Miracles signs and wonders will take place in the Name of Jesus!!!



 Blind WILL see! Deaf WILL hear! The lame WILL walk! The broken WILL be restored!!!!


Restoration and Saturation will happen. 



We the people who are called in Your Name shall humble ourselves and shall turn from our wicked ways, and pray. 



 Revival is here!!! 



 Restoration is here! 



 Holy Spirit is here!


Help us feed the hungry both physically and spiritually in Africa.  There is so much need there.  Children who are starving, and thirsty.    People whom God loves are struggling just to survive, and we can help bear their burdens.  We MUST help bear their burdens.  We ARE helping to bear their burdens.

We invite you to catch the fire.

We invite you to invest in the harvest of souls.

Visit our website, to partner with us, to sow your financial seed that WILL reach a harvest of souls.
Iamjesusgal Ministries Website Link

Be the Fuel!

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“The Acts of the Apostles was written because the apostles acted!” (Smith Wigglesworth)

God is waiting on us to act.
He is waiting on us to catch the holy fire so He can spread through us.
Revival is NOW HERE.

It requires hearing by the Word of God.
It requires sent ones to go.

It requires senders to send.
It requires the body of Christ responding as a whole while each part DOES its part.
“There had never been a revival without the preaching of the Gospel.” (Reinhard Bonnke)
When a fire starts, there are coals, or sticks.  When they are spread apart, the power of the fire is weak, and quickly expires.

However, when the heat of each piece of coal, or each stick that unites comes together?
Oh. My. Goodness.  What a fire!
I want to be part of a church on fire!
I want to add my supply to a Holy fire that will not expire.
A Holy fire that will burn for God, will burn OFF impurities, and rescue souls from a hellious fire.

“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

Who wants to join us?

You can pray.

You can send.

You can go.
Iamjesusgal Ministries will be in Cincinnati Ohio in July, in Tanzania Africa in September, and in Nigeria Africa in November.

Contribute to this revival fire and join our movement at http://www.iamjesusgalministries.com

Iamjesusgal

Help send us.  Be the fuel.
#smithwigglesworth

#reinhardbonnke

#acts #faithwitoutactionisnotfaith

#lightafireinmysoul

#investinsouls #goye

#supportAfrica #harvestisready

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I am not an ‘option b’

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I refused to be an option, a ‘plan b’ in someone’s life, when I realized that I could be someone’s priority. 
People who don’t value you will never validate you.
“People think that the most painful thing in life is losing the one you value. 

The truth is, the most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of valuing someone too much and forgetting that you are special too.” (Dr Jennifer Johnson)
This resonated with my soul… doesn’t matter where you are in this world, God chose to add your life during THIS time era. 
Here’s the GOOD news!
God chose to create you, uniquely you, with a plan and a hope for good. YOU are special and unique … 
Remember, the privilege and honor of a lifetime is NOT being someone else, but being who YOU are.
If people can’t see the amazing person you are, or value the amazing gifting God deposited in you- don’t let their opinions define yours. 
Only God’s opinion matters.
Truly. 
 God set your value through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, which is how ‘iamjesusgal’ came to be my identity… 

I realized that even if others don’t see the ‘me’ God created to be, it’s ok. ‘I am’ JESUS’s gal, His favorite.
 I am His masterpiece and am fearfully and wonderfully made. 
Truth is, so are you! 

Iamjesusgal  

PLANTING SEEDS

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As a young girl in 1975, God placed His Love in my heart for Africa.  A missionary came to my church, and showed pictures of childrenfrom Africa who were very poor, very hungry, and very thirsty.
  I cried.
Something stirred in my heart when I saw those images. It left an impression on me that became part of me.  
HOW?


How can we, here in the USA, have so much, when they, there in Africa, have so little?
WHY?
Why-WHY did God bless us with an abundance, to the point where much of what Ge has given is wasted?  Much we have is taken for granted, not even used, even disregarded, as if it’s not important. 

Why is that?  
I’ve not been able to rationalize the why’s.  Nor have I been able to forget.
It’s not fair for us to have so much and they have so little.  

MAYBE…


Maybe, when God blessed the USA, when our founding forefathers created our governmental body on Godly principles and values…
Maybe, when God poured out His blessings upon us as a nation so much so there wasn’t room to contain it…

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Maybe, when God saw the worship, virtue, and devotion to Him and His Holy Word as a Christian Nation– He expected us to OBEY His Word?
Maybe, when He blessed us with wealth, He intended us to USE the wealth and prosperity He blessed us with to HELP OTHERS in need, first here at home, and then to our NEIGHBORING countries? 


No where in scriptures does it say we are to bear one another’s burdens ONLY IN AMERICA. (Or, only at OUR church!)


No where in scriptures does it say we are to do unto others as we would have them do unto us ONLY IN AMERICA. (Or, only at OUR church!)


No where in scriptures does it say we are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, and provide shelter to the homeless ONLY IN AMERICA. (Or, only at OUR church.)


God commands us, His Church, the body of Christ, to GO YE into the WORLD, not ONLY IN AMERICA. 


God so loved the WORLD and sent His only Son Jesus into the lost and dying WORLD, not ONLY IN AMERICA. 
God established my missionary journey right here where I live- in my daily life, in my community, in my work place (a Christian Insurance Agency God blessed me to own).  Then He expanded my journey regionally… with a Homeless Ministry God led me to establish and lead, Helping The Homeless Ministry.



But the impression of hungry, needy children in Africa He put on my heart as a young girl… and the LOVE for the people of Africa He placed in my heart as a young girl, never faded.   
My love for Africa only grew STRONGER.
Last year, April-May 2016, I was blessed to go to South Africa on a mission trip with the Joyce Meyers Ministries HAND OF HOPE.  I was in a very small, impoverished village called Idutawa, in Butterworth. The feeling of FINALLY placing my feet on the soil there for the first time is indescribable!
There were incredible sights, but even more heartbreaking ones.  The lifestyle they live is straight out of the Old Testament era… with shepherds guarding their flock, plowing fields by hand, walking miles to find water and searching daily to gather food to feed their families.  

Then this year, God lead me to return to my beloved Africa- to Uganda and to Tanzania. 
I knew as soon as I was there THIS was where God wants my ministry to focus. 
The people are beautiful and work very hard for basic essentials necessary to live- clean water & food. 
We are spoiled here in America and blessed beyond measure- everything we could want or need at our fingertips- but why is this so?
The purpose of wealth is NOT to hoard to ourselves. There’s people, PEOPLE– and children- CHILDREN!!! dying of starvation… and we CAN and SHOULD do something about it.
We have the ability to make a difference and to end world hunger.  But will we?  
We are.   And you’re invited to help. 
iamjesusgal ministries is currently speaking at local churches presenting “CHURCHES FOR AFRICA: PLANTING SEEDS OF LOVE.”

Between May 3- May 10, we will have Minister-Missionary Wendy Roundy and her Tanzanian guest, Bishop Andrew Mukasa, speak on the mission fields in Uganda and Tanzania.   Roundy will continue to schedule speaking engagements beyond this date upon request.
You will learn first hand accounts and up to date issues these people are challenged with, AND WAYS TO PLANT YOUR SEEDS OF LOVE.


It’s been said that one person can’t change the world.  But I disagree.
According to scriptures we were created to multiply, ‘every seed reproduces after its own kind.’


Each one of us, doing our part, reproduces in others, and the world is changed for Christ.

One person can’t change the world, but ONE CHURCH (the body of Christ) can.

I can’t say THANK YOU enough to everyone who has sown seeds into our ministry.
It’s not ‘my’ ministry.  It’s OURS.  God called us together as one body to do HIS mission of reaching the lost and helping those in need.
YOU are making this happen!  
Thank you, and may God bless you!