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Thursday, March 23, 2017

WHEN LOVE MEETS DISCERNMENT

"She needs you to back off,  Mary does this every year. She is too afraid to say anything to you. She loves you and does not want to hurt your feelings."
My friend Lisa called me to discussed our mutual friend Mary and the upcoming Christmas Party.  My heart broke as Lisa gently shared Mary's feelings. 
I was new to the church and wanted to serve.  Lisa and I became instant friends. She introduced me to Mary. Mary was sweet and kind.  Mary and I decided to plan a Christmas get together at her house.  She was eager for me to help.  Little did I know she orchestrated a party every year, it was the highlight of many people's Christmas. 
 Being the zealous party planner that I am, wanting to fit in and carry my load I called her to offer ideas and assistance.  The next Sunday we spoke after Church.  The following week I called to say hi and discuss the details of the upcoming party.  She seemed hesitant of my ideas.  I was confused. 
 Are we planning this together?     

After my phone conversation and prayer with Lisa, I realized that my motive was to be admired and accepted.  I never inquired about Mary's ability to plan a party. I assumed she needed me to take on more responsibility.
I picked up the bible and through tears of repentance I read Philippians 1:9-10. These verses became part of THE PRAYER



I pray this so that our love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.   Help us to approve what is excellent.   Lord change us so that we will be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  





Knowledgeepignōsis: recognition, full discernment, acknowledgment
Discernment- aisthēsis: perception, judgment.
Approvedokimazō: to test, examine, prove, scrutinize, deem worthy

As I prayed to have delicate discernment is all situations, especially with Mary, God gave me the wisdom to call her and apologize for my selfishness.   
She apologized for not speaking with me first.
The party was wonderful.  We sang Christmas Carols, ate great food and thanked God for Jesus.  I understand why everyone looked forward to it.
Mary and I are still great friends. Lisa too. 
The evil one desired us to remain in unspoken hurt and pain, placing an unseen wall between us (Click to Tweet)
When love meets discernment, the fruit of God's glory and righteousness is revealed. Walls are torn down and love prevails.
When did you need discernment? Please join the conversation.  



Saturday, March 18, 2017

COMPLIMENTS DIFFICULT FOR YOU?

I envied good singers. I love praising God and making a joyful noise. I'm perfect at the joyful noise part. I desired my crooning, or should I say crowing, to bless others.
In grade school, I had the voice of an angel as a soloist for our school play. Puberty stole my talent.
As an adult, one question was the springboard in reducing my jealousy and my need to be the next Sandi Patty.
One of the soloists from our praise band asked,"Cherrilynn, what do I say when people tell me I have a great voice? I know God gave it to me, I want to be humble. Should I feel happy? Isn't that pride?"
What a great question. Previous to this conversation, I struggled with compliments.
As a speaker, I heard, "Great job," "Convicting," and "I wish I knew the Bible like you." I hesitated to respond because I wanted to give God the glory but didn't want to sound trite or rehearsed. (a part of me still liked the attention.)
I've been on the other side, giving the compliment.
When the person, especially a believer, just said, "Thank you," and walked away, my judgemental heart believed the person was filled with pride.
The angst I felt compelled me to study pride and
 to continue to pray
 All definitions are adapted from Blue Letter Bible 
Let's continue to break down the verses

 1 Corinthians 13:5  love that does not envy, boast, is not arrogant or rude. Love that does not insist on its own way, not irritable or resentful."

Envy- zēloō:  to have warmth of feeling for or against, affect, covet, be jealous over.

Boast- perpereuomai: a self-display, employing rhetorical embellishments in extolling one's self excessively, brag

Arrogant- physioō: to be puffed up, to bear one's self loftily, be proud

The Word convicted me that my jealousy and judgemental heart were not loving.

Love always wants God's best for the other person. God gave each of us special talents and gifts to be used at His discretion, for His Glory. We should praise God when one of His children glorifies God by using their gifts or talent. 
As my friend and I continued our conversation I shared my struggle and what God impressed on my heart to say when someone compliments me. 
"Thank you, I Praise God for empowering me."
I continued.
especially when we give God all the glory."
I shared this verse, it blessed me during my struggle.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 26:30-31

My friend walked away with a new found freedom.
I praise God for allowing me to go through times of uncertainty and angst, it drives me to His Word.
I'm blessed to share what He teaches me to others.
Yes, I still must examine my heart for pride and jealousy.
 The more I pray THE PRAYER, the more my heart becomes like HIS.
 

Have you been jealous? How has God helped you through it?

Please join the conversation

Friday, March 10, 2017

PATIENCE PLEASE

"I have no patience when it comes to you fooling around, I told you to clean this room," I said to my then five-year-old son as he sat on his bed.  
"I don't know where to put my books, I don't remember where anything goes," He said with tears in his eyes.
The Holy Spirit reminded me that I am to teach and guide,  not to expect my son to know the task after showing him one time. 
Now who was the foolish one? I apologized and prayed  THE PRAYER .

Oh to have God's love sweep the cluttered rooms of my heart, (click to tweet) filling each shelf with patience, kindness, and joy.
 There would be fewer tears and more understanding in my life.
Have you seen any changes while praying THE PRAYER over the last few weeks? 
Those I pray for seem happier, like a burden has lifted from them.  My patience doesn't wear thin so quickly. Thank you, Lord.
As we continue to pray The Prayer, let's ask God to reveal the sin He specifically wants us to lay before His feet. Is there a person we do not love with the love of God? Are we hindering God from loving us?

"Your love that is patient and kind; 
 1 Corinthians 13:4 (adaptation) 

All definitions are adapted from Blue Letter Bible ESV version.
Patientmakrothymeō: to be long-spirited, longsuffering, endure, slow to anger, and slow to punish

Kindchrēsteuomai: to show oneself useful, act benevolently.


God's love toward us reveals itself in this prayer.  If you struggle with self-loathing, lack of patience, anger or any sin, put your name in the prayer.

Your love that is patient and kind with Cherrilynn.

Your love that is patient and kind with Linda, Katy, Sarah, Crickett...
Try it with your name.

The result of praying this prayer helped me to love others as I acknowledged the power of Gods love in me.
"I could never forgive that person!"  I thought to myself, "and God wants me to love them?
Enduring abuse as a child wreaked havoc in many areas of my life.  I knew God wanted me to forgive...but how?
I did not have the strength or desire to love that person. 
 In my eyes, that person deserved the wrath of God not forgiveness. I grew impatient waiting for God to act on my behalf.
I turned to Scripture.




and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:5








I grasped the power of God's love in me. My mantra turned from, I can't forgive, to,  I can love the unlovable, forgive the unforgivable, and pray for what seems to be a hopeless situation.
Over time, the Living and Active Word of God has gone deep into my bitter soul and eradicated the hate and replaced it with love.  
Is there someone you need to love more? Someone who has violated you, hurt you, lied to you or slandered you?" Are you growing impatient waiting for God to punish the one who hurt you?
Please join me in aligning our hearts with the heart of God.
God wants us free from the burdens of bitterness, guilt, anger and pain.
Let's leave bitterness and anger beind and leave the consequences of sin in Gods hands. He sees all and will deal with the person that hurt us. God loves that person too.


Patience and Kindness toward ourselves and others can  happen, when we pray THE PRAYER.

What do you struggle with?  
How can I pray for you?
Join the conversation.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

RADICAL CHANGE

As we continue to dissect THE PRAYER, we go deeper into the heart of God.
Take this time to refresh your memory as to the content of  THE PRAYER  
God's word will bless you.
Let's continue the transformation process.
The Greek words and definitions adapted from BLUE LETTER BIBLE.


 “that we would be rooted and grounded in love.”  Ephesians 3:17

Rooted -rhizoo:  to cause to strike root, to strengthen with roots, to render firm, to fix, establish

Grounded- themelioo:  to lay the foundation, to found, to make stable, establish

Loveagape: affection, good will, love, benevolence, brotherly love

I believe this is a vital portion of Scripture to pray for yourself and others to experience spiritual transformation.
God is love. It is God's will that we know Him intimately.

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3


Imagine knowing the full extent of God’s love so that it consumes you?
His love permeating every fiber of your being. His love the source of your identity and strength. 
No need to imagine.  It will happen when you pray the Scriptures.

As an abused child, I never knew I could be loved.  Feelings of loneliness and rejection carried into my adult life, manifesting into jealousy, self-loathing, and co-dependency on men.
When I said, "Yes!" to Gods free gift of eternal life, I still felt worthless and unlovable, but that changed when I prayed this Scripture.
God refused to leave me in the muck and mire of pain and sin.  His love reached down and pulled me out of the pit.

His love began to take over my speech, thoughts, and actions.
As the Word infiltrated my soul. 
It replaced lies with love, 
hate with holiness, 
guilt with godliness.  
Spiritual rescue is available to all who ask!
Do you feel unloved? 
Do you know other believers who struggle with knowing Gods love?
Join me in praying
 THE PRAYER











Thursday, February 23, 2017

DEMONS SHIVER-Prayer for Spiritual Warfare

Demons shiver when we storm the gates of Heaven, sword in hand. 
 Satan cowers, knowing he is defeated by the Word of God and prayer.
What happens when we don't use Scripture to fight or beckon the power of God daily?
We become casualties of war.
Satan and his minions prey on those who are unarmed for the spiritual battle. They target the weak.
Victorious Spiritual Warfare is won, with the Word.
Scripture prepares us for battle and protects us in the midst of the fight.
I see the effects of prayer in my life and others. Especially when I pray Scripture and claim the promises of God.

 If you just joined us, welcome. We are dissecting  THE PRAYER.  Please take a minute to read it.

The Word can be used for battle and surgical healing.
Like any surgeon using his scalpel, we will open each word with precision and accuracy.
Let's continue the Surgical Prayer so we may obtain healing, strength, and correction.

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith— Ephesians3:17a

The Greek words and definitions adapted from Blue letter bible.

Dwellkatoikeō: to house permanently,  reside, inhabitant(-ter).

Heart- kardia: the heart, the thoughts or feelings (mind)

Faith - pistis: persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction, assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.


 What would I do if Jesus walked into my home?  Would He feel comfortable?  Would He want to dwell there? Would I be sweeping all the mess into the closets?
The Holy Spirit lives in every believer, convicting,
teaching, and encouraging. 

The Word is His instrument to work in and through us. The Word sees through walls and into locked rooms.
 God sees what I see, He knows what I think and hears the words I say.
He knows what I'm trying to hide.
Do I bring Him to questionable places, do I watch questionable TV or videos?
When my son asks to watch something, I ask him, "Would Jesus want to watch that with you?"
"Maybe not, mom."

Christ desires to reside in our hearts, to be comfortable
When we think, say or do anything questionable the Spirit in us should get restless.
 The occupant is not comfortable with sin and makes His discomfort known.
 A restless Spirit is a sign of possible disobedience.
I admit my spirit has been restless more than I care to admit.

 The evil one's mission is for me to stay in guilt and sin. He wants me to feed the desires of my flesh and not listen to the Holy tenant that resides in me.
The war rages, so I turn to the truth and wield the sword of the word to fight the lies.

The Word pierces the soul and convicts me. The surgical process aided in the eviction of the previous tenants of my heart.
The desire to watch horror films, react to criticism with anger or go out to nightclubs no longer dwell in me.
The Holy Sprit begins to remodel and decorate to reflect His nature.
 He feels more at home when the walls aren't shaking with disobedience.

Lies and disobedience still try to take up residence. I turn to the Holy Spirit. Through prayer and the sword, we kick out the unwanted visitors.
 I desire Christ to dwell in my heart through faith, the faith that moves mountains. I want Christ to feel at home.  Don't you?

Next week we continue to learn how to wield the sword with accuracy -defeating the flesh and demonic influence that fight to take over our hearts and minds? Will you join me?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

SPIRITUAL SURGERY

in a person's innermost being.(Tweet This)

I experienced the sword of Gods word first hand. 
My deepest desire is to know the love of God and make it known to others,
 to have 
delicate discernment in all aspects of my life.
My attitude hindered me from fully being used by God.
I needed to forgive my childhood abuser and see him as God sees him. 


I clung to my right to fight. 
I was wronged.  I should be able to hold on to a grudge, right?
Wrong.
I studied the prayers of Paul.  
Oh to obtain the inner peace that Paul had. He was wronged, thrown into jail and left for dead. I wanted that peace.
I began to pray the Scripture for a changed heart.
 I continue to pray for myself and others daily.
I interweave Bible passages as I pray 

Ephesians 3:17-21, 1 Corinthians 13:4-4, and Philippians 1:9-11-all adapted from ESV

Lord, I pray that according to the riches of your glory that you may  strengthen us with power through your Spirit in our inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith—that we would be rooted and grounded in love.  Your love that is patient and kind; love that does not envy, boast,  is not arrogant or rude. Love that does not insist on its own way, not irritable or resentful. Love  that does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
 I also pray that we may have a strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of your love for us,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.   My prayer is that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. 
I pray this so that our love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.   Help us to approve what is excellent.   Lord change us so that we will be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


Change ensued.
The process was painful. 
My hatred toward my abuser turned into biblical love. 
I began to see him through the eyes of God. 
I no longer wanted revenge.

Praying the Scriptures brings supernatural change.

The Holy Spirit surgically removed the sin and replaced it with love.

Do you need spiritual surgery?
It may be minor surgery or major surgery.  
In my case, it was major surgery.
Pray the above prayer with me daily, for yourself and others.

Please Join me for the next few weeks as we break down the prayer into bite size pieces and digest its truths.

Will you allow the Word to perform Spiritual surgery?
Join the conversation.
If you have a personal, confidential or specific prayer  that you want me to pray for, send me a personal email at godsfruit@juno.com

Friday, January 27, 2017

Guest Blogger-Danele J. Rotharmel’s Personal Journey with Time Search

I want to welcome Danele to Truth to Shine, she has overcome many obstacles. She shines in this dark world. Join me on her Journey through her latest book Time Search.


I’ve always loved reading, and I’ve always hated that horrible moment when a good book ends. For me, it’s torture saying goodbye to the characters I’ve come to love. Sometimes, I’ve actually refused to read the final paragraph of a novel because I can’t stand to turn the last page. I suppose it’s my stubbornness—or maybe it’s my contrariness—but I have several books that I’m still “technically” reading just because I haven’t officially read the last line. One of the best things about being an author is having control over my own stories. I suppose it’s silly, but it gives me such a thrill knowing that I determine WHEN my book ends. Writing, for me, opens up a secret world that’s full of joy.

Living joyfully is very important to me. I wrote The Time Counselor Chronicles while I was extremely ill and enduring seven years of quarantine. During that time, I didn’t have control over many aspects of my life, but I did have control over my fictional characters. I found extreme pleasure in the fact that since I was the author, I didn’t have to say goodbye to the TEMCO crew—I could just write them another story. Each of my books revolves around the same cast of characters, and by the time a reader finishes The Time Counselor Chronicles, they will know my characters deeply. I love my characters, and bringing them to life has been such a blast!

Time Search was written for one reason only—I was enjoying myself, and I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters I’d created in Time Tsunami. And that’s why the other books in my series were written as well. By the time I finally sought publication, I’d completed six books. Writing, for me, was an act of pure enjoyment. When I began, I wasn’t thinking about publishers or reading audiences, I was simply thinking about what type of adventure I wanted to write next. For years, I didn’t let anyone know that I was writing. TEMCO was my personal world—my escape hatch from illness and pain. I was afraid that if I let others into my imaginary world, it would crumble away. As it turned out, the exact opposite was true. Knowing that people were enjoying my books filled my life with incredible happiness! I keep a file of “fan mail,” and I thumb through it whenever I feel blue. The kindness and support of my readers has been overwhelming and VERY appreciated!

Communication is such a wonderful thing. I love that fact that we can relay our ideas, hopes, and dreams to each other. My books are more than just stories, they symbolically chronicle the way I stood up to my illness and fought it. They speak about the value I place on love and friendship. They show that humor can be found even in the midst of great difficulty. And most of all, they demonstrate that a crisis of faith isn’t the end—it’s simply the first step toward understanding God on a deeper level. Life isn’t easy, but I’ve learned that even in the middle of tragedy, God is faithful and trustworthy. That’s what each of my characters eventually learn, and that’s what I hope my readers will take away from my books. 

As far as specifics about Time Search, I always fill my books with suspense, romance, action, faith, and comedy, and Time Search isn’t an exception. My books are Christian-based and clean, and I work hard to make them full of page-turning fun. Time Search is the third book in The Time Counselor Chronicles. It can be read as a sequel to Time Tsunami and Time Trap, or it can stand alone. At the beginning of Time Search, I have written a recap of the first two books in the series, and at the end of Time Search, I have included an alphabetical list of characters and several glossaries. Although the glossaries were hard work, I wanted to make sure that new readers wouldn’t get lost if they jumped into the series during the middle of the action. I had such a great time writing Time Search! I hope my readers love it just as much as I do!

Time Search—The Time Counselor Chronicles #3
A nameless evil lurks in the shadowsIn the wake of a recent wave of violence, TEMCO employees are left reeling. While some of the staff are put into hiding, others are left behind to discover the true identity of the mysterious nemesis who is determined to destroy them all. While Crystal, Marc, and Zeke search for clues to unravel the mystery of his real name, their enemy is lurking in the shadows searching for TEMCO’s missing leaders. It’s a race against the clock! And as the hours and seconds tick away, it’s anyone’s guess whose search will be completed first. It’s a classic battle of good versus evil, and the stakes couldn’t be higher!

Danele Rotharmel’s life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace was poisoning her. This poisoning triggered Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, causing her to be put in quarantine. For seven years, she could only talk to friends and extended family through a windowpane. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles.  Although her journey back to health was difficult, it provided her the opportunity to grow closer to God and write her books. For that, she’s forever thankful. To learn more about Danele, visit her blog:  https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/

















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