You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others,that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
(Read until the end – paragraph 9’s link in this post is a powerful testimony with an angel singing)
“I didn’t start out with a detailed plan this morning. I just wanted to be with the Lord and in His Word. When I release and allow the Holy Spirit to take me where He wants to take me, His tapestry just flows as He designs a unique, beautiful journey for me and the Lord.”
Last Saturday morning, I awoke around 4:30am thinking about Jesus and His Holy divinity. I awoke asking for forgiveness of my sins and posturing myself before Him, ready to serve Him. Little did I know what lie ahead in the next hour and the gifts that God would have in store for me, as I was about to get caught up in a plume of Heavenly richness, right from my own bedroom.
First things first – I rolled out of bed, and made my way to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. I added my heaping scoops of powdered coconut creamer, splashes of vanilla extract and sprinkles of Stevia, and headed off with this sapid cup, back to the land of milk and honey (my warm bed), to spend some quality time with Jesus.
I grabbed my Bible and set it next to where I was sitting and I began praising His Holy name; “God, you are most high. There is none like you. None above you. You are omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent. I want to serve you and please you all the days of my life. Please forgive me when I have wronged you or sought out man’s approval above yours. I am not worthy, but Jesus is. And because of the work that Jesus did on the cross and all that He suffered and endured for me, and because of my belief in Him, I am now made worthy and have a new covenant with God. An everlasting covenant, unbreakable, unshakeable and Holy. Thank you Jesus, thank you God.
Next, I thankfully received aloud and put on the Full Armor of God while thanking Jesus for each piece: The Helmet of Salvation ~ come live in my heart, I receive you now Jesus… The Breastplate of Righteousness ~ because of you Jesus, I am made clean….The Buckle of Truth ~ thank you for coming to earth and showing us how to live…..The Sandals of Peace ~ thank you for teaching us how to live in peace with others, ourselves, and God….The Sword of the Spirit ~ thank you for your Word God; sharper than a double edged sword that can cut through joints and marrow…The Shield of Faith ~ thank you God for my constant Faith, and thank you Jesus for teaching us about faith for your Father.
Time to dive into His Word and soak it up like a white carnation in red water. I opened my bible and as if silky waves ushered the pages, turning it to the book of Ezra in the OT. Although having read all of the books of the Bible, I am not as familiar with the book of Ezra, so I begin to read the history of this book in the pages that preceded the first chapter. Themes for Ezra: God restoring people, moving hearts, and rebuilding cities. Sounds interesting and so began my Ezra journey. I pounced on the first chapter, and then the second, and then the third. I came to “Feast of Tabernacles” in chapter 3. Hmm… not sure I recall all of the details about that Feast, so I refreshed my knowledge and Googled it.
Feast of Tabernacles or “Sukkot,” also known as the Festival of Shelter or the Feast of Ingathering, is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month. Sukkot is celebrated for 7 days. This “feast” serves as a reminder of when God led the Israelites by his presence in the Sinai desert as they lived in tents and that the Lord provided for their every need.This year, it will be celebrated September 20, 2021 – Sept. 27, 2021. My google search then leads me to this fabulous article below explaining it further. When I finished reading the article, I now want to go tent camping to celebrate this. I text my husband to see if we can go camping the weekend of Sept. 24. No reply yet.
I love that Jesus celebrated the Feast of the Tabernacles as well, and His famous Words and scripture that came from Him during that time for “Living Waters” John 7:37-38 and “The Light of the World” John 8:12.
After the pronunciation video ends, another Youtube video immediately popped up entitled “I love this REAL Audio & testimony of Angels singing ‘Fly’ during worship set with Jason Upton.” I love Angels, so I push play. I listened intently to the gentleman’s testimony of their music set one evening with an Angel appearing and adding to the music that they were creating. I am hopeful that they are going to play the song that they are talking about so I can hear this Angel. Sure enough, after the man finishes his very cool testimony, the song that the Angel contributed to plays.
As the song began, I was very quickly caught up in the Heavenly realms getting completely wrecked by Jesus. Worship flowed, tears, images of Jesus on the cross and bright light, His Holy presence, the fragrance of Heaven filling my nose, angelic presence, all pointing to Jesus and worshipping Him. I was completely present, undone, caught up, in love, and wanted nothing more than all of that, because there is nothing else on this earth that even comes close. Here is the video and song: ://youtu.be/gKaYOnhI-gc
What an incredibly special morning with the Lord. I am so grateful to you God. Thank you so much for this special blessing and treat of being caught up in your presence! There is nothing greater than that on this earth. Thank you for meeting with me at your tabernacle. You’re all I want Lord.
I didn’t start out with a detailed plan this morning. I just wanted to be with the Lord and in His Word. When I release and allow the Holy Spirit to take me where He wants to take me, His tapestry just flows as He designs a unique, beautiful journey for me and the Lord.
Tanya Phillips, a tabernacle of the One, True Living God
It was such an honor and a blessing to be asked my Scott and Vanessa Martindale of Blended Kingdom Families to join them for one of their BKF podcasts. Vanessa and Scott are such fun, energetic gracious hosts. We enjoyed our time and sharing our blended family journey with them. We pray that this episode is an encouragement to other blended families along their journeys. God bless! ~Tanya and Jim Phillips, Blended By His Grace
You are not who the world says you are, or what the enemy tries to tell you. The enemy would love to keep you in chains and shame. But because of the blood, sweat, and tears that Jesus paid for you, He says you are His beloved; washed in His blood, made new, forgiven, redeemed, restored, made new! God says “Behold! I am writing you a new script, a new story!”
Break off those chains with Ephesians 1:7:
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”
Happy 9 year anniversary to us! A picture from our first year together as a busy family, and a picture from this weekend as our first quiet year as empty nesters.
Jim says “Write the caption for our train track picture to say ‘The miles we have traveled! Some days were a train wreck, some days were not.’” 😭🤣
I am thankful that most days, the train arrives to its’ scheduled destination, sometimes chugging and sputtering, sometimes right on time, and on those “train wreck” days, that God is always helping to get us back on track!
I enlisted the angelic heavenly hosts’ help this morning. I said “Angels, would you please give me a verse that would glorify God this morning.”
Words began to resonate in my heart and travel in my mind as if the Goodyear Blimp was passing by. I googled the three phrases I saw and heard in my spirit, and this verse came up:
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
It’s interesting…when I clicked the arrow to see the verse right before it, Luke 2:13, and the arrow after it, Luke 2:15, they both talked about…angels!
Today, would you join me in living out Luke 2:14, in giving God all the Glory He deserves, and BEING the PEACE on earth, and demonstrating GOOD WILL towards men? It begins with each of us. Our thoughts, words, attitudes, and actions.
Where do I go when I need help with these? I ask God for help. I confess, repent, ask for His forgiveness, and then ask Him to fill me with His life-changing power; His Holy Spirit.
Evidence of the Holy Spirit:
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.
*I took this picture while we were walking through some Arizona mountains a few weeks back. Something caused us to turn around and look up in the sky. As we did, we watched the last part of this “hook” being formed in the sky. I have never seen something like this before or clouds look this way. There were no planes in the sky at the time. Someone said “An angel is making that!” It makes me think me of a shepherd and his staff.
May God bless us with an increased awareness of His heavenly hosts helping to usher in His magnificent Glory and magnify His Kingdom on earth, and generate eyes blazing for Jesus, our one true Savior. In Jesus’ name, Amen.