My time with the angels.

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.

Peace to you, Tanya Phillips

Holy Spirit Filling Station

Each morning I pull in to what I call the “Holy Spirit Service/Filling Station” for a much needed tune-up and alignment.

Before my day begins, I sit quietly before the Lord. I try to the best of my ability to “humble myself” before the Lord. I give Him all the honor and praise, asking for forgiveness of my sins, and then stating “I can’t God, but you can. Commandeer my body, soul, and mind. Take over. Align my heart, body, thoughts, words and actions with Yours, Jesus.” I ask “What can I do for you today, Lord. How can I be Your hands and feet?” I ask God what He wants me to know and to guide me in His Word/Scripture. I am never disappointed, and feel led to Scripture that He speaks to me with.

During my time in the Holy Spirit filling station, I humbly and gratefully ask for and put on the Full Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20), stating each piece aloud and thinking about what each piece means; the Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith, Breastplate of Righteousness, Helmet of Salvation, Belt of Truth, and Sandals of Peace.

I then have a 30 minute drive to work in which I continue to pray in the Spirit and declare His praises. When I open my door to my classroom, I get on my knees and give God my classroom, thanking Him for the opportunity to be able to teach another day, asking Him to commandeer me as a teacher so that His Will can be accomplished in there, use me as His vessel, and take over. I pray for my students. I pray for my team, our building, and administration.

I have to do this every day because I am human and fall short, and I can’t, but He can. My true strength comes from the Lord. No matter what is going on around me in this world, it is in Christ that I can find hope and peace.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

I love this picture above for several reasons; the vintage look, that school bus with the American flag, “Phillips” and the number 66. There are 66 books in the Bible. 66 books that can strengthen me and give me answers and peace to help me each day.

Peace and blessings to you, Tanya Phillips

Fruit of the Spirit Day 3

Jesus spoke these words in both these versus:

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

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The times I experience the most peace are when I am spending alone time with Jesus; seeking Him, quietly listening, laying it all at His feet, soaking in and meditating on His words.

Peace and blessings, Tanya Phillips