Same story

Funny, some days, it seems that you keep seeing the same story. This is when you know that God is speaking to you.

The next step is to understand what HE wants you to do with it.

On a personal level, it is kind of simple. I say kind of, because it is evident, but doing it isn’t always easy. Controlling your thoughts, moods, and tongue, is a difficult task.

On a professional level, it is even harder. People are sometimes a bit more reserved in what they say around me. But even adults, are unkind to each other, dwell and the negative, form cliques, and are just mean.

We can invoke blessings in the land we live. I am claiming Valley Life, my house, and my family, as the land God has given me and am going to claim blessings, and victory by God. That He will also hide the previous problems from our hearts….

I know this won’t be easy, strongholds need to be broken. Previous issues need to be dealt with. I will need strength, and can only do this if God goes before us.

began taking “thank you” walks to practice gratitude, enjoy the outdoors, and feel grateful instead of stressed. This was a life-changing practice that not only energized me physically, emotionally, and spiritually, but also provided time for many profound insights and ideas to come to me.

(Gordon, J)


Vfa grow and know God

Visalia First
January 6, 2018
01/07/2018 Visalia First: Grow: Know God
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

2 Kings 6:13-23 NIV
13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. 15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my Lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. 16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord , so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord , “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. 19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria. 20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, “ Lord , open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. 21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?” 22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.
your trouble is your training
Don’t be afraid

sometimes When you follow Jesus and end up on a hitlist.


Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

1. An UNDERDEVELOPED spiritual eye.
Don’t just serve, without hearing the voice of God.
Don’t Be afraid. it is the Evil out there that causes us to fear.
Open our eyes lord, to see what you are doing.
your trouble is your training Don’t be afraid.

Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

2. An OVER DEPENDENCE on the five senses.
5 Senses connect us to the natural world.
Need to tap into the spiritual world. Faith in Jesus.
Walk in the spirit


Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

3. An INEXPERIENCED spiritual ear.

Revelation 2:29 NIV
29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
spiritual ear. Is there something I needto hear?
He moved the mountains, I know He’ll do it again

Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

4. Being UNTAUGHT in the Word of God.
Power of discernment trained by practice

Trained themselves to discern God’s word.


Hebrews 5:11-14 ESV
11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

5. An UNPROGRESSIVE prayer life.
See Elijah Prayer. Open their eyes. close their eyes.
open the eyes of our hearts.

miranda. Deven, joel Sarah Alex alan staci Melissa Barbara Brandi David


1 Timothy 4:8 NLT
8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

6. A pre-occupation with REVENGE.
Why would you Kill what you have already conquered.
Don’t let people get into your Spirit
Don’t kill them, Feed them
Syria never came back to fight them.
God loves peoplesnshould we


Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

7. An UNEXERCISED spiritual gift.
lord, what is our gift?
Throw your gift at your need.
if you need faith – throw yourself into faith.


People that make me uncomfortable

On my way home from dropping Miranda off (after a great 2 days of wine tasting), my heart was heavy. I am guessing I miss the purpose of a heavy heart more often than not. As I prayed for my kids, the Lord put another person on my heart.

This devotional reminds me again to pray for those that make me uncomfortable me. Funny, as I write this, two more people cone to mind, but for different reasons. (Thank you Good for speaking to my heart).


give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

Max Lucado’s devotional….

Thanks. Just the word lifts the spirit. To say thanks is to celebrate a gift. Something. Anything. Animals. Bald spots. Chocolate. Dictionaries.
To say thanks is to cross the tracks from have-not to have-much, from the excluded to the recruited. Thanks proclaims, “I’m not disadvantaged, disabled, victimized, scandalized, forgotten, or ignored. I am blessed.” Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems.
In Scripture the idea of giving thanks is not a suggestion or recommendation; it is a command. It carries the same weight as “love your neighbor” and “give to the poor.” More than a hundred times, either by imperative or example, the Bible commands us to be thankful. If quantity implies gravity, God takes thanksgiving seriously.
Jesus was robustly thankful. He was thankful when Mary interrupted the party with perfume. When he hugged children and blessed babies and watched blind people look at their first sunsets, Jesus was thankful. When the disciples returned from their first mission trip, he rejoiced: “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Luke 10:21). 
Thank you, . . .
Don’t be too quick in your assessment of God’s gifts to you. Thank him. Moment by moment. Day by day.

How often I forget to be thankful.  Except for my house, I am beyond amazed at how God worked this house out for us…. 

Praying scripture…

Saw this on Pinterest, so I decided to look it up… this is an amazing verse to pray over your life (or the lives ofthose you love)!

Col l: 9-12

Especially pray if you want :

  • spiritual wisdom
  • understanding
  • to producegood fruit
  • Grow
  • learn to know God better
  • to be strengthened with His glorious power
  • to have endurance
  • to have patience
  • to Be filled with Joy
  • to be thankful