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January 5 2014 1 05 /01 /January /2014 14:33

Extra Grace Required!   This phrase has most accurately described my life of late! We are a mere five days into the illustrious new year, and so far we have seen nothing but giants! Oy-Gevault sized giants! Giants of lack, funky and unexplainable physical symptoms, and for added fun, more people with social, emotional and spiritual strongholds than we can even fathom! Against all of which our ability to wield the Anointing has not seemed up to par, to settle, defeat or assist, much less deliver! Though we have won quite a few skirmishes of our own, still I think we may be down more than few quarters! Needless to say, the fast which I usually embark on this time of year is coming none too soon! Must. Access. HIS. POWER...!


I sit here torn between wanting to whine about the particulars of just how badly things have wreaked in the last few days, and wanting to make declarations of faith on how all this will change. Not too surprisingly I have decided to do a bit of both! The flesh, and apparently not just mine, can't seem to resist a good whine fest! Lol Oy! I say that because I am still reeling from sheer shock factor, of running into an old friend of mine whom I haven't seen in years, only to have her dump her issues on me – for the duration of a wedding reception (or should I say, the hour or so which I endured before running for my life and sanity) with me trying the whole time to change the subject, minister to her pain, or at least get a breath! And then, (yes it gets worse) as we parted, while I was trying to reassure her of my desire and intent to keep her in my prayer, she actually questioned my ability to pray effectively – and practically accused me of witchcraft!


Really?! (*Rant alert) If you don't think one can or will pray effective, redeeming, prayer over your life, or worse, if you think the person on whom you are barfing your innards may be one of those nut jobs who will pray even more hardship on you “for your own good”, then you just might want to rethink giving them the intimate, gory details of your miserably failing Christian existence! Oy! Where is the discernment! But, in her defense the kind of pain she is in, not unjustifiably, does tend to mess with that capacity! However, it was strangely reminiscent of the “old days”, and I begin to see why perhaps God had pruned this one from my circle for a bit!? Still, though that slight annoyance is easily handled (thanks be to God for MY healing of such issues!), my distress, I have realized, has more to do with the fact that she isn't the only person, who has entered my sphere of personal influence of late, who seems to be drowning in life-threatening strongholds for which I seem to have no real power to address!


And I won't even go into the economic and physical battles we are facing as a family right now! Or the massive disappointment with well-meaning friends whose “help” is getting increasingly more painful to accept, or the huge struggles in our relationships with God and each other – as necessary but painful “adjustments” (such an understatement) are being made! I have to keep reminding myself that there WAS a reason the first crew of delivered Israelites weren't so keen about inheriting that promised land – There were massive and prolific amounts of G.I.A.N.T.S.! Grace-Inhibiting Anointing-Negating Treacherous spirits! However, and more importantly, I also need to keep reminding myself that there was a reason they did not need to fear those Giants! God Himself had promised them the victory!


Ugh. So we are back to those pesky trust issues, are we? There are so many stories in the Scriptures where God's people – to whom I have been mercifully grafted-in because of Yeshua – faced impossible odds which they overcame because of God's power over their lives! I am no different than they are! God is no respecter of persons! Not only are the Scriptures replete with examples, the history books are full of even more stories, of victories won since the days the Scriptures were recorded! And so history marches on, and now it has fallen to us to write our own chapter of His grace! Which I am faithfully attempting to do – most literally - in my daily blog writings. I truly believe in transparency and accountability – within proper boundaries – truth can bear light, and fact is fact – denial has never accomplished much besides providing a temporary ability to cope. But I do not want to just cope, folks! I fully intend to conquer – by His Grace! Even if it does require extra grace!


So to get to the point, finally.... Not to toot my horn or anything, but I am going to attempt a fast of some magnitude in the coming days. Therefore I am going to ask, as Esther did before she came before her King, that those of you who read my blog, who pray for me on a regular basis, who get where I am coming from – you know who you are - please pray and fast with me in any way you feel led for the next 21 days, beginning on the 7th – and ending on the 28th – the day after my 56th birthday! The objective of this assignment is the victory over some very stubborn giants in our lives – and the lives of those who come to us for help! Stubbornly persistent spiritual forces that have kept us from possessing property that God has repeatedly said belongs to us – for years! And as you pray for me I will be praying for you. Don't worry – I am praying for deliverance for us all – not justice! Lol And as we pray for each other in this way, let us also remember Israel, who still, after all these years, has not driven all the giants off Her own land! Partly because physical Israel, like us who claim to be spiritually joined to her, has not been diligent to trust God in the ways which He requires!


May this be the year in which we all get what is coming to us. FROM GOD that is! May this be the year when we walk in His Anointing, in significant, life-changing ways! May this be the year when we finally overcome that taunting, overbearing, philistine in our lives, which has stood between us and all God has promised! May this be a year of shining victory and more progress than we've ever imagined! So what if our lives require extra grace right now? He does have an unlimited supply! I intend to make good use of it, until I hit that sweet spot of perpetual blessing! Who's with me? Upward and onward saints – over the giants and through that open door into His Blessing and Favor, which is promised to the radically obedient!



To life! The King wills it! ~Selah~

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  • I am a devoted follower of Yeshua, the Messiah. I have been married to Gene Duncan II for 37 years, and counting. I have 7 children, 3 boys & 4 girls - all grown up. They have been home educated, K-12. I also write, hence the blog (including, but not limited to: children's books, poems, and personal growth art. ) Please stay tuned as I share my personal journey through poems and writing.