The Lord Still Answers And Jesus Still Heals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Psalm 3:4 CEV – I pray to You, and You answer from Your sacred hill.)

The AMPC version of today’s focal verse says, “With my voice I cry to The Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!”

For me, it was in that selah moment: the pausing to serenely and intently reflect upon those words that truly displayed The Lord’s goodness towards me.

So, today, I just want to share on the goodness of The Lord, how He knows all things, and how He deeply cares about and is so intricately involved in every single detail of our lives. Or in my case, how He had given me the answer to a prayer that I had not even prayed yet.

I turned 34 on my birthday which was a little over a couple of weeks ago now. That morning, I was in worship and just sitting with The Lord and I asked Him to give me one verse to focus on for the month. Psalm chapter 3, verse 4 was the verse that He spoke to me.

After reading that verse, I was just in awe because I had prayed and He immediately answered which was what the verse that He had spoken to me to focus on said in a very literal sense.

My birthday was April 4th, which was on a Thursday. On that following Tuesday, I woke up with this unexpected pain in the bottom of my left foot. The pain reminded me of the same pain that I used to get from tendonitis years ago when I played sports. My foot was tender and it was almost like you feel this pulling/tearing going on inside of it.

Well, if you know me, then you know that I am a lover of essential oils and the Queen of holistic remedies. LOL! So, I rubbed some peppermint oil on it which made it feel better instantly and I went on about my day.

However, by that night around bedtime it started to bother me again. And when I woke up the next morning, the pain was worse than it was the previous day, so much so that it caused me to walk with a bit of a limp. Again, I put peppermint oil on it, but this time there was still this nagging pain that never went away. And so, I just pushed through and endured it all throughout that day.

It wasn’t until my time of prayer that night that The Lord reminded me of the verse that He had given me to focus on.

I mean, I had prayed about everything under that sun. I had prayed for myself, my family, my friends, etc… but for some reason I never prayed about the pain in my foot.

After I had finished praying, I was lying on the sofa in stillness just basking in The Lord’s Presence and I heard Him say, “Why haven’t you asked Me to heal you?”

Of course, I knew instantly that He was referencing the pain in my foot. And it was in that moment that I remembered Psalm 3:4 — I pray and He answers! It was profound, yet as simple as that.

I took a moment to reflect upon the promise of Psalm 3:4 and then I sat up, I laid both of my hands on my foot, and I said, “Lord, I ask in Jesus’ name that all of the pain in my foot would be gone and that You would heal it completely and restore to how You divinely intended for it to operate. Amen.” 

As soon as I finished praying, all of the pain was completely gone and I haven’t experienced any pain or issues since!

I share all of this with you guys for three reasons:

  1. ) I had prepared something totally different to share with you all this Sunday, but The Lord wanted me to share this testimony and I always want to be obedient to what He’s asking of me.
  2. ) I wanted you to be encouraged in that fact that The Lord listens and He answers!
  3. ) The truth and promise of today’s focal verse is not just for me, but for every single one of you as well.

And so, today, I leave you guys with this eternal promise and timeless truth: THE LORD STILL ANSWERS AND JESUS STILL HEALS!!!

“Ask Me anything in My name, and I will do it for you! – Jesus (John 14:14 TPT)

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Sunday Soul Kiss Creative Spotlight Of The Week

This week’s Sunday Soul Kiss creative spotlight shines on my beautiful friend, Renee Popinski-Young, who is a Christian artist who creates beautiful cross paintings. I bought the painting that you see below from her. The picture truly doesn’t do it justice. It’s much more lovely in person!

If you’d like to connect with Renee to buy a painting of your own, you can contact her via the following links. Renee’s Personal: Facebook / Renee’s Personal: Instagram or via email at: reneeyoung123@gmail.com

The Sunday Soul Kiss book of the week and album of the week will return next post!

Happy Soul Kissed Sunday and Happy Resurrection Sunday! Sending you all heavenly hugs and holy kisses! You are all in my prayers! I love you guys!

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Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Wrapped In The Word

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Psalms 119:114 TPT- You’re my place of quiet retreat, and Your wrap-around Presence becomes my shield as I wrap myself in Your Word!)

Today’s focal verse captivates my heart every single time I read it. It’s like it’s truth just reawakens within me this resounding reverence for The Presence of God and the promise of His Word.

I’ve read the Bible almost everyday for the last 9 years, but over the last several months, I’ve really made a conscious effort to not just read The Word, but to truly sit with it, camp out in it, soak in it, feast upon it, revel it’s truth, earnestly and deeply meditate on it’s promises, and just internalize it’s every word. Or as today’s focal verse simply, yet powerfully puts it— wrap myself in IT.

Abba, You are our place of quiet retreat, and Your wrap-around Presence becomes our shield as we wrap ourselves in Your Word!

A few weeks ago, I was just sitting on the sofa reading my Bible and I heard The Lord say, “I love it when you marvel at My Word.” 

The Bible says that Jesus, Himself is The Word. (John 1:1-4 AMP)

So, just imagine with me for a moment that every time you engage with, feast upon, or marvel at The Word of God, what you’re actually doing is wrapping yourself in it’s promise. Which would mean that as you wrap yourself in it’s promise, you are in fact wrapping, enveloping, encasing, and covering yourself in Jesus Himself, Who is The Word’s Living Expression.

For me, the thought of His Presence being wrapped around us protecting us, strengthening and empowering us, revealing truth and wisdom to us, instilling peace and joy within us, and covering and filling us with and in the pure love that is Him provoked the following thoughts: “For who is God besides The Lord? Who is The Rock except our God?”

There is truly no one like Him. What a God you are! Your path for me has been perfect! All Your promises have proven true. What a secure shelter for all those who turn to hide themselves in You! You are the wrap-around God giving grace to me. Could there be any other god like you? You are the only God to be worshiped, for there is not a more secure foundation to build my life upon than You. You have wrapped me in power, and now You’ve shared with me Your perfection. (Psalms 18:30‭-‬32 TPT)‬‬

This morning, I would like to leave you with this one question to ponder. Is there anything in this life more vitally essential, beautifully true, and unquestionably powerful than The Word, Who is Jesus Christ, Himself?

And in closing, my prayer for you guys is this: that you would be wrapped, clothed, and immersed in The Word daily wholly becoming one with it’s truth. In Jesus’ mighty name, I pray that you would abide and live in life-union with Christ and never, not even for a single moment be separate from The Life, Love, and Truth that is Him.

“Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.” – Saint Patrick

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As most of you guys know, “A.S-K.S.” has partnered with Jerusalem Nano Bible and as you can see today’s blog post is entitled “Wrapped In The Word”. One of the reasons this collaboration means so much to me is because I am a genuine lover of The Bible and with Jerusalem Nano Bible, you can wrap yourself in The Word of God— literally. It is truly an honor and a privilege for me to partner with JNB and to be able to share that here with you guys. So, to find out more information about the Jerusalem Nano Bible and our partnership, please click here! And when you shop with Jerusalem Nano Bible, please be sure to use the discount/promo code ASKS10 and you will receive a 10% discount on all of your purchases from them and shipping is free worldwide!

The Lord has been impressing it upon my heart to start sharing via podcast and via video, so if you guys enjoy or have been encouraged by the content here at “A.S.-K.S.”, please do me a favor and subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking here and please stay tuned for the links to my podcast! Content for the “Sunday Soul Kiss” podcast and vlog will be available on both platforms very soon!

And last but not least, I know that a lot of you guys already know that “A.S.-K.S.” now has it’s own brand, Holy Kisses from A.S.-K.S.. To find out more about the brand and how it was birthed, please click here. You can also swing by and check out the online store by clicking on the Holy Kisses banner above.

Sunday Soul Kiss Creative Spotlight Of The Week

This week’s Sunday Soul Kiss creative spotlight shines on my lovely, creative friend, and fellow blogger Tayrina Gonzalez, who makes beautiful Christian/faith-inspired key chains, bookmarks, decorated notebooks, and more. I bought the key chain that you see below from her online shop and I just love it!

You can connect with Tayrina or visit her shop through the following links. Blog: His Purpose In Me / Online Shop: His Purpose In Me Bookmarks & More / Tayrina’s Personal: Instagram / Online Shop: Instagram / His Purpose In Me: Facebook Page / Tayrina’s Personal: Twitter Account

Sunday Soul Kiss Book Of The Week

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This week’s Sunday Soul Kiss book of the week was written by the beautiful, creative heart, Jenny Randle!

As a believer and a creative heart, “Courageous Creative” is absolutely one of my MOST favorite books! This 31-Day interactive devotional was SUCH a huge blessing to me in so many ways. It encourages, inspires, and empowers creatives to create frequently and fearlessly and I can’t even begin to tell you how freeing that notion has been for me. I pray it does the same and more for you! I will be giving away 2 free copies. The winners will be chosen on 3/31/19. If you’d like to enter, you can do so by simply leaving a comment of this post.

Sunday Soul Kiss Album Of The Week

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Enjoy one of my favorite songs from this week’s Sunday Soul Kiss album of the week!

Happy Soul Kissed Sunday and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Sending you all heavenly hugs and holy kisses! I love you guys!

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Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Prophesy Life To Your Valley Of Dry Bones

(Ezekiel 37:4-5 NLT – Then He said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to The Word of The Lord! This is what The Sovereign Lord says: Look! I Am going to put breath into you and make you live again!’”)

The NIV of today’s focal verses say, Then He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear The Word of The Lord! This is what The Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.’”

How electric and life-giving are those words?!

Over this last week, as I’ve sat with Papa God and meditated on Ezekiel chapter 37, verses 1-14, Holy Spirit has just been continually unveiling and wrecking me in the best possible way with new and fresh revelation of The Word of God. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that passage of Scripture over the course of my life, but wasn’t truly cognizant of how powerful the gift of prophesy is or mindful of the fact that The Word is alive—literally alive. And not only is The Word alive, but it gives life as well. (John 1:1-5)

Just in spending intimate time with The Lord, it has amazed me how notably the truth of those very words have just adhered to my spirit and been a constant reminder of how dynamic The Word really is. And in me taking the time to reflect upon that truth, it reminded me of yet another truth that mustn’t be negated. And that truth is, that our words as in the words that we’re speaking daily are paramount.

The Bible says that death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Proverbs 18:21) So, the question to ponder then becomes, what are we speaking forth over our lives, our families, our friends, the dreams of our hearts, and our destinies?

The Bible also says, What comes out of the mouth is what’s overflowing in the heart. (Luke 6:45)  What that says to me is, that what we say is what we truly believe in our heart of hearts not only about ourselves, but also about those around us as well. I would like to propose that we should intently mull over what we’ve been speaking forth and if our thoughts and words don’t line up with the truth of who God says we are and who He’s created us to be, then we need to replace those thoughts and those words with His truth.

We not only need to meditate on the perfection of the promises within The Word of God, but sit with Him in the secret place, ask Him to speak to us His truth— that eternal truth that He spoke over our lives from the moment that He first thought of us, listen for His voice to sweetly whisper the truth of who we are into our hearts, and then began to prophesy that truth over our lives.

As we position ourselves to start speaking life over ourselves and others everyday, here are 4 powerful little gems/tokens of truth for us to store in the treasure chest of our hearts and minds.

  1. ) Before The Lord created us in our mother’s womb, He knew us, approved of us as His chosen instrument, and set us apart consecrating us unto Himself. (Jeremiah 1:5)
  2. ) We are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) (That reference is from the NIV, but I really recommend reading Psalm 139:1-18 from TPT as well because the wording there is much more personal, intimate, and elaborate.)
  3. ) The Lord’s plans and thoughts toward us have always been to give us unwavering hope and a bright future. His heart for us is that we would abundantly prosper. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  4. ) Jesus came to give us everything in abundance, more than we expect—LIFE in its fullness until we overflow! (John 10:10)

As we enter into this new year, let us hold the truth of those 4 things in our hearts, being fully aware of the efficacy that lies within the words that we speak, and knowing that above all else The Word of God will always stand firm, outshine, and reign supreme over the blatant lies of the enemy.

In closing, my prayer is that we would unequivocally accept and receive The Word of The Lord as the infallible truth that it is and prophesy that truth over our lives, our loved ones, our hopes, our talents, our gifts, and our dreams allowing The Lord to breathe life into, upon, and within our own personal “valley of dry bones”.

“The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a war or say ‘I love you.'” – Julian Treasure

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As most of you guys know, “A.S-K.S.” has partnered with Jerusalem Nano Bible and I am so very honored and far beyond excited about our collaboration! This collaboration is very dear to my heart and sincerely means a lot to me. So, to find out more information about the Jerusalem Nano Bible and our partnership, please click here! And when you shop with Jerusalem Nano Bible, please be sure to use the discount/promo code ASKS10 and you will receive a 10% discount on all of your purchases from them and shipping is free worldwide!

Also, The Lord has impressed it upon my heart to start sharing via podcast and via video, so if you guys enjoy or have been blessed by the content here at “A.S.-K.S.”, please do me a favor and subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking here and please stay tuned for the links to my podcast! Content for the “Sunday Soul Kiss” podcast and vlog will be available on both platforms very soon!

Sunday Soul Kiss Book Of The Week

Click on the following links to purchase: Amazon (Paperback) / Kindle / ibooks!

This week’s Sunday Soul Kiss book of the week was written by my amazing friend, Debbie Kitterman!

“The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement” is on my top 5 list of must reads. I was incredibly blessed by it and I can promise that you guys will be super blessed by it as well. I will be giving away 2 free copies. The winners will be chosen on 1/15/18. If you’d like to enter, you can do so by simply leaving a comment of this post. Debbie also has a really great reading plan on the YouVersion Bible App called #BETHEGIFT Someone Needs Today, so be sure to check it out as well!

Sunday Soul Kiss Album Of The Week

Click on the following links to purchase: iTunes / Amazon Streaming, MP3, or Audio CD!

Enjoy one of my favorite songs from this week’s Sunday Soul Kiss album of the week!

Happy Soul Kissed Sunday and Happy New Year! Sending you all heavenly hugs and holy kisses! I love you guys!

If you would like for me to pray for or with you, please click here.

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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There’s A Place For You Here + “Holy Kisses” Mug Giveaway

(Ephesians 2:6 TPT- He raised us up with Christ The Exalted One, and we ascended with Him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ!)

Back in February, I went to two different conferences that greatly impacted and empowered my life: “Fire 18” in Jacksonville, FL and “Glory Nights” in New Orleans, LA.

To be completely honest with you, I’m still processing and reflecting upon the experiences and encounters that I had at both, but I’ve felt that Holy Spirit is leading me to share this one experience with you guys that happened on one of the nights of “Glory Nights New Orleans”. With that being said, I’m going to attempt to describe what was happening during worship that night just to try to paint a picture for you of what the atmosphere in the room was like.

There was a room full of beautiful-hearted people that genuinely love Jesus and we were all just singing and worshiping The Lord.

So, right from the very beginning, The Presence of God was already permeating and starting to completely saturate the entire room.

If you were to take a quick glance around the room you would see people lying on the floor, sitting, standing, and just in their own sacred space with The Lord. Everyone on my row happened to be standing as they were worshiping including me and I heard The Lord say, “Sit on the floor with Me.” There really wasn’t much room to sit unless you had already moved to the one of the aisles or to the front or the back of the room prior to worship starting. So, I just quietly sat down Indian-style on the floor in front of my seat with my hands and heart open and ready to receive.

As soon as I closed my eyes, I saw The Lord sitting in this beautiful, antique chair. I wouldn’t quite call in a throne. To be honest, it reminded of this chair that my Grandpa would always sit in when I was a child— the same chair that I would always climb up into my Grandpa’s lap to watch TV (mainly sports), eat snacks, and drink sweet tea. 🙂

What I’m saying is, this picture that I was seeing of The Lord sitting in that chair as I’m sitting on the floor with my eyes closed felt and seemed incredibly familiar to me. It had a very nostalgic feel to it in the sense that what I was seeing in the spirit had begun to evoke real emotion from me in the natural.

I began to weep and I felt this love that I don’t even have the words to accurately describe to you and then I started to remember all these very precious moments that I had growing up with my Dad and my Grandpa both whom I was incredibly close to, but have gone on to be with The Lord.

But when the memories started to drift from my focus and I began to laser in on The Lord sitting in that chair again, I saw that He was smiling and He was patting His right leg as a parent or grandparent would do when they’re letting a child know that it’s ok for that child to climb up into their laps to sit down. And The Lord was saying over and over again, “There’s a place for you here.”

Today’s focal verse says, He raised us up with Christ The Exalted One, and we ascended with Him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ! 

For we are co-seated as one with Christ! I’ve been sitting here mulling over how beautiful and incredibly powerful that is.

I share all of this with you guys for three reasons:

  1. I wanted you to be able to see how The Lord will take you on this sweet, intimate journey with Him and bring up memories that are precious to you just to show you the depths of His heart for you and how He intimately knows you.
  2. I wanted you to understand how those memories can be directly related to the relationship that He’s trying to either establish or richly deepen with you.
  3. I don’t believe that this experience was just for me. I believe that it is for the body of Christ as a whole. And so, I felt that you should know or be reminded of the fact that, you have an ever-extended invitation from The Creator of the universe Himself also known as our Abba Father to climb up into His lap, rest your head upon His heart, and be one with Him.

As we reflect upon today’s focal verse, my prayer for us is that that we would take it to heart, cling to and rest in it’s truth, and then view and live our lives through the lens of the promises within that truth.

The Lord, Himself is calling us unto Him. So, as He beckons you into His lap, simply sit, smile, rest, and receive from Him remembering that there is always a place for you there. 🙂

Happy Soul Kissed Thursday! Sending you all heavenly hugs and holy kisses! I love you guys!

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Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed!🙂

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