I Prefer the King

“He heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” -Psalms 147:3

 

As a child, a lot of my time was spent at my Memaw’s house. My parents would drop me off at her house in the mornings…I would get off the school bus at her house in the afternoons…and every summer was spent with her. It was there that she told me I made the best mud pies in the world. It was also there that I learned it wasn’t the best idea to climb her dogwood tree. I learned how to properly dig for fish bait in my Papa’s worm hole and I truly felt that I was the best cherry tomato grower in the history of….ever. The Sear’s catalog was used for only one purpose in my world and that was to cut out paper dolls. I set up a huge family of dolls under one of the beds at her house and I can still remember Memaw laughing as she pulled them out one afternoon. I pushed her buggy when we went to town on Friday’s and if I was good (and I was always good even when I definitely wasn’t) I was rewarded with a corn dog from the Winn-Dixie deli for lunch. And most days…after all the chores were done…after she made my cherry kool aid in her glass pitcher and stirred it with her wooden spoon…she would read to me. One afternoon, when I was really young, I remember that she read the nursery rhyme, “Humpty Dumpty”. The rhyme upset me and I began to cry because I couldn’t understand why the egg had to stay broken. I can’t remember what Memaw told me to take my attention off the broken egg…but I do remember that the story of Humpty Dumpty wasn’t a pleasant experience.

 

Years later, as a grown woman with children of her own, I was standing in my kitchen while I talked with my best friend on the phone. She and I somehow began talking about that silly rhyme. At the point I was facing in my life…I felt broken in many different pieces….my jaded reasoning had me relating to the egg. I quoted to her, “…and all the king’s horses and all the kings men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.” I could hear the genuine love of my Savior in her voice when she replied, “You’re right. All the king’s horses and all the kings men, couldn’t put him back together again….but if they had only allowed the King to work with the pieces….”

 

How many times in life do we need to be reminded to allow God the opportunity to work on our behalf? How many times do we unnecessarily struggle with burdens when God desires us to cast all our cares on Him? How awesome does it feel when we finally allow God to begin to mend our hurt? I have stood in both places. I have questioned whether God would be able to piece back my broken heart….and I have sat in the very presence of my Savior and felt His touch as He began to smooth the rough places of hurt. I ate with a coworker at lunch and argued with her. I told her, “I want God to heal this hurt!” She smiled and said, “Then allow Him to do it.” That frustrated me, “I AM TRYING TO LET HIM!”, I shouted. She smiled and shouted back, “THEN QUIT TRYING AND JUST LET HIM!”

 

It’s humorous in ways, but true. When we keep trying to do things in our way and at our time, then we haven’t reached the place that we have allowed God the freedom He needs to work. The Psalmist tells us, “He heals the broken hearted…” HE does. Not our own devices…not our own plans…but GOD does. We may find temporary relief by our own methods but our actual healing can only be found at the hand of God. We may allow others to try and sooth pains…and for a while it will work…but as I’ve stated it’s only temporary. Others, like our own selves, are apt to fail and disappoint people. They can’t always be there 100% of the time. If we place our complete confidence in them we will be disappointed. But if we could only grasp the unfailing love of our Savior…if we could truly comprehend the depth of His passion for His children…then I’m certain we wouldn’t be so willing to look for alternatives to the true answer that is found in God.

 

If the King had tried to piece Humpty Dumpty back together again, there could possibly be a better ending to the story. Twenty something years after I heard the story it finally made sense….They didn’t allow the King to try to piece him back together. I may have related my life to the egg but I refuse to have the same ending as that egg…I’m going to call on the King. I prefer the King.

 

Author: Britney Wilkes

 

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Published in: on June 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm  Comments (1)  

Broken Vessels

I’ve written before and shared that my best friend sings with a southern gospel group, “The Drummond Family”.  Initially, when I began going to sings where they were ministering, I was going to support my best friend…but as time passed I began to grow close to this family.  They are a huge blessing in my life.  God has used their ministry in His process of healing my once broken heart.

This weekend I was able to attend all their sings.  There wasn’t one service that the presence of the Lord left a hungry soul wanting.  His Spirit was so sweet…so rich.  Becky Nixon sings a song that the Perry’s originally recorded called, “Did I Mention..”  It’s a beautiful song that testifies of the complete and satisfying love of a merciful Savior.  I couldn’t help but raise my hands in surrender to my Lord.  I couldn’t hold back my tears of gratefulness.  My soul responds to its Creator when I feel His Spirit moving.  Praise seems to be the only avenue that my heart can travel when it desires that fellowship.  People may say that I’m partial to praising during these times because I’m partial to the singers…and it’s true.  I am partial to this family.  Even more so because I know where their song comes from.  They are simply vessels…vessels that at times have been broken by the circumstances of life.  Vessels that allowed God to place them on His potters wheel and mold them…to fill the cracked places that were used to empty their own self so that God could fill them with His grace.

I have come to believe that God desires broken vessels.  I believe that God can take that which is broken and mold it over again.  I believe that cracks in broken vessels, the places that life has broken our spirit, can be used to empty the hurt and the pain.  They can be used for my good.  The Word promises this actually, “And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, who are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28.  When we realize this and allow God to begin molding the vessel…that’s when God can begin to pour of Himself.

This is our decision though.  We can become bitter toward life when the hurt comes…or we can allow God to use these times as opportunities to work for our good.  It truly is better felt than told.  My greatest efforts in writing about the fullness of knowing God will fall drastically short.  My spirit bears witness with the Psalmist and urges you, “O taste and see that the Lord is good..” – Psalm 34:8

If you are broken please don’t allow bitterness to form in your life.  Allow God to mold those hurts and fill them with His grace.

 

 

Author: Britney Wilkes

Published in: on June 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm  Comments (7)  

Awake, Watch and Be Sober

1 Thessalonians 5 and Romans 13:11-14

 

The Lord’s return is eminent, but at the same time, we as Christians know that neither the day nor the hour is known by anyone on this earth. So we must continue each and every day as if it’s our last but also as if we have years still to live. How do we do this?

 

Paul told us that we must be awake, to watch and be sober. This doesn’t mean that you can never sleep; we are human and flesh, we must have sleep. But I feel he was talking about our spiritual man – we must keep him awake, alert, watchful and sober, for we know not when our master shall return home. To do this, we must be diligent in all aspects of our walk with Christ. We must have a strong prayer life, we must be open to the gifts of the Holy Ghost, we must walk in faith and the strength of our Lord, and we must strive to keep a pure and clean heart.

 

But these tasks are so hard today in this sinful world we are living in. There is pain and destruction every day; there is drunkenness, laziness, deceit, anger, and the list goes on. How are we to face these things every day and still be awake, watchful and sober? By following the Word God has given each of us and has placed deep within our hearts. We must keep a prayerful heart and mind at all times – not meaning you have to live in your prayer closet – but keep your mind focused on the things of God and not on the things of this world. Do not close the door on the Spirit of God – don’t ignore or push aside the still small voice you hear speaking to you. This isn’t the devil trying to get you to do good – stop, listen, obey – God is trying to use you to help in these last days to bring in the lost sheep!

 

This world is turning into such a dark and ugly place, a place where no Christian should have to live, but God’s timing is not ours. So while we are here, we are told to be the light in this dark and dreary world, to not let the darkness overtake us. Did the Lord say this would be easy – no! But He did say that He would be with us; He would guide us and comfort us through every trial and every storm. He said that He has given us all of the armor and gifts that we need to make it through this journey if we will just dare to accept them and walk strongly and boldly in them. And we are to encourage each other as we walk this journey. We are stronger as a team and can defeat the enemy when we stand together.

 

Are you ready for the final day? Are you keeping your spiritual man awake, watchful and sober? Are you feeding it the Word to keep it healthy and strong? Are you keeping the candle lit so you will always be a light shining through to break the darkness?

 

I want to be ready…..will you join me?

 

Author : Michelle Drummond

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Don’t Trust the Donkey!

My office mate and I are known for “tag teaming” our clients. When we aren’t completing private individual sessions, others will come to our office and ask to speak with us. I had just tagged off to her and was attempting to complete some paperwork. She was very animated and had began to speak with passion. I was expecting some deep revelation but instead heard her say, “If you didn’t hear it from the horse, don’t trust the donkey!” I looked at her and then at the individual…and then together we all laughed.

It’s a wise word though…however nonconventional it is. Maybe donkey’s have been given a bad rap throughout the years, but the truth remains that they do fall second to the horse. Given our line of work, we often hear, “He said…” or “I talked to so and so and they said…” My office mate and I are always quick to remind them that they have to consider the source of where they are getting their information. Many people say many things. But many people can say many wrong things. So many lives have been destroyed based off of assumptions or rumors. We often deal with irrational thought processes in people who tend to react impulsively when they are overcome by emotion. For those who struggle with this impulsivity, the first question we ask them so they can challenge their belief in that time is, “Are your thoughts based on objective reality and fact?” So, I ask you the same. When you are struggling with emotion in your life…in any capacity…are you basing your opinion on the facts of what is really taking place or what you assume to be taking place?

This morning I woke up to the feeling of anxiety. The feeling laid very heavy on my chest. It scared me because a year ago I dealt with this anxiety day in and day out. I called my best friend and asked her to pray and then my coworker and I joined together in prayer. I prayed. I had to pray hard and remind myself that God had already healed me of this anxiety. I had to decide not to be overcome by it. I had to remind myself that there was no reason to fear and consciously choose not to. A few hours later…the anxiety began to ease…and tonight, I feel peace. “If you didn’t hear it from the horse, don’t trust the donkey.” The donkey was telling me that my fear was real but the horse knew that the anxiety had already been defeated.

Many times we take the words of others and accept them as truth before we ever take the matter to God and seek His council. I believe in Godly advice. I have asked my family how they would handle certain situations before and have been very grateful for the words they have given. But I also feel that there is a time when we must seek God for our own self. Especially when we are going through a very emotionally trying time. “Is any among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray.” James 5:13a. Notice the Word specifically says that the individual should pray. There are times that we need to make our own requests known to our Savior and not rely on the prayers of another. There are certain needs that God desires to answer at the request of His own child.

So…don’t assume. Search for the facts of what is really happening rather than your belief. Emotion will lead even the most brilliant of minds astray. Also, seek God. Take your needs to the Father. He desires for us to come boldly before His throne. The donkey would tell you to suffer alone and attempt to deal with things by yourself. But the horse says for us to cast all our care upon our Father because He cares for us. Seriously, “If you didn’t hear it from the horse, don’t trust the donkey!”

Author: Britney Wilkes

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Published in: on June 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Delivered

“I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You, for you have heard and answered me; and you have become my Salvation and Deliverer.” – Psalms 118:21

I had the most beautiful opportunity to share the love of God to a lost soul today.  I sat and looked in his eyes as he shared painful details of the sin that has entrapped his mind.  This man has allowed Satan to so consume his thoughts that strongholds have been formed.  His perceptions have become clouded and to him, truth seems to only exist in a dream.  He confessed that he didn’t know if he would ever be able to walk in truth.  Tears filled his eyes as he admitted that he didn’t believe that God could deliver him from the sin that he has come accept…and eventually…love.

“I don’t know.”  This man said these words a few times over.  “I don’t know” seems fitting of his confusion.  At times, we don’t know.  At times, we question our circumstances.  In our own ability…with our limited perceptions, we may not know.  But we have to CHOOSE to believe in a God that does.  With confidence I was able to tell this man about the God that is able to deliver him from the sin he has found himself in.  I able to testify of a God who is able to deliver a willing child from the hell of their own making.  He has become my Salvation and my Deliverer because I chose to trust my Savior when He promised that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  If God has promised that we can do all things through Him, then He has equipped us with all that we need to overcome Satan and our present circumstance.

God is still a God that can deliver you from what ever situation you have found yourself in. He IS a God of deliverance, but as with any delivery, there will be a process of pain and rest before the end of the struggle.  When a woman delivers a baby she has contractions.  These contractions are painful…they hurt to the very core of her body.  It is during these contractions, however, that she is asked to push.  Push through the pain.  Push through the hurt.  Focus on the end result and push.  When we seek God for deliverance we will have to push through our pain.  Our pain might come through as temptation to return to sin…fear…anxiety…unbelief in the ability of God to overcome…but we must keep pushing.

What would make a woman push through a pain that is literally tearing her body apart?  The desire to see a better piece of who they are….their child.  When you are seeking deliverance from whatever situation you are in, you have to desire to see a better individual on the other side.  Deliverance is a process.  There will be pain that you have to learn to push through.  There will be periods of rest where you are allowed to build strength only to push again.  But eventually, when the time is right, you will be delivered.

 

 

Author: Britney Wilkes

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Published in: on June 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rebuking Fear

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1: 7

 

Fear is a natural emotion. Individuals deal with fear at some point throughout their life. As with any emotion there are negative and positive reactions that it evokes. There is a natural fear that warns us of danger and keeps us from pursuing situation that otherwise could have potentially been harmful for us. But there is also a fear that attempts to steal the peace of an individual’s mind. This fear plays on insecurities. Certain situations in life can trigger fear and this anxiety will plague ones mind if they allow it.

 

Fear is consuming. Once it has been triggered in an individual it takes hold on all aspects of a person’s life. Fear speaks to a person’s present condition. Because when at that present moment, an individual is scared, it determines his future decisions. When a person is fearful, they keep themselves very closed in to their present situation. If they are fearful of harm, they will make all decisions so that they feel protected and safe…and generally this means that individual will stay at home and never venture out into an unknown situation. Their fear determines their future.

 

How do you overcome fear? It has to be acknowledged. You have to recognize what it is and where it is coming from. God’s Word has already answered these questions for us. 2 Timothy 1:7 openly says, “God did not give us a spirit of fear.” The Amplified Bible defines fear as “cowardice, of craven and cringing in fear.” So, if God didn’t give us a Spirit of fear then there is one of two options. Either we are placing unnecessary worry on our own selves or we are allowing Satan to attack our mind.

 

I do believe that people give more credit to the devil than is necessary at times. I feel that we will at times make foolish decisions that lead to confusion and fear. We, at times, are own worst enemy. That isn’t to say that the devil is innocent, because he assuredly is not. He is the father of all lies and a master of deceit. I, myself, have sat on the church pew Sunday after Sunday and Wednesday after Wednesday and have been just as deceived as a woman could be. He paints beautiful pictures that are easy to look at. But over time, (sometimes a long amount of time) these pictures will fade and reality will come into focus. This is when fear is so easy to consume an individual’s life. We begin to see our self in the truth of who we are. This can hurt and cause us to want to protect our self. Remember, fear speaks to our present situation, even when determining the future. But God, once again, allowed us the opportunity to fight against this Spirit that would attack our mind. God says in 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has given a Spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.” These three things that God has already freely given us, can be used to come against the attacks of Satan.

 

The Spirit of power comes purely through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:11a reads, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.” Notice, the Word reads, overcame. Jesus already DEFEATED Satan. That blood that was shed is still sufficient today to overcome any fear the devil would use to steal your peace. We have to choose to walk in this victory. I learned a long time ago to “Plead the blood.” I remember hearing my sister pray at night before we went to bed and she would “plead the blood”. I do the same now when I pray with my little girls. Satan can not come past the blood. And that blood is offered to cover the children of God today!

 

The Spirit of love is precious indeed. Many, many books could be written to describe this powerful tool to defeat fear. But I feel that if we as believers could grasp this one basic scripture, than we could walk a much more peaceful life. John 3:16 “For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The gift of salvation is freely given. If we could only BELIEVE.

 

The Spirit of a Sound Mind. If you are going to and fro and not stable within your mind then search within yourself. Are you adding unnecessary worry to your mind or are you allowing Satan to use your emotions against you? The Amplified Bible reads that we can have a calm and well-balanced mind. Seek God. Ask Him to reveal areas in your life that need peace. He is able to deliver you from your situations if you are able to work where He leads.

 

Fear. I am well acquainted with him. I am here to tell you that he is no longer welcome in my life anymore. I have chosen to overcome. I pray you do as well.

 

 

Author: Britney Wilkes

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