A Time for Every SeasonWritten by Joyce C. Lock
Thereís a time for every season, Sorrowing when death gives itsí call, A reality of living that Eventually come to all.
But, unless one dies to themselves, Itís a life never lived; A life with selfishness, A heart that never learned to give.
The things we held on to, We thought we couldnít live without; Were very lies Satan fed us, To keep us trapped in deathís cloud.
For when we die to flesh And live by MASTERíS rule, We find we never lost anything, But Satan; vicious and cruel.
The path to peace and victory is Godís will; Godís way, every time. Because, God is for you, knowing your need better than you know yourself and only He knows which path will meet it and defeat Satan.
The reasons we serve God graduate more we come to know Him; for our safety and benefit, itís exciting to see what God wants to do next, His plan is better than ours, because we love Him, for who He is. With each step of obedience, we discover life more abundantly and a God who loves beyond measure.
As God ministers to soul; He replaces Satanís lies with truth, heals, sets us free, teaches about who He is (a process of restoring our innermost self to itsí original creation, separate from evil.) In so doing, God gives light to darkness within, gradually indwelling us Ö as, once we know truth, we choose Him.
A Promise FulfilledWritten by Joyce C. Lock
As young people often tend to feel invincible, my daughter would be employed two and three places at a time. Being born flat-footed, her feet didn't always cooperate. In time, x-rays proved her bones had actually moved to where they were laying side by side (instead of on top of each other). Additionally, there were bone spurs. Joints throughout her body would swell, and doctors had failed in diagnosing it. Shoes often created too much pain to wear. Medical tests required funds that were otherwise needed. Becoming a common thing for her to run to basement to put clothes into dryer, only to find her sitting at bottom of basement steps crying (not being able to climb back up stairs), we began to supply a wheel chair for outings. Having no insurance and two young boys to provide for (not being able to take 6 mos. off work), God would provide her with feet just long enough to finish a shift. Though having been a person with a heart for needs of others, she was never able to manage her own spiritual walk. Finally realizing God had allowed this to physically happen, so we'd realize her spiritual condition was an infirmity, I began to research scripture. If two shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. Mt.18:19 The verse God gave us was this ... "Make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of way; but let it rather be healed." He.12:13 Receiving that verse as God's instruction to teach straight gate, she then began to walk both spiritually & physically. Setting out to fulfill required condition, we focused on listening for God and receiving His every next step of instruction - to not follow laws in ink, but seeking to know God's heart. Already knowing she had gift of prophecy, her abilities became more refined. As long as her focus was on God, she'd continue improving. Seeking God with your whole heart, He reveals himself to you. Je.29:13 A few months into this journey, and she began experiencing God in newfound ways. The following months were so exciting, she could hardly put God's Word down! She'd say, "Oh, this is so neat! I have to tell you what I found! I finally understand this!" ... as phone would ring all hours of night (being about to burst just to tell wonderful truths of God).