From the Heart of the First Lady

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Blessings!

Lady Houston

Happy New Year - 2016

Happy New Year, it's 2016 and we are all wondering what will be different about this year.  I know that I will get a little older and their will be anniversaries, birthdays and milestones to celebrate, God willing, because they are marked by dates.  Turning my spiritual eye upon this year I am in awe of God because of the spiritual milestones that we will mark on this year as souls are reclaimed, spiritual growth abounds, and real ministry happens.  Why because we are REFOCUSING ON HIS PURPOSE.  Not that we have not been in years past, but often we allow distractions and delays to send us on wild chases and detours.  This year we are sharping our spiritual focus so that we can see the devil a far off and avoid his traps while we follow God's Purpose Strategies (GPS) to fullfill His purpose in ministry and in our own personal lives.  Jeremiah 29:11 reads, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end".  That end is VICTORY! Let's follow Him to the end!  

For Your Glory Lord,
Lady Patricia Houston

Don't Box Me In

There are many situations in our life that make us reflect upon our lives; a birthday, a death, a birth, a loss of something that meant a great deal to us, harsh words from someone we love.  We really begin to reflect when we are in the midst of trouble and it has our attention.  We begin to try to find a way out of the pain or avoid the damage because of the trouble. 

In Psalm 9:9 the psalmist writes that “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”
 
He also says in Psalm 27:5 “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me upon a rock”
Through His Word he makes promises and he allows us to make requests…. I want to talk about a familiar passage of scripture concerning Jabez… where the request is made…. “That God would enlarge his Coast.”  
 
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (KJV)
9 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.
10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
 
When I reflect on my life I see the hand of God may be you are right where you thought you be but where I am I don’t think I could have thought of but I see His hand with me all my life, I see how he worked to keep me from evil even when I kept running toward it.  But I can see like Jabez that his request is being manifested in my life and my coast is enlarging.  I would bet if you look you could see it too!
 
It has become easy for many to tell the stories of our sorrows and more and more difficult for us to tell about victories.  For these stories have become a fabric our lives and we can tell them with great flare, with comic relief, and or to evoke a response to meet our needs from others.    This has become a box that holds us within the boundaries of not or just enough!   Look at your neighbor and tell “Don’t Box Me In!”
 
Society, the world and sometimes our neighbors have created and projected these outward signs that will tell us and them that we are living blessed and one of those ways has become how materially blessed we are.  As soon as we think we know the signs of being blessed in our prayers we begin to include those material things.  Gone is the deliver me from evil and in its place is the big screen HD TV.  Our testimonies has become all about what God has blessed us with that we can see and not the sin that he delivered us from that you can not see!  Look at your neighbor and say “don’t box me in”. 
 
And because of it we find ourselves walking in lack and not enough, there is a struggle with budgets and bills and yet we are rich in our relationship with Christ, supposedly overflowing with love that covers sins, have the authority to use the name of Jesus and possess the Holy Spirit who provides comfort.    We are the answer to what is happening in our own lives and this World!  But we live in the box!
 
It’s time to venture outside of the box … says “Don’t box me in”….
Acts 3:2-10 (KJV)
2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
 
Money could not answer this man’s problems, could not heal his disease, could not make him whole! Somebody had to help him out of the box!
 
God wants to pull you out of the box so that you can pull somebody else out.  Tell your neighbor don’t box me in.    You see as people we find ourselves looking to other to give us identity and too help us define who we are, what our lives will look like, and who we should have in it.  We should be looking to God to define us because his vision is so much larger then theirs or ours.
 
Our plea should be for God to enlarge our life so we can make a greater impact for Him. Our prayer much like Jabez should be for more influence, more responsibility, and more opportunity to make a mark for the God of Israel.
 
I am writing to remind you….. to renew your mind and don’t let others or yourself think you out of what he is trying to do through you!   Use these 5 steps and get yourself out of your box!
 
  1. Remember it’s about His plan for you.  
 
Matthew 9:37 (KJV)
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Matthew 9:38 (KJV)
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
  1. Acknowledge God
Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
 
  1. Give the Power back to God.
 
Deuteronomy 8:18 (KJV)
18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
  1. Ask God for his definition of Abundance for your life. 
John 10:10 (KJV)
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Proverbs 10:22 (KJV)
22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
James 1:5 (KJV)
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
 
  1. Then pray the prayer… not for things… but to be used by him.  See Jebez heard from his mother that he was born out of sorrow… He could have taken that box and lived in it… but he believe in God!
 
Luke 11:9 (KJV)
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Remember :  You didn’t chose Jesus he chose you……
 
John 15:16 (KJV)
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
 
Be blessed!
Lady Patricia Houston
(adapted from sermon 12/29/2013)

Find Your Secret Place!

There is Power in the Secret Place!

Psalm 91:1-16 (KJV)
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

It is a safe place. A place to release your spirit from the tight hold of controlled emotions; a place to let His calm envelope you and His strength fortify you. It is truly a place of rest. A place where, once you have found it, you want to return over and over. It is the well of spiritual refreshment for a thirsty heart.

David in Psalm’s 27:4 to 6 says
4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

Things we need to understand about a relationship with God, whatever you give him you will get it back. Giving him time you get time back, giving him love you get love back, walking in peace with him you get peace back, giving him you, you get you back!

What to do in the secret place?  Pray to your God, praise Him and make sure you listen to him.  A wise woman, Mother Peach, shared with us that we need to discover the art of listening and hearing the voice of God!

In your secret place you can udder words from the deepest part of you that will bring you relief and revelation about the truth of your situation.  God loves you no matter how messed up you are or how crazy you think that you are. 

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.  Matthew 6:6

Discovering the secret place will show up all over your life!  If you desire a true change, if you are tired of doing drive by-s, having short lived relationships, unable to finish anything or be content you must find the secret place in God!  

The Secret Place hold the power to change your life, to protect you from the storm, to bless you right where you are in the midst of your mess.

You give him your mess and he will make a master piece…in your Secret Place!

  

Relationships Matter

Our relationship with other people is no small matter. It’s a big deal; bigger than what we may make of it. In fact, it comes a close second to our relationship and fellowship with God. For we are brothers and sisters in Christ and how we relate to others can affect the body of believers positively or negatively.

It’s perfectly alright if we just can’t click-on in close fellowship with some people, and vice versa. Such a phenomenon is neither a sin nor a crime. But, we certainly need to relate well to other people who, just like us, are made in the image of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. After all, besides God, who else can understand and relate to us if not for people in our lives?

As believers, we are accustomed to the times and seasons when we have been sustained by the prayers of fellow believers; riding on the wings of prayer (and praise). Their prayers, which rise as incense to God, were not in vain. Isn’t it comforting to know that we have a God who is for us as well as people who are charitable towards us?  That is what our fellowship in the church is all about!

In a sense, our success in life depends on good relationship, amongst other things. The one life of Jesus Christ changed history. He had a vision to fulfill God’s call for the redemption of all people with an obedient lifestyle and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He also chose a motley group of followers who formed His dream team. Likewise, we need co-workers / co-laborers in our ministry work, business, and our other enterprise / endeavors in life.   We need each other!

Our vision and dreams may well require the collaboration and input from others. We need to grow in favor not only with God but also with men just as “JESUS grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people” (Luke 2:52, NLT).

As we do what is good (e.g. sow good relationships) we can expect to reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. “Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith” (Gal. 6:10, NLT).

 

Relationships do matter!

Lady Houston

 

Happy New Year

Looking forward to a better year this year?  I am sure you are busy planning the great things that you are going to do, making commitments to do better, be better, try harder and this is wonderful.  I would like to encourage you to work on first things first.  Before you decide to lose a pound, pay off a bill, or organize your office begin with your Spirit.  Ask the Lord "What can I do to bless you Lord?" and then begin to plan around that.  If it's pray more, then schedule it.  If it's read about Faith, then plan it.  If it's to encourage more people to serve Him, then do it.  The Word of God says "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.(Matt 6:33,34).   So do first things first.  Join us in our 21 day Consecration as we seek to"Grow in Grace". 

Peace & Love!

Lady Houston