Kathy — As we position our hearts to receive the joy of the Lord, may we have the wisdom not to equate JOY with EASE. If we think JOY means EASE then the least bit of opposition can add discouragement, oppression and depression to the mountains we face.JOY does not pivot around EASE.Joy comes on the heels of conflict: Isaiah 29:19 tells us, The “afflicted” shall increase their joy in the Lord. That statement is both an assurance and a challenge: the temptation and trial process shall not win, nor shall the accuser of the brethren or failure prevail; so we must forge ahead, confident the Joy of the Lord is rooted in overcoming.Joy confronts the depleting foes of grief, vexation, disappointment, hurt and worry to defy and defeat them. Joy is a by-product of relationship with God.Joy is not an emotional state.It is an attitude of the heart that does not bow at the throne of EASE.
(Kathy will be speaking at DREAMS VISIONS PROPHECY Sept.10-12, 2021; Grace Church Willis gracewillis.org)
A while back I walked into the kitchen and I said to Kathy, “That smells like Thanksgiving!”. As I walked in, I experienced a wide range of sensory connections with Thanksgiving. The smell of spices and basting meat and the odors of baking coming out of the oven filled my senses. But I also began to hear things. As memories of Thanksgivings-come-and-gone stirred in my mind, I could hear the sounds of those gatherings, those loved ones, those children, those songs, that worship—in my memory. Kathy couldn’t hear any of it but I could hear many things all at once. I had to just stand there for a minute or two, not focusing on anything in the room but looking with my memory into those sights and sounds that had been cherished and stored away in valuable files of my heart. Then, even as I write now, hot tears filled my eyes and my heart raced up at the peace and joy and delight all those sounds and people in my memory brought to me. I didn’t even realize that I had tucked those precious memories away so many years ago. But the loving atmosphere, the loving people, the lovely ambiance and delicious foods all impacted my senses then for a delightful, sensory and welcome release now. No camera could have accomplished what those pleasant experiences wrought, for they were drawn up out of the well of cherished ones and cherished things in my heart. And for a brief time they were all there, all real and all so lovely once again. I am so thankful for a rich heritage, deeply meaningful relationships and for cherished memories that still impact me today. May this Thanksgiving bring to you sights and sounds and smells that pleasantly soothe you and heal you, and may they all bring you to a fresh place of rest in our Lord. (Prov.10:7a, Amp) ”The memory of the righteous [person] is a blessing,”.
Waiting on God involves continuing to do what we were born to do instead of deciding to be still and silent in a puddle of disappointment. For the record, I did get past my disinclination to encourage people like Marty had asked me to that Sunday morning and, before midnight, I got two phone calls with reports of undeniable supernatural interventions. I did not hear about them before Christmas like I had prayed, but both had happened the week before Christmas! One was financial and one was a granddaughter coming to an incredible God-turn in her life. I remembered the word of wisdom that started the financial miracle and I knew about that grandmother’s prayer vigil for that particular granddaughter. So, I realized before either miracle, there had been a “working of miracles” behind the scenes before anyone saw the actual miracle.
(This is the eighth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Christmas Miracles“ taken from Volume 20 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine.)
May sights, sounds and smells bring back to you pleasant memories. May those remembrances serve as witnesses to you of what is yet to come. May your heart and mind be filled with all the good things our good God has done in His Word and may you thrill with the possibilities for your tomorrows. May you see them coming on the horizon and may you embrace them in near days.
”Joyfully you’ll pull up buckets of water from the wells of salvation. And as you do it, you’ll say, ‘Give thanks to God. Call out his name. Ask him anything! Shout to the nations, tell them what he’s done, spread the news of his great reputation!’” (Isa.12:3-4, Msg)
In days to come, as you walk before God Most High in the light of His Word and trust in Him, may our beneficent Father grant you good times, happy times and times of celebration. May you look to the future expecting to see the goodness of God in your life and the lives of your family. Don’t be defeated by what appears to be on the horizon. Don’t be disheartened by rumors and every story that finds flight on the fancy of someone’s fears or imagination. May our merciful Father God send delightful surprises your way and grant you good times, happy times and times of celebration. (2Chron.6:41b, Msg) “…let your holy people celebrate goodness…” May you discover daily God’s goodness working in your life.
As the people of God assemble today, may they speak
of and sing of our Lord’s rich goodness and celebrate
His righteousness and find their hope renewed.
”The news of Your rich goodness is no secret—
Your people love to recall it and sing songs of
joy to celebrate Your righteousness.”
SEEC Ministries International (Marty and Kathy)
9th Annual Kingdom Equipping Congress
March 2-4, 2016 * NO FEE
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Your Home #19 – May your home be filled with songs and
rejoicing because the Lord God Almighty has delivered you
when you needed rescue from people and circumstances.
“Songs of joy at the news of our rescue are sung in the homes
of the godly. The strong arm of the Lord has done glorious things!” (Ps.118:15, LB)
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In 2015 I am praying to see a lot
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“Hey, you guys, another dream
just came true!!!
SEEC Ministries Annual Conference
KINGDOM EQUIPPING CONGRESS
March 4-6, 2015
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As the people of God assemble today may
they open their hearts and mouths and sing
joyous praises to their God because He has
provided a Savior. “Joy to the world the Lord is come.”
“Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord and
joyfully celebrate His mighty acts, for great is the
glory of the Lord.” (Ps.138:5, Amp)
As the people of God assemble today, may they, like their loving God,
comfort those who mourn and surround them and minister to them
in such a way that the mourners may receive the oil of joy for mourning.
May there be such facilitation that they receive the garment of praise for
the spirit of heaviness and leave that time of worship and fellowship with lifted heads.
“…To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them
beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit
of heaviness;” (Isa.61:2b-3a)