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    Thursday
    Dec012016

    An Encouraging Word From Our Heavenly Father

    Seems pretty cheeky to say one can hear from God and even cheekier to share it with others. But if there's a chance of this soothing hearts and encouraging us to trust God when we're discouraged, then I'm sharing. Feel free to pass this on if it resonates with you. Blessings, y'all.

    The text of the above message:

    Dear children,

    I love you with an everlasting love. You are mine. I see your pain. The pain you hide from even yourself. Fear not. I will not leave you comfortless. I have broken the chains but the pain is so near it eclipses your view of My face. Right now, I shatter those chains from you. I empower you and lift you up from the mire. Those things that held you captive have made you strong. As you experience my restoration and freedom you show forth that possibility to those around you in this hurting world. Fear not. They shall not overcome you. You shall overcome evil with holiness, and fear with joy. I am your strong foundation. I speak and the earth trembles, the prison doors crumble, the chains fall away and the cell doors fly open. I am your freedom. I am your fresh start. As you walk with me every day and renew your mind with My truth, your vision clears. Hope arises. Those dreams and callings you believed to be dead are resurrected. It is no longer you who live with the weakness of the flesh but Christ who lives in you--the one who has conquered sin, the grave and all corruption. Trust my deep work on your soul. Trust me with your hidden wounds and shames. My every thought toward you is for your good and your future and never for evil. Rest in my arms and receive love that fills the deepest hidden parts, that soothes the most excruciating pain and breaks open every stronghold and digs up every rooted evil, no matter how deep or longstanding. In my arms of healing you soar to unimagined heights. Old quarrels are forgotten. Unfathomable forgiveness releases your enemies and the poison no longer affects you. Speak to those mountains in your path. Proclaim new life over death. Proclaim joy for mourning. Proclaim adoption for the orphan spirit.

    I light a wildfire in your midst. My holy fire springs up and every hindrance, every fear, every curse, every mountain erected in your path is cast down. Rise, my bride, and take my hand. What do those wounds of the past have to do with you anymore? Nothing. They are fertilizer in your field of harvest. They become beauty in my hands rather than ashes. Your family, community, church, country and nation are on the brink of the greatest revival this world has ever seen. Arise. Shine. For your light has come and the glory of the Lord shines upon YOU. Proclaim my love. Proclaim my peace. Proclaim my resurrection over my bride. Rejoice and celebrate before my throne. Shout my praises and kingdoms crumble, families are restored, chasms of division are healed and sickness flees. In the light of my glory, evil melts away and is no more. This is the hour. My wounded bride stands to her feet, looks in my eyes and hears my song of love and eternal home.The grave clothes fall away and the pure robes of brightest white blind the eyes and break the chains of deception. For now, it truly is My Kingdom Come & My Will Done on this earth as it is in Heaven!

    Chana Keefer is wife of one, mom of four and best selling author of five. (Check out her new #1 Bestselling Family Classic Annabelle: A Ghostly Texas Tale)

    Chana lives in Southern California with her amazing husband, four radically unique kids and a Siberian Husky who reminds her how to enjoy every moment.

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    Saturday
    Sep032016

    You Be About MY Business, & I'll Be About Yours

    “You be about MY business, and I’ll be about yours.”

    Those were the words in my head this morning when I popped wide awake at 5:30 am after too little sleep. We’re in the middle of a house hunt with several Open Houses on the agenda but God made sure to put priorities back in order right off the bat.

    Today, we’ll step foot into the homes of strangers all over our southern California valley. This opportunity doesn’t even come at Halloween when those same people would stop us at the door with a bowl of candy. But how often do I remember that my job in life, a task I took on wholeheartedly when I professed my undying devotion to Christ and gave my life to Him, is to “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven?”A peek into our home prep whirlwind. This was Paint Day!

    Answer? Not often enough.

    You be about MY business, and I'll be about yours.

    I have no excuse. When writing Kemper Crabb’s memoir, SERVANT OF THE KING, Kemper reminded me over and over that, our words are what trigger the salvation process. Romans 8:28 says, “If you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and will believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”  What we say triggers our own redemption, but Kemper always drove home the point that, when we give our lives to Christ, our job from then on is to speak redemption, to be Jesus’ agents of redemption everywhere we go.Our house cleaned up pretty good!

    We as the Body of Christ have access in countless arenas wherever God has planted us. Let’s make today, wherever we go, whoever we talk to, whatever we do, about HIS Kingdom first.

    Holy Father, wherever I go today, I will see people you love. May I not see them as good people or screwed-up people, or addicts, or poor or rich but may I see them as Your beloved children who are worth the price of the most precious subtance our world has ever known: the blood of Christ. Help me whisper Your blessing over everywhere I set my foot. May I proclaim Your redemption over all I see and may I see ALL through Your eyes. May I truly BE Your hands and feet and arms of love and VOICE of redemption in this hurting, dying, desperate world. Here I am, Lord. Please speak through me today. YOUR Kingdom come. YOUR will be done.

    In my Lord and Savior Jesus’ name, Amen.


    Chana Keefer is wife of one, mom of four and best selling author of five. (with a new literary baby on the way!)

    Chana lives in Southern California with her amazing husband, four radically unique kids and a Siberian Husky who reminds her how to enjoy every moment.

    Connect with Chana on:

    Facebook

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    Periscope (@chanakeefer just like Twitter)

    and on her new Bible Jewelry Shopify Website!


    Thursday
    Jan212016

    Grieve, Mourn & Wail--Joy is On the Way

    So often I go through day after day kinda forgetting that I'm surrounded by people who are dying and moving toward an eternity without God.
    When the reality of that fact breaks through, even a moment, its unbearable.

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    Saturday
    Nov072015

    The Way Is Open

     

    The way is open.

    He who defeated death and walked out of the grave blew the door of death off its hinges.

    He lives, will never die again, and keeps the way open.

    The way is OPEN.

    His arms are open wide to YOU.

    Come as you are.

    Step over the old bones of your past.

    Take His hand and blast through the lies of unworthiness, shame and fear;

    Through the blinding mist of lies spoken over you, sins committed against you—even the darkness of habits, addictions and lies you hide behind to shut out the light of His love.

    The way is shut. It was made by those who are Dead, and the Dead keep it, until the time comes. The way is shut.’ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

    Come as you are.

    No excuses. No false pride.

    No ologies or isms to debate His existence.

    No blame or pointing of the finger.

    It’s just you and Him--standing before you, the enemies of your peace lying at His feet.

    Your job is to take His hand and never let go.

    To hear His voice when the shrieks of death scream louder.

    To lean deeper into His arms of love when past wounds claw at your soul.

    To trust His love will never fail even when you do.

    Take the hand of the only Champion Whose presence can seep into the deepest crevices of your broken soul, to create blinding beauty from ashes, strength from weakness, hope from despair, joy from sorrow, and life from death.

    The way is Open.

    He fought through hell and back again to get to you.

    His hand is open.

    Leap into His arms and find life.

    Yes, the way is narrow,

    But it’s OPEN. 

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    Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.

    As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

    I have come that they might have life, and that more abundantly.

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.


    Chana Keefer is wife of one, mom of four and best selling author of four.

    Chana lives in Southern California with her amazing husband, four radically unique kids and a Siberian Husky who reminds her how to enjoy every moment.

     

     

    Wednesday
    Oct072015

    Web or Net?

    The Internet. The World Wide Web. Digital Streaming.

    Our modern world is a flood of information, into every household with a power source, into every hand with a mobile phone, and most of that flood is divisive, fear-filled, degrading, addictive filth that appeals to the very basest of human inclinations and appetites.

    Web: a network of fine threads constructed by a spider from fluid secreted by its spinnerets, used to catch its prey.

    We can sit back and bemoan this fact OR turn that stream into opportunity.

    A web indicates ensnaring, a capturing of a victim much like a spider catching insects born on the breeze; spinning an almost unseen but strong, sticky death-trap. The more the victim struggles, the stronger the grip.

    Yes, the World Wide Web is pervasive, beguiling, confusing, and, often, downright evil. But what if we turned this scenario on its head? Arm-in-arm, we, the Body of Christ with connections to virtually every race, religion, business enterprise, intellectual philosophy, and socio-economic strata, have an opportunity to build a NET—fishing the desperate out of the flow of fear-mongering, debilitating, addictive bottom-feeders intent, through greed, to suck the soul from this generation.Image from http://www.greenpeace.org

    Net: an open-meshed fabric twisted, knotted, or woven together at regular intervals.

    Here’s the thing, though. As long as we’re caught in our own little traps of us-versus-them or even my-ministry/business-versus-your ministry/business, we’re just one more voice of greed in all the noise.

    Let’s change our thinking, Body of Christ. As Gungor sings on their new album One Wild Life: Soul with the timely tune, Us For Them, “We are better together.” (BTW, the whole album is amazing—a spiritual, musical, gut-wrenchingly honest feast www.gungormusic.com)

    The plan?

    Seek God’s Face. Daily get alone with Your Heavenly Daddy. Bring a humble heart before Him. Place Him as the primary goal and focus of all you do every day so you are more and more conformed to and transformed by His boundless, fathomless, unwavering, relentless love. Only through vital connection with Him will we have His love flowing through us, the cords to catch those caught up in the world’s cesspool.

    Scour the Internet for TRUTH, voices proclaiming beauty and freedom and self-sacrifice and LOVE and SALVATION and TRANSFORMATION through Christ’s indwelling Holy Spirit.

    Share these messages, videos, stories, songs, inspirational memes, etc. with those entwined in your life, those God has placed all around you.

    Speak Out! You too have a voice, unique and fashioned like a key to fit the aching void of those who are desperate and lost all around you.

    Together, Body of Christ, arm-in-arm, we can build an INTER-NET of love, forgiveness, faith, truth, hope and joy, to stretch across the www flood of destruction.

    Stand together.

    Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you… 2 Thes. 3:1

    Chana Keefer is wife of one, mom of four and best selling author of four.

    Chana lives in Southern California with her amazing husband, four radically unique kids and a Siberian Husky who reminds her how to enjoy every moment.