The Biggest Deception

Society has been sanitized.
Cleansed from vital information.
Our culture contrives to conceal
Two critically important facts:
Our Creator and our enemy.
The King of glory,
Creator, Designer, and ruler of all,
In whom justice and mercy
Perfectly balance,
Full of grace and truth,
Seeks to restore, heal, empower, and guide
Every individual who surrenders.
Yet at every point the enemy seeks
To twist, distort, hide, and ignore
The reality of our Creator
And His absolute love for us.
The enemy tempts with counterfeit pleasures.
Feed our appetites;
Feed our desires.
Seeks to obliterate knowledge of God,
Through lies and deception,
Starting with the very young.
The enemy leads us to follow
Our own lusts and passions;
Distractions abound;
Desensitization to his methods
From earliest childhood.
By any and all means,
The enemy of our souls
Seeks to keep us disconnected
From our Creator.
He may lure with wealth, success, satisfaction
Yet hates us with a
Malignant malevolent furious contempt.
Don’t be fooled.
He is a deceiver.
Correctly understanding these
Two essential foundational realities
Changes everything.
Reframes our reality
In its true context.
My life, for the glory of God alone.

I reflect on these things with thankfulness knowing that through Jesus, I have been “rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom I have redemption the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)

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Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus and truth. As a breastfeeding counsellor for over 23 years Becky is devoted to helping parents make wise decisions for the long-term health and wellbeing of their babies. As a member of a Vaccine Safety Education Coalition, Becky writes and speaks on the topic of vaccine safety.

Father Yearning

father-handA guest blog by my friend, Marcella Piper-Terry, who powerfully conveys the intrinsic desperate need we all have for the love of our father. Our heart’s yearning for love and acceptance from our earthly father, is a mirror of the hunger placed in our heart to know and be accepted by our Father in heaven. Many will never know the love or have a relationship with an earthly father, but a relationship with our heavenly Father is an open invitation to all. If you can relate to father hurt, at any level, I urge you to seek your heavenly Father with all your heart, soul and mind.

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord… Jeremiah 29:12-14

There’s this man…
He was the first man in my life.
He was the first man to break my heart.
When he left, I felt abandoned, unloved, confused, afraid, and very angry. For a very long time.
I couldn’t let him go.
He moved on.
I couldn’t let him go.
He disappeared and in the vapor that was left behind were the ghosts of my needs. Reaching. Clawing at the nothingness.
Until I found a substitute. Who also moved on, and who repeated the abandonment and inflicted the same pain on our son.
But there was still this man.
I loved him.
I couldn’t let him go.
Even though he let me go.
I couldn’t let him go.
Over decades, I called. He hung up.
I tracked him down and rang his doorbell with my baby on my hip.
He didn’t recognize me.
Over decades.
More than 40 years.
I couldn’t let him go.
Then it happened.
My phone rang.
He was back.
And now, only a handful of years later, he is leaving me again.
And I am here. With him. In his world.
Learning who this man is.
Learning about his life, his perceptions of the world and the people he has known and loved. Learning about the parts of me that come from him.
Please pray for God to give me strength and to fill my heart with love, acceptance, and forgiveness as I spend what will most likely be my final visit with my father.
He is so many things.
He is handsome, charismatic, intelligent, artistic, and beautifully… humanly… incredibly flawed.
And I love him.
Desperately.

by Marcella Piper-Terry

Appropriating God’s Blessings in 2016

Based on Deuteronomy 33

Appropriating and proclaiming God’s blessings in 2016

I am rich in favor,
Full of the Lord’s blessings.

The eternal God is my refuge.
His everlasting arms are under me.
He drives out all enemies,
Such as illness, doubt, fear, insecurities.

The Lord is my protecting shield,
My triumphant sword.
He brings security, prosperity,
Grain and new wine,
While heaven drops down dew upon me.

O Lord, hear our cry.
Bring your servants together in unity.
Give us strength to defend our cause.
Help us against all opposition.
Bring justice and healing.

For the glory of God,
And of Jesus Christ,
Our Rock,
Our foundation,
Our Savior.

 

The Paradox of Faith

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I heard a talk, Taking Possession of Tomorrow by Bill Johnson. I took some notes and had a few reflections. This is by no means a comprehensive review of what he said, partly from Joel 2.

Imagine an entire city
Recognizing their need for God!

Our faith, our boldness, our obedience,
Can alter the course of history!

Don’t list the opposition you’ve experienced.
Don’t list the challenges you are facing.
Focus on what God is able to do
Through the resurrected Jesus!

Lord, alter my thoughts;
Altar my dreams;
Extend my vision
To see all YOU can do.

Bring the fruit of the impossible for the glory of Jesus.

That was all I had from Bill’s inspiring talk,
But that got me reflecting on WHY
More Christians don’t wholeheartedly
Run towards God,
With life-changing faith.
Why don’t we experience
The resurrected power of Jesus in our lives?

The Faith Dilemma

It is quite difficult
When you are so entrenched
In mediocre Christianity.
There is no urgency, no power,
No evidence of God at work.
Many of us have never known
Anything except comfortable Christianity
For our whole life.
We rarely, or maybe NEVER,
Have seen anyone healed
By the power of God.
We pray, but do we actually expect
Tangible answers to our prayers?
Mostly we stick to safe prayers.
We don’t want to ask too much
Of God. Perhaps we feel unworthy
Of His attention, or that our request
Isn’t noble enough.

I am comfortable and in control
When life is predictable.
My time is spent acquiring stuff,
Paying my bills, watching my shows,
Looking after the people in my life.
Do I need anything more?
More of God?
I don’t even know what that looks like.
I think I’ll pass.
I’d rather have the current amount.
Just the comfortable serving.
So I’ll be more like all of my friends.

Or maybe,

If I risk seeking more of God,
He won’t come through for me.
Maybe those ‘comfortable Christians’
Are the reality.

Maybe this desire for “more” of God
Is just pride. I think I’m better,
Or have a greater understanding, etc.
But if I were to test it,
If I seek to step boldly out
On what I perceive to be God’s promises,
And I fall flat,
Provision doesn’t come in,
The power of God is not displayed.
Not only will I be disgraced and discouraged,
But my example may lead people
Further from the truth.

So I stay stuck;
Comfortable in what I know.

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Becky Hastings, wondering about faith and God’s purposes in our world, knowing that anything good I can say or do is only through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Is God Quiet?

shhhh-1433634-639x852So often we live like God is quiet,
or not operating on earth;
like the inter-testamental times.

We don’t see the supernatural.
We don’t expect the supernatural.

Yet God, the Creator of all things
invites us into a relationship with Himself.

Think about that.

Imagine a person with a ‘Midas’ touch,
or phenomenal money-making ability.
What would it be like
to have a close relationship with them?
Their blessings would naturally overflow.
What if that person was your father,
who loved you absolutely?

God has glorious unlimited resources.

We worry about food and provisions.

My Creator – has the power
AND the DESIRE
To empower me
TO DO HIS WORK ON EARTH
Through the inner strength,
wisdom and guidance
Of the Holy Spirit.
Too often I stay mired in basic struggles:
Feelings of insecurity,
Struggles with habits
Relational challenges.
I don’t seek or experience
God’s power that I read about
In the Bible.
If I could comprehend
How wide, long, high and deep
God’s love FOR me is, and that
He can fill me with COMPLETENESS;
HE INVITES me to join Him in the work
He is doing on earth.
He has absolute power,
God is able to accomplish
INFINITELY MORE
Than I could ever think to ask for
Than I could ever dream or imagine.

All given freely
By His grace.
Nothing I could ever earn.

DSC_0062Becky Hastings, a sinner saved by grace, who enjoys considering all the grace our loving Father wants to bestow on us.

Boldly

Baby Dad silhouetteThrough our faith in Christ
We can come boldly
And confidently
Into the presence
Of God.

Think about that.

One would think
That God’s presence
Would evoke fear, or
Guilt;
Feelings of inadequacy;
Thoughts of judgment;
and punishment deserved.
Not measuring up, comparison,
Lack of blessing, shame,
A remembrance of rules, laws, punishment.

Yes, God gave the law
As a guide,
Fully knowing how impossible
It would be
For us to keep it.
The purpose of the law
Was to show our inability to keep it,
No matter how hard we try.

Yet Christ’s death
Abolished the law,
Allowing us to enter
Boldly,
Confidently,
Into the very presence
Of God.

Awesome.

_DSC7099Becky Hastings, a forgiven, cleansed sinner who rejoices while boldly approaching God! Also, a wife, mom, grandmother, health promoter, breastfeeding counsellor (helping moms for 22+ years), and someone who seeks to research, understand and share truth so people can make wise choices in our crazy mixed up, deceived world!

Truth Seekers

cosmosArguably the most powerful words ever spoken on our earth:

My kingdom is not of this world (kosmos). If My kingdom were of this world, my subjects would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders, but My kingdom is not from here.

The reason I was born and have come into this world (kosmos) is to testify to (share, highlight, reveal) TRUTH. Everyone who seeks truth, who is on the side of truth, will hear (pay attention, understand, obey, accept) my voice. spoken by Jesus, recorded by John 18:36-37, Becky’s paraphrase

Seeking Truth

The extent of evil
Oozing in every sphere of life
Forces me to seek the LIGHT.
Wholeheartedly.
Unreservedly.

Not on my terms or conditions
For how can I impact or dictate
To the LIGHT?

I seek the totality of the pure LIGHT.
The LIGHT of truth.
The truth that brings healing; wholeness.

The truth that seeks good;
Demands justice.

The truth that fully accepts.

The truth that does not conform
To my ideals or expectations.

I must conform and align
To Truth.

I am fascinated by the topic of truth. In the information age in which we live, truth seems to have become more and more elusive. So much conflicting information is available. We are exposed to theories and arguments on every side, with multiple issues. How do we discern truth?

When the Spirit of TRUTH comes, he will guide you into all TRUTH. Jesus, John 16:13

Jesus prayed to God, the Father for us, this is what he said, “Make them holy by Your TRUTH; teach them your word, which is TRUTH.” John 17:17

I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, no man comes to the Father, but by Me. Jesus, John 14:6

“I am the LIGHT of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the LIGHT that leads to LIFE.” Jesus, John 8:12

“But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.

“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of TRUTH comes, he will guide you into all TRUTH. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” Jesus, John 16:5-13

12Becky Hastings, a forgiven, cleansed sinner who seeks to walk closely to the LIGHT of Jesus Christ every day. Also, a wife, mom, grandmother, health promoter, breastfeeding counsellor helping moms for 22+ years, and someone who seeks to research, understand and share truth so people can make wise choices in our crazy mixed up, deceived world!

 

 

 

Inspiration From My Heart to Yours

Sometimes songs linger with an extremely powerful positive message. The words are worth considering and meditating on. Powerful truthful words that need to sink deep into my soul. This is one of those songs. I pray it will bring as much light and encouragement to your heart as it has brought to mine. I like to read and review the lyrics, so I’ve included them below. You can also listen here.
Be blessed,
Becky

Baby Dad silhouetteSons and Daughters
by Brett Stanfill

Before He spoke creation
The God of heaven knew our names
Formed in His reflection
We are His glory on display
And His heart is good
He is always kind
With a cross He proved
He is on my side

We are the sons
We are the daughters of God
No matter where we go
We’re close to the Father’s heart
And though we stumble
He will not let us fall
We are the Lord’s and
He will never forsake His own
We are the sons
We are the daughters of God

finger-post-in-the-morning-sun-1553708-1279x852His love He lavished on us
And called us children of the King
And in His loving kindness
He chose the lowly and the weak
And His heart is good
He is always kind
With the cross He proved
He is on my side.

When the lies speak louder than the truth
Remind me I belong to You.
And when I can’t see past the dark of night
Remind me You’re always by my side.

We are the sons
We are the daughters of God.
No matter where we go
We’re close to the Father’s heart.
And though we stumble
He will not let us fall.
We are the Lord’s and
He will never forsake His own.
We are the sons
We are the daughters of God.

North Point WorshipBrett Stanfill (Album: Hear)

Great words to consider

The lyrics of this song resonate deeply in my heart so that I MUST share them! You can listen to the song here. Please check out the link below for more information. I am not making any money off of this recommendation, but my heart has been blessed and I hope yours will be too! It reminds me that our God can be trusted with anything and EVERYTHING! He proved His love for us through Jesus!

Enjoy,
Becky

Faith surrenderTrust It All

With every breath, with every word I speak
With every step, with every heartbeat
Jesus let it be for You, for You only
My whole life, all for Your glory

My life is in Your hands
I trust it all, I trust it all to You
My dreams and all my plans
I trust it all, I trust it all

Forever I am changed, I’ll never be the same
Because of Your love, because of Your love
Forever I am changed, I’ll never be the same
Because of Your love, because of You Jesus
Woahohoh because of You Jesus

For all my days God, You are my guide
I give You all, my heart is opened wide
Jesus let it be for You, for You only
My whole life all for Your glory

You are everything, everything
You are all I need, all I need
I’m forever in love with You

North Point Worship, Brett Stanfill (Album: Hear)

http://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/26867/trust-it-all-sheet-music

Last Days?

DespairIn the last days there will be very difficult times
For people will love only themselves and their money.
They will consider nothing sacred (e.g. the lives of babies and children).
They will be cruel and hate what is good.
They will be puffed up with pride and
Love pleasure rather than God.
They oppose the truth.
They take advantage of people’s fears and weakness.
Evil people and imposters will flourish.
They will deceive others and
Will themselves be deceived.

How do we live in such times?
Seek Jesus Christ through His word, the Scriptures.
You will find comfort and protection from evil. (2 Timothy 3)
God is at work in the midst of this evil generation.
He is raising an army of truth warriors.
“Why are you frightened?”
“Why are your hearts filled with doubt?”
Then Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures
They were filled with GREAT JOY. (Luke 24: 45 & 52)

Becky on stageAuthor: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus Christ and truth seeker, especially in the areas of health and children. Facing a world quite different from the one in which I grew up, I seek to research and understand the true route to health, freedom and joyful family living!