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It’s been a while since I last blogged.  I really need to get back to blogging on a more consistent basis but nevertheless; I have a message from the Lord to share….

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Last night, I had a dream.  It was not anything special – in fact, it was not until hours later after I woke up that God began to reveal the importance which I must share with you.

It was a rather short dream.  In fact, I think I had it between hitting the snooze button this morning.  It started off with me at a church service which is nothing unusual for me.  One of my closest and oldest friends was preaching a message which again, is nothing out of the ordinary.  She is an awesome woman of God who hears from the Lord and truly has an anointing to preach the Word from whatever platform she is given.

I was sitting in the very middle of the congregation.  People all around me were raising their hands, standing up, shouting, etc…  Let’s just say that the “Spirit” was moving.

At first, I was distracted by all the commotion in the congregation but it was if God fine-tuned my ear to hear a short clip of what the woman of God was saying….

“SANSBANE….  Hear me when I tell you… SANSBANE.   God says ‘SANSBANE!’…..”   With muffled shouts of “glory” and “hallelujah” in the background, she continued on with this “SANSBANE” message getting the full support and encouragement of the congregation.

On a side note, I’ve been churching for a while now – while I am always learning new things, usually some of the message I have already heard but as I woke up from my dream “SANSBANE” stuck in my mind.

I immediately went to the information highway (that is the Internet to you younger folks) and began to Google “SANSBANE.”  I thought maybe it was an old herb or a word of dead language – surely this SANSBANE has some sort of meaning – after all, dreams are to enlighten us.   To my surprise, the word does not exist-  No such word in ANY language….

So writing it off, I crawled out of my bed and began to get ready for the day.

SANSBANE…

SANSBANE…
SANSBANE…

Why can I not get this word out of my head?  On my way to work, I decided that I should probably ask the One who gave me the dream what SANSBANE is and here is what He said,

“Absolutely nothing.”

I know right?  At this point I am totally confused and begin my mile-a-minute question session to which He promptly said, “SHUT UP and listen.”  (Yes, He talks to me like that because sometimes that is the ONLY way He can get through to me.)

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He said, “My people perish from a lack of knowledge…. Actually YOU perish from a lack of knowledge.”   Then He began to replay my dream – this time showing me with more clarity the things I had already seen…

This woman of God in particular is of no importance to the dream in and of itself.  It was the position she held both in my heart and to the church that was the important aspect.  At first I was like, “God?!  I know she is from You” but He began to show me that the devil often uses familiarity as a foundation for ignorance.

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He then began to show me the congregation in detail.  The man on the front row stood up and shouted “glory.”  The woman behind him raised her hand in agreement to which the lady beside her gave her a loud “preach that sister” while nodding her head.  I immediately was taken back to the SANSBANE message:  “SANSBANE is the power in which…..  it was used…..  God has given you SANSBANE…”

The message still made NO sense.  God began to show me that the congregation was ignorant – That we, as DOERS of the Word of God are ignorant.  We hear a hyped up message about nothing and scream and shout like it is something of great importance.  We are IGNORANT!

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Study to show yourself approved (2 Tim 2:15)!  Research the Scriptures for yourself and do not take anyone’s (no matter how Godly they are) word for it.  Do not be ignorant of the devil’s devises (2 Cor 2:11) – He is smart and cunning!  He knows how to lace a lie with just enough truth to make it believable.

There are cracks of ignorance in the church’s foundation – cracks of laziness and cracks of complacency.  God said, “My people perish from a lack of knowledge” or in other words, “YOU perish from a lack of knowledge.”

SANSBANE…. This is the word of the Lord to the church.

SANSBANE…. Familiarity breeds ignorance.
SANSBANE…  Ignorance breeds death.

The devil has us right where he wants us.  He has us in SANSBANE and we are utterly unaware but completely satisfied.   As a people of God, we should be well informed not misinformed.  God will speak to you directly.  Yes, He DOES use others to tell you something but you should always seek out the Source before you take it to the bank as truth.  It is time for us to crawl out of SANBANE and become the educated, informed people He created us to be!

#sharingHispeace

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Loretta Lynn…  A Coalminer’s Daughter…

I can remember watching this as a child with my dad.  It is basically a story about her life and struggle to become what she is most famous for:  A coalminer’s daughter…

Honestly, I am not a fan of her taste in music but I loved the movie because of one key lesson:  Determination is everything!

This morning I sat thinking of the coalminer’s daughter – I think about how no matter what outside forces pressed against her – she pushed back – until she was victorious.  There were times when she should have given up…  The people around her said she was crazy for continuing to fight but she knew something they did not – she knew the dream and could see the end of the story.

She fought…
Against the masses telling her she wasn’t going to make it… Against those closest to her who thought she’d never amount to anything… Even against herself, stuck between knowing where she was from and where she was going.
But she continued to fight…

This morning God said, “Did you know that you are a coalminer’s daughter?”

No Lord, I’m the daughter of a carpenter and an electrician…

“Quit looking at it physically…  You are a Coal Miner’s daughter!”

He began to show me how He is that Coal Miner – Yes, He is all dirty with soot and grime.  He is a little grungy from working in the mine all day – but He knows just how much a piece of dirty, grimy coal is worth – He sees its potential.

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A coal on the surface seems pretty miniscule but with pressure, a change begins to occur.  This is no ordinary pressure.  It is so great that it is just shy of utter destruction.   Do you ever feel like that?  Like you are just going to explode under the weight of the world?  Yeah… me too!

As the pressure builds, the coal must hold on for dear life.  In trying to stay intact, it must choose what is important and what can be done away with.  The coal begins to pull the purest elements inward while simultaneously letting go of the black grime it knows so dear.

When the dust settles and the smoke clears what is left is not a coal at all but a stunning diamond – shiny, beautiful and valuable…   What we tend to forget is that the coal itself is just as valuable as the diamond – We see the finished product as costly but the miner knows the coal is just as treasured.

So today I want to encourage you: You are a CoalMiner’s daughter or son…  The pressure is not meant to destroy you but it is meant to change you into your fullest potential.

I think back on Mrs. Loretta Lynn – had she not been a coalminer’s daughter, she would have never understood that determination and patience are key in unlocking potential.   Determine that you will overcome the obstacle in your way.  Determine that you will stand against the pressure that is trying to defeat you.  Be patient in knowing that your Daddy knows what’s best, even when it hurts…

Push back against the tension, embrace the seclusion of the press and let go of the dirt that you have been holding on to.  Begin to allow Him to transform you under the weight into what you were meant to be…  Allow Him to change your coal into a diamond!

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It amazes me how God can use the littlest things in my life to speak the greatest messages. 

I was driving to work this morning, minding my own business when I saw the strangest thing – a penny.  Now in and of itself, a penny is pretty much worthless.  Can you think of the last time you bought something for a penny?  Yeah, me neither.

In fact, I think it costs more to make a penny than it does to spend a penny, which is why the Treasury in its infinite wisdom has stopped making true copper pennies.  Why don’t they just eliminate pennies altogether?

So back to the drawing board, why did God pull my attention towards this small, insignificant penny?  What on earth could He possibly teach me from this single image?

In a world where we “Bring it on” “like a Boss” while we are “popping bottles in the club” screaming “YOLO” because we are trying to “keep up with the Kardashians, God began to ask me, “Are you dropping pennies?”

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Have you ever seen a child find a “lucky penny” on the ground?  It’s amazing how that one, miniscule penny can have the power to change that child’s life for the moment.  Tears turn to smiles and laughter and the child will carry it in their pocket all day, reaching in every once in a while to make sure it is still there – to be reminded that they were chosen to carry such a token.

Even as adults, we feel special when we see a shiny coin on the sidewalk.  Some of us smile as we are picking it up and others acknowledge its insignificance, leaving it for another captor to find.  In either case despite its poor appearance, we all feel somewhat distinguished from the masses as it seems we were hand-picked for the moment.

Have you ever thought maybe pennies were dropped on purpose?   Maybe the owner of the penny was paying his newfound “luck” forward by dropping a penny at the grocery store for another unsuspecting individual to pick up?  Maybe the wind blew a penny where it would cross your path and you would know how special you were?  Just maybe…there is a purpose for pennies.

So back to the original question God asked me –

“Are you dropping pennies?”

 

In this day and age, we have forgotten how to drop pennies.  We have forgotten how to bless our neighbor by dropping a single coin in their path.  We have forgotten that sometimes a child needs a dropped penny to smile and laugh again.  Maybe we forget because we are too busy to see the path ahead of us- too busy scouring Facebook or Twitter to find the latest trend, too busy texting friends, too busy trying to get ahead of our coworkers for the promotion, too busy playing church on Sunday but living like a demon on Monday… too busy.   We forget about the pennies that were laid out before us when we were younger.  We forget about how those who came before us knew that dropping pennies was as important as breathing.  After all without dropped pennies, breathing just becomes existence and existence isn’t life.

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Am I saying that we should liter the earth with millions of pennies?  Of course not!  In fact, I’m really not talking about money at all.   I’m talking about dropping blessings on others – small, miniscule blessings.  If you smile at someone, you dropped a penny.  If you helped an elderly lady put her groceries in her car, you dropped a penny.   If you allowed someone ahead of you in line, you dropped a penny.   If you told your child “I love you,” you dropped a penny.

Do you see where I am going?

A hug, a smile, a sincere “how are you?”- these things don’t cost us anything but maybe a little bit of our time.  To those who receive the dropped pennies, it usually means the world to them.    If you have ever had a bad day, you know what I’m talking about.  One smile or sincere “I’m sorry” can make a day better that has already gone to hell and back.

I want to challenge you to drop pennies everywhere you go. 
Drop pennies of hope. 
Drop pennies of joy. 
Drop pennies of love. 
Drop pennies of forgiveness. 
Maybe one day, we’ll see that dropping pennies CAN change the world!

#sharingHispeace