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What Were They Thinking?

Sadness is not a condition of the heart, it first begins in your mind.

Your mind, when left unchecked, will multiply thoughts quickly; clouding your process of thinking; blocking your understanding–

eventually enveloping you, to develop your mood for the day.

If you allow this to continue, it can become your way of life. Before you even realize it, you’ve worn it like a garment. A cloak then becomes a badge of honor when defensive; as others try to bring you back to the ‘you’ they know and care for.

Don’t start.

Guard your mind and your heart; for the two will collaborate and design a new life for you, that you may not wish to live.

Too many lose their life to their thoughts. “How could this be?” their loved ones say to me. “I was just with them–they seemed fine.”

But, left alone with their thoughts. . .

A fortress can build right quickly to change the course of your day, and even your life if you let these thoughts build. It is not a fortress to protect, but a fortress of neglect.

  • Brilliance does not come from confusion.
  • Joy does not arise in a cluttered mind and heart.

Think with purpose–think thoughts from above.

Tell your mind not to wander, and think on love.

I AM Love–think on Me!

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:6-8

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalms 107:1

My First Book is Now Available

‘Comfort In The Challenge’

“You don’t have to look far to find someone coping with a challenge. It may be a friend, co-worker, parent or child. Maybe you need only to look within. The list of trials in life is endless–the challenge within. But God knows the need, and He knows the heart of the one you love–He knows YOU!

‘Comfort in the Challenge’ is filled with messages spoken from the heart of God. Inside you will find that God loves you and He cares about you, personally, and what you care about matters to Him. He wants to take that care, in exchange, with His thoughts of Love, Hope, Healing, and Direction. He speaks to the need, He speaks to You, to bring you–‘Comfort In The Challenge.'”

© 2019 Lori J. O’Neil

Order Link: https://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com

All royalties for the life of this book will go directly to the ministry, Canaanland, of Autaugaville, Alabama. Canaanland, takes in men that have lost control of their lives to addiction and crime. Their tremendous (40 year) success rate has often prompted the judges of the surrounding area to offer, Canaanland, as an alternative to jail time. But, Canaanland, is not a bail from jail; it is a golden opportunity for those who truly want a new life! I have met some of these men and they are so full of joy that they absolutely shine–truly transformed by the love of God.

Canaanland charges nothing for a year stay; including room and board for their families as well, if necessary. I find the true dedication of Canaanland, in surrounding these men with love, and the life-changing power of the Word of God, to be unsurpassed. All is made possible through the dedication and hard work of these men, and generous donations of partner support.

It is their vision, to have a ‘Canaanland’ in every state, and my vision for this book, to help them realize this goal. Will you join me in helping these men and their families receive a new life? Will you consider purchasing ‘Comfort in the Challenge’ for your friends, loved ones, for yourself–for Canaanland? The books are beautiful and I am over-the-top excited for you to receive yours!

Click this link to Order Today: http://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com  Please note:  It is best to link from a computer; their website is not responding properly via smartphone.

Thank you, and God’s Blessing upon you always!

Lori J. O’Neil

Info Contact: wordscroll@gmail.com

Canaanland Ministries Link: https://www.canaanland.com

 

I AM Coming Soon!

Announce to the world that I AM COMING!

It is expedient that everyone know that!

But, they’ve been hearing it for many years. . .

The world languishes under the weight of sin–it groans for release!

I cannot tary much longer, though I long to wait, for those whose fate is further captivity.

I AM THE GOD of FREEDOM. . .

their god is punishment.

I AM PEACE. . .

their god is torment.

I AM ABUNDANT. . .

their god is lack.

I DON’T HOLD BACK. . .

their god doesn’t give back.

Therefore the Righteous TAKETH BY FORCE!

Be FORCEFUL in your prayers–FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH!

You are fighting for the lost.

Stand like David–FACE THE GIANT with CONFIDENCE and FIGHT for your people. . .

those who don’t know you–your future brothers and sisters in Christ. . .

Those who don’t KNOW.

They are your neighbor–fight for them!

Fight to WIN!

Your BATTLE is in prayer–

and I AM there!

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” Galatians 5:13-14

My First Book is Now Available

‘Comfort In The Challenge’

“You don’t have to look far to find someone coping with a challenge. It may be a friend, co-worker, parent or child. Maybe you need only to look within. The list of trials in life is endless–the challenge within. But God knows the need, and He knows the heart of the one you love–He knows YOU!

‘Comfort in the Challenge’ is filled with messages spoken from the heart of God. Inside you will find that God loves you and He cares about you, personally, and what you care about matters to Him. He wants to take that care, in exchange, with His thoughts of Love, Hope, Healing, and Direction. He speaks to the need, He speaks to You, to bring you–‘Comfort In The Challenge.'”

© 2019 Lori J. O’Neil

Order Link: https://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com

All royalties for the life of this book will go directly to the ministry, Canaanland, of Autaugaville, Alabama. Canaanland, takes in men that have lost control of their lives to addiction and crime. Their tremendous (40 year) success rate has often prompted the judges of the surrounding area to offer, Canaanland, as an alternative to jail time. But, Canaanland, is not a bail from jail; it is a golden opportunity for those who truly want a new life! I have met some of these men and they are so full of joy that they absolutely shine–truly transformed by the love of God!

Canaanland charges nothing for a year stay; including room and board for their families as well, if necessary. I find the true dedication of Canaanland, in surrounding these men with love, and the life-changing power of the Word of God, to be unsurpassed. All is made possible through the dedication and hard work of these men, and generous donations of partner support.

It is their vision, to have a ‘Canaanland’ in every state, and my vision for this book, to help them realize this goal. Will you join me in helping these men and their families receive a new life? Will you consider purchasing ‘Comfort in the Challenge’ for your friends, loved ones, for yourself–for Canaanland? The books are beautiful and I am over-the-top excited for you to receive yours!

Click this link to Order Today: http://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com  Please note:  It is best to link from a computer; their website is not responding properly via smartphone.

Thank you, and God’s Blessing upon you always!

Lori J. O’Neil

Info Contact: wordscroll@gmail.com

Canaanland Ministries Link: https://www.canaanland.com

 

Open The Present

The spirit would live–were it not for sin.

For the spirit to live, we must begin again. A new beginning–a  babe is born. A new beginning–your past is torn…

away from you and gone forever…

away in the manger, a child is born.

On Him my sin, I do adorn.

My past is gone–it no longer holds. Why then do I allow it to be told? Again and again, I hear it renew; oh, I know what I must do.

Put away the past–let go of the image. Release my heart–no longer will it hold…

the past but the present

let it unfold.

Truly the Blood was sufficient–it knows no lack. Truly my Savior, would not have it back.

Release me from the wages of sin and of death…

I alone am the one, that holds me back!

Let go I say!

Open the hand that holds…

to reach for all that’s new.

Reach for my Savior’s gift to you…

a newborn child, same as He…

wherein laughter rings for all who’re free!

“And the angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.

And the angel said the them, ‘Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And this will be a sign for you; you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!'” Luke 2:9-14

 

The Next Step

You feel stress pressing all around you and for you there is no rest. But you have dropped the lifeline. You fight and toil with the problems of life; too busy to notice how it all began or wonder the end, as you fight to maintain–without the lifeline. Pick it up.

“I was pushed so hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” Psalms 118:13-14

Simply begin again.

Break your focus and look to Me.

I have come to set you free.

Begin again with Me.

Pick up the lifeline.

“Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalms 118:5-6

“As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” Psalms 103:13-14

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early.” Psalms 46:1-5

Accomplishment comes through a series of moves, in the direction I call–always forward–never look back; for you cannot move forward while looking back. Your next step will be missed if you turn and twist–look straight ahead.

The path may seem steep, furrows too deep, but I will be true to the call, that you may have it all!

 “Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will rescue him and honor him.” Psalms 91:14-15

“I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me.” Psalms 101:6

“Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance, who exult in thy name all the day, and extol thy righteousness. for thou are the glory of their strength; by thy favor our horn is exalted.” Psalms 89:15-17

“But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” II Thessalonians 2:16-16

“You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron; he will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great.

May the Lord give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” Psalms 115:11-16

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures for ever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalms 100:4-5

 

 

Boarded Rooms

There are ‘rooms’ in your heart that you’ve ‘boarded off’ even to Me.

No longer allowing anyone to see, you hide the trouble inside, but trouble doesn’t hide–it festers and thrives. Trouble, like wounds that have never been healed; times you’ve been hurt–you thought it was sealed, steal your joy, laughter and love.

Like cancer beneath the surface ‘not seen’ corrupts the body, so ‘chapters’ hidden in your life bring strife. For you are fighting giants in your soul and no one knows–no one but Me.

I would have spared you, agony, but you made choices apart from Me.

Choices that stole your love away–stole the sun from your sunny day. And you suffer still, another day, for hiding this all away.

You’ve boarded up places in your heart–that is where we must start, to make this heart new again.

Your heart–aches to be free. Give it to Me.

Simply ask.

Invite Me, to each room set apart.

Pull the boards down, open your heart

to Me

I AM Love; I’ll enter in. No one will see, inside, but Me. I’ll heal the wounds, remove the debris–cast your cares all upon Me!

Just ask.

I AM ready, are you?

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Proverbs 12:25

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalms 55:22

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. O taste and see that the Lord is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!” Psalms 34:1-8

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10

“Blessed be the Lord! for he has heard the voice of my supplications. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

The Lord is the strength of his people, he is the saving refuge of his anointed. O save thy people, and bless thy heritage; be thou their shepherd, and carry them for ever.” Psalms 28:6-9

 

 

Do You Know?

Chains that bind are not benign, they are like cancer that continues to grow.

Think of what you know.

  • You know that I have come to set you free.
  • You know to put your faith and trust in Me.

So why are you not free?

→You don’t know←

You don’t know the One who loves you so.

You do not ‘know’ Me or you would be free!

For bondage cannot remain in My Presence. And sickness has to flee when you cast your gaze upon Me.

Do you see?

Peter walked on water, until he took his eyes off Me. Likewise, when you look away, you fail to see you are free.

“–So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” Matthew 14:29-32

Bondage grows when left to linger. You lack authority–given to set you free

→Speak it with Me←

I AM your Word–given for you to command your life as you grow. The power that’s Mine, breaks chains that would bind–releasing you to go–

FREE!

I AM the Word.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” John 1:14

Do you know Me?

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature.” II Peter 1:3-4

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:11-14

“As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7

“The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O Lord, hast not forsaken those who seek thee.” Psalms 9:9-10

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalms 1:1-3

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

 

The Power Connection

Come to Me, you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

“‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.'” Matthew 11:28-30

Do you rest when you come to Me, or do you bring your burden, speak of it, and then carry it away again?

I hear many pleas, but so many of you are not yet free.

My Word lacks power, because you lack My Word.

If there is enough power in My Word to form the universe, to raise the dead, why not free you instead?

  • There is
  • I can
  • I AM

“‘It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightnings for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.'” Jeremiah 51:15-16

But you have a part or freedom won’t start.

“And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.'” Mark 9:23

“And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief.–” Mark 6:6

When you see a lamp, unplugged, by a wall socket, is the lamp lit? No. Does that mean there is no power available to light the lamp? Again–No. The power is always available, always ready to light the lamp the moment it’s plugged in–the connection is made.

Plug into My Word–it is your power!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.'” Romans 1:16-17

If you are not free, it is not because freedom lacks. You may lack freedom, but not because of Me. An unplugged lamp is of no use to anyone but to look good.

Be empowered–plug in and light your world for Me.

“‘You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.'” Matthew 5:14-16

It’s the POWER to be free!

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” II Corinthians 3:17-18

“For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.” Titus 2:11-14

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:11-14