Monday, May 12, 2014

Let's Get Moving!



Blessings My Dearest Friends!

I have been trying out a new blogging platform on Word Press.

A friend of mine, who is a communication specialist, recommended I take a peek at Word Press.  He has been such a blessing in my life this past month.

When God asks us to do something, we will always be tempted to doubt and to fear.  However, this is the time when we must, by faith, walk into what God is asking us to do!  

My friend has been a huge encouragement - to help coach me on some of the best online resources and tools available. 

So, I have spent the last few days - developing a new page on Word Press to try it out.   

I will be honest, I like eblogger better.  It is seriously blogging for dummies!  

However, it is very limited in what it can do in bridging multiple social media sites!   I have found that each blogging platform has it's pros and it's cons.  For me, when I started, I wanted something simple and I wanted to simply getting the river of God in me flowing.  

Meaning, I just wanted to get over the writer's block I was having.  And every time I looked at Word Press, I was over-welmed.  It definitely seems like PC people developed it - versus Mac people.  It is just not intuitively friendly.

However, I am (s...l....o...w...l...y) getting the hang of it. 

You can find my new page here at this link:  http://loridethlefs.wordpress.com

I would love it - if you would come follow me here!  

And on You Tube as well.

Over the next month or so, I will be changing my blog completely over to Word Press.  It requires a ton of work to move over the past blogs as well as reformatting all the pages.

You will also find at the top of this new page on Word Press - quick links to my other social media sites!   

For those of you who read my blog, you know I have recently started a You Tube Channel and I will be beginning to develop more Biblical teachings on healing, on the prophetic, on prayer, on Bible studies (sound doctrine) and on stepping into your purpose and calling!  

There is SO much God is putting on my heart.  All of this is in development right now!  So thank you for keeping this and me in your prayers.  I just love you all so much and look forward to seeing what God has in store for you!

There is SO much on the heart of God for you!  So many good things He has in store for you.  So much ministry, so many opportunities to love people, so much discovery of who He is, what He can do and who you are to Him! 

God is definitely saying through His Word that He wants ALL of His children equipped and prepared to do good works!  That means - YOU!  That means God has something He wants you to do - to impact the hearts and lives of others!  

And I look forward to taking this journey of discovery with you!  A journey into the TRUTH of who God is - what God can do and who you are to God!  When you discover this truth - watch out!  

The Kingdom of God will explode and the kingdom of darkness will be dispelled because the God who is in you - will be moving and flowing through you! 

I look forward to seeing you here and on Word Press in the future!  For now, I will be posting on both sites and slowly be transitioning to just Word Press.  

Thank you again - with all of my heart - for taking the time to read what God is putting on my heart.  He loves you so very much and He has wonderful plans in store for you!  

Don't forget these powerful truths today ....   They are for you!  

Know them!  Believe them!  Live them! 

  • NOTHING can stop God's calling on your life.  
  • His call is irrevocable!
  • Nothing can separate you from God's love!  
  • Stay connected to the vine (God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and you WILL bear much fruit! 


Much Love in Jesus!
Lori Dethlefs 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

National Day of Prayer; Contemplation



National Day of Prayer.

Today, I am contemplating this quote from Charles Spurgeon .... and Psalm 63. 

Thinking .... and praying through both.   For God to purify our hearts and our desires.  To move us away from the busy work of intercession and to move us into the resting place of FAITH in our great and mighty God.  

It is not what we do - it is ALL about who He is and what He has done.

"There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . .

.... Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God's Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .”
- Charles Spurgeon.


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PSALM 63 - A Psalm of David


O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!

I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.

 I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.
But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.
They will go down into the depths of the earth.
They will die by the sword
and become the food of jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God.
All who trust in him will praise him,
while liars will be silenced.


God, it is my prayer for our nation and for our world to earnestly desire YOU ... for who YOU are ..... and not just what You can do for us. 

God, I know it is our tendency to come to You in crisis, to want You to fix our problems, to want You to rescue us from trouble, from spiritual warfare, or from whatever it is we face each day. 

I know You love when we come to You ... to talk with You, to process life with You. But God, help us to want to come to You - really want to know You. 

To know you intimately as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

To know what makes You happy, what brings You sadness. What makes You laugh and what makes You weep. 

Help us to know what makes You want to move powerfully on our behalf. What brings You pleasure and what makes You angry.

Help us to know how You feel about people, what You are thinking about them and how we can partner with Your heart and Your thoughts in all that we do. 

Yes, help us to know how You feel about us. Scripture says, to love others AS WE love ourselves. So knowing how You feel about us is key to the impact we will make as we touch the lives of others.

Yes, God. Help us to want You. I know for me, the times when my kids come to me just to hang out and to talk about life are so much different then when they come to me to try and get something from me. Not that one is wrong - it is just very different - relationally. 

If I can tell the difference, I am sure you can tell the difference when we come to You with our self-motivated prayers and driven by wanting You to fulfill our selfish ambitions! 

Intimacy and conversation about life, about coaching them in decisions they have to make, sharing life with them, helping them to gain a Godly perspective of something - it is just so much different than when they come to me wanting something. Even using manipulation at times. We all do it. Even in our prayers to You. We can be selfish and manipulative. And then when things don't go our way - we have a tantrum and blame You God. Purify us of that. Purify us of self-god in all it's forms.

This is my prayer. Intimacy. Restoration. The Garden. Your will. 

Help us as a nation and as a world to want to know You, to hunger for You, to see You in Your sanctuary, to spend time gazing on You - yes, to focus on beholding You ... and on becoming like You in all that we do. 

Help us to get into Your Word to meditate on You!  Help rid us of our selfish ambitions - even those which look righteous on the outside!

To know Your love which is better than life itself, to praise You, to overflow with gratitude for everything in life- the good, the bad and the ugly - may our lips give praise and thanksgiving to You - always. Easier said than done - but help move us to this place.

Yes, to live to contemplate You - to think about You day and night - to truly know and trust You are our helper in every moment of every day. 

People often say - if we are too heavenly focused we can do no earthly good. This is hogwash. How can we know the heart and will of God for us, for our families, or for our ministries if we don't take the time to think about You and to know You? 

David, who was a KING and a major leader - said - ALL DAY and NIGHT - I think about my God! Can't get much more heavenly focused than that - and He was known as a man after God's own heart! To be heavenly focused means we are wanting to know the will of the Father. If Jesus had to be heavenly focused and to pray - than I think He is the best role model to follow.

Help us God to be like David in our prayer life. 

To remember no matter how big or how little the issue is before us - You do care.

Yes, to truly want You even more than our intercessions and supplications, even more than our busyness to save the world. These are all good but let them not come before You. 

Let us see the value of waiting on You - to be filled with You - so that when we do move, we are moving from You ... from LIFE and not from self-effort. 

No God AND. Just GOD. As AW Tozer would say in his book, "The Pursuit of God". Like Moses, may our cry be - "I am not going anywhere without Your presence God!"

Yes God, help us to come back to the living from the garden. From the finished work of the cross. From grace. From the place of intimacy with our creator. Help us to cast off the counterfeit cross of works and to embrace the work of grace. 

Help us to walk BY FAITH in all that You've done. 

Jesus, You made a pathway back to intimacy. Help us to understand sonship. Help us to know we are a daughter or a son. 

Help us to truly know the words of Ephesians chapter one - chosen, adopted, beloved, wanted, adored - yes, to know what it is to be a child of God, to have an inheritance, to sit with him in heavenly places. 

Help us to marinate in this Truth and help us to see others and know others through the mind of Christ. 

Help us God to desire you and to know you above all else. Philipiians 3:7-11. If Paul who radically changed the world - said everything to him was garbage and meaningless compared to knowing you - let this be our same prayer as well.

That we would know You intimately, the One who holds us securely, the One who holds our soul securely even in death, and that we would rest in Your love and that we would walk boldly in Your will ... like Jesus who only did and said what the Father told him to do. John 12:49-50. Amen.