Written by Linda Schreurs
Linda putting prayer requests in the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
IN THIS ISSUE:
- Quiet Please!
- Go ‘There’ To Find Supply - Guest Columnist, Don H. Polston
- See Announcements for change in WOFF and info on the upcoming Women’s Solitude Retreat!
QUIET PLEASE! – Part 1
The above phrase is something my husband and I will hear from time to time when visiting our little grand children as their parents will admonish them because of their boisterous chattering and excitement. Sometimes you can feel a bit overwhelmed because there’s so much activity and noise going on with everyone talking at the same time or some of them crying or laughing. Nevertheless, we are more than happy to be a part of all the typical chaos of the little ones because we love them so very much. We really don’t mind all the noisy activity as it’s such a joy to see how the grandkids are growing and maturing. It caresses our hearts to see them excited to sing songs to the Lord, play their instruments in their ‘music room’ in their lower level or dance wildly. Sometimes they ‘put on shows’ for us, as I’m sure some of you have experienced the same thing with your children or grandchildren. Talk about noise!
I suspect there’s a ‘little kid’ in all of us who wants to be heard or to make ‘noise’ and who wants attention. I think our heavenly Father God, our Papa Abba, is quite delighted when we sing with all the gusto our hearts have when giving Him praise and worship. Ecclesiastes says in chapter 3 that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh…a time to mourn and a time to dance…a time to be silent and a time to speak.” Therefore I know our God is a proud Papa when we love Him in this holy manner of song and worshipful dance. Can we give Him this kind of ‘noisy show’? Can we be childlike and just enjoy our God? Can we be like King David who danced wildly before the Lord? Most certainly he was misunderstood because of it. Who cares? If it pleases the Lord, what does it matter what others think? (2 Sam. 6:14)
Who’s to say we cannot make a joyful noise unto our God with timbrel and dancing? (Ps. 66:1-2) Why not try it, O children of God? You just might like it! And you’ll have fun doing so. Get happy feet. Get happy! Rejoice. Dance. Sing. Shout. If we do it at sports events, why not at God events?
Enough with tears and lamenting
It’s time to make some happy noise for the Lord. Enough with our tears and lamenting. There’s always enough heartache and sorrow to go around. Everyone has something they’re going through. So why not try something new in the Lord to release fresh revelation, insights, understanding and victories? Why not fully act on Psalm 30:10-12 which says: “Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me; O Lord, be my helper. You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, that my soul may sing praise to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” And have you considered Psalm 149:3? It says, “Let them praise His name with dancing; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre. For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.”
If you’ve been feeling afflicted, perhaps the Holy Spirit just wants you to let go and let God – let Him handle your situation, your life. Let loose and praise Him with all the gusto you can. Make a joyful noise. Come on, it’s spiritual therapy! Let loose of yourself, your inhibitions, your self-focus and let your child-like spirit come forth. Papa Abba is waiting for your joyful noise. He’s so proud of you! He loves you!
One of these days, I just might have a ‘dancing party’ for the Lord! All this to say, that I believe we must begin to actually and truly, ENJOY our God. Quite often, we make our walk with Him so hard when it doesn’t have to be. He’s magnificently wonderful and well able to deliver us from pain, heartache and sorrow. That’s His job, not ours. We can’t manufacture happiness, but only in and through Him. He is our everlasting joy. Therefore, that should make us want to just sit back for a change, relax - and drink in the divine pleasures of the Lord Most High. Let’s consider Psalm 16:11, “Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; in Thy Presence is fullness of joy; in Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.” (My emphasis) Wowee! That makes me feel like a kid! We do indeed want to know the path of life. We do indeed want to know fullness of joy. And most certainly we want pleasures forever. However, it will never be fully found in this temporary earthly existence. Nevertheless, when our entire being is joined with our Eternal Godhead with all our might in body, soul and spirit, we have a forever existence that catapults us into astounding glories. Who wouldn’t want that?! I do! Don’t you?
QUIET PLEASE! – Part 2
There’s a flip side to making a joyful noise unto the Lord and that is to, well…truly be quiet! Remember our verse earlier from Ecclesiastes about a time to speak and a time to be silent (vs. 7)? But in actuality, not too many of us know how to do this aspect of worship and soaking in the Lord’s divine Presence in total awe, wonder and holy reverential fear of God Almighty! But I must tell you that some of the most precious times I’ve ever had with the Lord, have been the times where I simply sat still before Him, listening intently basking in the magnificence of His glorious Presence. Then I understood more fully why angels cry, ‘Holy! Holy! Holy!’ day and night. (Rev. 4:8) We often hear quoted Psalms 46:10 that says we are to ‘be still and know God.’ But I’ve not heard very many - if any, sermons on how to ‘be still.’ Have you? Nevertheless is a powerful spiritual encounter of intimacy with God!
Our relationship with our Divine Beloved is just that - a relationship in which each of us has a say in our conversation. If you or I went to lunch with a good friend and all we did was talk and talk, hardly taking in any input from the other person that would be sad indeed. But oftentimes this is exactly what we do with the Lover of our soul! We talk and talk and let loose with a thousand things on our prayer lists, but how often do we WAIT UPON HIM? How well do we actually LISTEN to hear what He has to say? Many simply do not take the time to wait in silence and solitude for His response. Precious people of God, this is the very reason I lead women (& my husband has led men) on these Solitude Retreats and Hermitages. Isaiah 55:3 is profound saying: “Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen that you may live.” We truly need to practice our listening skills in order to live and live abundantly unto God Most High.
Solitude and Silence
Personally, I feel that King David wrote many of the Psalms from a place of silence that no doubt began as a young shepherd boy who spent many lonely hours day and night looking into the heavens. Likewise, I’ve felt that if the Lord Jesus went off by Himself time after time to commune with the Father in silence and solitude, shouldn’t we? (See Mark 1:9-13 & 35; John 6:15; 12:3; Matt. 4:1;14:13,23; Luke 4:1,22;5:16; 6:12 and so many other places in scripture where God’s people did this!) Of course, we do not have to go away to do this as it’s experienced to a degree in our private daily devotional times with God. However, doing the things Jesus did…drawing away from the clamor of people and daily living to quiet places of silence and solitude is much more conducive to hearing and communing with God on a much deeper level. Most certainly in that setting, there are less distractions or interruptions to take away the precious intimacy with God so needed in our lives. I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed there are more and more ‘noises’ to contend with in our society…more traffic, more cell phones, i-pads, beeping and jingling, etc. It’s getting harder and harder to find that sacred place of stillness.
So what about you? Are you ready to ‘go away’ to a place of solitude and silence to go deeper in the Lord? Are you willing to sacrifice time in your busy schedule to really listen and drink in new revelations and fresh glories from the intimate Throne Room of God?! If so, sign up for the April Women’s Solitude Retreat and/or the Women’s Hermitage in September. There truly is only limited space! And that’s a direct result of many who make these retreats and hermitages an annual event because they’ve experienced the accelerated joys of the Lord and breakthroughs in their lives during these precious times away with the Lord. More details are given upon registration. See the ‘Announcement section’ to sign up. It’s a holy adventure of a lifetime!
GUEST COLUMNIST: Don H. Polston
Don and Ruth Ann Polston
Don’s achievements are more than can be named here! Ruth Ann as well, with her many books and not the
least of which was her dynamic Winning Women Bible Study. You’ll hear from her soon!
Don has these accomplishments: BA, B. Rel., Indiana Wesleyan University
Master of Philosophy in Counseling, Emmanuel Baptist University
Doctor of Philosophy in Temperament Therapy, PhD, Carolina Christian University
Founder of Sunnyside Temple, Waterloo, Iowa, one of the largest Wesleyan churches in America
Founder of The Life That Wins television ministries
Inducted into The Hall of Faith, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana
Certified Temperament Counselor with the National Christian Counseling Association.
He’s authored many books and -
Founded The Web Site of the International Ministry.
I am more than delighted and privileged to introduce you to our guest columnist this month, Don H. Polston, pictured above with his adoring wife, Ruth Ann. I seem unable to find the right words to describe our love and admiration for these two beloved people. But for brevity’s sake, let me say – they were our pastors for 25 years at Sunnyside Temple in Waterloo, Iowa before we moved to the Des Moines area and they moved to Indiana. They loving led us to the Lord, led us into the ministry of the Holy Spirit, led us into signs, wonders and miracles and into the ever-deepening levels of glory in the Lord! His endorsement is in my book, Armageddon Bride, and they are on my Dedication page in my newest book Holy Communion! Holy Invasion! They are loved by multitudes of people far and wide. Read Don’s article below.
Go ‘There’ To Find Supply
It is most interesting to see how God instructed Elijah in this same path of faith. Elijah had appeared before Ahab and announced, “There shall not be dew nor rain…” (I Kings 17:1). Immediately following, the word of the Lord came to him and said, “Get thee from here and go (there) to Cherith…..I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there” (vs.3, 4).
God was leading this man, from ‘here to there’ and from ‘there to here’ teaching the flexibility of plans, but not the flexibility of the purposes of God. Learn this pattern of faith. God calling you to leave one place for another with the same purposes, but a different place. Remember He feeds where He leads.
The Spirit is always taking you from here, (where you have been useful), to there, where you will be more useful. The plans for the man, Elijah, changed, but the purposes of God did not change. It takes wisdom to know the difference.
Provoking what the mother eagle must do,
To bring the little ones overdue,
To fly over the morning dew,
Who developed the ability to do.
She stirs them up to fly as they know
To see with keen eye the foe below.
Women of Fire Fellowship – Take note of changes! They will now be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at 10 AM, at Strategic America Offices, 6600 Westown Pky., West Des Moines, Ia. 50266. Register on line at: www.intimacy-with-God.com or call Linda at 515-270-0231. The February 9th meeting however, will be held at the Schreurs home, 6829 River Bend Dr., Johnston, Ia. 50131 with a potluck brunch to follow.
Each WOFF meeting will be filled with a ‘high level, governmental briefing from God’s Throne Room,’ followed by teaching, prayer and impartation. Be a part of the army of fiery, passionate, anointed women the Lord is raising up in these strategic times in which we live.
Women’s Solitude Retreat - April 4-7, 2013. This will be our first Solitude Retreat in many years! This is different from the hermitage experience, as everyone is in the same building but have their own room. On the hermitage, each one has their own one-room cabin, thus a bit more secluded from others. In both however, silence and solitude is key in order to spend uninterrupted, undistracted coveted time alone with God in prayer, meditation, reading, resting, taking reflective walks and being refreshed in mind, body and spirit. The Solitude Retreat is 2 nights and 3 days, is $30 per night, plus traveling expenses and some food. The first night’s fee is your registration fee. Details will be sent upon registration. Email or call your request to Linda Schreurs before March 22nd, as there are limited rooms available! LindaSchreurs@intimacy-with-God.com or 515-270-0231.
Women’s Hermitage - Sept. 26-29,2013. (3 nights/4 days; $55 per night plus traveling expenses and some food). More information with registration.
Be sure to check out Linda’s books and CD’s which can be viewed and purchased on the website or ordered directly from the address below. Her newest book: ‘Holy Communion! Holy Invasion!’ is a good value when paired with her CD of intimate prayers of Holy Communion. Get them both for only $25, plus $4 shipping and handling and save $5!
Intimacy With God Ministries
Mike and Linda Schreurs, P.O. Box 1294, Johnston, Ia. 50131-1294, Phone: 515-270-0231
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