April 7, 2015

No More Days Here





If we truly believe, we will love. If we really believe.....we are asked to not be fearful. When "we fear we forget" to love others, because all we can feel is our own body and what "we think we need".

How grand would we love if we thought we would not be able to love another day?  What incredible strength could we find,within ourselve to show it, knowing today was the only day left?  How deeply would our hearts break for our wives, or our husbands, if we knew they would suffer in the weight of being stretch and at the same time we being buried beneath insurmountable grief.

It is easy to not want something while you have it with you.  It is easy to say "if they leave it might be hard for a minute but look at everything else which will be better".  It is easy to fill their space with work, friends, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children; or even nothing but imaginary disconnected things.  But in the reality of a clear moment those lies will surely fail.

These are the thoughts which grieved our Lord and Savior, the thoughts which gave him hope to persevere and endure.  These hopes were not his own, but His Fathers and those griefs are the same ones as the Holy Ghost.

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. "You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. ~ John 14:27, 28

When His people are grieved, so is He.  May we do all we can to love and encourage day after day, as long as it is still called "Today (Hebrews 3:13)

If you have not heard For King and Country's interview about the video above you should hit play and hear that and the song - inspirational!

I pray we love deeply, with the grace we have ourselves been given and let nothing keep His glory from returning to His presence.  May it be the witness of His life in many ways....

In Christ
Kisses,
Candace

© 2015 by Candace Huffmaster
Kaleidoscope Butterfly, Inc°

April 3, 2015

And As For Fame.....

 God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, Father of Glory: I call out to You on behalf of Your people. Give them minds ready to receive wisdom and revelation so they will truly know You. Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance.  Let them see the full extent of Your power that is at work in those of us who believe, and may it be done according to Your might and power. ~ Ephesians 1:17-19

This morning I was looking for a scripture the scripture which speaks about God's plan for bringing all people together as one: connecting, interlocking, destroying divisions, harmonizing.  But then I realized my focus was about to skip over one thing.  My heart, mind and soul were in gear, however my Spirit was imploring that I take pause, linger awhile and pull my sights back in toward Him.....Christ ......alone.

We rightfully love the inclusion, the gracious empowerment of our eternal inheritance and the fellowship of our body, His church.  But today, again rightfully, He deserves my devoted attentions. He humbled himself, left his home and the comfort of joy filled serenity without end.  He entered with no great welcome by the masses, He exited as the masses screamed "Jump down" "Save your self" and "We have no king other than Caesar".

I thank God, for His divine plan and willingness to fulfill His good pleasure.  For empowering Jesus to not think of him self and jump down.  I praise Christ for the glory he brought His kingdom and for enduring to the end, shifting the paradigm.  So today, instead of jumping up in excitement, I will abide in the space of His precious presence. Knowing that my King gave up all His treasures so I could enjoy "my life".

Thinking about all this I was reminded of one of my favorite songs back in the 80's, King for a Day.  The inserted video is actually of an Argentine commercial, (it is like a mini sci-fi movie) and the only sound in it is the Thompson Twins song.  After listening to the song, I see why it came to mind, Christ may have only had one, one taste of what a worldly king receives, being praise by his public.  But what they did not see was his desire to give them so much more than any earthly king was able to give.  I pray that those shouts of Hosanna were carried in his heart as he entry into His eternal reign.   For those of you who are my family in Christ, could you please join with me in praying the Paul's prayer listed in the opening.  I thank God for each of you, and that we are called as One, in Christ.

For His glory and righteousness,
Kisses ~ Candace

Thompson Twin - King For a Day Lyrics Link: http://www.lyricsdepot.com/thompson-twins/king-for-a-day.html


© 2015 by Candace Huffmaster
Kaleidoscope Butterfly, Inc°

March 27, 2015

People Don't Change

image from sodahead.com
God will give ear and humble them, he who is enthroned from of old, Selah because they do not change and do not fear God ~ Psalm 55:19
 Sometime I think about how overwhelming life was for me when I struggled to understand why things were so hard. Many times I wondered why all my efforts did not reap the reward, which  similar efforts and plans of others appeared to lavishly achieve. This, of course, was not limited to professional / recreational successes but relational as well.

I do not really have any answers for those question; my apologies if your life has had its share of these plagues. But hopefully what I do understand will encourage you in some way:  God is sovereign and His plans are for our good.  Some of those things, I trust, would not have brought the satisfaction or end result which His BEST would afford us.  In reality, now, I realize how short sighted some of my desires were, based on how I have changed, matured and gained wisdom.

It was in my striving and not getting, being hurt by others and being left wounded emotionally or physically to deal with the fall out, among other things,which finally opened my heart, mind and soul to the One who knew everything I wanted, needed, regretted and distorted: The Lord God Almighty.  Over many years I have praised Him, questioned Him, cried out in frustration to Him and sat silently with Him.  And at the end of each I was so desperately grateful that He is the same and promises to NOT change, yet will Himself never cease to change ME.  

How in the world would I, or anyone,  realize that His Spirit is in me and desiring to help if everything in life constantly made me happy and emote in pleasant ways; which would also mean having so much time, energy and wealth to care for those I desired to help occasionally.  I must assume, people would become fake around me just to get what they wanted, which does not foster realistic, fragile relationships.  Without these dependable relationships in my life, I would never be able to figure out how selfish my real self is; since most often the real us is only exposed when we don't get our way or are confronted regarding our interactions and thoughts.

Most troubling to me is is the thought, of which I am fairly confident, that without the undesirable things, if I had received my life as I wanted it,  I would not have desired God, not really, nor a Savior.  Why would I, If I could get it, accomplish it and gain the glory for my efforts, what would I need to be saved from? And if I was having such fantastic accomplishments here and feeling good about saving others from their discomfort and worldly evils, why in the world would I want to leave a life like that?

In reality however, I did not get life on a silver platter, and I have God size needs all the time.  The difference now, from then, is that as God continued working on my interior and disciplining me (which of course is always in motion), life really did not and has not changed very much outside of me.  NOW,  I am grateful that He chose to change ME and NOT everything that came crushing in on my feelings, which stemmed from physical things past and present and hopes of the future. Due to His choices, His ways, He has managed to prove Himself in the changes within me and how those changes have altered my dynamics within this world - whether private or public.

If anyone has ever told you "People don't change". Please feel free to borrow my reply, which oddly enough came out of the mouth of a christian counselor.  "If people do not change, then why on earth did Christ have to suffer and die?"  People say many things for many reasons......however, the undisputed sovereign truth states: change what you believe, change the way you think, change the way you act that you may change while you live and also change your eternity.  That seems to be a WHOLE LOT of changing for one person - just sayin'!

There is more I wanted to ponder here from scripture; but another time.  As for today, I am ending with something Charles Spurgeon wrote reminding us that God doe not change:
Remember God is the same, whatever is removed. Your friends may be disaffected, your ministers may be taken away, every thing may change, but God does not. Your brethren may change and cast out your name as vile: but God will love you still. Let your station in life change, and your property be gone; let your whole life be shaken, and you become weak and sickly; let everything flee away—there is one place where change cannot put his finger; there is one name on which mutability can never be written; there is one heart which never can alter; that heart is God's—that name Love. 
Charles Spurgeon 

My prayer for us is to worship and serve the One who will never cease to stay with us and save us beyond what we call "REAL".  May each of you have a magnificent day; God gave us light and said each day is good.  And while people don't change unless they desire something better for themselves, God will never stop changing those who are willing for Him to do it.

Let's start thinking about our life from His vantage point ;)

Kisses,
Candace

© 2015 by Candace Huffmaster
Kaleidoscope Butterfly, Inc°

March 11, 2015

God's Jealous Desire

We last were considering sitting at the feet of Christ, allowing Him to teach us and walking with Him.

The problem is we drag our feet when it comes to participating in what is really God's will, God's way.  We have our own will and frankly, most of the time, we simply think it is no big deal; we know, in our heads, that He knows what we are doing.  However I think we minimize the whole "grieving the Holy Spirit" situation.  We are not tender any longer because we think more of our wants, than focusing on how we hurt others, otherwise we would see how unloving, ungodly and sinful we are almost 24/7.

In Galatians 5 we are advised to walk in the Spirit so that we will not carry out things which are not loving in the eyes of God, toward one another.  If we cannot submit ourselves to the Lord, then we are submitting our selves to sin;  It really is that simple.  Of course we are not damned to hell if we are saved; but we sure will be grieving the holy spirit.  Yet the holy spirit perseveres in loving kindness towards us by the power of God anyway.  Christ came, suffered and died that the spirit might come to help us.  Christ is in heaven now, but the holy spirit has settled right down in our muck! This I think best represents LONG...Suffering...

 Out from our darkness, His light shines forth, as best we will allow it.  His voice is calling out within our darkness,  imploring and empowering us to do as Romans 12 encourages us to do: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Can we begin to prove what the will of God is.......that which is good, acceptable and perfect? 

James tells us to draw near to God and He will draw near to you, Why do you think God would ever desire to draw close to any of us, other than the fact that no one loves a child more than their parent does.  But we have hated Him, killed His son, our savior and we continually grieve His holy spirit........Do you get it? It is for the His holy spirit within us, working so hard for no earthly reason at all except to bring God's will to fruition: to reconcile the body that He so desire and calls His own.  The Holy Spirit is the embodiment of Gods powerful, lovely, hopeful, forgiving, pure and perfect Holiness.  Of course God wants to pull Him, His own holiness, close and never let go!  James wrote:
"He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"?

In chapter 12 of Romans we are warned: the night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Think about a few things: Most of us know when we are covering up the mouth of the holy spirit, sitting on Him so He cannot run us out of a situation or dragging him grieving along as we do things, which are neither holy, lovely or pure, around or toward other person.  When we say we are a Christ follower and desire to be used by God, for His glory, we must stop doing anything which we would not do, or say, if we could see Him (as He is) right here with us.  Even the thoughts we have, the conversations in our mind, we deceive our self forgetting that the Holy Spirit is right there comprehending everything!

Let me end today with these passages from James Chapter 4:13-17: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

My prayer for each of us is that we consider how we feel when we are grieved, humble ourselves by asking His forgiveness for our multitude of grievances toward Him, the gift of His holy spirit, and then thank Him for allowing us another opportunity to show love to His Spirit, asking that the holy spirit teach us how to show Him preference.  I pray that we will quickly turn our faces toward Him, submit all our thoughts, actions and will for today and tomorrow, as we pray for all our efforts and communications with others to be proof as to what His will is on earth as it is in heaven.

In my opinion That would prove something mighty for His glory.

With Love, in Christ,
Kisses,
Candace
© 2015 by Candace Huffmaster
Kaleidoscope Butterfly, Inc°

February 23, 2015

Sent Out Wise AND HARMLESS


"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 1 Timothy 1:7


Last week we were discussing the relationship between hurting others and harming our own life, spirit, soul, mind and body.  If anyone would like the specific information on the deeper relational conflicts please let me know and I will either re-post those or link into the archives.

Every one of us will be tested to prove what is inside us.  God has made sure we are squeezed just right: pressed a little deeper here, or when we are not guarded there, to expose what is really deep in the smallest corners of our heart, mind and soul.  The proof is not really in the test itself, especially when we are such professional actors.  The real test comes in how we repent of your own actions before man and God for no reason other than to humble our self allowing Christ to increase within us and the view of others.

Three years ago we did a very shallow studied regarding how Christ sent us out as sheep among wolves, but not slaughtered. We have all matured in the past 3 years and I believe it is time to take another look at this.  Christ was not speaking of every Christian, because he was not sending everyone.  This was directed to those who were walking close to Him, those who were being trained up by Him for discipleship.  He knew that not everyone was ready and that some would be devoured if they were to run into the middle of a pack of wolves.  Yet how many times do we as new born babes in Christ toddle out and sit down to pet and feed the wolf-pack?

Charles Spurgeon, writing regarding Matthew 10:16, made note that these men (disciples) had other callings/ prominent vocations such as fishermen; but that the great calling was "Behold, I send you forth." stating "the call of the Lord overrides all other vocations".  He goes on to give a strong and loving warning to believers everywhere:

Do not try to teach till the Lord Jesus has first taught you! Do not pretend to instruct till you have been instructed! Sit at Christ’s feet before you speak in Christ’s name—but when once you are instructed, do not fail to become teachers.

This process begins in our own flesh.  If we cannot even repent without being shamed, then there is no real remorse.  If we cannot be lead by the Holy Spirit as He is shining the light within our own heart, mind and soul, how dare we boldly attempt to be the window into the one (Christ) they should emulate? We push down our own family member, friends, work associates in order to get ourselves up; we deceive ourselves when we forget that the Holy Spirit is right there crying out for the justice to begin within us.  Why do you think we are warned of the fact that as we judge, so we will be judged.  We are told to judge ourselves, and that as we judge another we have just condemned our self - after all we do the very same thing and think it has gone unnoticed by a Holy God.  How foolish, rebellious, prideful....arrogant! And yet we look in a mirror, comb our hair, being satisfied with what we say is fairly attractive. Without Christ image before God's eye we would scream," don't look we're hideous!"

Christ told us that we are not known by what we say or even pray; we are known by how we love one another.  If you treat yourself better than the brothers and sisters of Christ, you have proven you are not a sheep, but a wolf in sheep's clothing.  If when the holy spirit shows us a renegade action and we are not quick to turn and confess of that unloving thought or deed it is a seed planted for the god of this world and it will grow up, strength, stretch out and bear fruit ......unless righteously uprooted.

God said not to be deceived, God will not be mocked - what ever a man sows, that he WILL reap.  This is the reason for full confession, not lying to yourself or to others and for bearing with one another burdens.  Love covers a multitude of sins, it is not boastful, haughty, critical, neglectful or wrong doing. But neither does it allow sin to not be called sin when it shows up.  Rather it is gracious to forgive the broken in spirit and raise them up to a height which can never be obtained by fearful, godless means.  Please never present yourself before another person as speaking for God, if you are not willing to be disciplined by God.  We must fear God's strength and good will toward all mankind, and not think more of ourselves than we should.

Christ stated, he did not come to condemn the world but to save the world; but that there was one who comes to judge. He also said that the words we speak with judge us.  God promises all of us that nothing returns to Him void and that all words are recorded eternally.  If all these words are true, who do we think we are to not be humble, forgiving, reconciling, peacemakers - At times I hear heaven crying out over the world "Is there NO Shame left among the hard heart of men?"

Knowing this is rather long, I will close this off for the day with a excerpt from Charles Sprugeon:
The ungodly roar upon the righteous and seek to bring cruel accusations against them, even as against their Lord. No matter how pure the lives of the godly, the wicked will slander them! No matter how kind their actions, they will render evil in return. No matter how plain and honest their behavior, they will suspect them and no matter how disinterested in their motives, they will be sure to attribute to them the most evil designs, for the wolf comes to kill and to devour—and he will do it to the best
of his ability.
Do not deceiver yourself instead humble yourself and prove your wisdom - may we find joy in the testing, even testing ourselves as to prove we  are not counterfeits of His glory. Hopefully we will hit the other side of this soon - God willing.

In Christ~kisses,
Candace


© 2015 by Candace Huffmaster
Kaleidoscope Butterfly, Inc°

February 18, 2015

Strangely Dimming World

......Having loved His own who were in the world....He loved them to the end ~ John 13:1

Sometimes I find it very enlightening to just sit with a blank piece of paper and pour our my thoughts toward life: present, eternal and happenings in between.  This is the reason we find comfort and encouragement in the psalms.  Usually, I do not include these in our segments and keep them strictly on the Selah web page.  However, since we have been pondering placing Him as a seal on our heart, I felt it was applicable.  
Have you ever thought about asking for peace in your growth of patience or self control in your passionate zeal to do good? What about purity in your wanting, even in the things of the Lord.  These are necessary attributes of His Character.  Have you ever considered that we are a window to the lost as Christ is the entry way into His Presence?  
To read the rest go to our Selah web page: or click here
This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!
Where ever you are today, be glad and rejoice that you can find Him.
Kisses, 
Candace

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Kaleidoscope Butterfly, Inc°

February 14, 2015

A Seal Over Your Heart

"Put me like a seal over your heart, Like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the LORD." Song of Solomon 8:6

Valentines Day, to me, is the day when we should be expressing GOD.  After all it is God who IS love. He tells us to have faith in Him in order to believe.  Hebrews states it like this - Without faith we cannot please God, because we must believe that there is a God and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.  So many of us get incredibly disappointed on holidays like this because we do not get the presents we expected, or we get upset because someone out gifted us, or we have no one to celebrate with and usually we do not even want to be in the presence of the person we ARE with.

I thought about these things, and came away with some things which made I hope will extend great peace.  Our mere presence to another is the greatest gift we can offer.  No one "deserves" our attention, it is a gift.  When it is withheld it is brutal to someone who is wanting of it.  However, if someone loves Christ, they should be able to rejoice in the fact that now they can be alone with Him, uninterrupted.

If someone does not want to receive your love, which brings peace, of course it hurts, but it does not harm you, it harms them.  When a person harms you, they fear - -and the one who fears cannot be perfected in Love.  When a person does not love God they cannot love others, because the love of God is not in them.    Christ came and was able to love the unlovable, he separated when His peace was not received.  But He also loved them enough to tell them the truth before leaving.

Christ came to bind up the broken hearted and to set the captives free.  When we are at peace with our brothers and sisters in Christ, His love is being perfected in us.  Think of God in Christ, how He by His holy spirit kept him whole as we hurt Him, even harmed him; killing Him.  Yet this was not because He could not stop it; it was because of his great love for us. ( do not take this out of context and think I am speaking of staying in abusive relationships - that is another topic)

When we do things for those we love, it isn't because they deserve it, if we love like God.  It is because we desire, out from out energies we have, to do so freely.  While it hurts when the gifts of our love are diminished, rejected, or mocked if we gave freely and out of love, then they will not owe us anything in return.  And in the hurt you feel do not retaliate, for the harm coming to them is brutal to their heart.  The spirit of peace is within you, if you do not give it away in the testing of your faith, to seal over your heart and keep you from the evil in your midst.

I am not saying the one who hurts you is evil.  I am saying the evil one is utilizing you or them - depending on who is doing the hurting.  Remember, God uses all things for our good; because He first loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our own sin.

But now abide, faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is LOVE.

Know you are His beloved and He loves you to death - now who can you say that about ;)
Kisses,
Candace

© Candace Huffmaster 2015, All Copy Rights Reserved
Kaleidoscope Butterfly, Inc°

February 11, 2015

Why Are You Considering That?

Before we are saved we must consider God's ways.  Once we are saved we are to search them and align our own ways, by faith. Yet I find that many of us, even after so many years, are doing more considering our ways and searching our feelings about His ways.  

 Shouldn't we be hyper focused, now, on considering which way God is going and asking for Him to reveal His plans to us?  Once we are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, He is powerful within us to guide us, teach us, lead us.  Of course this is a supernatural process and each one will develop as the good Lord wills.  In time however, we need to cease our questioning and be diligent to move as prompted.

There hopefully will come a time, when we have gone through temptation after temptation and wearied our self with the trial; even though God uses it for the testing of our faith.  God stated in Isaiah that we burden Him with our sin and  weary Him with all the evil we do.  And in Jeremiah 15:6 all of our backsliding and rejection was enough; He was weary due relenting from bringing disaster upon evil.

The bible speaks of how weary people become from the pains of life; it grieves God that He wants to help, yet in ignorance or arrogance we do not call upon His name. Christ implores: come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest. He understands our sufferings and knew beforehand that He was going to leave us here, as His sheep among wolves.  But He also protected us in His name, and with His power.

Trials and Pain are real, God knows they're real! Christ personally knows, having experienced all that man would ever go through and more. We will never suffer to the extreme of being wrongfully murdered with the whole world abandoning us and condemning us for all it's sin.  Thank God for all He has purposed in His heart.  He reminds us of His power every day as we see the sun rise and as it sets the moon and stars do not forsake to give our darkness a little light.  He never withholds his rain forever.  He never floods all our grain, fruit trees and livestock so that we have no means of feeding ourselves.  Yet will we remember that all work is of His hands, for His purposes?  Will we work with our hands and eat the food which our hands prepare and not remember Him and all His work, His gifts, His blessedness?

We have a tendency to make a BIG deal out of the little things and the BIGGEST thing we minimize to the point of becoming utterly ineffective in our life.  How can we continually keep on the path of ignorance and yet blame God, because after all, He is sovereign, holy, just. Crazy, isn't it; we mock the very God we praise as if it is nothing, whether in BIG things or the unnoticed nuances of our lives.

We demand our rights, liberty and free will, disregarding that He alone ordained this freedom prior to our existence. We blame Him for manipulating lives, which by the way He would not ever do, because we have to blame someone or realize our own fault.  We scream from within our self when troubled and we cannot find Him, yet we hate everyone around us, our world, our very life, essentially Him, when we are in the midst of a painful, life altering, God the Father disciplining experience.

He hopes, during this time, we will find out where He is and where we are heading; He realizes we cannot see Him and sometimes mistake false gods as His dominion and care.  Yet many times, we do not consider His ways; we consider the ways around us and our feelings.  And when we lift our hands they are balled up fists being raised in anger at the God who allows us the choice of life we desire; find most pleasing.  His hope, though He's wearied, is for our limbs to give out, our fingers when unclenched, to fall into humble hands of folded prayer.  His resolve is to love us and never leave us; this is His perfect predestined plan before all time.

Ask Him today what He's up to.  Step aside from your own worthy plans.  Instead of asking for Him to bless you, open your own mouth and bless Him with your humble praise of His loving-kindness.  Then walk away from the vanity of any work of your own hands.  As Ecclesiastes states:
Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands? 7For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God.


May we become One in the unity of faith and until that time, focus on defending that faith; for His eternal glory is and always will be.

Kisses,
Candace


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Kaleidoscope Butterfly, Inc°