Month: November 2015

Knock my socks off

Feats at the feet

Sometimes, we become dull to the things that should knock our socks off. But no worries; we aren’t the only ones who have done this. The very disciples that witnessed many amazing feats and miracles performed by Jesus still had their ‘epiphany’ moment. A few of those miracles that the disciples witnessed are listed below.

  • Jesus saved the officials son that was about to die
  • a possessed man was delivered by Jesus
  • Peter’s mother in law was delivered of a fever that had her bedridden. She immediately rose and fixed food for Jesus and Peter
  • Jesus fed 5000 men and their families with five loaves of bread and two fish
  • Jesus instructed the disciples to cast their nets again after an all nighter of unsuccessful fishing. They caught enough fish to fill two boats
  • Jesus healed a leper
  • Jesus healed a Centurion’s servant because the Centurion had great faith.
  • Jesus healed a paralytic
  • Jesus restored a withered hand
  • Jesus rasied a widow’s only son from the dead
  • Jesus calmed a raging sea
  • Jesus cast 2000 demons into swine and then cast them into the sea to drown (sad day…all that bacon ruined)
  • A woman with an issue of blood was healed simply by touching the edge of his clothing
  • Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead
  • Jesus healed two blind men, a mute man, and an invalid of 38 years

THEN….Jesus sent his disciples out on the Sea of Galilee in a boat while he went to be alone and pray (his cousin John had just been beheaded). Later that night, Jesus caught up with his disciples by walking on the water towards their boat. At first, his bros were scared, thinking that Jesus was a ghost. Peter called out to him ‘If you are really Jesus, let me walk on the water to meet you.’ and after being beckoned, he walked towards Jesus. Even though his faith faltered a bit, he did walk on water. Then, Jesus and Peter climbed into the boat and the reaction Jesus received was two-fold:

  • They worshiped him
  • They exclaimed ‘Whoa…you really are the son of God’

Matt 14:32 & 33 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

These disciples just witnessed first-hand a bunch of amazing miracles and yet they still said really are the son of God.

Do you wonder what look Jesus had on his face?skeptical baby meme plain  Seriously…what did they think and why were they so amazed after witnessing all those miracles first hand?

But they did the right thing…the thing they couldn’t help but to do…they bowed and worshiped at his feet, out of utter amazement and pure joy over who Jesus was (and is). The reality hit them at that moment in time. That same amazement should be ours every day. Even though we know who Jesus is and what he has done, we should still be amazed, in awe and wonder on a regular basis. Let Jesus knock your socks off today.

I hope you are blessed by this different peak at some of the miraculous things Jesus did. Go and be a blessing and be blessed.

Heidi Cleaveland

Be still

Recently I was interacting with a friend who mentioned that she was not feeling her best and decided that she was going to go home and sit in her recliner and be lazy. I knew what she meant, but thought to myself  why do we call it being lazy when it’s what our minds and bodies need?? If we sat in the recliner all the time and shirked all responsibility that we were capable of handling, that might be lazy.

Resting to nourish your mind and body is being responsible. Taking time to read and/or pray is nourishing your spirit and helps to build your hedge. If we still our mind and quiet all the daily noise in our heads, we can ‘hear’ God better and we can make room for God to be God in our lives. Letting go and resting in Christ will give us that peace and joy that we all need. And its not being lazy so don’t even think about feeling guilty.

Go and be a blessing and be blessed.

Heidi Cleaveland


Love who??!

Love your enemies? That’s just crazy talk. Well, it certainly feels like it when you’ve dealt with a wingnut who has caused problems and drama in your life. Talk about loving the unlovable!! (Do i have to??)

It IS crazy, but it’s also good for you. You don’t have to be besties, but do yourself a huge favor and love your enemies in whatever capacity you can. Stretch your boundaries a bit, and know that your are honoring the Lord in your efforts.

Go and be a blessing.

Heidi Cleaveland

Unbreakable relationships

Do you sometimes ever become weary of all the brokenness that surrounds and permeates our lives? It’s exhausting. Broken relationships, tattered families, abandoned children, and hearts torn beyond repair? Many times, it is beyond our control. In our brokenness, it is easy to be enveloped in deep despair, sometimes only briefly, and other times despair stretches across great spans of time in our lives.  I want you to know that you are not alone.

Be encouraged. Your Father in heaven has established a relationship with you. He will not break it. He won’t abandon you. He won’t break your heart. He will not leave you alone, nor will he be the cause of your despair. 

“I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.” Exodus 20:2 NLT

Previous to this scripture, the Lord addressed the Israelis and said ‘I am the Lord’ but starting in chapter 20, God declares that a relationship exists (due to their obedience and trust).  ~~ Pastor Chad Keeteman of The Gathering Place Church, 11-15-15.

I want to repeat this because it’s very important: Be encouraged. Your Father in heaven has established a relationship with you. He will not break it. He won’t abandon you. He won’t break your heart. He will not leave you alone, nor will he be the cause of your despair. 

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” Psalms 73:26 NLT

I really like that ‘forever’ part. Blessings to you.

Heidi Cleaveland