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SOMMER FAMILY BLESSING

Welcome to the blog for Linda Sommer.

My Blog will cover three subjects:

WORD FROM THE LORD, FAMILY, and MINISTRY.

WORD FROM THE LORD
Every day I spend time with the Lord in the morning and He speaks to my heart words that are encouraging, exhorting and sometimes rebuking.

At first, I felt not to share these words with others, but then I realized I am just one of His followers. There are many people who need a word daily from the Lord, but they do not have the time to seek Him. This is why I decided to share the words I received from time to time. The messages are in first person as the the Lord relayed them to my spirtual ears.

FAMILY
We have three sons and nine grandchildren. There is something new happening all the time in the Sommer family. I will post some of these events of interest.

MINISTRY
Tom and I have traveled the world. To find out more about our ministry you may consult our webpage -
http://www.voiceofthesword.com/.
I will keep you updated on future speaking enagements and ministry developments.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

POSTPONE

Those who are led by My Spirit are sons and daughters of My Father. Following the lead of My Spirit takes discipline and determination. When you hear the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit within you, do not put that instruction into your mind. Your mind will reason away what the Holy Spirit has unctioned you to do. Do not postpone the intention My Spirit just gave you. When you pospone obeying My voice, you will miss the open door of opportunity.

Good intentions within you are usually authored by the Holy Spirit within you. Those gentle impressions are given to you to inspire you to follow the lead of My Spirit. If you hear an instruction that does not contradict My Word, then move ahead and obey that instruction when it is given. Do not postpone obeying that wonderful, gentle prompting. Promptings, intentions, and gentle impressions are usually authored by My Spirit within you. Train yourself to instantly obey instead of waiting until a later time. As you read My Word, My Spirit will give you the discernment to identify the voice of My Spirit.

HEBREWS 4:12

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

LENGTH

My servant Paul prayed that those who knew Me would also come to know the length of My love.
The length of My love is My mercy. I extend My mercy to generation after generation. My mercies are new every morning. I am truly a merciful God. This is a part of My love that I want you to come to know in an intimate way. When you never doubt that I am a merciful God, you will see everything from My perspective.

It is true that hard things happen in life. Never forget that I know the end from the beginning. I am truly the Alpha and the Omega. Many times I allow things to happen in your life because I am a merciful God. You may question, "Why, Lord, did this happen to me?" When those questions arise, do not let My enemy put doubt in your mind and say to you, "If God really loved you, He would not have allowed this." Instead, begin to thank Me for My mercy. What I allow in your life is done in My mercy. I know you do not understand this now, but the day will come we are together face to face that you will understand.

EPHESIANS 3:17-19

Monday, February 27, 2012

TOGETHER

My Father gave Me the names of the twelve men who would help Me accomplish My Father's will. Think about this. I am LORD of all, but I needed help. I needed the help of the Holy Spirit. I needed the help of the men Father chose to be close to Me. People helped supply food and housing for Me when I walked on earth. I denied My kingly glory to demonstrate how life is when you live a life of dependence upon My Father and what it is like to have teamwork as you minister. I had to be anointed by the Holy Spirit before I began the ministry Father appointed to Me.

When you read about My life, see the many helpers God sent Me. Kingdom ministry is never accomplished without help. Always call upon My Holy Spirit, "The Helper," to help you as you go through the day. He will faithfully inspire you to do the next thing and He will empower you to accomplish the next thing. Kingdom ministry can only be accomplished as you are dependent upon Me, My Holy Spirit, and believers who surround you with support. I have supplied you with a wonderful team and together we can do My Father's will.

LUKE 9:58

Sunday, February 26, 2012

IMAGINATION

You were created with a divine imagination. When Adam and Eve disobeyed My Father, their imaginations were vulnerable to the attacks of My enemy. Vain imaginations and longing thoughts for the things of this world took their focus off of heavenly and eternal things.

You live in a day when it is so easy for you to turn your focus away from Me. Images come to you through many vehicles such as the TV and the computer. Be on the alert to pull down the vain imaginations that the enemy wants you to receive daily. Guard the gates to your mind - the ear gate, the eye gate, and the mouth gate.

Place the helmet of salvation over your mind daily and declare out loud that you do have My mind. Renew your mind daily as you study My Word. The onslought of the enemy is increasing as the day draws near to My return. More than ever you must use your weapons of warfare to pull down every stronghold. Give your thoughts and imaginations to Me and I will cleanse your mind. Stay your mind upon Me and I then will be able to keep you in perfect peace.

2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-6; ISAIAH 26:3

Saturday, February 25, 2012

COMFORT

"Comfort" is a word that has a peaceful affect upon those who hear this word. This is why I told My disciples that I would not leave them as orphans, but that I would send them "The Comforter." My Holy Spirit is ready to comfort you at anytime during the day. Remember how your mother used to put a cold rag on your forehead when you had a fever and then she would kiss you on the cheek.

My Spirit desires to relieve your feverish brow when you experience the tribulations that are coming upon the earth. You are living in feverish times. The clock is winding down and soon I will return. Things will get worse, but you, on the other hand, will get better. All My saints in the light will grow brighter and brighter as more darkness envelopes the earth.

More than ever, you need to call upon "The Comforter" to help you have His peace in troubled times.

JOHN 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7

Friday, February 24, 2012

HAPPENINGS

Things do not just happen in your life. When you received Me as your Lord and Savior, you gave your life into My hands. Your life was no longer your own. It was bought with the high price of My shed blood. There is a book of life in heaven and one day that book and several other books will be opened. You will then see how so many things that you thought just were happenings in your life were much more than that. The "suddenlys" you experienced, the being in the right place at the right time, the people you met, and many other happenings were orchestrated by Me.

Those who are led by My Spirit are My sons and daughters. As you yield to My Spirit's gentle promptings, you will accomplish every work that I have designed for you to accomplish. At the end of time I will applaud your work and say, "Well done My good and faithful servant, you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many, enter into the joy of your Lord." I am truly the Author and Finisher of your life. Look forward to accomplishing many more works through Me that I have ordained for you to finish.

MATTHEW 25:21; HEBREWS 12:22

HEBREWS 12:2

Thursday, February 23, 2012

TIMING

There is a time and a season for everything under the sun. Solomon wrote those words. He discovered as he was drawing near to the end of his life that there were only two things that were important in life. Those two things were to fear God and keep His commandments.

Everyone has the same amount of time, but what they do with that time depends upon the choices they make. When you choose to dwell in My presence all the day long, I can redeem the time that you spend with Me. I can see to it that you have time to do those things that are important in life. When you honor Me and stand in awe of Me with an obedient heart to do My will, I will then be able to orchestrate your time in an efficient way.

Give Me your moments today and I will give you many moments that will bear much fruit for Me. Everything you have belongs to Me including time. Give your 24 hours to Me today and I will return to you blessing upon blessing upon blessing.

ECCLESIASTES 12:13

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

TASKS

Everyone has tasks that they have to do. Those tasks may involve your work or even your church. They may involve homework assignments in school. They may involve building a home or cleaning a house. There are all kinds of tasks that you have to accomplish. The things that you have to do in order to accomplish those tasks usually whirl around in your head all the day long and at the end of the day, you feel like you did not successfully accomplish your goal to finish certan tasks.

I do understand your mind set, but let Me help you with your tasks. I sent My "Helper" to help you order your thoughts and also to help you perform your tasks. The two tasks I require of you are simply to hear My voice ( the voice of the Helper) and obey what you hear. When you listen to My Spirit within you, I will be able to tell you the next thing to do.

You get overwhelmed when you think about all you have to do in a day's time. Give your day to Me. Commit all of your "To Do List" to Me, and I will establish the priorities simply by telling you the next thing to do. Stay open to My leading throughout the day and at the end of the day you will rejoice because you had a meaningful day instead of a muddled day when nothing was accomplished.

PROVERBS 16:3

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

UNIQUE

You are fearfully and wonderfully made and there is no one else on earth who has your unique qualities. When I died for the sins of the whole world, I died to transform you into My image.
The work of the Holy Spirit now is to help conform you to My image. You are My body on earth. Everyone who believes in Me will still keep their uniqueness after they accept Me as their Lord and Savior. However, My character and the fruits of My love will so develop in those who surrender to Me daily that others will see Me in their faces, voices, and actions.

You have the opportunity daily to reveal Me with all of My grace, mercy, forgiveness, joy, patience, gentleness, kindness, longsuffering, peace, self-control, faithfulness, and love. Every morning present your body to Me as a living sacrifice and I will fill you with a fresh anointing. As My Spirit enables you to lift Me up by what you say and what you do and even by your very countenance when you encounter others, they will see Me in you and will be drawn to Me.

PSALM 139:14; ROMANS 8:29, 12:1

Monday, February 20, 2012

SETTLE

One of My greatest desires is for you to have a settled heart. A settled heart is a heart that trusts Me in all things. When you have a settled heart, you do not have to worry about what you will say or what you will do even in trying times. I told My disciples that the day would come when they would be greatly persecuted. I could not tell them that they would all be martyred, but I knew this would happen. I told them that when they were brought to trial, they did not have think ahead of time what they were going to say to counter their adversaries. Instead, I told them that I would give them a mouth filled with such wisdom that all their adversaries could not contradict them.

You do have an adversary who continually attempts to persecute you with condemnation and false guilt. Do not fret over him or even concern yourself about him. I have already won the victory over him and that victory is yours. When you meditate on My Word day and night, My Words will flow through you and when you speak those words out loud against your adversary, the devil, he will flee. Settle it in your heart simply to meditate on My Word daily and you will experience My peace, My wisdom, and My understanding and you will be victorious over all the attacks of the enemy.

LUKE 21:12-15

Sunday, February 19, 2012

FOCUS

When you keep your focus on Me, miracles will happen in your life. My enemy wants to steal your focus away from Me through the many distractions that come your way during the day.
It is a real battle for you to keep your mind stayed upon Me throughout each day because of the advance in technology in the age that you now live. Life was much simpler when I walked on the earth. Today you have to be extremely intentional to abide in Me during your busy days.

My enemy also wants you to focus on yourself. He sends thoughts of condemnation and confusion. When this happens, give your thoughts to Me immediately and I will do battle for you. Simply say out loud, "I take that thought captive and I give it to You, Jesus. Send Me Your thoughts." Always be aware that fearful and negative thoughts come from My enemy.

When Peter and John healed the lame man by the Beautiful Gate outside the temple, they first told the lame man to look at them. When the lame man took his eyes off himself and his own needs and raised his head to look at them, a miracle happened. Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." The moment the lame man gave Peter and John his attention, he saw My glory on their faces and I did a miracle through the earthen vessels of Peter and John. Expect miracles today as you keep your focus on Me.

ACTS 3:1-10
Keep your focus on Me today and

Saturday, February 18, 2012

STEADY

"Steady as you go!" is an instruction that the captain of a ship often gives to those who are in the control room of the ship. These are instructions also that I want you to hear every day. You are on the seas of life and to complete your safe journey home, you need to be steady as you go. By that I mean that you need to be steadfast in your walk with Me.

I am the Captain of the heavenly hosts and I am also the captain of your life. I desire for you to hear My warnings to you daily. The devil would love for you to get off the course I have designed for you to travel. You will not get off course if you are steadfast in your walk with Me. Steadiness is established in your life as you abide in Me, abide in My Word, and abide in My love. Together we will successfully bring the ship of your life into its safe harbor where you will be with Me face to face. Until that time, I say again, "Steady as you go!"

Paul gave this exhortation to believers, "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, imovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." Remain steadfast until the end.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:58; HEBREWS 3:14

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

IF

"If" is a word that My enemy uses to put doubt in your mind. He used that tactic on Me when I was being tempted by him in the wilderness. He said, "If you are the Son of God." Later he used the mouths of the cheif priests to cry out, "If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross and we will believe in Him."

The moment you hear the word, "if," be on the alert against this tactic of the enemy to put doubt in your mind. The moment you have a doubtful thought about how much I love you or that I will take care of you, take that thought captive and give it to Me. I will then be able to send you a thought that is filled with faith.

Doubt is usually the first weapon the enemy uses against all believers. He wants you to doubt that you are accepted by Me and loved by Me. Rest assured that I am the One Who will do battle for you when the tempter tries to put doubt in your mind. I overcame him in the wilderness by wielding the sword of the Spirit. Whenever thoughts of doubt come to you, simply say out loud, "My righteousness is of Jesus Christ and I am accepted in the beloved." The enemy will flee when he hears that declaration.

LUKE 4; ISAIAH 54:17

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

INCLINE

Solomon wrote, "Incline your ear to my sayings." Solomon had a mandate to teach his sons the Word of God. I have a mandate to teach you meekness and lowliness of heart. When you come to Me and release every burden to Me, you are in a position to incline your ear to My sayings. The word incline means to cause to yield.

Every day I have so much that I want to tell you. As you read My Word, My Holy Spirit wants to reveal Me to you in a revelatory way. He can only do this if you will incline (willingly yield) your ear to Me. To put it in your terms today, "I want you to bend your ear in My direction."

Today, bend your ear in My direction and willingly yield your spiritual ears to hear My voice. Your day will be totally different than it was yesterday. You will be guided continually by My Spirit. The only reason people do not hear My voice is that they do not bend their ear My way. Instead, they bend their ear to hear all the voices of this world. Come to Me today. Let Me teach you to humble your hearing and to practice hearing from Me. Once you begin to hear My voice daily, you will be so excited to hear more.

PROVERBS 4:20

Monday, February 13, 2012

TROUBLE

You live in troubled times and I shared that troubles would increase just before I returned to earth. Peter exhorted believers not to be surprised when they had firey trials. No one likes to anticipate trouble, but I also said that in the world you will have tribulation. I told you that the one thing that will cheer you when you go through trials is the fact that I have overcome the world. Focus on that fact when your trials seem overwhelming.

Not everyone knows the "rest of the story." The rest of the story is that there will be a new heaven and a new earth where there will be no more trouble. Meditate on that truth when your troubled time comes. Think of how great life will be when you do not have to worry about temptations, tests, trials, and troubles. Set your affections on the things that are above, not the things on this earth and those high thoughts will get you through those low times in your life.

JOHN 16:33; 1 PETER 4:12; COLOSSIANS 3:2

Sunday, February 12, 2012

SHAME

When Adam and Eve sinned, they saw their nakedness and they were afraid and hid themselves from My Father because they were ashamed. Just before they hung Me on the tree, I was stripped naked. I became naked so that you will never have to be afraid and flee from Me in shame. I bore your shame when I was crucified.

Your enemy, the devil, uses fear and shame to pull you down. Once you have received and believed what I did for you when I bore the sins of the whole world, you are set free from shame. Do not allow the devil to put the thoughts of shame in your mind. I have freely forgiven whatever you did in the past even though the memories of those things do come to your mind from time to time.

When those thoughts of regret for your past are resurrected in your mind, remember that I died and was resurrected to give you newness of life. You are new in Me and you are hid in Me. When you receive this truth in your heart, you will never have to feel shame again. You are My beloved and I am My Father's beloved. You are totally and freely accepted in the Beloved.


GENESIS 3:7-11; EPHESIANS 1:6

Saturday, February 11, 2012

THINK TANK

What is in your "Think Tank?" "Think Tank" is an expression that is commonly used in the age that you are experiencing now. Everyone has a "Think Tank," (thoughts that have been stored in your mind). This is why Paul emphasized the importance of taking every thought captive to My obedience. There is no way that you alone can handle all the thoughts that Satan tries to put in your mind. This is also why Paul exhorted you daily to put on the helmet of salvation. Satan cannot read your mind, but he is constantly and relentlessly giving you thoughts that are contrary to My Word.

The moment you have a thought that is negative and that is contrary to My Word, give that thought to Me. When I capture your thoughts, I then will give you My thoughts. It is true that My thoughts are higher than yours, and this is why you need to meditate on the highter thoughts that I give you. Set your affections on the things that are above, not the things on this earth. Set your "Think Tank" to My level. I am above all and I can help you pull down those strongholds (patterns of thinking) that are ungodly.

2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-6

Friday, February 10, 2012

GENUINE

Most people look for trademarks on products to be sure that those products are not just a copy. You want to know if something is the genuine thing. You also want to know if the people in your life are genuine. By that, you long for people in your life who will accept you for who you are without expecting more of you. You desire friendships that are based on total honesty and love. You enjoy people who you can be honest with without having the fear that you could hurt them in some way. Genuine friends are few, but when you find them you want to be with those friends because you know you do not have to prove yourself to them. You are who you are and they love you because you are who you are.

I am such a friend. I am genuine. I love you for who you are and I love just being with you as you move through your day. I understand when you get inritated when something happens to interfere with your plans to accomplish much that day. If that something is a person who you love, you are willing to make room for that person to be a part of your day even if that was not your "plan A" for the day. I love it when you make room for Me all the day long because if thrills Me to hear your praises throughout the day and your unending conversations with Me. Cultivate your friendship with Me and soon you will hear people say that you are "the real thing" which means you are genuine.

PSALM 16:11

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

INTERESTS

When you meet a person for the first time, one of the questions you usually ask is, "What are
your interests?" When you ask this question, you expect the person to tell you what they do for a living, what hobbies they might have, and what vacations they like to take. People have many interests and those interests can change from year to year. What you are interested in doing can change dramatically if you suddenly encounter a health problem that limits you in pursuing your former interests.

Life if ever changing, and this is why you need to cling to Me. I am unchanging. My interests never change. I am always interested in you and nothing will stop Me from pursuing you because I love you with an unchanging and everlasting love. All of My thoughts are of you. I know your thoughts and even though My thoughts are higher than your thoughts, you are in My thoughts continually.

Meditate on these thoughts daily and your interests may change. It is human nature to be interested in those people who are interested in you. Thank You for your interests in Me and may those interests deepen daily.

PSALM 139

Monday, February 6, 2012

RETRIBUTION

Retribution is My business. Someone can receive retribution for work well done or punishment for work that was not well done. Eternal rewards are in My hands. You enter the realm of eternal rewards once you accepted Me as Lord and Savior. When I addressed the seven churches in Revelation, I shared with them that I saw their works. I see your works also. You will receive eternal rewards for all the works that you allow Me to do through you. Those works that you do without depending upon Me will be burned, but your life will be eternally saved.

Once you have accepted Me as your Lord, you do not have to fear any punishment. I bore your total punishment for sin when I died to forgive you of all of your sins. This is such good news. Knowing My total forgiveness of your sins, (past, present and future) sets you free from My Father's punishments or retributions for the things that you do and say. The knowledge of such love and forgiveness does not give you a liscence to sin. Instead, it gives you the desire to not sin. Share this good news with others today.

JOHN 3:16

Sunday, February 5, 2012

RECOGNITION

One of the major needs in a human being is the need to be known. Everyone wants to be significant to others. People desire acceptance and they desire that others recognize and praise them for their attributes and their contributions. Most people seek to be recognized by their peers, fellow employees or employers. They do not understand that they are all recognized by Me

I know the number of hairs on every person's head. I recognize every individual and I count them as precious to Me. This is why I came and died for the sins of the whole world. I desired for all to recognize Me as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The day will come when all will recognize Me. Until that day, understand that I have no pets. You are just as important to Me as the greatest evangelist or even My apostles who followed Me when I was on earth. I love all and gave My life to save all from sin. However, so many will never recognize who I am.

Pray for those who have not yet come to recognize who I am. Pray that the eyes of their understanding will be opened by My Holy Spirit. When they come to know Me, they will have no need for recognition by the world because they will be secure in My love and acceptance of them.

MATTHEW 10:30

Saturday, February 4, 2012

GENTLENESS

You live in an age when believers are in such a hurry to get their agenda accomplished that they forget that one of the fruits of the Spirit is gentleness. Whenever you feel hurried or pressed, know that you have submitted yourself to your flesh. Also know that if you stay in that mode of operation for a period of time, you will also open yourself to oppression by the devil. Part of the word "Opression" is the word "press." The devil pressures you to do things in haste. He wants you not to think before you speak. He hates it when you are committed to be gentle with others.

I was gentle in My dealings with most when I walked on the earth. However, I was not gentle with those who were self-righteous. I had to confront them with their selfishness and sin. I also was not gentle with the devil.

There is no excuse for you to be harsh with others. I desire for you to be gentle in the way you speak and the way you act. The fruit of gentleness is developed as you learn meekness and lowliness of heart. Come to Me daily and learn meekness and lowliness of heart. When you do this, you will have My shield of greatness around you. David wrote: "You have also given me the shield of Your salvation: Your right hand has held me up. Your gentleness has made me great (Psalm 18:35).

PSALM 18:35; MATTHEW 11:28-30

Friday, February 3, 2012

DISTRACTION

My adversary is often compared to a roaring lion. It is true that the devil roars and tries to put doubt in your mind. He was successful with Adam and Eve. They first doubted what My Father had said to them. Once this roaring lion is able to put doubt in your mind, he then pounces on his prey through deception. Doubt and deception are two of the devils main tools that he uses against believers. The other tool he often uses is distraction. You live in a day that distraction is one of his most successful tools. The devil uses what people hold in their hands today to distract them from drawing near to My presence. Most people today are not looking up. Instead, they are texting or playing computer games with the instruments in their hands.

Do not be distracted by these instruments of technology. The devil knows that he will have no success with the person who sets his affections on the things that are above rather than what is on earth. Today, keep your mind stayed upon Me. Remember Moses held a rod in his hand that changed into a serpent and then changed back into a rod. Use the rod of My Word to defeat the that wicked serpent who also is like a roaring lion. The devil will not be able to bite and devour you when you are conscious of My presence with you all the day long.

ISAIAH 26:3

Thursday, February 2, 2012

FRUSTRATION

I know there are times when you are frustrated with various occurances during the day. You had plans to accomplish much work during the day and something happens to interfere with those plans. You wanted to help someone, and that person is unwilling to meet with you. You have prayed about something for years, and you have not seen the breakthru. All of these things cause you to be greatly frustrated.

There is a way out of those nagging frustrations that place a cloud over your day. The moment you are frustrated, call on Me. Ask Me for wisdom. Give those cares to Me that are causing you to be frustrated. It is when you try to work things out without My help that you feel overwhelmed with frustration. I sent the "Helper" to get you through those times of frustration. Stay your mind upon Me, the moment those feelings of frustration rise up against you. Remember that the devil loves for you to stay in the frustrating mode of operation. Do not give in to this tactic. I want to bless you with My peace, but I cannot do this if you hold on to your problems and try to fix them without My help.

MATTHEW 11:28-30

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

INTRUSIONS

People usuallydo not like others to instrude on their plans, their privacy, and their time. I had people intrude on My days when I walked on earth. However, I never saw them as intrusions. Whenever someone came to Me to be healed or delivered, I had compassion on that person. I knew that My Father had orchestrated a divine appointment for Me.

The Holy Spirit has many divine appointments for you today. You may receive a phone call or someone may knock on your door. Be alert to these opportunities because those people are precious to Me. They are with you for a moment or even for hours because I want to minister to them. Pray silently whenever you are in the presence of another person, and I will give you what to say and what to do. I desire for those who are present with you to know My presence through you.

Look forward to this day and enjoy those I send your way. People are never instrusions. They are treasures.

MATTHEW 17:11-14