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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.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

WEATHER

I have heard you say to Me, "Lord, I love you, but I cannot help resenting it when you throw buckets of rain on us."  It is true that I am in charge of the weather. I use weather for three purposes.  The three purposes are for correction, for the land, or for mercy.  I spoke these purposes to My servant Job.

You are experiencing heavy amounts of rain in your country.  One or all three of these reasons for strange weather conditions can be applied to your country.  Trust Me to fulfill whatever My purposes are for your country, but your prayers will avail much.

I also told Job that I could stay the bottles of heaven.  I told Job that I was the One and the only One Who can divide a watercourse for the overflowing of waters.  Pray and appeal to My mercy today to stop the heavy rain you are experiencing in your country.  I always mete My judgment with My mercy.

JOB 38:25, 37; ISAIAH 30:18

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

UNUSUAL

Almost daily you face unusual circumstances and people who seem to be unusual. You live in a day when many unusual things will be happening.  I spoke about this when I shared with My disciples about the last days.  There will an unusual amount of floods and earthquakes and other natural disasters.  You will meet people who are unusually cold, distant, and uncaring.  They will only be thinking of themselves.

As you draw closer to Me in these days, you will discover how unusual My love for you is.  My love is nothing like human love that is based on feelings and often is fickle.  My love is all accepting, extravagant, and unending. 

I want you to allow My unconditional love to flow through you today even when you face unusual circumstances and encounter unusual people.

MATTHEW 24:6-13; ROMANS 5:1-5



Monday, August 28, 2017

BRIDGE

When communications between two people are difficult and tense, there are several reasons.  One reason is that the two parties remember how prior communications with one another have not gone well.  Such an assumption places a negative shadow over the interchange.

Often My enemy will give negative thoughts about one another, and the expectations even before the conversation occurs are not edifying.  You forget that My enemy hears every unkind word that has been spoken in the past, and he will make sure that each person remembers those words.

I desire that your speech always be seasoned with grace.  This is impossible if there is intimidation and mistrust.  Pray for the anointing of My Holy Spirit before entering such conversations.  That anointing includes wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.  You can have all knowledge and wisdom, but if you lack understanding the bridge that both parties need cross to come to a resolution will not hold.

ISAIAH 11:2; COLOSSIANS 4:6


Sunday, August 27, 2017

COURAGE

My Word has so many exhortations about courage.  Moses said to Israel and Joshua, "Be of good courage," and Joshua gave the same exhortation to Israel before they went to claim the Promised Land.

David wrote this, "I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, wait, I say, on the Lord (Psalm 27:13-14."

David gave two very important steps you should take to receive My courage.  The first step is to remember how I have been good to you in the past.  The second step is to wait on Me instead of moving in haste when you face situations where you need courage.  When you wait upon Me by spending time in My presence, I will be able to strengthen your heart and infuse you with My courage.


DEUTERONOMY 31:6-7; PSALM 27:13-14

Saturday, August 26, 2017

RESENTMENT

Resentment is anger internalized.  If you allow resentment to remain in your heart towards someone, then that resentment usually will turn into depression.  Resentment is feeling in the emotional level of your soul that, if allowed to remain, can poison your whole physical body.

Resentment can be based on the fact that you feel someone has taken advantage of you or that someone is not doing right by you.  You can resent having to work so hard with so little pay, and you can resent the fact that you were born into an unloving family.

Whatever the reason for resentment, I exhort you to get rid of it immediately.  Resentment will steal your joy and your peace.  Give your resentment to Me quickly by forgiving the one you resent or by learning to be content with whatever difficult circumstances you may be experiencing.  When you are content, you will not be contentious.

PROVERBS 26:21, 27:15, 17:14; PHILIPPIANS 4:11


Friday, August 25, 2017

BORING

When you serve in My kingdom on Earth, you will never be bored.  Many people who have yet to know Me in a personal way often get bored with the same routines of life.  I have heard people give thanks on Friday because they will have the whole weekend without work.  They often call Monday "Blue Monday" because they have to go to work again.

You are a co-laborer with Me in the work I have assigned you to do in My Kingdom.  Every day is a day when My Spirit will lead you to opportunities to share My love with others.

The labor I have given you is never boring, and you can daily look forward to what I will do through your earthen vessel.  Paul wrote that grace labored through him, and grace will always accomplish My works through you.  Look forward to working with Me today.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:10

Thursday, August 24, 2017

INSTINCT

I have created mankind to have certain instincts.  The animals also have an inborn way to reacting to stimuli or a natural behavioral response. 

Instincts cause people to react rather than respond.  I want you to follow your impressions rather than your instincts.  My Holy Spirit will give you gentle impressions throughout the day.  If you quiet your soul enough to hear those impressions, you will save yourself from entering into difficult situations.

My enemy always wants you to react in haste rather than respond.  When you daily yield yourself to My Spirit,  you will be able to break old patterns of behavior that are not edifying.

JOHN 14:17

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

PERSISTANT PRAYER

Prayer is the highway to heaven and that highway is called "Faith."  That highway of faith is paved with a substance called hope that is based on the promises in My Word..

"Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen."  When you pray for My kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, you are praying for something that you cannot see.  Yet, if your eyes were open to see into the realm of the spirit, you would see that your prayers are like laser beams that penetrate the dark realm of the spirit where My enemy dwells.

My enemy will do everything he can to hinder your prayer life because he knows that your prayers avail much and are mighty weapons against him.  Persevere in prayer today and you will see the fruits of your prayers develop on Earth.

HEBREWS 11:1

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

RECOVER

When something that you lost for a long time is recovered, you rejoice.  The same is true of relationships.  Often relationships become difficult when there has been past hurt. It is not easy to recover the same feelings you had for that person who hurt you.

Be cautious about feelings.  Feelings are very deceptive and this is the area where Satan loves to attack.  You become vulnerable to such an attack when your flesh rises up and you experience uncontrolled anger. 

The way to dispel the enemy's attacks at vulnerable moments is to daily submit your whole being to Me and call on My Holy Spirit to help you to develop the fruit of self-control.  I never want My enemy to take advantage of you.  Before you strike out in anger, just call out My name and the enemy will flee.

GALATIANS 5:22-23

Sunday, August 20, 2017

INSTRUMENTS

I have made you an instrument to destroy the works of the devil.  You are also an instrument created to worship Me.  The highest form of worship is accomplishing My will daily. Every day as you yield the members of  your body to Me to be used as instruments of My righteousness, peace, joy, and love, I am fine tuning you to express My love to others.

I know that there are days that you do not feel like I am using you in My kingdom. However, just as a musician cannot fine tune his instrument if that instrument is not in his hands, I also cannot fine tune you if you do not yield your body and the members of your body to Me daily. 

Place your whole being (spirit, soul, and body) in My hands today and I will work within you both to give  you the will to do My will and the power to accomplish it.

PHILIPPIANS 2:13

Saturday, August 19, 2017

DESTROYER

One of the reasons that I came to Earth was to destroy the works of the devil.  Now I have chosen you to carry on that job, and I have equipped you with every weapon necessary to win over My enemy.
In fact, I call you now My instrument to destroy the works of My enemy..

Years ago Isaiah wrote these words, "Behold, I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and that brings forth an instrument for his work: and I have created the waster to destroy."  He also wrote, "Behold, I will make you a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: you shall thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shall make the hills as chaff.  You shall fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and you shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall glory in the Holy One of Israel.

The sharp teeth you use to destroy the devil's works in your life is the sword of the Spirit, My Word.  Use that sword today by declaring My Word out loud against My enemy, and then no weapon formed against you will prosper.

ISAIAH 54:16-17, 41:15-16

Friday, August 18, 2017

CALM

Communications have increased at such a rapid pace in your age that you can easily be overwhelmed by the download of worldly news that can quickly steal your peace.  When you are drowning in a sea of bad news, it is time to remember how I was able to calm the stormy sea.

It would be wise for you to take more time away from the constant bombardment of worldly news.  When I walked the Galilee, there were many times that I had to have time apart to just be alone and talk to My Father.

Take time today and every day to come apart to communicate with Me.  Remain in silence for a while and ask Me if I have something that I want to say to you.  Training yourself to do this is difficult, but well worth the time. During those quiet times with Me, I can calm the storm of thoughts that are raging in your mind.

MARK 4:39

Thursday, August 17, 2017

THOUGHTS/TALK

My friend Paul wrote an exhortation that you and all of My beloved need to put into practice.  He wrote, "Whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." 

Solomon wrote, "As a man thinks in his heart so is he."  Jesus said that what we say originates from our heart. Ask me today if what you are thinking meets Paul's criteria.

Before you speak, I want you to also ask yourself, "Is what I am about to say honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, or praise worthy. If the words that you have in your mind to express with your mouth do not pass this test, do not say those words.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8; PROVERBS 23:7; LUKE 6:45

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CARE

One of the expressions that I hear quite often is, "Who cares?"  When I hear that expression, I grieve because the person who exclaimed this feels all alone and rejected.  You live in an age when caring for others is usually not the top priority in the lives of people.

Paul wrote these words to Timothy about the last days: "For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God: having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 

When you esteem others higher than yourself, you are expressing to them that they are a priority in your life. When you humble yourself before Me by casting all of your cares upon Me because you know that I care for you, you will be able to reach out to those who think that nobody cares.

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5; PHILIPPIANS 2:3-4; 1 PETER 5:6-7

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

RESTORATION

After David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and had Uriah, her husband, killed to cover up his sin, he cried out to Me: "Restore to me the joy of Your salvation."  I answered David's prayer by sending Nathan the prophet to confront him with his sin.

Whenever you feel that My joy within you has dwindled, I want you first to come to Me.  I am the "Master Builder," Who can restore broken relationships and broken lives.  The rebuilding process will be extremely difficult if you chose to cover any sin from Me.  I can only restore your joy if you bring to light those strongholds (patterns of thinking) that have kept you imprisoned.

Once you have been honest with Me and have shared with a trusted believer your sin, the cleansing process begins and My joy within you will be strengthened so that you can be strengthened by Me to pull down those strongholds in your life.

PSALM 51:12; 2 SAMUEL 12; 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-6

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Monday, August 14, 2017

SPACE

Relationships can be very difficult.  Sometimes it is best that both parties in the relationship give each other space.  My prayer is that when relationships are tense that each person will use that time apart to pray and present their requests to Me.

There is one relationship that never is beneficial to have a separation of time or space.  That relationship is your relationship with Me. 

When I was agonizing in the garden just before I was crucified, I prayed that this cup would pass from Me.  I knew that when the sins of the world were laid upon Me that for the first time ever there would be a space of time when My Father would not be there for Me.  This is when I cried out, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?" I died to provide you the opportunity to always know My presence with you.  I will never leave you or forsake you.  Keep close to Me. Rest assured that I am always here for you.

MARK 14:36; MATTHEW 27:46

Sunday, August 13, 2017

MISUNERSTANDINGS

My enemy loves to cause misunderstandings in relationships.  He hates any relationship that is based on agape love.  Agape love expects nothing in return, accepts people just as they are without judgment, and gives freely to another from the heart and not the head.

People in your day and age have opened themselves up to many misunderstandings because instead of having face to face encounters with people, their communications are mostly technical through email, texting, and other means.

Do not forget that My enemy is the prince and power of the air.  Once words are spoken, he tries to twist what is meant in order to hurt people who have good relationships.  He always wants relationships based on My love to end.  Come against his attempts by mending misunderstandings quickly.

EPHESIANS 2:1-10

Saturday, August 12, 2017

CONCERN

I know that you are concerned about many things.  When you watch the news, you are concerned about the future of your children and grandchildren.  There is no way to discern what the future will hold, but My Word offers some answers.

I warned My disciples about the beginning of sorrows when you will hear of wars and rumors of wars, nations will rise against nations, kingdom against kingdom, famines, pestilences and earthquakes will happen in divers places,  You now are experiencing this beginning of sorrows.

I do not want you to allow your heart to be troubled.  It is up to you to present your concerns to Me, and then leave them with Me.  I am able to perfect everything that is a concern to you.  When you give your concerns to Me, I immediately begin to make perfect intercession about every concern.
Do not be anxious, but instead pray as the various concerns come to you in a day's time.

MATTHEW 24:6-8; PSALMS 138:8

Friday, August 11, 2017

REIMBURSE

Often you receive gifts or invest in items that later simply do not suit you.  You then return the item, and you hope you will receive cash and not just store credit..  Store credit means that you will have to spend money again in the same place.

My kingdom does not reimburse people for their investments because once you have invested in My kingdom, you never want to take back what you have received.  My kingdom is not meat or drink.  My kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Spirit.

Spending time in My presence is an investment that will keep paying great dividends.  In My presence is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.  These are gifts that you will never want to return.

ROMANS 14:17; PSALM 16:11

Thursday, August 10, 2017

STONES

The day is coming when I will give My beloved Jewish people new hearts.  That day will come when all Israel will be saved in a day.  When I set My feet on the Mount of Olives, they will see Me and know Me as their Messiah.

Until that day I want you to share with My Jewish people the same message I shared with them when I taught in the synagogues.  I preached the kingdom of God.  The kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but it is righteousness, peace, and joy in My Spirit.

Many people are seeking peace of mind and joy in your age.  You have the keys to My kingdom, so do not hesitate to share this message with those you encounter.  You are a living stone fitted into the living Temple I am building on Earth.  While you have life, share My good news with both Gentiles and Jews.

ZECHARIAH 14:4; ROMANS 14:17; 1 PETER 2:4-5

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WILL

It is true that I have given mankind free will.  What joy would I have if I had programed the will of people to do My will.  Mankind was designed to choose just as Adam and Eve chose wrongly in the garden.

The surrender of a person's will to Me does not come easy.  The lust of the pride of life is ever present to block such a surrender.  The pride of life is simply trusting in yourself more than you trust in Me.
You face this battle daily because that lust will always be crying out to be satisfied.

Solomon wrote, "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." Will you surrender your will to Me today?

PROVERBS 3:5-6

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CONNECTION

Connecting phones and computers with the internet seem to be the top priority for many people.  Yet, they are losing their connection with people.  Even when people are at restaurants, they are not talking to the person in front of them.  Instead, they are picking up the latest news and emails on their telephones.

I desire for people to truly connect with one another and with Me.  When you lose your connection with Me, things usually do not go well because it is so easy for My enemy to rob you of your joy and peace.

When you do not connect with Me and with others, you fail to obey the two great commandments that I have given you: ""You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Pray about your priorities today.

MATTHEW 22:36-40

Thursday, August 3, 2017

REINFORCE

Sometimes when a person has experienced much rejection, the heart (the inner man) is torn in places.  I see every tear, and I am able to heal every tear.

I came to heal the broken in heart and to set the captives free.  A seamstress carefully takes the piece of material that is torn and joins the torn pieces together.  Then carefully the seamstress reinforces the seam that was torn. When the seam is reinforced, that piece of material that was ripped becomes stronger than ever.

I am the One and only One Who can heal broken hearts.  This is why I give the invitation to all who have had their hearts broken through rejection to release their hearts to Me so that I can restore broken relationships.  This healing process takes time, but the threads of My love will cause that person's heart to once again be able to receive My love and give My love in a  strong, complete way.

ISAIAH 61:1; ROMANS 5:1-5

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ACKNOWLEDGE

My promise is that if you acknowledge Me in all your ways, I will then direct your path. There are many ways that you can acknowledge Me without being so religious that people shy away from you.  One of the best ways is to ask people that you encounter during the day how you might pray for them.  Very few people will refuse that offer.

Today as you go about your day, commit your way to Me, and I will put you in the right place at the right time to have conversations with people you do not know personally. 

So many in the age you live in are hungry for peace of mind and inner joy.  My kingdom is righteousness, peace, and joy in My Spirit.  My kingdom is within you, do not keep it to yourself.

PROVERBS 3:6; ROMANS 14:17

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

WAIT

Faith will arise when you wait upon Me.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by My Word delivered to you as you read My Word or as you listen to My Spirit. I never want you to do anything in haste.  Before you respond to others as they share conversations with you, listen intently, and then wait a few minutes before you respond to questions they may have.  There are no rules that say you have to answer right away.

Much trouble can be saved in relationships when you wait just a few moments before you respond to someone.  In those moments ask My Spirit to help you respond instead of reacting.  It is your flesh that reacts, but My Spirit will help you to respond with wise words.

My Word says that one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.  Relationships can be broken with just a few words that are spoken in anger.  Remember this when you talk with people today and every day.

ROMANS 10:17; PROVERBS 21:23