My name is arcelia and I am a worshiper and child of God!
I am enJOYing the peace with the Father I have through Jesus Christ, and I’m learning to listen and respond to His voice through His Word, and convictions by His indwelling Holy Spirit, in the midst of this chaotic and distracting world.
My purpose is to glorify God. By God’s grace, mercy and power I have been given these callings:
- The bride and helpmate of Billy for the past 23 years
- A loving mommy to discipline and disciple two precious children (17 and 15)
- A writer
I enjoy giving first fruits to God spending time with Him in His Word and prayer, while practicing His presence daily. I also enjoy walking, writing, sitting in the swinging bench while the sun warms my face, spending time with people and anything that will propel me into a deeper relationship with God. In my past I was a military officer, business consultant, leadership/executive coach, and facilitator. Today, God uses those past experiences to build up the body of Christ beginning with my husband and children and extending to others through Biblical lay counseling for women and couples (with my husband). Since 2019 we have been serving in a ministry called Under His Wings where the mission is to provide a loving Christian home for at risk teenage girls, connect them to who they are in the eyes of God, and equip them with life skills essential to wholeness.
My goal is to GROW and finish the race set before me keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus Christ the Author and Perfecter of faith while proclaiming the Gospel bringing others to the One who sets the captives free: Jesus Christ.
I am not perfect and I am learning to be OK with that, when I remember God’s grace is sufficient for His power is made perfect in weakness. I’m the type of girl that can’t even clean a closet without praying, I easily forget where I put things, even if I just set it down. I have lots of post-it notes and papers with scribbles of thoughts and meditations throughout the house. You see, writing doesn’t come easy for me, I have to pray and ask for God’s help to communicate what my heart is trying to say.
I realize I need an outlet…a place where I can share what God has been teaching me. I have felt prompted by God to start this blog and I am doing this out of obedience to Him. Most of what I have to say has already been said; the words are in the Bible…they are just being revealed to me illuminating the darkest parts of my heart and mind, freeing me from the paralyzed state of bondage I sometimes put myself in, even though I have already been freed by the Truth: Jesus Christ. The name of this blog “Altar of Heaven” comes from the meaning of my name: arcelia. It wasn’t until recently that I realized the meaning of my name which reminded me of Romans 12:1
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
This blog is just one way I worship Him-knowing God desires obedience above sacrifice and I LOVE Jesus which makes it easier to obey. These posts are pages from my journal I call them ‘stones of remembrance’ reminding me what God has done for me…what He has done for you.
I invite you to come and listen and I pray you hear His voice and respond…
“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also i was laid hold of by Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:12