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Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy New Year!

*Happy New Year!*

Thanking the Lord for bringing us through another year.





Please enjoy your New Year celebrations, but keep in mind...




Although the 'traditional' attire associated with the New Year, is the cute little baby in a diaper and top hat....The above picture illustrates the proper attire for every Christian to remember to wear each day of the year!
This year, I resolve to polish mine...how about you?
 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Need Prayer!


*Update*: She is back home, and there are no signs of a leakage!
God answers prayer...and He is AWESOME, and so is everybody who prayed...Thank you!

Please pray for our daughter, Ginny.
She is in the hospital with complications from gall bladder surgery that she had two weeks ago. There is fluid build up in the area where the gall bladder used to be, and the doctors think it is a bile duct leaking.   (not sure if I have that right or not)
The weather is bad where she lives, and I am not feeling so well right now myself...I know she would like to have us there with her, but I don't think that is possible right now!
I would appreciate any prayers from my friends...God is able!

Thanks & God Bless~ Lisa

Monday, December 24, 2012

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Thank you Father God...

Praying that everyone has a blessed CHRISTmas...& New Year!..

~Lisa & Jeff~

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Stocking up, or taking stock?

As Christians we hear only one voice...that of our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ...

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The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

So, what shall we do when all the world is running about in a panic, and emptying the shelves and gun racks of our local stores?
 (this was on the news last night, guns and ammunition are selling fast in my area)

Well, I live in an area where a group known as the 'Michigan Militia' are stationed at their headquarters...I have even had my own run ins with them while I was doing code enforcement a few years ago...I was advised by my lawyer to back off from the case after recieving a threatening letter from them...apparently there are officials, even judges that fear these guys (and gals). I respect their rights, but I am concerned about their tactics, especially now.
Our governor was actually prepared to sign a bill as soon as it reached his desk that would allow a person to carry a registered handgun in places where they were formerly prohibited...places like schools, sports events, and even churches...and then the Sandy Hook elementary shooting happened...Now the governor has reconsideered signing the bill.
I am relieved to know that people will not be 'packin' at churches and schools etc...I do support the right to bear arms, but I believe that there is too much of a tendency towards  panic driven violence or an act of passion,  in places where people gather in mass, such as sporting events...
I have been witness to fights breaking out in those types of forums, and even witnessed the aftermath where one angry young teenager murdered another at our local school.
A couple years ago, a man shot and killed his wife and mother in law and one other person right on the steps of a courthouse nearby; and then just last year a woman was shot  by her husband while sitting in her parked vehicle in front of the local newspaper where she worked.
I do not believe that carrying a gun would have helped any of these victims...arming the masses in crowded public arenas can not be the solution!

So, am I going to stock up this week? Yes, I always do. I live far from the store, so it is necessary. Am I going to divert from my normal shopping routine? You bet I am! I am NOT going to shop until Saturday however, since I do not wish to be trampled underfoot. I am a bit concerned whether there will be anything left considering the regular Christmas shoppers, and of course the last minute 'preppers' who are suddenly going to decide to hoarde some supplies, in case they live through the coming 'End of Days'! I am also concerned for my daughter who works in a local grocery store as she is scheduled to work Friday night. Oh yes, I almost forgot, there is also a winter storm on it's way according to the news forecast! (This event alone can empty shelves around here!)
I am also taking stock of what is important in life. I awoke this morning, and as usual I say something to God upon waking...This morning I said your heart must be breaking for all the world is listening to another voice...even some of your own! I decided to spend this day with my Lord, I want to talk to Him, I want to really listen to Him...I feel compassion for our dear Heavenly Father, and for His loving Son who gave us LIFE, who wants us to have JOY, and PEACE, and above all...LOVE!
Is it the end of the world? I don't believe so...not according to scripture! However, any day could be the end of your time here on this earth....so before you run out to buy that AK47 at your local Sporting Goods Center....
Keep this in mind:



Living for God

4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.



Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a]

19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
 
1 Peter 4 (Emphasis mine)




                                                        ~God Bless Us Everyone~

Monday, December 17, 2012

AWAY IN A MANGER

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:9)
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:13,14)


   
Last week our oldest daughter had gallbladder surgery, so we traveled a couple hundred miles to be with her. It was the first time we had seen our three granddaughters in over a year!
When our daughter went into surgery, the nurse handed me her personal items, and I placed them into my bag. We waited for about five hours until we could take her home. We had a nice visit with her and the kids, and then travelled back home late that night.
The next morning my daughter called me to ask if I knew where her wallet was. Of course, it was still in my bag!
My first thought was to place all pertinent things from her wallet into an envelope, write her a check for the cash (her rent money due that next day)…and mail it to her; but when I put the flag up on the mailbox and returned inside, I felt sick to my stomach…what if it got lost? It had the kids medical cards, my daughters work debit card (how she gets paid), and everything else in there!
Jeff called on his break shortly afterwards, and suggested another trip to take everything back. I told him to hang on a moment while I ran outside (in my bathrobe, and towel on my hair as I had just got out of the shower)…Thankfully it was still out there in the mailbox.
So, I called my daughter and we arranged another trip, only this time we went on Saturday and was able to attend our little granddaughters’ very first Christmas pageant at church!
This was such a blessing…especially in the wake of the horrific shooting in Connecticut just the day before…My heart is still breaking. Our nation is in mourning over the senseless loss of these precious lives, both the children and the adults who tried to hide and protect them…I don’t think there has been another event since 9 11, that has had this much of a  heart wrenching effect on our nation.
So it was precious, more precious than ever before to hear the children singing 'Hosanna to the Lord' Saturday eveningthey really sang loudly and clearly too…just like I imagine the children sang so long ago in Jerusalem!

I went to church Sunday…didn’t really feel like it as I was so tired from the trip the day before…I am glad I went,  although it was hard to quell the tears as I listened to another group of little children singing ‘Away in a manger’…especially the last verse…I let the tears flow then, and I was not the only one….

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head
The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay


The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes
I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
'Til morning is nigh.


Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray


Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there


later last evening after Jeff and I listened to the President address the town of Newtown, along with a group of local clergy… I told Jeff about why I cried at church that morning.
 And then this afternoon on my way to the grocery store, I turned on the radio station and (it was unbelievable) exactly in time to hear that last stanza of  ‘Away in a manger’ I cried until I arrived in the parking lot of the grocery store.
Children Are Examples Of Humble Faith In Jesus
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:2-6)  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 18:10)



So today, wherever you are, if you get an opportunity...hug a child close, or just give a kid a word of encouragement...and let us all humble ourselves like a little child whenever we think about our relationship with Jesus...and our faith...Sing a chorus of 'Hosanna' as if you were singing it to the Lord Himself...because you are!



May you all have a safe and joyful Christmas!

~God Bless~ & Always remember, we are...

Never Forsaken


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I am not a robot!

I have been told that several people have trouble with word verification on blogger lately.
I know I have. Apparently, the powers that be at google decided that it wasn't enough to make the letters illegible, but now they take fuzzy photos of obscure random numbers?  Sometimes it takes three or four attempts to get it right before I can post a comment.
Oh I understand the benefit of word verification, and I can imagine google is only trying to keep our blogs safe from a robot invasion....But lately I just wanna say please please please believe me...I am NOT a robot!
By the way, my heart goes out to those of you who are dyslexic...I feel like I understand you better.
The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper's personal robot
 
Okay...enough about that...for now. I had a very interesting morning. I sometimes have very vivid dreams, you know the kind where you think you are awake, but are actually still dreaming. Well, I dreampt that a fire was starting in the corner of the bedroom where I always put  one of the extra pillows, from off the bed at night. It was so vivd, that I actually got out of bed, yelled~ fire! (even though it was just me and the dogs here), and then I emptied a trash bin, put some water in it from the shower...and thank the Lord I woke up just before dumping the water onto the pillow in the corner of the bedroom!! I hope you are laughing...When I woke up stading in my room, holding a trashcan full of water, and realized nothing was on fire...I got the shakes so bad I had to sit down, and all I thought was ...Thank God I didn't call 911, or get me and the dogs outside...which is what I always thought I would do in such a situation.
 (except I'd call 911 from somewhere else)
When my husband called from work on his lunch break and I told him about my morning...he had a good laugh! Before we hung up he said...try not to burn the house down okay...to which I replied, Okay, but at least we know now that, if I do, I could put it out!
 
So I managed to get back to sleep, and when I woke up (for real this time) I was struck with the thought that there was much work to do today...I must pay the bills, marinate the meat for dinner, take out the trash (again,...LOL!) and many other things...my mind raced around before I even had a chance to get some coffee into my brain. and then I heard the Lord quietly tell me:  Yes, daughter...there is much work to be done...this thought continued as I read the current news about the middle east, and a few articles about end time prophecy... it is serious stuff, and can get people down sometimes...So the Lord awakened my spirit today, and after a bit of a blogging rest, I was led to write a post to (hopefully) make somebody laugh today!
This Holy season is a time to reflect on the Savior...the gift given in the form of a little child born in a lowly manger...That child would grow up to be the single biggest influence on people throughout the world....Sure, some might disagree about that statement..and a quick history search would name others along with Christ...but none of the others can change a person from a sinful dying man, into a righteous child of the Living God...to be made alive with christ for all eternity! None of the others promised to deliver their followers from death, and then actually sealed the deal by rising from the dead themselves! 
Only Jesus Christ the Son of God can do this!
 
 
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved... Acts 4:12
 
 
 
"BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US." Mat. 1:23
 
Here is a good article explaining the name Immanuel, and how it relates to Jesus Christ :
 
 
 

 
~Have a blessed day~
 
& remember, we are...
 
~Never Forsaken~
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Morning thoughts


Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday! Jeff and I went out this year for a change…The restaurant was so beautifully decorated for Christmas, that it inspired me to decorate our house early this year.
Anyone who does not live under a rock…not the swanky kinda rock with cable TV and internet…knows about the unrest in the middle east surrounding Israel lately…
Don’t forget to pray for Israel as we are commanded to.

 Here is a link for a good sample prayer: http://www.prayingscriptures.com/jerusalem.shtml


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A little perspective
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And, on a lighter note…
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It’s getting cold in the north…I caught these three together in front of the heater this morning, which is a rare occurrence to find all three together close enough for a photo! They all seem to call a truce whenever the heater kicks on, otherwise Emma, the chihuahua will not tolerate the others encroaching on her territory (sorry about the poor quality…I just woke up, and used my smartphone to capture this.) Actually, It’s never easy to get a good picture of black dogs in a dark house…especially when one or both suddenly start moving about as soon as they see me with the camera! Last weekend I caught my husband sound asleep and spooning with Buddy (did I mention it’s getting cold in the north?)…luckily, for him, My camera died just as I was about to take the shot…He still doesn’t believe me. I sure wish I had a picture to prove it to him.

Well, that’s about it for now…My brain needs more coffee.

~Have a blessed day~

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Grace Among Thorns

And … there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to bruise me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing I sought the Lord three times, that it might be removed from me…

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And he said unto me

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
( 2 Corinthians 12:7-9)

The rose in the above picture just bloomed this week! What a surprise to see this vibrant red rose amongst all the dried out vines and leaves in the yard.
Had it bloomed a few weeks ago, when everything was so colorful, we may not have even noticed it…but now with everything so dull and colorless, this beauty really stands out.
Isn’t that how God’s grace is? I mean, when things seem at their bleakest, and all hope seems lost, we struggle with finding the joy and purpose in anything…and just when we are about to give up….that’s when God gives us more…More of His Holy Spirit, more of His love, more of His presence in our loneliness, more of His strength in our weakness!
Even though we are surrounded by a sinful world. Even when the enemy whispers in our ear, and we sin…God is nearby. His Spirit is ready to forgive us our sin and wash us clean again when we repent…This silences the enemy…The thorn is still there, but God’s grace is sufficient to cover over it again and again….

The enemy says….You are a sinner.

But, GOD says…

There is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit….(Romans 8:1)

And the spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are… the children of God.  (Romans 8:16)

And the children of God say…~Amen!~





Monday, November 12, 2012

Chasing Feathers

 
...the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell...James 3:5-6


I wish I could take back the words I said…But
that idea is as futile as trying to catch feathers blowing away in the wind…the feathers are like words spoken in a moment of anger, or carelessness.
I asked the Lord to reveal a sin to me very recently. I just did not have peace in my walk, or in any aspect of my life lately. He didn’t reveal the sin that was in my heart right away, it took a couple of days, but when I seen it for what it was,  I was struck with such a sickening feeling about it, and I repented of it immediately!
Now, I know that the Lord forgave the transgression, and even cleansed me from it, but in this case, He was requiring me to do something further…since it was the sin of bringing accusation against the brethren, against the pastor of the church I was attending…accusation based on assumptions made about a man with whom I have never even taken the time to get to know…and then using my words to fuel the fire of others who were less than impressed with the man, and with the church.
I even encouraged my own husband to quit attending church…My husband, by the way, whom I have prayed would join me in attending church for a long time!
So, why am I writing about this on here? you might be asking.
Because, my dear sisters and brothers, I want to let you know, that I felt that I could not continue to effectively minister to anyone unless I came clean about what I have done to the body of Christ, to part of our family…and ask you to please pray that the enemy, who is the accuser of the brethren will not feel free to ever use me in this way again!
You see, in all my years of being a Christian, I have tried to understand exactly what my gifts were in the body of Christ, and it was made very clear that my gift is to edify the church, to encourage my brethren to not lose hope and to understand that in His presence is fullness of Joy…so that when the enemy comes along to try to steal your hope and take away your joy…you would understand that out of Jesus flows the living Water of life eternal, and His Holy Spirit dwells within you guaranteeing access to His Holy presence 24/7…This hope and joy can not be taken unless it is given away! This is my ministry…this is what the Lord has equipped me to do!..And it is not of myself, but through Him all glory belongs!!
So, the enemy, through his subtle deceit, used me to act in opposition to my calling in Christ, and this was a sin done out of my own weakness and stupidity. There are no excuses for what I did. I am forgiven, God has forgotten this sin already, but I must remember to never let it happen again…Amen, and Thank you Jesus for this cleansing!~
So, although I may never catch all those elusive feathers that I so so carelessly released out into the wind…I am entrusting God to help me do some damage control in that situation….If only I can catch one of those feathers...



 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29


Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person  Colossians 4:6

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.  Proverbs 16:24

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Right Attitude

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God... Romans 13:1
 
It's been a few days now since the United States Presidential election.
Since the results were revealed early Wednesday morning, I have read pretty much the same kind of posts on many Christian blogs and other media concerning the outcome. Everyone is expressing their feelings of impending doom, fears of further econimic breakdown, and the continuation of social and moral decline. There is definately a dark cloud of oppression hanging over our heads, it would seem.
 Christians are really upset, some are scared, some are angry, and some just don't seem to know how to describe exactly what they are feeling. The latter would be where I best fit into....That is why I did not intend to post anything at all directly, or indirectly, about the election, before or after, that is, until I came across this following article...It is a good and honest example of what our attitude as a Christian should be in regards to the subject...
 
Please read:

Dear President Obama,


Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/letter-to-president-obama-from-a-christian-jazz-musician-84652/#1eAO0RcP0sIxAGvL.99

 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Lost rewards, no big deal?

"Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work" (Revelation 22:12)

Look to yourselves, that ye lose not the things which we have wrought, but that ye receive a full reward. (2 John 8)











Quite honestly, I must admit, I am guilty of not trying as hard as I should to do more things for the Lord. I rest in the blessed assurance of my salvation through the grace of what Jesus accomplished on the cross, but then get a bit slack when it comes to what I can do for Him. (of course there is nothing we can possibly do to pay Him back fully!) We are incapable of this, just as we are incapable of paying the sin debt ourselves in the first place.

However,

In my anticipation of the glory of what living forever in Heaven with my beloved Savior might be like...I am stunted in my vision of that splendor. I tend to envision a wonderful beauty beyond imagination...which is, of course, true.
But, what I am not seeing, is that, whle earning rewards are like a 'bonus' for us to enjoy when we get there...I tend to think I will be happy enough to just get to live there forever...and that rewards are just some extras...
So, here's a little exercise the Lord gave me to do...it's a visionary exercise:

Imagine a place, a day,or event here on earth where you were at your happiest ever...where you often revisit in your mind...a place of peace and calm, joy and love....Go ahead and get that picture in your mind...I'll wait.

Here is one of mine (in case you need some help)~


 


 

Now, imagine that place looking more like this:


Still pretty, but not as much, right?

Well, in context of where we live, we can draw assessments of whether a place is beautiful or just pretty, glorious or just ordinary.
Of course the most beautiful place here on earth will pale in comparison to the least glorious place in Heaven! 
 I hope you can grasp the meaning behind this little visual exercise, in order to appreciate the importance of wanting to do as much as we can for the Lord, whenever we have opportunity, while here on earth (in our mortal bodies).
Because, not only does God want to bless us above and beyond our wildest imagination...but the more we please Him, the more it blesses Him and brings Him glory!


~Bless The Lord O My Soul~

Chorus:
Bless the Lord, Oh my soul
And all that is within me
Bless His holy name


Verse:
He has done great things
He has done great things
He has done great things
Bless His holy name
....by Andrea Crouch

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galations 6:10)
 

Barnes' Notes on the Bible (continue for more insight and commentary)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

About prayer


Lately I have been asked to pray for more people than at any other time in my entire 27 years as a Christian.

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Here I am, a weak, and (often) scared little woman with fragile bones, and scattered brains…sitting down with the Spirit of Almighty God, and just talking about how people need Him so much. They need His provision to pay their car insurance so that they can get to work, they need His healing touch upon their sick child, or husband, or upon their own body, to take away the cancer, the lung distress, the heart condition, the depression, the anxiety, they need a job to pay the rent before the date on the eviction notice comes, and their little children and them will have no home. Then there is the call from a friend, who is on the other end sobbing, and just tells me she has an unspoken request, and would I please pray?
I can only imagine, but God knows. I can only pray, but God gives His grace as only He knows best. His will is perfect…He is the author and finisher. Even what little bit we may do…it is not by our own righteousness, but by Christ’s righteousness that He does it all. It is through His grace we are saved, we are healed, we are delivered, and we are blessed.
Here is a little secret: I do not always feel like praying. Sometimes I am instantly overwhelmed by doubt, or emotion, or fear, anger, etc...But I know I must ask the Holy Spirit to intercede with groans instead of my own words…I know God deserves to be praised for who He is,  So I praise Him… I am humbled in His presence and my fear, and doubt, and anger is replaced with hope and joy and love for the Savior and for the Father, and gratitude for the Holy Spirit.
And then I read another prayer request online, another email, and the phone rings once again…I grow weary, and I feel inept. Am I depressed again? I ask. Why are we getting so attacked? I ask. Are any of us going to make it, or is the enemy going to pick us off one by one, hour by hour? 
Lord?…
Are you still there?

A thousand shall fall at thy side…

So weary, I can’t even seem to open the Bible.

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For you, Deb

Discouraged.... Where is my faith?

... and ten thousand at thy right hand;



I turn on the TV for distraction from my gloom, I am forced yet again to think about the election, and politics, war, and wickedness. I turn the channel and am reminded once again of the victims of Hurricane Sandy…another storm coming, they say.
I flip through the channels and am disgusted at the blatant immorality displayed on the screen in front of me, and at the consumer greed that fuels commercial after commercial. No, we do not need a better cellphone! People need to call on God! That is the only sure and dependable communication available to us!
I turn off the TV, and go to bed. I am angry, not at God, but at the enemy. What I feel is indignation…righteous indignation. I realize, that this is not my own anger, but God’s anger welling up inside. The Holy spirit is showing me that I must not fall asleep spiritually.
We must all remain sober and alert. Do not grow numb. Pay attention…Do not turn off that News Broadcast, Do not turn your face away! God wants us to see, He wants us to see enough to bring us running into His throne room, to keep us on our ‘spiritual’ knees. He wants us to know that all the ‘unspoken’ prayers from our hearts are being heard, and that all the spoken prayers from the saints are being delivered and He is delighted to share with us His grace and mercy!
He will always answer, and sometimes we may even be able to hear that still, small voice amidst the thunder and the bombing, within the humming of the MRI scanner, and the crying child….

Be still and know that I am God



In the morning I awake to the phone ringing. I am reluctant to answer, thinking it is just another of the ‘robo-calls’ from one of the political groups, attempting to stretch the truth about the propositions in order to fool me sway my vote…
But something tells me to answer it…My friend sounds really happy, she thanks me for praying…everything has been resolved. We praise the Lord for His grace and power.
I complete my morning routine with a bit of a bounce in my step now, as I sing praises to the Lord. I read an email, and then another…praises for answered prayer! I visit a blog…What? God did what?…surgeons prepare to attach valves to a baby’s heart, only to find that the valves (that were believed to be missing), are not only there….but are already attached!… Wow God!
Then the phone rings…Mom, the rent will be paid!  the Lord has shone His favor, giving grace once again…Yes, it was my own daughter and grandchildren being threatened with eviction; and because she and her ex husband are in process of divorce, and  my daughter has just began a job recently while going to school as well, we could not move them here. All we could do was pray, and God intervened. Now they can stay in their home, and school and job!
Back online…I was praying for a friend having trouble, going through a ‘dry spell’ some time ago…she is back to blogging, and I can sense the renewal of purpose in her posts! Little did she know, that even while I was trying to reassure and encourage her, I too was parched then….but God’s Word never returns void…He works through us and in us….
Encouraged, I answer the phone and can speak with confidence to the caller as she sobs…Don’t worry, honey because God is answering our prayers, and he desires to bless us…I share with her about all the others…and reassure her she will be next! God is so good…

Got the call just today…Another praise…You were right Mom, (yes, another of my own)…God is good and worthy to be praised…

9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling

Where is our dwelling place?



He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.   (psalm 91:1)

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Tail To Tell

The calm before the storm
 
 
Buddy's clean-up effort after
 
 
And now for the rest of the...
 
 
 
Now, before anyone says; "Awe, what a good dog to help clean up the yard!"
Here is the rest of the 'tail'...
This morning was trash pick up for our neighborhood, so I had to run the trash out to the front...And when I say "run", I mean RUN...Buddy actually picked up that huge branch, and chased me both to and from the road with it!
Here you can (barely) see the trash container by the road
The crazy mutt even thought he was going to bring that branch into the
house. It's bigger than the front room (foyer)!
 
Still praying for all the folks who have lost loved ones, and who are beginning the process of cleaning up after the hurricane...The damage was pretty severe....If you get a chance, check out the picture in the post just before this one... It shows rescuers saving a child and even a family dog after the storm.
 

Joshua 1:9

 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sandy leaves 33 dead in US, up to 8.1 million without power

 Image: A rescue worker carries a boy on his back as emergency personnel rescue residents from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey
Reuters: Adam Hunger. Image: A rescue worker carries a boy on his back as emergency personnel rescue residents from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey
Superstorm Sandy left millions in the Northeast without power or mass transit this morning. President Obama has declared a major disaster area in New York and Long Island
 
 
And closer to home: Although nothing compared to the devestation on the Eastern Seaboard...The Great Lakes became pretty active in response to Hurricane Sandy yesterday. My daughter lives in the Fort Gratiot area mentioned below, and she told me that the wind about pulled her legs out from under while she was walking outside.
South Haven embraces coming storm
Enlarge SOUTH HAVEN, MI -- A seagull narrowly escapes a large breaking wave on the pier across from the South Haven lighthouse. Large waves broke hard and frequent on the beach and piers.
 
 
A man watches waves generated from the remnants Hurricane Sandy as they crash into the shoreline of Lake Michigan on Tuesday.
 
A man watches waves generated from the remnants Hurricane Sandy as they crash into the shoreline of Lake Michigan in Chicago on Tuesday. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

It may be centered over Pennsylvania, but the wet, icy power of Hurricane Sandy has created havoc in Michigan, resulting in high winds, power outages, canceled flights and tremendous waves on the Great Lakes.
The storm has killed at least 16 people in seven states, cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio and caused scares at two nuclear power plants.
In Michigan, wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph were recorded along the Lake Huron shoreline in the Port Huron area, according to the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.
"Fort Gratiot, which is located about three miles north of Port Huron, recorded a gust of 74 mph," meteorologist Steve Considine said Tuesday morning. "Winds are dropping a bit now, but we can still expect gusts of 50 to 60 mph from the tip of the Thumb to the Port Huron/Sarnia area."


From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121030/METRO/210300363#ixzz2AiFcrpGA


Sunday, October 28, 2012

OUR REFUGE AND FORTRESS

Millions of people are bracing for Hurricane Sandy, a mega- storm coming into the US via the east coast, sometime tomorrow evening.

This storm is predicted to be huge, and very damaging.

~Father God, we pray that no lives will be lost, keep your people who call out to you safe through this storm.~ In Jesus' name~ Amen!

Deuteronomy 31:6 

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Psalm 91:1-16

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, ...

Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUD!

HAPPY 8TH B-DAY, BUD! I think he's had too many birthday cookies already today!