"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

PEACE

John 14:27 (NASB)

Do you see His heart in the clouds?

This is a photo from my trip, when God speaks to me from His "heart" & His light captured my eye & my heart

so I stopped and took this photo!

So this is my blessing to you!

Jesus spoke this:

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;

not as the world gives, do I give to you.

LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED,

NOR LET IT BE FEARFUL!"

The purpose of Word filled Wednesday is to share God’s word (no famous quotes or other literature — only the beautiful word of our Father) through photo’s & a Bible verse! Our hosts alternate weeks so...
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SAND ON THE SEASHORE ~ COUNTLESS

PSALM 139
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake, I am still with you. New International Version (NIV)
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Each week I have been taking a verse from the Father's Love Letter to share and allow us to soak in His LOVE from HIS Letter to Me & YOU: the Bible. There are 52 verses in the FLL!
(FLL will represent Father's Love Letter). To see the letter in full you can scroll down and read or listen & watch a video of it. Or just go to the original site by clicking on FLL above in red.
So far I have covered these lines & the verses from FLL:
01. My Child... 02. You may not know me, but I know everything about you 03. I know when you sit down and when you rise up 04. For I am familiar with all your ways 05. Even the very hairs on your head are numbered 06. For you were made in my image 07. In me you live and move and have your being, for you are my offspring 08. I knew you even before you were conceived 09. I chose you when I planned creation 10. You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book 11. I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live 12. You are fearfully and wonderfully made 13. I knit you together in your mother's womb 14. And brought you forth on the day you were born 15. I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me 16. I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love 17. And it is my desire to lavish my love on you 18. I offer you more than your earthly father ever could 19. For I am the perfect father 20. Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand 21. For I am your provider and I meet all your needs 22. My plan for your future has always been filled with hope 23. Because I love you with an everlasting love
For this week:
Here in MN, it is not as easy as in Mexico, for me to walk upon the sand on the seashore and realize the GREATNESS of our Father. Yet I can recall moments of desperation when I walked upon the shores there, crying out to God... to give me a reason to continue living. (I wrote about this before briefly). And the Almighty Father has been revealing a greater purpose, destiny and reason then I even thought at that time of hopelessness. So for inspiration, I have a tiny, glass souvenir filled with sand from Mazatlan. But you know, I can't even count these grains of fine sand!
Now since back in MN for a brief time of recollection & medical visits, etc.,
treasuring the simple pleasures in life, I walk among the beauty of His Majestic pines that surround my home, enjoying His peace & Presence like never before, knowing how "His thoughts toward" me or you are indeed countless ... unending ... unfailing. I can't even fathom how awesome this really is...the Love of the Father. I believe so strongly in this love & grace that I must shout it, share it & soak my self with being refreshed by His Holy Spirit. I dance before Him with complete surrender & love as I worship Him, for who He is and what He has done for me. I listen for His voice, His whisper as I sit & pray & gaze upon the wonders of His creation & thank Him for this aMazing Grace, this aMazing Love, this aMazing Mercy. He is Our Father, a father of detail and desires to show you the attention you may need. He attends to our tiniest need & even the big ones.
I have held sand & seashells knowing that I could never count the grains but perhaps the shells a bit better. Yet the Almighty Father has, can & knows...His thoughts for us, even before we were created. The shells remind me of how He protects me from the smallest to the grandest obstacles or enemies that prey upon us. Most of the time, we are unaware of the dangers that lurk about us. Yet I know in Him I find my Refuge, my Shelter ... from the storm, from the evil. It is up to me to daily cover myself & equip myself with His Word. I must go to Ephesians 6 and take up each piece of the full armor, He has given me as protection. I must learn His ways, His thoughts available to me in His Word. I must pray this over those in my family that do not yet know the importance of this or knowing Him as Lord & Savior. I know that the enemy prowls about looking for whom He can devour or destroy. I can strongly say, in the power & might of the Holy Spirit, it won't be me. But many times, I feel so weak, so vulnerable, so defeated. That is when I really need to sit & soak on the "sands of the seashore" the Glory of the Lord, through His Word & His Presence. There is no substitute. We must focus on Him & not the problem or circumstance. Jesus is the REAL thing!
My SUPER SUNDAY post here shares a song and a new version of a beautiful poem expressing how God is always there. I can truly testify to that! I will never forget how my Father restored HOPE in me & gave me purpose, destiny and a mission to complete. How about you? Maybe it's time to sit at His feet & soak in His Living Water.

I found this 2 page pdf "I am always on God's Mind"
Source of Strength: a study by Rene Schlaepfer here: http://www.tlc.org/sermons/notes/20031123a.pdf
that is written also on these 2 verses. I hope it works so you can read this. The final suggestion from this is:
Spend time today “paying attention” to God. (Studying this Psalm shows) how He pays attention to you now it's time to thank Him for that constant watch and attention and turn your eyes toward Him.
Sit quietly for at least three minutes before God and focus on His tremendous love, His power, His majesty and His wisdom. Thank Him for who He is. Thank Him for the privilege of being able to know Him and approach Him.
Heavenly Father, I am so grateful for this aMazing Love & grace that You have provided for us through Your precious Son Jesus. What an awesome privilege it is to know You & be able to come to Your Throne.
I love You, LORD. There is none like You. There is no love like Yours.
Your Love is unfailing & so deep. Thank You for lavishing that love & attention on me. I cannot count the many ways that You show me Your priceless love. Your power is majestic! You, O Lord, Majesty, I worship & adore! I thank You for the source of strength I find in You to face all the daily trials & unforeseen hardships. I look to You for my daily strength & provision. Thank You for being with me at my doctor's visit today and again for being with me tomorrow for the MRI. My trust is in You. I have come to rely on You. As this verse says Your thoughts toward me are countless as the sands upon the seashore, mine toward You are also because of the love You show me. Thank You so much for the truths in this Psalm & the constant encouragement Your Word brings. You are soothing ointment & healing water flows from You! Praise You & all Your Majestic power. May we spend "countless" moments in Your sweet Presence. Bless my precious sisters & visitors that take the time to read Your Love Letter to them. May You shine in each one of them with Your Love & grace this week, meet each one where they are at & their need for this moment and bless them in Jesus Name.

Monday, June 29, 2009

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE:WISE WIN SOULS

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,

and he who wins souls is wise.

PROVERBS 11:30

Our WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE @

The Power of Your Love

for this past week

For next week's verse, you must go to
or check back here later
for the next
Weekly Bible Verse
on
PEACE
(I'll have it on WFW also)
Here is
my reflection on
"WINNING SOULS"
and/or
"BEING WISE & RIGHTEOUS"
Usually Proverbs or Solomon, is known as the Book of Wisdom, or in his case, a "wise" man. However, in James we read this: [ Two Kinds of Wisdom ] Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 In order for me to better grasp this verse, I needed to go back and read this entire chapter in Proverbs. Then I read a sermon that C.H. Spurgeon wrote on this (no.850) "Soul Winning"... too difficult for me though I gained many insights. Than I decided I was making this more complex and it really is quite simple to understand, but more difficult to actually "be" and "do". Yet just as the beauty of this photo I chose of a willow tree, hanging over the water...to illustrate this verse, I believe God was showing me how this tree grows & is rooted allows us to bear fruit (or shade in this case). The trees roots are firmly established as we need to be in the Word of God. We need to be nourished & refreshed by the Living Water. But how do we become wise or righteous? What does this mean to my life? Am I wise? (hardly)(or why do I find myself in the "messes" of my life?) Does this mean I am not smart or intelligent? (or just a "wise guy") Does this mean I have not studied the Word of God in such a way as to "be wise" and follow His way closely? Surely, I am far from perfect and yes, I still "sin", do wrong, even though I am a Christian... being a Christian, does not mean I hang my brains up at the church door...yet it does mean that I should go to the "wisdom" in God's Word to help me through a situation. It also means I should confirm what I hear or am taught against His Word, chacking to be sure it lines up with what God tells me in the Bible. That's where I lead others to also find their answers to their problems, in His Word. But many times, my failures have come by not going to His Word first. Trying to solve or do it on my own & then seek God's wisdom or seal of approval was my regular route. It needs to be the other way: "Seek Him first..." So my score in this endeavor, is not as high as it should be...I choose to seek God's wisdom more now than when I was younger but it was when I was younger that I needed His wisdom more. How do we win souls? Not all of us were called to be evangelists or preachers, or are we (by the life we live)? We are engaged in the Lord's work, week after week. Whether you say anything, people are watching and some are waiting. They watch to see the difference Christ makes. They wait to see you "mess up". They look to the consistency in your life and are you filled with HOPE or HOPELESS? Are you clinging to the cross or are you bearing a cross or are you hiding behind the cross? Though my life focus is to "WIN" souls for Jesus Christ, this is the one area I must confess that I feel like a complete failure. Those closest to me, have not drawn closer to Jesus but have gone further from Him. So I ask myself, more often than not, how do you "win" this battle for their souls? Have you not lived your life fulfilled & centered (established) on the principles in His Word, thus causing them to have a reason to deny or not accept Christ or live for Him? What can you change in you so that they may desire to walk with Jesus? The answer, for me, finally came in this: remove yourself from the picture, from being an obstacle and allow God to touch them & work on them by truly releasing them to Christ and PRAY. Pray daily. Pray diligently. Pray consistently. "Not my way, but Yours!" I cannot win them. But the Holy Spirit can...and the Holy Spirit can convict others through you. I am not the one who won this battle. Jesus Christ is the One, who wins the victory. What does it take to "win"? Again, for me, it is being on the "winning side". Knowing the ways, strategies of the Victor & also the other side (our enemy, who also wants to win more souls) will lead me to seek Godly wisdom & Christ's righteousness in me. I need to shine Jesus light. I need to invite them to hear the gospel...by someone called to "preach" it. I need to share what He has done by living & responding to life's difficulties and problems the same way that I respond to the triumphs & blessings. Praising & thanking & glorifying God. I need to openly show my frailities & admit my weaknesses to explain my need for Our Savior. I need to point out the scripture or seek God's wisdom there for solutions when they want counsel not just give my own unwise words (opinions) but HIS filled with wisdom or PRAY with them for God to give us His wisdom in each concern. So is there a magical formula to "Winning Souls" or Being Righteous or Wise"?Think on what does it mean to WIN? And really look at the eternal goal. It's found in JESUS! He is the answer & has the WISEST answer. If we seek Him first. We need to HUMBLY bow before the LORD as this willow tree does and quench our thirst for knowledge & growth, strengthen our roots in the Living Water of Jesus Christ AND LIVE to bear fruit.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

SUPER SUNDAY & COUNTLESS SAND on June 28

Welcome & God's blessings!
Thank you for joining us
for a
New Version of Footprints in the Sand
by Mark Littleton
Imagine you and the Lord Jesus walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your prints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures and returns. For much of the way it seems to go like this. But gradually, your footprints come more in line with the Lord's, soon paralleling His consistently. You and Jesus are walking as true friends. This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: your footprints that once etched the sand next to the Master's are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints is the small 'sand print', safely enclosed. You and Jesus are becoming one. This goes on for many miles. But gradually you notice another change. The footprint inside the larger footprint seems to grow larger. Eventually it disappears altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one. Again, this goes on for a long time. But then something awful happens. The second set of footprints is back. And this time it seems even worse. Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Deep gashes in the sand. A veritable mess of prints. You're amazed and shocked. But this is the end of your dream. Now you speak. "Lord, I understand the first scene with the zigzags and fits and starts and so on. I was a new Christian, just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with you." "That is correct." "Yes, and when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps. I followed You very closely." "Very good. You have understood everything so far." "Then the smaller footprints grew and eventually filled in with Yours. I suppose that I was actually growing so much that I was becoming like you in every way." "Precisely." "But this is my question. Lord.. Was there a regression or something? The footprints went back to two, and this time it was worse than the first." The Lord smiles, then laughs. "You didn't know?"

He says. "That was when we danced."

By Mark Littleton © 1990

TIME TO DANCE WITH OUR LORD!!!
Psalm 139:18
If I tried to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. Even if I finished counting them, I would still have to contend with you.

This upcoming week on Tuesday, Father's Love Letter is also on this Psalm.

* using the GREAT MckLinky again but I noticed that it posted last week's. Since I have no idea how to fix it...let me just tell you the new list starts with Bernice #9 (I think) God's Rest...of course, if you were unable to visit and comment last Sunday because it was Father's Day, this gives you another chance. Sorry for any problem but so happy to see you all & praying you enjoy a SUPER SUNDAY & a blessed week!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WISE WIN SOULS

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,

and he who wins souls is wise.

PROVERBS 11:30

Our WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE @

The Power of Your Love

for this week

reflecting on this one and I'm suppose to comment this upcoming Monday as I memorize this word & soak in what God's saying-any input on this will truly be appreciated

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

EVERLASTING LOVE

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
JEREMIAH 31:3
(NIV)
Each week I have been taking a verse from the Father's Love Letter to share and allow us to soak in His LOVE from HIS Letter to Me & YOU: the Bible. There are 52 verses in the FLL!
(FLL will represent Father's Love Letter). To see the letter in full you can scroll down and read or listen & watch a video of it. Or just go to the original site by clicking on FLL above in red.
So far I have covered these lines & the verses from FLL:
01. My Child... 02. You may not know me, but I know everything about you 03. I know when you sit down and when you rise up 04. For I am familiar with all your ways 05. Even the very hairs on your head are numbered 06. For you were made in my image 07. In me you live and move and have your being, for you are my offspring 08. I knew you even before you were conceived 09. I chose you when I planned creation 10. You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book 11. I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live 12. You are fearfully and wonderfully made 13. I knit you together in your mother's womb 14. And brought you forth on the day you were born 15. I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me 16. I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love 17. And it is my desire to lavish my love on you 18. I offer you more than your earthly father ever could 19. For I am the perfect father 20. Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand 21. For I am your provider and I meet all your needs 22. My plan for your future has always been filled with hope
The Apostle Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:17-19 that we might be rooted and established in love, may have power together with all of the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (NIV)
Actually, how aMazing is this Love the Father has for us! FLL devotional says that all that the Father does is motivated by His Everlasting Love for us.
That means His LOVE is perpetual, which is unending and eternal.
I can't even wrap my head around this LOVE from Our Heavenly Father as Paul proclaims in Ephesians, and to realize that it goes on and on without end, totally leaves me in awe.
Since we were little children or first came to know Jesus Christ, we heard the song, "Yes, Jesus loves me" so we know that we are loved by God in our heads but He desires for this to "seep into every fabric of our being" (FLL) To go down deep & saturate our innermost parts with His LOVE! He wants this LOVE woven into our very being for Him first & then for others.
At the end of this, I have written a note, in case I was unable to get access to further write on this verse, asking you to please link and go to the actual devotional from Father's Love Letter. But after reading it & pondering the words, I truly encourage you to GO there and read FLL at: http://www.fathersloveletter.com/Devotionals/23_FLLdevotional.html because otherwise I will just continue repeating what they have written so well and it's a MUST read, especially if you are in a place of not knowing the Father's LOVE or finding yourself unable to grasp and accept HIS EVERLASTING LOVE. I know the FLL words touched me right where I needed it and today I want YOU to come to that sweet place & be reminded of HIS LOVE for YOU. I want YOU to be encouraged by experiencing the LOVE of the Father. I LOVE YOU also! WHO CAN FATHOM THE DEPTH OF THE FATHER'S LOVE? May YOU just grasp enough LOVE today for this day so that the LORD will flow an abundance of HIS GREAT LOVE into YOU and then may it spill out all over those who you encounter this day that need to sense & know this UNFAILING LOVE this EVERLASTING LOVE available from Calvary and the Heavenly Throne! And then tomorrow & each day may YOU come back to HIM for MORE!
See my SUPER SUNDAY post for some more of this LOVE!
[In case, there is no more written by me, please click on the above link & read the wonderful FLL devotional to continue being blessed. I have these in draft for me to add as I personalize each one and pre-scheduled them. If there is no more, it is because I am not connected to a good internet at all.]

Monday, June 22, 2009

Weekly Memory Verse

NO CONDEMNATION
I have very little to write when it comes to CONDEMNATION and felt that these two You Tubes would do much better. All I can really say, is how THANKFUL I am to be in Christ Jesus, and not have to suffer or pay for my many wrongs that would bring me "condemnation".

JOIN me for:

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
This week:
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
Romans 8:1 (NASB)
For next week, you must go to The Power of Your Love
or check back here later.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

SUPER SUNDAY with our EVERLASTING GOD

MY GOD IS AN EVERLASTING GOD!
Deu 33:27

The Everlasting God is a refuge, and underneath you are his eternal arms; He has driven out enemies before you, and has said, “Destroy!”

I chose this video while I was still in Mexico and now I can't even view it myself to expand my thoughts for this post so I will focus on this Name of God:
Everlasting God
El Olam
(el o-lawm)
The Everlasting God, The God of Eternity, The God of the Universe, The God of Ancient Days
First used in Genesis 21:33. El is another name that is translated as "God" and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God's character.
Olam derives from the root word'lm (which means "eternity"). Olam literally means "forever," "eternity," or "everlasting". When the two words are combined — El Olam — it can be translated as "The Eternal God."
May you find strength as you wait upon the LORD! May His strength rise up within you! Let us PRAISE & WORSHIP the Everlasting God, who is eternal, God of the Universe, God of Eternity, our eternity...for He is and was and shall be "God of Ancient Days" forever and ever He reigns!
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord We will wait upon the Lord We will wait upon the Lord Our God, You reign forever Our hope, our Strong Deliverer You are the everlasting God The everlasting God You do not faint You won't grow weary Our God, You reign forever Our hope, our Strong Deliverer You are the everlasting God The everlasting God You do not faint You won't grow weary You're the defender of the weak You comfort those in need You lift us up on wings like eagles
Isaiah 40:31
...but those who HOPE in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
My favorite verse since 1990!
If you would like to read more on HOPE, I wrote about this in my FLL post this past week here. This Tuesday, The Father's Love Letter(FLL) is on His Everlasting Love.
But if you need encouragement in God's Word on HOPE, you can find the top scriptures on HOPE here and also good tips for memorizing verses by categories.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to OUR HEAVENLY FATHER!
and to my earthly father in heaven
who blessed me so much
that I am able to serve as I do in Mexico
To the FATHER be
ALL GLORY!
Thank You Papa, Abba,
Everlasting God
I LOVE YOU
&
GIVE YOU PRAISE!
Today, I discovered a new LINKY called MckLinky with Brent Riggs, (Abby's daddy) @ ...where laughter lives: The Riggs Family Blog, please go here to read more if you need a Linky that works.
[Happy Father's Day, Brent & all fathers be blessed & honor this day our Father in Heaven]

Added later (after ya'll did this); treat MckLinky just like the other;

first line: enter your Name or Blog then in the second your link to that post. Just different woding but same deal. OK! Thanks...my IP server will not let me do blogs today not even mine ... hoping I can visit you soon. Bless you!

[if this does not work, please be sure to leave Your Name, and Your Link in the Comments as we've been doing this past month. We'll just have to see what shows up but I have confidence in Brent!]

Friday, June 19, 2009

TGIF - Today God is First

JUST A PRAYER in the midst of the BATTLE! "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). God, You have warned me...and I have listened. I have recognized how the devil tempts people and turns them down the wrong path. I have seen how he manipulates people to do his will and unknowingly take part in his plan to destroy families and destroy lives. Please, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, keep me alert and watchful against the devil's plots. Help me to recognize and resist his efforts, and to turn to You for help in all things. May I never be used in the devil's plans, but only be a part of Your plan. In Jesus' name I pray. I receive these emails daily from Prime Time & they include a devotional from Os Hillman, which I just had to share. TGIF is actually the name of Mr. Hillman's Devotional daily or Marketplace Meditation but I had heard this expression before I knew of his devotionals and in place of Thank God it's Friday! A while back I wanted to begin a regular weekly Friday post from here, which I plan to call TGIF for Today God is First, whether it's Friday or whatever day, God is and should be FIRST! But if you get a chnace please check out Os Hillman with his TGIF or Marketplace Meditation, I am sure you will see applications to your life at home, work or play. I have been so blessed by these in my email. These are available through OnePlace.com & Crosswalk.com, I think...if I knew & had better services I could do this properly. I know this speaks to me today & I'm sure many of you will be blessed as well. Credits go to these people and places for it does not originate with me but them. You know God speaks to us through many avenues & this just spoke to me as I pray it will you & your circumstance(s)! May we BE STILL, hear God's voice, listen, obey & choose to make the decision God wills... Making Decisions by Hearing God TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman 6-18-2009 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways" (Isaiah 55:8-9). "God speaks to his children in many varied ways. God has said that his ways are not our ways. If left to our reasoning, we will fail to fully walk in the full counsel of God, which leads to poor decisions. Thus, our goal is to avoid being deceived and to develop a listening ear that hears the voice of God with confidence. Our goal is to have such intimacy with God that we can walk in the full blessing of our decisions and to be assured they are not based on our own reasoning alone. This does not mean that we do not use the intellectual and logical skills that He has equipped us with. A.W. Tozer said that the man or woman who is wholly and joyously surrendered to Christ can't make a wrong choice - any choice will be the right one. J. Oswald Sanders explains his method of receiving guidance from God for decisions; "I try to gather all the information and all the facts that are involved in a decision, and then weigh them up and pray over them in the Lord's presence, and trust the Holy Spirit to sway my mind in the direction of God's will. And God generally guides by presenting reasons to my mind for acting in a certain way." The apostle Paul said, "For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose (Philippians 2:13). God has equipped us with everything we need to make good decisions. Hearing His voice is the first step toward making right choices in life. Do you have a decision to make? Submit that decision to the Lord, ask God for clarity. Ask Him to make the desires of your heart the same desires that He has for you in this matter. Await His perfect timing on the matter. Then you can be assured of making the right decisions."-Os Hillman PRAYING that YOU HEAR HIS VOICE & RESPOND! MAY OUR LORD GIVE YOU CLARITY, MAKE THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART the SAME as HIS FOR YOU, AWAIT HIS PERFECT TIMING so that YOU MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE & DECISION!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

NO CONDEMNATION...

devotionals of Neil T. Anderson here
He authored great books on this breaking free!
This is our Memory Verse with The Power of Your Love for this week!
For more Word Filled Wednesday visit Amydeanne or e-Lisa!
from my post& insights this Tuesday
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GREAT VERSE FOR HOPE!
This is a precious child from Mexico who I pray this verse
for HOPE & a FUTURE
as I do many that I have loved from there.
They remain in my heart & prayers
that they may come to know Jesus
and find this freedom from sin & death
&
be able to live with
NO CONDEMNATION!
OUR HOPE is in CHRIST JESUS!
[if you did not get a chance to read my Father's Love Letter post, I invite you to read this HOPE]
Today's Prayer Dear God, There are so many things I can do...or not do. I can sit and do nothing or I can attempt to do many things. Please show me, Lord, what will You have me to do? I am open to your leading and willing for You to work through me to accomplish Your will. Whether my purpose is to accomplish something small or great, I know that it is important to the work of Your kingdom and Your plan for my life. Guide and direct me, please. In the name of Jesus I pray.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

HIS PLAN

JEREMIAH 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope
and a future."
Each week I have been taking a verse from the Father's Love Letter to share and allow us to soak in His LOVE from HIS Letter to Me & YOU: the Bible. There are 52 verses in the FLL!
(FLL will represent Father's Love Letter). To see the letter in full you can scroll down and read or listen & watch a video of it. Or just go to the original site by clicking on FLL above in red.
So far I have covered these lines & the verses from FLL:
01. My Child... 02. You may not know me, but I know everything about you 03. I know when you sit down and when you rise up 04. For I am familiar with all your ways 05. Even the very hairs on your head are numbered 06. For you were made in my image 07. In me you live and move and have your being, for you are my offspring 08. I knew you even before you were conceived 09. I chose you when I planned creation 10. You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book 11. I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live 12. You are fearfully and wonderfully made 13. I knit you together in your mother's womb 14. And brought you forth on the day you were born 15. I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me 16. I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love 17. And it is my desire to lavish my love on you 18. I offer you more than your earthly father ever could 19. For I am the perfect father 20. Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand 21. For I am your provider and I meet all your needs
For today:
Isn't this amazing that since God formed our inner being, He had PLANS for us: good plans...plans to prosper us, give us HOPE & a future?
A future with HIM!!!
But He also gave us free will & the choice all throughout our lives to follow, listen to His voice, and obey in ALL our ways according to His plan.
How often I had my own plans, made many mistakes which created thoses MESSES
(in my Blog Title - Amazing Grace: Mazes, Messes, Miracles)
Had my mazes not led me back to Him & His aMazing Grace & Miracles,
I might have continued following my plans, or the plans of the enemy toward destruction - you know the ones that you have allowed yourself to be robbed from or definitely have destroyed your path of Our Father's PLAN
"to prosper us"
"to give us HOPE"
"to give us a FUTURE"
This isn't a dead end
when we make Jesus, our friend!
So what has God, Our Heavenly Father planned for you?
Have you asked Him to open the way, show you the path & plan He has
UNIQUELY
made for you?
Read the 21 lines thus far (in red above) from The Father's Love Letter -FLL
now ADD today's.
After reading the FLL devotional for this verse, it was clear that I could have written about the times that we are facing in this world that seem HOPELESS & very discouraging. I easily can recall years when I wrestled with this hopeless feeling and thought that perhaps I should share about how my world spiraled downward from a seemingly hope filled life to many discouragements piled upon by more discouragement of circumstances that catapulted into a "snowball" of too much for me, which lead to my depresssion time. Too many losses all at once and I just did not have any idea how to cope and move forward. I was wrongly allowing my emotions to overwhelm me but kept on until I finally collapsed with a clinical depression. Up until then I thought that the years between my mother's death to the year of my brother's death that I was doing well, but I had been stuffing. During this time, I went from transitions in jobs, to job loss, rape in my home, deteriation of my marriage more and more each year at a time when we needed each other more, we were moving apart instead of together. I changed from one church that I had already made a transition to being a part of for about 10 years and loved to a church that I knew God had led me to for our adopted children and me, hopefully...one day, my husband, their adopted father (who is their great uncle as well) would make his church. It has not happened yet! But I PRAY & believe. This church helped raise & educate our two in the LORD. Seeds were planted & in this I have HOPE! 
So instead of focusing on the HOPELESSNESS of these moments, where I allowed my feelings to dictate my faith and the facts, I will let you know that there is HOPE. 
I would much prefer telling you that I cling to this HOPE rather than live in any hopeless despair. My HOPE is in Christ Jesus, in God, Our Father and the Holy Spirit. For I trust like never before in Our Father & His Word that I have come to better know & understand. I know that Our Father loves us and watches over us because I have clearly seen this in my life. I have seen that He has`plans to prosper and restore that which was stolen by the enemy. I have seen Our Father does not have plans to harm me rather to protect me from harm and He has constantly. Though I do not know what the future holds, I know who holds my future. Now I wait to see that He holds the future of my husband and our adopted children and their children, believing & trusting Him & His Word as I pray. Many would see my life that has passed through many periods of depression and heartache, a rollercoaster of emotions as being HOPELESS. Yet if they knew me, or better yet if they knew the Savior of my life & soul and how He has given me HOPE, they may understand that no matter what the circumstance, I will have an incredible future filled with HOPE and each of us can trust in the goodness of God to care for us in the midst of situtions that seem hopeless.
Your question without knowing me or my full life story may be but how did you get out of this pit of despair, this sense of hopelessness?
My most simple answer is: JESUS! Oh, yes, I am sure that I followed as many courses of actions that this world had to offer; counseling, psychologists, medications, Christian outpatient, etc. but "JESUS CAME TO MY RESCUE" through much PRAYER & warfare (learning how to pray God's Word & do spiritual warfare was crucial to overcome) & by deepening of my faith walk & relationship with my Lord Jesus through the Counsel of His Holy Spirit. I began a course of study with a Christian Counseling Training Center for Crisis Phone counseling & soon was given the opportunity to volunteer as a crisis phone counselor, than director of a center, than teacher of some components to others & found that the more I gave, the more God was giving and healing me. It never was instant but piece by piece, God was doing a new work in me and still is. "You mean you're not healed?' It wasn't an instant healing though I believe God could do that for me or others but it was/is a process of healing. He knows exactly how much one can take and as you are ready, He heals that area. You see, God has a plan ... You are part of His plan as I am and He wants to use what He does in you & me to help others to know Him & see His goodness, His HOPE...His LOVE...for your FAITH to grow. Faith is HOPE in things not yet seen! I have plenty of that! Each day, I am seeing more. I rejoice anytime I see a glimmer of HOPE. 
The night I arrived to the Twin Cities, actually Minneapolis, still about an hour from my home,
there was a special event, which God allowed me to arrive just in time for & prepared each part from the parking to my ticket being the very best for "A Night of HOPE". If you have the opportunity to attend, I encourage you to do so! It was as if God supernaturally arranged this for my homecoming and you'll never know how much I needed this. I truly need all the HOPE I can get each day. There is a constant battle in my life, but Jesus is giving me the knowledge, & equipping me with the tools necessary to not just endure, or survive but to thrive triumphantly no matter what the enemy may throw in my path, I must remain strong in the LORD. It is not my might, nor by power but by His Spirit. And He is showing me the way, His way. He constantly bulids my HOPE & this night was just another beginning to celebrate & rejoice in that HOPE! I am so thankful for the encouragement I received that night & confirmation of all God speaks through His Word to me...and to YOU
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope
and a future."
He is the Rock! The Rock of all ages. He is solid & a firm foundation, a cornerstone in which to build our future day by day to an eternity of HOPE. Have you placed your life & commited each day to surrender to Jesus to lead and guide you to an everlasting HOPE?
Each one of us can pray the prayer from FLL or ask Jesus to be a part of your future:
Father, I thank You that You have a plan for me that is filled with HOPE & a future.  I know that You have plans to prosper me and not to harm me. I need not fear and I need not despair for You are in control of my life and the life of my loved ones, who I entrust to You.
Help me to commit my life to You, trusting in Your faithfulness to accomplish all that You have promised to do. In the name of Your Beloved Son Jesus, I pray.
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