"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

Saturday, October 31, 2009

STILL YOURS

17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,

18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to go on the heights.

Song #12 on KUTLESS new CD "It is Well"

I'm Still Yours

If You washed away my vanity

If You took away my words

If all my world was swept away

Would You be enough for me?

Would my beating heart still sing?

If I lost it all

Would my hands stay lifted

To the God who gives and takes away

If You take it all

This life You've given

Still my heart will sing to You

When my life is not what I expected

The plans I made have failed

When there's nothing left to steal me away

Will You be enough for me?

Will my broken heart still sing?

If I lost it all

Would my hands stay lifted

To the God who gives

And takes away

If You take it all

This life You've given

Still my heart

Will sing to You

Even if You take it all away

You’ll never let me go

Take it all away

But I still know

That I'm Yours

I'm still Yours

Oh, I'm Yours

I'm still Yours

I'm still Yours

PRAYER:

Sovereign God and Almighty Father, be not only my strength, but the strength of those battling depression, grief and despair. Raise us up LORD on eagles' wings.

I ask your blessings especially and specifically for each friend in need at this time of difficulty and struggle. Through Jesus Name I ask this. I have been there and I know oh so well. Thank You for Your Divine mercy, strength, comfort and healing that lifts us into living victoriously even when we don't feel it. Amen

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Friday, October 30, 2009

HIGH STEPPING IN HEAVENLY PLACES 5 & 6

I was catching up on Google Reader with this excellent on line Bible Study on Ephesians, thinking I was behind two weeks and wanted to share the most recent one. And I guess I'm not that far behind, because this was just posted on the 30th. So here's the 6th lesson and if you missed the 5th lesson, I'll add it below also. I guess I missed getting an "Extreme Makeover" and I'm sure I need it. I love the creative way that Jean is using TV Game show titles for each lesson.
Sshhhhhhhhhh! I've Got A Secret!!! Do you remember this show? (dating myself, I'm sure). Also, if you get a chance...this is not a secret any longer...go over to Jean Stockdale's blog or High Stepping in Heavenly Places and wish Jean a Happy Birthday. (If you go to HSiHP, you'll get to see the sweetest video singing "happy birthday")! Please go over anyways and join in by leaving comments with Jean and the sweet bunch: Ashley, Morgan, & Lauren.
I am so glad and thankful that I BELONG TO HIM and so I can read His Divine Revelation to "know the secret"... Ive Got Secret Lesson 6 5 Ex. Makeover
PRAYER: I pray for this along with Paul that WE/I would be EMPOWERED, ENLIGHTENED, ENERGIZED and OVERFLOW as I operate in His Holy Spirit! TO BE ROOTED & GROUNDED
in Christ Jesus:

Dear Father, transcendent in power and fullness, I bow my knees before You, Father, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. According to the riches of Your glory strengthen me with Your might in my innermost being, that Christ may dwell in my heart through the trust I have in him.Root me and ground me in love so that I may have the power to comprehend - along with all Your holy people - what is the breadth and length and height and depth of Your goodness. In the name of Jesus Christ I honor You and ask these blessings from Your hand. Amen.

YES! HALLELUJAH what a SAVIOR indeed! TO HIM BE THE GLORY!

"Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think..."

Thursday, October 29, 2009

THANK YOU!!!

HOW COULD I EVER SAY THANK YOU? ~ Kathryn Scott
This song goes with my post below
THANK YOU LORD!
my thanks to You are so innumerable
and all I have are these words
to say how much
I LOVE YOU!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!

HEAR MY PRAYER O GOD ... it's the 29th!

TODAY IS the 29TH and it's TIME TO PRAY with eLisa at Extravagant Grace plus you can be blessed this week by her over generous heart sharing DESIGN TIPS all week long.
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However, On each 9th, 19th and 29th, we set aside time to pray for a specific concern every month (or near that date).
On the 29th, our PRAYER focus is: praying for our friends, communities, and government officials
On the 19th, we PRAY for our church family, ministry and small group. CHURCH focus and I guess that could include missionaries, too... perhaps you have pledged to PRAY for some that have visited your church. Let me encourage you to lift a prayer for the missions and missionaries.
On the 9th, we focus our PRAYERS on our families and loved ones to know the Lord and honor Him in their lives.

Psalm 54:2 Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.

Prayer on the 9's in 2009 is simply this: A commitment to pray on the 9th, 19th, and 29th of each month for the people the Lord has brought into our lives or placed on our hearts.

Would you like to learn more about Prayer on the 9's in 2009? Click here!

2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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SO, LET'S PRAY FOR OUR COMMUNITIES and MINISTRIES as well as leaders in our GOVERNMENT!
Remember that tomorrow is another opportunity to PRAY with FEARLESS FRIDAYS at Angela's Free Spirit Haven blog with other bloggers who join her lifting the many needs around the blog world. We can never PRAY enough...HIS Word tells us to "pray without ceasing."
These special days set aside are meant to remind us of this and devote a bit of time to praying for our community and the ministries we are involved in, as well as our government and leaders today. I pray you will do so, too! We need one another. We need to pray for one another...what greater way is there for us to join our forces at Heaven's door and show our love for one another than in the whispers of our intentional prayers for each other's needs.
[ESPECIALLY those facing some heavy situations of trials, tribulations and testing]!
Please PRAY and also remember to give THANKS each prayer for all GOD is doing with you in THANKFUL THURSDAY being hosted in October by sweet Lynn here. I am so thankful for all these beautiful opportunities to come to the LORD in sweet prayer ~ a chance to communicate with Our Creator, Our Heavenly Father. May HE HEAR your prayers today. Be sure to give HIM a chance to SPEAK to you and LISTEN with your heart.
LET US PRAY!
I'm praying...
FOR YOU
if you'd like to leave a prayer request
for yourself,
do so in the comments,
I'll pray anyways
as I read your words as I do often.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FAITH

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!
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In case you missed it, in the beginning of October, I decided to combine my weekly MEMORY VERSE with WORD FILLED WEDNESDAY which I kinda had been doing anyway each week.
My verse for this last week of OCTOBER is from HEBREWS 11:1 on FAITH!
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
SO...
BY FAITH WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE WORLDS WERE PREPARED BY THE WORD OF GOD, so that WHAT IS SEEN was made from things that are not visible. Hebrews 11:3
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THANKS SO MUCH to ALL of you who have HELPED me out, however...
I NEED MORE of YOU!!!
...maybe you have missed this, but I am trying to compile a BLOGGER list over at my other blog MISSIONS: CHRISTIAN BLOGGERS AROUND THE WORLD post and I need you to take a few minutes, even if it means skipping a comment here and head over there, locate your state & add your NAME & as much info as you want!!! It's your space in your place...thanks so much! I do appreciate each of you taking part and sharing in this effort. I have FAITH that this will be done.
PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME & BLOG to Christian Bloggers Around the World over at
For more WORD FILLED WEDNESDAY join our hostess for this week:
Susan
LET'S HAVE FAITH TO MOVE MOUNTAINS
IN JESUS NAME & POWER,
"not by might, nor by power
but by My Spirit" says the LORD!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

FOR US, NOT AGAINST US

Each week I have been taking a verse from the Father's Love Letter to share and allow us to soak in His LOVEfrom HIS Letter to Me & YOU: the Bible. Today's comes from ROMANS 8:31...
What, then, shall we say in response to this?
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31
(*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. There are 52 verses in the FLL! Today we are looking at #42 from the FLL
So far I have covered these lines & the verses from FLL:
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 24. My thoughts toward you are as countless as the sand on the seashore 25. And I rejoice over you with singing 26. I will never stop doing good to you 27. For you are my treasured possession 28. I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul 29. And I want to show you great and marvelous things 30. If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me 31. Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart 32. For it is I who gave you those desires 33. I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine 34. For I am your greatest encourager 35. I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles 36. When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you 37. As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart 38. One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes 39. I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus 40. For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed 41. He is the exact representation of my being
Immanuel
Our God is with us
And if God is with us
Who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel
[with two of my old time favorites: Michael Card & Steve Green]
For me, this statement is a bold declaration of how much the Father loves us: HE came to DEMONSTRATE that HE IS for me, not against me...unlike life and the circumstances in life, especially the difficult, trying ones. Those situations are what I referred to in my BLOG title...as MAZES and many times MESSES!
I know that I am not alone in this battle.
I do realize that "life is (NOT)...
"...a bowl of cherries..." or as Rodney Dangerfield said, ..."just a bowl of pits."
or "...like a bed of roses, you have to watch out for..." well, I know you get my point. As I was searching for how this verse actual goes, I came upon this one:
"Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you." Wally 'Famous' Amos
I guess this one comes closer to the truth. Along with "life is what you make it" or "...life is just a stage and we are all merely the actors..." From each of these perspectives, life could be filled with hope or very hopeless.
My little tangent of "life quotations" was only to help drive home this point about
life: that Our Heavenly Father has a plan and a purpose for each one of us, there is no greater life than the one that HE offers us: an eternal life with Him. Yet even here, on this earth, HE intends for us to make the best of our lives and live out our lives with purpose and overcome the daily struggles.
Life is full of disappointments and discouragements. At times, we all have felt like the world is against us. We become overwhelmed by ALL that's thrown at us and wonder often "why?" or "how long?" or "how much more?" and even "when will this end?"... all of these thoughts lead to despair and even depression, if we are not aware that we are headed down a path of disillusion and negativity. The more we struggle, the onslaught envelops us and builds momentum. It definitely can make us feel like we are swimming upstream against the current, constantly fighting the power of it, as it seems to be pushing us downstream despite our efforts. It can be a frustrating experience or send us into a tailspin of many battles. We are going one way and everyone else seems to be going another direction. [Much of what I am saying was shared in the FLL devotional only better].
In the world in which we live, reality will show us many people and obstacles that are in direct opposition to us, especially in these days. God's Word encourages us to not conform. In fact, if we do NOT take Romans 8:31 to heart, we will be lonely, frustrated, discouraged, overwhelmed, disillusioned, disheartened, and on & on our life meanders aimlessly, sometimes even into an abyss of depression. Yet with this WORD, we can grasp that HE is FOR US and find strength in HIM that HE CAME to demonstrate to us, to ENcourage us not DIScourage us. Since God is for us, who can be against us? Not even when we find ourselves being persecuted, as many in other countries are being for their faith in Christ, can we say that GOD is not for us, cheering us on. Not only is HE on our side, but in our corner constantly wanting the BEST for us and desiring us to find the VICTORY He has given us and the power to attain ALL by overcoming the negative with the positive that He instills in us. He has given us the power to overcome.
"If we can grasp the truth of our Father’s heart towards us, it will not matter who is opposing us or what is standing in our way! For we will be confident that our Heavenly Daddy is the biggest, strongest, most loving person in the universe and has declared to the heavens that He is for us! What will you say in response to this declaration?" ~ FLL
However, with all this in mind, is there someone you can ENcourage today to PRESS on and move forward in their walk in Christ?
If you can't think of anyone, may I suggest that you PRAY that God would reveal someone to you or you would take the time to seek more information about the Persecuted Church in Persecuted Countries. You can click there or here to learn the latest on the suffering and persecution. It will make your daily struggles pale in the light of theirs. I have found that when I am facing any downstream battle that if I start looking UP and at helping others, giving of myself, and drawing closer to Jesus by keeping my focus on Jesus, and His Word, things CHANGE for the better. You can be filled with power to overcome. You are not alone.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER for the PERSECUTED CHURCH is NOV. 8th, 2009
~ IDOP
VOICE OF THE MARTYRS
Persecution.com
A Global Perspective on the Persecution of God's Children
(has many ways to get involved)
OPEN DOORS
Serving Persecuted Christians worldwide
WILL YOU MAKE THE TIME TO CHANGE ONE LIFE TO KNOW THAT THE FATHER IS FOR US and NOT AGAINST US?
Even by praying, taking the time to read about and sign the petition FREE TO BELIEVE (you can read more about the campaign here).
Let us pray for the persecuted church, for their oppressors, for nations that foster persecution, and for those who ignore it.
Let us read the Holy Scriptures,
finding there the stories and witness of hope
borne by those who lived through ordeals to the glory of God,
and hear the promises of the gospel
for all who are persecuted for righteousness' sake.
In our prayer for persecuted Christians,
let us not narrow our compassion for all who suffer,
whatever their profession or creed;
let no hatred or prejudice enter our hearts for anyone.
Called by the Holy Spirit to unity with the persecuted,
let us enter into their suffering,
repenting of our ignorance,
refusing to be silent,
ready to reach out to them in their isolation.
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Peggy