"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, July 31, 2010

REFLECTIONS

inspired by DO YOU WEARY LIKE I DO? Just because...
PASSION -
  • a strong feeling or emotion
  • heat: the trait of being intensely emotional
  • rage: something that is desired intensely; "his rage for fame destroyed him"
  • mania: an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
  • a feeling of strong sexual desire
  • love: any object of warm affection or devotion; "the theater was her first love"; "he has a passion for cock fighting";
  • the suffering of Jesus at the Crucifixion
  • Passion (from the Latin verb patior, meaning to suffer or to endure, also related to compatible) is an emotion applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passion_(emotion)
Many people have PASSION and express their PASSION in different ways: music, art, writing, etc
When I first started my blog and had to write something in my profile, I wrote " My REAL Passion is Jesus Christ" ! That has not changed, if anything, it has become more true and more intense and I am pursuing this more passionately. However, when I use the word PASSION, I have meant this as a positive expression yet the Bible speaks mostly of our passion as related to the flesh. For me, I have related or used PASSION for an intense expression for something or someone that compells me to MOVE FORWARD or in a positive direction with love & depth from inside of me with hopes of producing fruit or good results.
So I hope that I have not used the word incorrectly! I wanted to share Scriptures that would substantiate PASSION for CHRIST, but the ones that showed up in a search, were not ones that I would choose for MY PURPOSE & PASSION in Jesus Christ nor living my life fully surrendered.
[source] artist Jesse Barnes (1994)
Today, I am reflecting on ALL He is to me!
I am reflecting on ALL I see that reflects His beauty!
I am reflecting on ALL I hear that magnifies His glory.
I am reflecting on ALL He did and does for me & YOU!

Rejoice in the Lord always.

I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all.

The Lord is near.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers (sisters), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—

think about such things.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9

I AM REFLECTING
on
His
aMazing GRACE
aMazing TRUTH
aMazing PEACE
aMazing LOVE
and
how HE is REFLECTED by you
and others
to me

Friday, July 30, 2010

THE POWER OF PRAYER

* Don't miss my important announcement at the end for an upcoming series... on this
THE POWER OF PRAYER
Letters to God
A Different Set Etiquette: The Power of Prayer (Official Video)
FOR I AM CONVINCED
THERE IS POWER
IN
PRAYER!
Please join us over at The Lighthouse of Prayer any day or night
and today because it's Friday
EVERYONE
is
WELCOME
to
Photobucket
with
where we lean on one another
and
lift each other
with
other's prayer requests
together
standing
as
ONE
“They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.” ~ Psalm 112:7-8 NLT
AMEN!
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
Somehow this will be a shared theme here and at The Lighthouse of Prayer starting in September (the 6th) until the end of the year, as I figure out how to
share Stormie Omartian's book, "The Power of a Praying Woman", because I believe that this is one book that each of us need; and a study that will change our lives and the lives of others through our prayers. This one is meant for YOU!
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Praying for yourself with power. So I'm highly recommending this book so we can share together in the power of prayer. Since I purchased the book, the price has dropped very low even for Kindle (you don't have to have a Kindle reader, you can get Kindle for PC and have the book delivered instantly to your computer).
JOIN ME! I have already prescheduled 30 (draft-skeleton) posts anticipating and looking forward to this. I really do hope that others will join me but if not, I'm obeying what God prompted me to do...and share this journey publicly.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

LIFE in the SPIRIT

Letters to God
#7
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbEEQXHNfoQ





"We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
Romans 7 :14-25 (NIV)
LIFE THROUGH THE SPIRIT
"...For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (v.38-39)
Have you thought much about
YOUR LIFE
in the Spirit?
What "holes" do you (or did you) have in your life
that
HE came to fill?

LET'S FILL UP
OUR HOLES
LET US BE FILLED
BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT
LET US BE
WHOLE
IN
HIM

in Jesus precious name, we ask...
COME HOLY SPIRIT
FILL US
Fill our holes
Make us whole
Help us to be complete
in You
then
through those holes
now healed
let us pour out
more
of
YOU
to
others!

Other Letter to God devotional videos shared here:
The "holes" in my life or the broken pieces just never seemed to be filled. I never chose the normal fillers like alcohol, drugs, substances, food, but I know that I was seeking to please & whatever that took to be liked and not rejected was part of my problem that caused many "MESSES" along my "MAZES". (blog title)
I was in church. I was being filled up with God's Word. But until I decided to make Jesus Christ, Lord of my life, surrender to Him and allow His Holy Spirit to break me and fill me up, my holes kept seeping... and all the good that went in was leaking out and not causing any fruit to grow in me or others. The pieces of my life, so many times left me, broken... broken in spirit. I would weep and cry out to God for Him to fill me... but it just kept being filled on Sundays & leaking until Weds. then I'd serve a little and learn some lessons in His Word, yet I kept thinking I was in control and I could change this or that and make it right or show them it will be right again.
I could turn any of the wrongs in my life into rights... if I just stayed the way, pressed on and continued doing whatever I could to make my life a good life, all the pieces would come together. I would have a blessed marriage, a blessed family, and all of us going to church together, living a blessed life. Many of you that know me, know that my life never did turn out this way.
I'm powerless over this and only God, through the power of His Holy Spirit can fill these holes and make us WHOLE. I still trust God, the Masterpiece... the One who can make all things new, to do a complete work in me, in my husband, in the two children He placed in my life, now grown with their own... to the many losses that I've had to suffer to understand how to grieve and let go... and I still need His Holy Spirit to get me through... I still need to be filled.
But He's mended the holes, patched them up, so to speak, as He carefully puts me back together the way He created me to BE. Finishing up and touching up as we go along together now seeking how to mend and make things right according to His plan, His way, not mine.
I'm surrendered. I knew all along that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that because of Him, I have an eternity to look forward to...but it's when I truly surrender every part to Him, and allow His Spirit to lead me; follow Him, hear Him, move in Him, obey Him, submit to Him, bear fruit and witness His work in me daily, take up His cross & follow Him...that I begin to see the pieces come together, the holes filled, and I am WHOLE, complete in Jesus Christ and flow in the power & the grace of His Holy Spirit.
Yes, it's then, and only then that I will break free and see Jesus ALIVE in me... I can truly say: "...Greater is HE that is in me..."; "...not by might, nor by power but through His Spirit..." and " ...for God has not given me a spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind...".. I am so thankful for this and HIS SPIRIT who lives within me.
~ Are you in PIECES? ~
[Turn it over to God]
This video is not how I feel but there may be someone who does:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUcA_wGxWYw&feature=related
...and you hold the KEYS, you have LIFE in YOU to speak forth LIFE to others. After seeing this, I was compelled to share this also. There was a time (maybe more than once) when I did feel like this and I was told "I was the problem" or "I had the problem" so I went to the Problem Solver, the Lord God Almighty, Healer, Counselor... and He made me WHOLE once again.
What HE did for me, He can do for you, don't give up...call out His Name, Jesus... get help!

"If you're out there thinking of suicide, there is help and suicide is NOT the answer. Although it may not feel like it, there are people in the world that love you, even if you don't know them. There are people praying for you, even if you can't hear them. There are people going through the same things you are, even if you can't see them. Get help. Stay strong. You have a purpose in this world. You are loved.
"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem"

National Suicide Hotline (USA)



1-800-784-2433
*In case you can't tell, God & I are working at putting together my testimony that some asked about long ago.
I'm not there yet, but working on it bit by bit, hole by hole, healing by healing, step by step. These videos (their titles) and some recent songs, along with the books I'm reading all at once have inspired me to get started putting it out there...which is here (I guess). Some of you may laugh as you see some of my sequence of posts coming up, because this was God laying the groundwork.
Whether I begin to write it or not is another piece of this puzzle...
Mine is a lifelong testimony of 50+ years. I use each life experience to minister whatever portion God gives me to use for His glory in someone else's life. If a part of my life will help you through something in your life, than that's usually what I share... but looking for a beginning and hopefully the ending we all know & share... it's difficult for me to pinpoint "a moment", as most church life will give you, yet having grown up in a church, then choosing 2 different churches at different times after I left home, to grow me through a new season and solidify my beliefs, causing new growth in me & changes that God was bringing me through, makes it not the typical testimony or story of spiritual significance. It will be my life in the Spirit... as it unfolds... clearly this will be a series of posts... watch during the month of August for what God is putting together, now it's just me being able & obedient to DOING it...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

LETTERS OF CHRIST

[source for each photo - right side and left side]
1Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 3You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:1-3 (NIV)
"...Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you.
Christ Himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God's living Spirit;
not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it."
(verse 3 from
The Message)
Join in Word-Filled Wednesday for more of God's precious Word from blog to blog
How are you doing at showing
YOU'RE a LETTER
from Christ?
May the Spirit of the Living God awaken within you
and
write HIS TRUTH on
tablets of human heart
each one
that
YOU
pass by
today
WRITE AWAY
RIGHT AWAY
it's urgent,
it's time
to
wake up,
&
LIVE
according to
God's Word
&
Spirit!
BE FILLED WITH THE POWER OF HIS LIVING HOLY SPIRIT
[source]

WRITTEN ON ANGEL'S WINGS

My MELODY on MONDAY: or if you're just here today TUNE 4 TUESDAY
(added a bit more today below) (new music for me and by their biography & discography, they have been here quite awhile)
Angel's Wings
I do not know this artist nor did I know this song, but strongly receive these words from Jesus Christ, not from a person... or from a romantic relationship, yet through the greatest love and the MOST significant relationship and romance one can have, with Our Lord Jesus Christ, the only One who can fill that longing within and complete us.
Have you ever felt so close and known that it must be Jesus surrounding & protecting you with Angel's Wings or His own loving arms? It's a place I love to be and stay and linger more & more... held in His arms.
Hearing His voice. Listening to His Words deep in your heart. Thank You ever so much for showing me this song...
I'm so in LOVE! May I follow You wherever Your heart takes me, Lord Jesus...
LOVE is the ANSWER
but
it's
AGAPE LOVE
I'd love to write more on this as led, but a wonderful blogger & friend, wrote on this recently at
TUNE 4 TUESDAY (I'm adding to the lyrics as I heard them from Jesus (in parentheses added by me to clarify how I see this) Hope that this does not offend anyone...
(Jesus would say this to us:)
(Jesus)I would die for you Lay down my (His) life for you The only thing that means everything to me (my sweet Jesus)
'Cause when you're in My arms You make Me prouder than Than anything I ever could achieve
(and our response to Jesus)
And You make everything that used to seem so big Seem to be so small since You arrived On angel's wings, an angelical formation Angel's wings, like letters in the sky Now I know no matter what the question Love is the answer It's written on angel's wings And I often wonder why, Someone as flawed as I Deserves to be as happy as You make me
So as the years roll by I'll be there by Your side (as You, Jesus are by my side) I'll follow You wherever Your heart takes me Cause You make everything that used to be so big Seem to be so small since You arrived On angel's winds, an angelical formation Angel's wings, like letters in the sky Now I know no matter what the question Love is the answer It's written on angel's wings Now anyone who's felt the touch of heaven in their lives Will know the way I'm feeling, looking In my baby's (Jesus') eyes That's why I
can't bear to be too far away I know that God must love me 'cause He sent You (Jesus) to me on angel's wings (chorus) Love is the answer It's written on angel's wings
***
Crazy as this may sound to you... somedays I hear Jesus speak to me through songs, or He allows me to hear a song that will touch me right where I need for that day to encourage, to convict, to minister, to speak... and somehow my heart is touched and Jesus soothes my soul, holds me and let's me know "everything's gonna be alright". So, I'm a little crazy ... or stretching as I reach...
It has been a long time since I have heard regular music in English that I'm not up to the 'know all' of who's current and songs from the last 15 years. So excuse me... but enjoy these voices & this song in a new light... Jesus' light.
* note: since I did not know this song or artist, it's gotta make you a believer... that God speaks to us, moves in us, and yes, He has our being and holds our hearts & we live in the palm of His hand. He touches us when we need Him, if you just reach out and say His Name: Jesus. He gave me this song. And I know that His Spirit is alive and comes through MUSIC. I just love MUSIC but mostly I LOVE Our LORD!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

SUNRISE PRAYER DANCE

STEPS of FAITH
Dance
to
SUNRISE PRAYER
These beautiful dancers from Steps of Faith just gloriously awaken my spirit & cause me to want to dance with them, then add the Psalms shared by them and it makes a perfect SUNRISE PRAYER exalting His Name:
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.
PRAISE YOUR NAME
O LORD!
What is your PRAISE PRAYER this day?
I am just dancing & praising
Our Lord
for
ALL
I
SEE
&
HIS DIVINE PROTECTION
of me,
my house,
my trip back,
endless
PROVISIONS
of His Mercy & Grace
THE GLORY OF HIS SPIRIT
AWAKENS MY SOUL
AWAKES HIS SPIRIT
WITHIN
ME
Can you see me dancing to the Lord in these Mazatlan sun scenes here on His beaches?
You'd have to be an early bird to chance upon that.
I'm sure that's "Bird island" in the photo, one of the 3 islands off the coast here
which I have renamed
ISLA DEL(Island of the)
Father,
Son
&
Holy Spirit
(yep, you got it "Bird Island" is the Holy Spirit)
(...and no, I don't live anywhere's near the beaches, but
a girl can dream & I can certainly go visit there easily)
GOD'S MAJESTIC VIEW
of me
and
Mazatlan
(my home away from home)
where my heart
glorifies
Our
Lord
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This blog is ALL about HIM, for HIM, not about me!
I hope that is what you see
this is why I am



To my faithful visitors;
all of you who spend your valuable time here with me
I do appreciate you so much!

Thank you for taking your time to visit!

Love, Sweet blessings & Hugs!

DIOS TE BENDIGA
GOD BLESS YOU

always

Peggy