"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

Thursday, September 30, 2010

STORM AFTERMATHS STILL RAGING

* you may skip Natalie's song, though it's good and will bless you, 
if you came for any meme, 
Thankful Thursday, Sweet P's, Fearless Friday 
or you can hit play and continue on... my prayer is long enough in blue way down this post


[added this on my blog separately when I posted this post so I had to add it here so I would not loose it when I removed it from the top because the song held me together through this storm, reminding me to PRAISE Him just like "PRAISE HIM IN THE STORM" from Casting Crown]




Daily
 I give THANKS to God 
for HIS DIVINE PROTECTION and
that I am not living in
the southern states 
of
Veracruz,
Oaxaca,
or
Chiapas,
Mexico.

No matter,
Hurricane Karl did pass over most of the country
and regained its power
on the west side where I am
but further north and across the Sea of Cortez 
It's hurricane season until November.
Any of these videos do not compare with the daily news
 here
and
it has been almost a week
since this hurricane hit and this onslaught continues
the change in season
and 
these tropical storms
are relentless

As far as I can tell the government or whoever
(I think they send their military)
hardly seem able to respond to an emergency quick enough.
[And we thought response to Katrina was bad].
If you get tired of political ads, these ads run all the time asking for people to help
Yet, sometimes all that's donated does not get there
(I heard terrible stories of this corruption also)



In fact, they can hardly get to many of these places,

roads washed out, bridges gone, huge rocks or mudslides
blocking and preventing.
They take up collections to send the people 
but many are still without.
Truly breaks your heart.
Makes you
wonder

Where are the people of God and compassion to rescue these many people?


NL July Image 3
MEXICO: Worshipers in Villahermosa praise God for what He has done 
in the aftermath of last year’s floods.
[source: Samaritan's Purse]
BUT
SAMARITAN'S PURSE
International Relief
is here
RESPONDING!


THANK YOU
LORD
for
the
RESCUE
and
RELIEF
(click to see great photos)
for 
HEARING
the cries
and
the praises
of 
your
people
in these storms.


Please send MORE laborers!


Please PRAY for
the people
living
in
MEXICO
and
those
helping in the
RESCUE


"Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not look anxiously about you, for I am your God. 
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" Isaiah 41:10 (NASB)


Heavenly Father,  You know how hard it is to see your children and families hurting and suffering because Your heart aches also just like mine as I watch. But You are more than enough. You are with me. You are with many of them. You hope as I do that they will come running to You. They have lost all of the little they had. Some have even lost loved ones. They are hungry and thirsty and without a home or even dry land. There are snakes, alligators, so many other dangerous diseases and more. Yet I come to You and ask for Your Divine intervention and Protection. You can, if You will, stop the downpour and decrease the flooding. You can stop the mudslides and You can move the rocks. You are Our Rock. You are Our Defender. Rescue us and have mercy on these people. I believe You are more powerful than any natural disaster. 

You are the Creator of all! Your Word tells me that Your love is unfailing and nothing can separate us from You. You created the earth and all that is in it. You have given us so many blessings and beauty in creation. You fill the world  with beauty, bounty and no end to wonders.
I ask You to save Your people from nature's fury, from storm, and flood and the ensuing landslides. Bring Comfort to the many throughout this ravaged torn country whose lands have been obliterated by the flood waters, their crops and livestocks, even their homes. They have nothing to return to and no place to lay their heads. Many are stranded. Help those waters go down and save us from the destructive power of this storm. You, O Lord have the power to calm the storms that threaten so many and command all the elements of nature to obey You. Steady the sun to radiate dry warmth. Place a hedge of protection from the illnesses and diseases. I cry out to You, Almighty Father to forgive us and have mercy on the many who do not yet know You.

I praise You O Most Holy Father, for keeping me safe, alone in this country with 4 dogs to care for... give me wisdom and discernment in all times. I praise You in the good and in the bad. I praise You and I will not fear. Uphold Your righteous right hand, I beg You to save Your people. I cannot believe that You would bring me here or any outreaches and Christian missionaries to show people Jesus, and show them His way, if You were going to allow continual destruction without a chance for repentance and salvation. You have opened doors for many to be ministered to and saved. 

Give courage to those who are in the area and those who are rescuing them. Give strength to all survivors. Give peace to everyone. May each one draw closer to You and call out to You in there time of need. Keep them from anger, bitterness, hopelessness, despair, and all that the enemy was trying to release here. Pour out Your Holy Spirit to bring peace, comfort, hope, faith, restoration, strength, and Your Power. Send us a rainbow of HOPE! 

Grant us humility to repent of our negligence in tending Your creation and give us the will to serve You in everything more faithfully. I know You are a loving Father that holds all creation in this world in Your hand. I thank You for holding me so tenderly in Your hand. For Your loving protection through each 'storm' ! 

I shout and sing the words over and over again from Casting Crown's "Praise You in the storm" when I hear the thunder, lightening and torrential rains, knowing my help comes from the Lord, Mexico's help comes from the Lord! "I will lift my hands for You are who You are, no matter where I am and every tear I've cried You hold in Your hand, You never left my side and though my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm"... Come dear Lord, and deliver Mexico from the raging pain and storms all around. O Deliverer, save us in Jesus' precious Name.


TODAY IS THANKFUL THURSDAY, BE SURE TO THANK HIM FOR ALL HIS BENEFITS and THE GREAT HONOR IT IS TO SERVE HIM AS KING, and BE BLESSED BY HIS LOVE and PROTECTION AS HE REIGNS OVER YOUR HOME and IN YOUR HEART! THANK HIM FOR WHO HE IS TO YOU, then share it over with the other THANKFUL THURSDAY participants 
at
with Iris

Remember
Fearless Friday
with
and
Sweet P's
at
for a time of 
PRAYER, PRAISE,
and
our
PETITIONS




* if anyone could link me up to the appropriate memes each day, I will appreciate it...thanks!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

PEACE IN THIS PLACE

JOIN US IN GOD'S WORD
over at 
INTERNET CAFE
for
Amydeanne at 160 acrewoods.com



'The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty." 
HAGGAI 2:9

[This is a contrast between my rental home in Mexico (the present) and the view above versus my home in the pines back in Minnesota (the former) with my dear view of deer.]


Really stretching the verse in Haggai here, but that was my reading in the beginning of this week in my Bible reading plan, as I continue and finish the OT with these minor prophets. What makes reading Haggai and some of the others more interesting is to catch what The Message says for this chapter:


"'Get to work, all you people!'—God is speaking.

   "'Yes, get to work! For I am with you.' The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is speaking! 'Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt. I'm living and breathing among you right now. Don't be timid. Don't hold back.'

"This is what God-of-the-Angel-Armies said: 'Before you know it, I will shake up sky and earth, ocean and fields. And I'll shake down all the godless nations. They'll bring bushels of wealth and I will fill this Temple with splendor.' God-of-the-Angel-Armies says so.
 
'I own the silver,
   I own the gold.' 

     Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
 "'This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place in which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.' 
Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies."
"The Book of Haggai is about how God’s prophet stirs up the Israelites to get back to work on the rebuilding of the temple. There is an analogy between temple building and the Christian’s focus on being disciples, making disciples, and serving the church body. There’s also an analogy between the literal drought the Israelites experienced and what God’s people may experience—the dryness of dissatisfaction and disappointment—when they live as if they could care less whether or not God was present and active." ~ Christian Bible Studies.com 
So I'm off to "GET TO WORK" sharing God's glory and His Kingdom with others and so thankful that HE IS WITH ME especially in the face of Hurricane season and the continuous outpouring of the rains. It's so tragic & heart breaking to see. 

Let me think, do I prefer drought or flooding?!? 

I'm just so grateful for His Protection and that I am not in the areas devastated in the recent flooding from the hurricane... but it seems both here and in Minnesota, the flooding is tremendous. So glad that HE HOLDS MY FUTURE and my PRESENT! 


There is so much reward in doing God's work, whether at home or in another country, each part is so needed. God's work is always worthwhile. It is through God's aMazing Grace that we are enabled to do God's work at home and afar. YWAM's Homes of Hope is one great example of building and being effective in a ministry to people here.
"To date, 43 homes have been built and more than 400 people have worked in these poor areas." Teams come during the summer to assist besides the YWAMers that come all year round.
'This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place in which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.' 



Questions to reflect on or comment if you choose:
HOW IS YOUR TEMPLE?
~ are you filling your temple with wholeness and holiness? 
~ what are you doing to fill your temple daily?
~ how can you encourage others, disciple others, or help them 
from a drought or when they're flooded?
~ what is your view of glory of the former vs. the present?

~ what are you experiencing
the dryness of dissatisfaction and disappointment
or
the flooding of His Living Waters and His anointing?




Today, is also the day to link up with GMG (Good Morning Girls) an accountability group of sharing what you're reading in God's Word with others via emails, Twitter, Facebook (your group's choice) to encourage you to read each day. Not sure if I can link this up over at GMG, but it is what I read this week and now Zechariah. It's just my way of encouraging you to be accountable to read God's Word daily and GMG is a great way.

'Yes, get to work! For I am with you.' 
The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is speaking! 


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

TUNE 4 TUESDAY ~ SHOW ME YOUR WAY

Hillsong "SHOW ME YOUR WAY"



Not only my TUNE this TUESDAY, but the cry & prayer of my heart each day! 
Show me Your way
That I may walk with You
Show me Your way
I put my hope in You

Chorus

The cry of my heart
Is to love You more
To live with the
Touch of Your hand
Stronger each day
Show me Your way

(Repeat verse & chorus 3 times)
(Repeat chorus)

Stronger each day
Show me Your way

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
This is the first verse I learned in Spanish and had my students learn in 7th & 8th grade, as they prepared for our first mission short term trip to Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, Mexico in the early 90s:
"Jesús le dijo: Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre sino por mí."
[source]


Sharing this graphic of this verse along the beach is very significant to me and my walk here in Mexico because I met my dear friend and sister, Susana from Oaxaca, here on the beach, selling her wares, at 108 y.o. and she told me that she had a Word from the Lord and she began quoting John 14:6 and I was able to join her, which surprised her but instantly made us one. I've shared before on my earlier blog writings, how this time with Susana was confirmation from God for me to return here. She was the vessel in 1995-96 for me to return year after year, listening for God to speak once again and again... and "Here I am, Lord"... 2010... listening, waiting with You


Happy heavenly Birthday Dad!
(to see photo of my dad)
Because of your faith in God,
He continues to 
SHOW ME the WAY

Today, I'm walking closer and closer to KNOW HIM as not just my Heavenly Father but my Papa.
Just as it was difficult to get close to my earthly father, I'm learning that I crave His attention the same as I did with my own dad. But my dad was not a "huggie" dad, except as Santa Claus! However, my dad was full of stories of his hard times in life, repeating them often and ready to share those with anyone, so I did get to hear those stories often of WWII, prisoner of war, etc.
My dad would have turned 100 y.o. last year so this year, he'd be 101... I can't even imagine life that long ago and having lived through all the changes in those years. I think I share many of my dad's characteristics; the good and the not so good. I'm thankful for his strengths. Yet, I know that I must have many of my Papa's gifts and strengths, but it makes me so much more aware of what I lack and my weaknesses. However, getting to know my Papa better and allowing Him to speak forth into me MORE of Him! 

Learning so much in my Papa time. Though my relationship is different than Dr. Larry Crabb, the author of "The Papa Prayer", I can't get enough and find myself rereading just to soak in it more. Trying to grasp all I can. Show me Your Way... let me walk in Your way



I'm listening Papa, better than I ever have before... 
You have my full attention!

My HOPE is in You!




Monday, September 27, 2010

MOORE On MONDAY

...from Beth Moore, to get MORE from God's Word for my daily battle... on my knees and in His Kingdom.


"Using Scripture to Batter Hell's Gates"


ARMING MYSELF 
WITH
THE POWER of HIS WORD

 "I will establish my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" 
Matthew 16:18


Deuteronomy 33:29
Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? 
He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. 
Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places."


"Here's how we battle the gates of hell with scripture:" (per Beth)
Battering ram:
Psalm 86:8
Isaiah 54:17
Psalm 46:1-2
2 Timothy 1:7 
(the one I use most often)
2 Corinthians 12:9
2 Corinthian 3:5-6
Luke 1:45
Mark 9:23
Revelation 12:10-11


"BACK OFF!!!"
The Word of God
is my
defense.

* a new tradition, I'm starting here...to hear MORE with Moore... all you USA gals get to glean from her at conferences, simulcasts, Bible Studies, LifeTV (though I get those) and so this is how I catch up on all I've missed, even following along with The LPM Blog and also a prelude to me finally getting to do her "Breaking Free" book. You know, I really believe that they are LIVING PROOF and so should we be... [when I first typed this, I had a typo ... "Loving Proof Ministries"... but it works for them also and us... that is what each of our ministries should be 'living and loving proof' of Our Living Lord, Jesus Christ, as His True witness... to each other and others that need Jesus.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

RESTING

JOINING
with
Photobucket

Rita Springer
with
RESTING

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvZ-aGtnyUU



and
EFFORTLESS


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RtCH_FPxl0

Let my praise, be effortless
Let my song, come easily
And let my worship be pleasing to you

Let my heart be softened, Lord
And my mind be transformed
And let me worship be pleasing to You



Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, 
holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.
Romans 12:1

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness.
Psalm 29:2

EXHORTATION TO 
GIVE GLORY
TO
GOD
Matthew Henry Commentary
"...We must be holy in all our religious services, devoted to God, and to His will and glory. 
There is a beauty in holiness, and that puts beauty upon all acts of worship..."




Saturday, September 25, 2010

I WILL LIFT MY EYES

PSALM 121
I will Lift my Eyes...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO2Bsax043I&feature=related

plus 

Lord of Breakthroughs 
by Karen Davis

Lyrics:

I have set the Lord before my eyes
So my heart will not be shaken
I have set My will to seek His life
I will wait upon the Lord

I will lift my eyes up to the hills
To the God of all Creation
I will lift my heart and worship Him
I will glory in the Lord

I will praise the Lord, I will praise the Lord
I will lift my eyes to the Lord on high
And I will praise the Lord

[Hebrew]
Esa Einai
El Adonai Ozi
El Adonai
Oseh Shamayim
Ahalel Oto
B'chol libi
Esh-tach-aveh La'Adonai

Ahalel Oto
Ahalel Oto
Esa Einai
El Adonai Elyon
V'ahalel Oto

Esa Einai
El He-harim
Me'ayin Yavo Ezri
Ezri Me'im Adonai
Oseh Shamayim Va'aretz

Hineh Lo Yanum
V'lo Yishan
Shomer Yisrael

Rachem Na Aleinu
Sh'ma Et Kriateinu
Rachem Na Aleinu
Sh'ma Et T'filateinu
Yeshua, Yeshua
Rachem Na Aleinu Adon

...Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu
Adonai Echad

Translation:

I will lift my eyes to the hills; where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Behold, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Have mercy on us, hear our cry! Have mercy on us, hear our prayer!
Yeshua, Yeshua, have mercy on us, O Lord!

...Hear, O Israel, The Lord your God,
The Lord is One God.

Christian

Friday, September 24, 2010

SWEET P'S ~ FEAST of the TABERNACLES

HEBREW SONGS & PRAYERS (My Sweet P's is in blue after songs)


When I came across these songs I wept as I listened, not even being able to understand Hebrew, except for some of the Names of God that I know...  then Karen sang it in English. My spirit broke and then I broke forth in prayer. Choose either one and be truly blessed.



"Breakthrough from the Land of Israel"
HALLELUJAH

We have just entered the weeklong Jewish Holiday known as the Feast of Tabernacles, yesterday, Sept. 23rd. This is a celebration of unity, joy, rest, restoration and ingathering... (Now I know that God is leading these posts because I had no idea of this and just received it today to add to this and let you know. I have no idea if the songs are appropriate for this Feast but I'm thankful for the Holy Spirit who led me to these songs).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NiNyfR5cfA
Hebrew/English lyrics:

Kuma Adonai
Lim-nu-cha-te-cha
Ata Va-aron Uzecha

Va-yikan-u Am-cha
V'yit-pa-lelu
V'yashuvu
Mi-dar-kei-hem Ha-ra-im
Ata Tishma
V'ata Tislach
V'ata Terapeh Et Artzam

Arise O Lord to Your Resting Place
You And the Ark of Your Might
Arise O Lord to Your Resting Place
You And the Ark of Your Might

If Your People
Who Are Called by Your Name
Will Humble Themselves And Pray
Then You Will Hear
And You Will Forgive
And You Will Heal Their Land

Psalm 132: 8
2 Chronicles 6:41


Hebrew Lyrics:

El Gibor
V'El Elyon
Levadcha
Ata Adon
Levadcha
Ata Kadosh
Melech Hamlachim

אל גיבור
ואל עליון
לבדך
אתה אדון
לבדך
אתה קדוש
מלך המלכים

Translation:

Mighty God and Most High God (El Elyon), You alone are Lord. (Nehemiah 9:6)
You alone are holy, King of kings.

from

KAREN DAVIS


[Karen Davis is the worship leader at Carmel Assembly (Kehilat HaCarmel),
a Messianic congregation located on the top of Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.]


JOIN 


TEA with TIFFANY

The following PRAYER is written by Brenda Craig. However, I PRAY this PRAYER with all of me, because Brenda has expressed so well my heart, after my Bible readings for this week in Micah and some of the other minor prophets, this prayer just seemed to fit (to read Brenda's complete Word of the Day, prayer and her DARE to DREAM Part Two and Part One) at Brenda's Journals of the Heart  
(I really tried to shorten this, but I just couldn't)

"Father, it is an awesome wonder to think You have called me to be with You…to dream as You dream, to love as You love, and to be as You created me to be. I thank you for the privilege of fulfilling Your purpose, in me. I will step out in faith to accomplish all You have put in my heart.

Thank You Holy Spirit for being my guarantee, my Helper, and my Comforter and for encouraging me to do all I am called to do. You are perfect love…and Your love cast out all my fear as I surrender my worries and concerns to you. Reveal Your perfect love to me on a moment by moment basis and I will be completely whole and unafraid... (skipped a part here)

As I abide in You, I rest in green pastures while seeing the dreams and desires of my heart become vivid landscapes before me. Truly I can I rejoice by faith in all that You are doing even before it is completed. I revel in the beauty of who You say I am, and I rejoice in the joy of my salvation. I dare to dream as I worship and praise You in the grace, mercy and intimacy of Your presence.
Lord, I exalt Your mighty name and praise You forever. I declare Your goodness in the land of the living and thank you for the unfolding of my life and dreams You have shared with me. 
Thank You for making a way where there was no way by paying the price at Calvary. You rent the veil and made a way for me to enter the Holy of Holies where Your presence dwells. It is there that I find joy. 
It is there, in Your presence that I may dream Your dreams and see Your visions. Thank You for being ever present with Your heart extended to me. I receive Your power to be about Your business here on earth. 
I choose to release all the dreams of my heart and praise You for my destiny and Your purpose as they unfold day by day. May the dreams of my heart and Your heart be released in such a way as to enrich the lives of men and women until they are affected for the good for all eternity.
Oh Lord, how I have longed for this day…(skipped a part here)
Jesus, thank You for setting me free. Thank You for dealing with my enemies. I truly humble myself before You as I also forgive and pray for my enemies You are my Defender…my Strong Tower…my God in whom I trust. Because of Your Word to me, I know I am called; therefore, I step out in faith to be obedient in every way to do Your will. I will light up the darkness. 
I will hear what the Spirit is saying and follow Your leading and set the captives free. Thank You for the power of deliverance. Thank You for resurrection power manifesting in my life. I will keep myself in intimate communion with You because I love You. Thank You for loving me and choosing me. I am one who sees and I am Your sent one to be about my Father’s business.
Lord, I am forever grateful to You my God and my Deliverer! Thank You for liberation made possible by all You sacrificed. You and only You could open the prison doors of my heart. Thank You for giving me keys to the secret place where I can be with You.
I will go forth and help others to be set free that they too can come into Your presence and experience the joy of freedom. I come into agreement with You and praise You for the outcome of all that I am doing in advance. 
Come Holy Spirit and consume me with the fire and zeal of the Holy One. Come and I will be changed and when the world looks at me they will see You. My greatest desire is to reflect You in all that I am and all that I do so that others will be drawn to You. I dare to believe I am all You have said I am regardless of my own thoughts, circumstances or the words of men. I dare to think…to believe beyond all limitations and declare this day and forever all things are possible for You are my God.
Father…Papa…Daddy… My heart cries with wonder and amazement…it cries out sighs of love and joy, as I humble myself before You and Your mighty love. You are so wonderful to have invited me to come and be with You for eternity through the sacrifice of one You love so much. You are indeed my Gift-giver…my Beautiful One full of mercy and grace. How I love You with a heart of exalted adoration...(skipped some here)
 I embrace the thoughts and intents of Your heart and I am changed.
Thank you for sharing Your heart, Your dreams, and Your plans. There are not words powerful enough to give the honor due Your name. I can never praise You enough as I thank you for revealing to me Your purpose in my life. ...Therefore, I praise You for the resurrection power now being manifested in my life. Surely You have called me out from all that is dead while I am yet living. You are the Waymaker…You are my Waymaker and I follow after You now and all of eternity. Amen
(perfect prayer for me as I continue reading Dr. Larry Crabb's "The Papa Prayer ~ the prayer you've never prayed")




REMEMBER IT'S FEARLESS FRIDAY WITH ANGELA @ Free Spirit Haven and many people that need us to stand with them in prayer at this time. Please be sure to pray for Denise (Shortybear) this afternoon as she goes for more testing & MRI.



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