"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

Monday, May 30, 2011

MOORE On MONDAY ~ GOD'S KINGDOM PURPOSE


Ministry Is Messy

This is just a part of the series Beth Moore has been doing 
"God's Kingdom in You"









on Life Today with Betty & James Robison
Wednesdays with Beth

You can view the entire video of this day HERE

Matthew 5:11-12 (47 kb)

LET'S BE BLESSED!

GOD'S KINGDOM
is
IN YOU!
LPL Minneapolis from Rich Kalonick on Vimeo.
Look Beth was in my home area! I just had to share this! Thanks Beth for blessing MN!


Tomorrow is the last day of this series and each of the 31 days has been such a blessing and fine tuning of 
Preview
31 Days Closer to hearing God's Voice
with Jen at
Finding Heaven




* remember that next Monday, June 6th, I begin "Healing From Grief" Help for the Journey from GriefShare. I shared about my plan back HERE.

God's Kingdom Purpose For You Pt. 1  (To see this series from PraisenWorshipJesus) 
God's Kingdom Purpose For You Pt. 2,   
God's Kingdom Purpose For You Pt. 3,

Sunday, May 29, 2011

FREEDOM

MAY YOU BE BLESSED THIS
Memorial Day 2011

and GIVE THANKS for the 
MANY
we remember this day
and 
our precious
FREEDOM
WON
by
ONE
first
JESUS CHRIST



 
 
I know thefollowing may not be the best tribute for this day, but when I discovered it, I did not want to loose it and this is the easiest way to save it to view. So sit your little ones down and use this video time to give them good entertainment while you have a moment with God and a little freedom.

When I lived back in MN, I would listen frequently and enjoy "Adventures in Odyssey" on our local Christian Radio Station KTIS... now there are others, but I love Whit and the many lessons made alive... nothing like radio programs come to life...

"RACE TO FREEDOM"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7auRltqEhOc
PLAYLIST of AIO
Activities for Kids
Memorial Day

"Dear Heavenly Father, 
As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our service men and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and presence as they stand in the gap for our protection. 
We also remember the families of our troops, and ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes and your peace, provision and strength to fill their lives. 
May the members of our armed forces be filled with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support. In the name of Jesus. Amen."


Saturday, May 28, 2011

SUPER SONDAY #20 ~ THERE WILL BE A DAY


THERE WILL BE A DAY


 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8gkDiTvloc 
sung by
 Jeremy Camp
(lyrics)

"...There will be a day with no more tears
No more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place
Will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face..."

Revelation 21:4
Revelation 21:2-4 (65 kb)
(a study from Bible Today)


"Faith not only empowers you to get through your difficulties, but it also assures you of a coming day when tears and sorrows are no more. Faith recognizes that this world is not our ultimate home." What does the word home typically mean to you? (look Sharon, a Fan the Flame)

JOIN US
for
SUPER SUNDAY
just
  share a 
scene, song or scripture  
(or any combination)
 keep it simple! 

EnJOY
SUPER SON Sunday!



* if you don't see the Linky, please just add your title or link in the comments. I have the code embedded but I don't see it here and I tried different browsers and it's the same. It was here when it published. Sorry ;0(


ARE YOU AMAZED?

YOUR GRACE STILL AMAZES ME



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNClAJO2tnQ\

Phillips, Craig,  & Dean

His Grace still amazes me!

I am still not clear why God spoke "aMazing Grace... " to me for this blog name to accompany "Mazes, Messes, Miracles"... and I've explained the reason for those 3 many times. Yet if you follow through the mazes, through the messes, and seek the daily miracles in our journeys, you can't but be amazed by His Grace - God's aMazing Grace. 

Then I pause and listen carefully to these words in this song~

Yes, Father... my faithful Father...enduring Friend. Your tender mercy is like a river with no wind. It overwhelms me, covers my sin, each time I come into Your Presence. I stand in wonder once again. 

Then I sing...

Your grace still amazes me 
Your love is still a mystery 
each day i fall on my knees 
'cause Your grace still amazes me 
Your grace still amazes me

Oh patient Savior, 
You make me whole 
You are the author 
and the healer of my soul 
what can i give You Lord
 what can i say 
i know there's no way to repay You 
only to offer You my praise 

its deeper, its wider, its stronger, its higher
its deeper, its wider, its stronger, its higher
than anything my eyes can see 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (57 kb)

May grace (God's favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1: 2

For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84: 11

But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it). James 4: 6

For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1: 17

Grace (favor and spiritual blessing) be to you and [heart] peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1: 3

above verses 
are from the
 ~AMPLIFIED BIBLE~
Ephesians 3:20-21 (36 kb)
"And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, 
how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is."
Ephesians 3:18


Friday, May 27, 2011

FRIDAY FEATURE ~ COME "FAN THE FLAME"



Every week, my precious sister in Christ and dear blogger friend, SHARON from Sharon Sharing God does "Fan the Flame" Friday. She does not know this yet, but I plan on joining her by FEATURING her "FAN the FLAME" FRIDAY over here rather than just in her comments (because as you may know, I tend to get a little wordy). Here are her 40 FAN the FLAME blogs so far! 

I will have to wait each Friday until Sharon releases the "Fan the Flame" for today... then come back here and share my response (unless I have none) and in that case, you'll need to click over to her blog and read her comments. As far as I could find, Sharon started this back in October of 2010.

What is 'FAN the Flame'? 
I'm so glad you asked. Sharon puts it this way:
"Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to"fan the flame" of your creativity!" 

What are some of the "words" Sharon has done?
The range and variety is quite wide: Resist, Doubt, Mercy, Reckoning, Gossip, Peace, Broken, Meek, Sovereignty, Modesty, Forgiveness, Foolishness, Procrastinate, Silence... and the list goes on and on.

I wonder if she's trying to tell us something as I look through all these 40 words so far. 

Where does this come from?

Besides Sharon (at Sharon Sharing GodLike...is this BIBLICAL? Of course! It's always a surprise when you go on Friday but afterwards Sharon adds the WORD in the title.

I really was not sure what question I should ask to get this answer.

“This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

I have tried other FRIDAY features, none which draw interest: Freedom Friday; TGIF (Today God is First), Friday's Favorite 5, Fearless Fridays (which I do privately and at the Lighthouse)
 I even Featured Blog Friends on Friday that I was thinking about doing again until Sharon's "Fan the Flame Fridays" struck me. 

If Sharon does not object to me doing this, we could maybe add a LINKY, if you too would like to BLOG about the weekly WORD to "Fan the Flame"... perhaps I may have to do the previous week's WORD, so I don't have to wait to ponder and reply ... you know I'm not so good with that patience thing... "OK, God...I'm waiting, but last week's word was really good and I did not respond. Guess I had to many irons in the flame last Friday or preoccupied."

By the way, the  above verse, was my LIFE VERSE back in the 90s and I do mean LIFE...it breathed new life into me as I claimed this verse and memorized it with a "sound mind" (NKJV).

Since this is already so longgggggggggggggg, maybe I will just have to FEATURE Sharon as one of my favorite friends and hope you will click over to "FAN THE FLAME" and join in the creativity this week. Actually, I'd like to CHALLENGE you to FAN THE FLAME with Sharon. Thanks Sharon! (you really are sweet but I don't know how short you are... but these FFs are)! Oh, and I discovered that one version of this verse says to "FAN INTO FLAME".  

So what happens if you don't fan the flame?

Well, I think we all know the answer to this, it goes out... since we are speaking of your gifts, I urge  you to consider seriously developing and "fanning into flame" your particular gift, whether it is writing like Sharon creatively or whatever. If you don’t use your gift and develop it, like a flame that is not tended and fanned, it gets smaller and smaller, and like a flame that flickers and fades, it could go out. You could even forget you have a gift. The enemy would love to convince you of this or that yours is not needed. (That's a lie) I think perhaps we can even loose our gift if we don’t use it. At least that's what I proclaim in regards to language learning, "use it or loose it"! Then fear or apathy will have won, not God. Don't let that happen, it's time for us to FAN THE FLAME!

 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcRas-SS0GU
Misty Edwards
"What Only You Can Do"

STIR UP THE FLAME

So HERE IS 
Sharon Sharing God
and today's
FAN THE FLAME





Why not join Sharon and FAN the FLAME!
DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER UNTIL YOU HAVE WRITTEN YOUR OWN RESPONSE

Because this is so long, I will make this response short and sweet for me just like Sharon:

"What is the most beautiful thing you've ever seen in nature?                                                            How do you think God speaks through nature?"
 EVERYTHING is beautiful!
In different seasons and various locations, it changes
but for me, the most beautiful is the sunset on the ocean

every wave, every glimmer, every ripple
every break, every time it crashes on the shore,
every sparkle of the glorious colors that 
the sun casts over the skies and the land
is GOD speaking
His beauty
His glory
His praise
and
I give Him thanks
in the rhythm of the waves
in the sounds of the water
in the birds with their song
in the waves on the sand
in the shells deposited
JUST LOOK AT 
GOD
in this photo
SPEAKING
but when I'm home in MN
it's in the whisper of the pines,
the variety of birds, fauna and flora,
the small ripples in the lakes,
the call of the loon
GOD
SPEAKS
in
EVERYTHING
for me
(even through my little dogs)
PURE DELIGHT



Thursday, May 26, 2011

SELAH ~ ALL MY TEARS


Psalm 116:1-2 (47 kb)
Psalm 116:8

For You, LORD, have delivered me from death,
   my eyes from tears,
   my feet from stumbling,




"All My Tears"
this one sung by SELAH
(thanks Karen)

Revelation 21:4

"Holy God, please help me as I try continuing serving You faithfully. My desire is to be steadfast in my love and living for You until the glorious day that so many of Your children have longed for over the centuries. I long to see You in Your glory and to share in Your presence and to join with the saints of all ages praising You around Your glorious throne."

THANK YOU LORD

Thank You for hearing my prayers. Thank You for answering so many of them with the answer I sought from You. Give me patience when I cannot see Your hand in the other answers that do not come as soon or do not bear the result that I request. I say this honestly but yet I know that I should not pray for what I want but what is Your will and Your desire. Help me to pray that way.

I believe and trust that You are there and working for my good even when I can't see it. I believe You always answer to Your glory and my best interest. But please, dear Father, strengthen my faith so that I will never outlive my trust and faith in You. 

Thank You for washing away all my tears. Thank You for the times You dry my tears. Thank You for holding me in the midst of any tears, whether they are silly ones or devastating ones, You are with me and know the sorrow for my past or for my tomorrows. I thank You that with each tear shed, there is a new awakening and cleansing. 

I am grateful that the Spirit of the Lord is upon me and because You, Jesus Christ, live in me I have the power to overcome and through my grief or mourning, You have given me a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair, a crown of beauty instead of ashes, and the oil of gladness instead of mourning. 

I set out this year to pursue JOY and yet once again I have met up with a situation to stir the embers of grief and facing another loss. Although it is not as serious as the loss of a person, it is still another loss that I must come to terms with and need Your healing once again, because the old wounds of previous losses resurface and are rekindled as once again I must face moving forward without another part of my life. Thank You, Lord that You are with me and bring me HOPE!

SELAH!



Let me water this garden with my tears so that it will flourish 

tears
[source]        
 
with fruit and blooms of love, peace & JOY!                                                           
daughter of the King,
Peggy



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

WFW ~ RAINBOW

WE ALL NEED RAINBOWS


I already shared this VIDEO last week back HERE,
dedicating it to
 ozjane and Moggie, my dog Bravo and Denise's Kitty too
(many of you also who shared yours)
and I'm trying not to linger there
but move ahead into the 
JOY in the RAINBOW
or  
at the Rainbow Bridge meeting Bravo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoBO6kJCBvw
[The original one I encountered was HERE
Movie by Terri Pike with music by Kerry Muzzey ]

I made this with POWER POINT trying out new options with shape



And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 

Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” Genesis 9:13-16

Genesis 9:13

I also find the song chosen "Perhaps Love"  makes The Rainbow Bridge even more a place of hope and God's Promise. But remember, a covenant is made between God and YOU, you are a big part of that relationship and the REAL deal. 

"Perhaps love is like a resting place
A shelter from the storm
It exists to give you comfort
It is there to keep you warm
And in those times of trouble
When you are most alone
The memory of love will bring you home..."


Yes, 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW


MN


God couldn't have made
a more 
BEAUTIFUL
reminder


"I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, 
clothed with a cloud. 
And a RAINBOW was on his head, 
his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.
(Revelation 10:1)

JOPLIN, MISSOURI 5/22/11 after the deadly tornado (Video)


Let us PRAY and SUPPORT
everyone
affected in these horrible storms
Holding on to the RAINBOWS for all of those facing storms

FOR MORE BEAUTIFUL 
Word Filled Wednesday 
Wonderful Participants
VISIT
start off with 
Amydeanne @ the160acrewoods.com
and

I was interested in what this study shared on the meaning of the 
RAINBOW and its colors. (BibleStudy.org). 

What is your favorite color in the RAINBOW of God?

(two more rainbow songs)




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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