"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 30, 2011


1 Corinthians 13:4 (26 kb)
JJ Heller

"...I will love you for you

Not for what you have done or what you will become

I will love you for you

I will give you the love, the love that you never knew



 Love Can Make You New


1 Corinthians 13:8 (26 kb)
Focusing on God's love still but this week, tomorrow (Mon.) marks our anniversary, which would be 35 years, although we are not together and our love is not a 1 Corinthians 13 love... had it been, we still may be... yet in his own way and me in mine, we love each other and I believe that God can make that love new (if that is His will) love can make you new and only love remains. So even though we are separated, God can still work LOVE in each of us for His purpose and plan. I (we) may have failed in my(our) marriage but I still believe LOVE NEVER FAILS... thank You, God!
For God's love is all encompassing and embraces our differences, and meets us where we are. I only pray that God softens hearts to know Him and accept His love as only God can change hearts and show us what LOVE REALLY means. May God carve on your heart the words above of HIS LOVE... unconditional and given to all who humbly come to Him. He's WAITing...


scene, song or scripture  
(or any combination)
 just keep it simple

this posts Sat. at 6pm to allow you to link and then rest and soak on Sonday, 
visiting the other blogs during the week as God permits... I add my earlier post when I can to be sure it's working...

If you did/do FRI. Feature Faith Focus, be sure to check the Linky and visit all. These memes are small enough to be able to take time to acknowledge each one, please. 

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Ephesians 2:4,5


Anyone know who this is?

Friday, July 29, 2011


July Promise - 31 Promises - (1st) Psalm 33:6; (2nd)Deuteronomy 7:9 (3rd Sun.) Psalm 36:7(4th M) Psalm 68:5; (5th T) Psalm 94:14; (6th W) Exodus 15:26; (7th Th) Jeremiah 31:3; (8th F)Matthew 7:11;(9th Sa) Hebrews 2:11

(10Su) Micah 7:18; (11M) Romans 5:5; (12T) Jeremiah 31:33; (13W) Philippians 4:19; (14TH) Psalm 28:9; (15F) Nehemiah 8:10;  (16Sa) 1 John 4:18
(17 Su) Psalm 138:7; (18 M) Psalm 5:11;  (19T) Ephesians 6:11; (20W) Psalm 30:11; (21Th) Jeremiah 30:17; (22F) Habakkuk 3:19; (23Sa) Isaiah 58:7-8

*This week's choices are Promises #205-212:
Hebrews 4:9-10Deuteronomy 4:7Psalm 86:7Matthew 6:25-26Revelation 3:121 John 3:2Revelation 22:4Numbers 23:19.

Ohh, how I need every one of these 31 PROMISES of GOD and love once again more than one this week like other weeks. However, I will choose this one for my

Revelation 22:4

"ONE DAY, you will see My Face
and My Name will be on your forehead."

"Then the Angel showed me Water-of-Life River, crystal bright. It flowed from the Throne of God and the Lamb, right down the middle of the street. The Tree of Life was planted on each side of the River, producing twelve kinds of fruit, a ripe fruit each month. The leaves of the Tree are for healing the nations. Never again will anything be cursed. The Throne of God and of the Lamb is at the center. His servants will offer God service—worshiping, they'll look on His face, their foreheads mirroring God. Never again will there be any night. No one will need lamplight or sunlight. The shining of God, the Master, is all the light anyone needs. And they will rule with him age after age after age." (The Message) Yes, My King, one day...

This is OUR ONLY HOPE, to one day, see His Face and look upon His glory. To receive His Name upon our foreheads or as the Message says above "mirroring God"... finally in His image. What a great day that will be

Once again, I chose this not just for the PROMISE from God's Word from Revelation but the glorious picture of the SON/sun shining on the water... may you reflect the Son today!


...and I never grow tired of hearing Kari Jobe or this song of adoration and praise! It is these truths that stir my heart to have faith and hope that our loved ones will come to know Him as their Lord and Savior, so that this PROMISE is for them also. My prayers, this day are for the "prodigals" and the "stubborn", for God's Holy Spirit to convict them and lead them to this truth, that the right person will come across their path today to be a vessel. It could be you, if not for mine, for someone's precious loved ones, so let's be bold in sharing Jesus, what He does for us and can do for them and their family for an eternity.  

Here are the PROMISES of GOD for this week once again for you to choose from: 
Hebrews 4:9-10Deuteronomy 4:7Psalm 86:7Matthew 6:25-26Revelation 3:121 John 3:2Revelation 22:4Numbers 23:19.

Share in the comments or blog about  your Friday Feature and LINK UP here than FOCUS your FAITH and claim God's Promise for YOU! Stay tuned for AUGUST's PROMISES! I'm looking forward to ALL God's promises in HIS WORD. Why not make this part of your daily reading with 365 Promises, they are short and so beautifully done? (either sent to your email or in Google Reader).

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Max Lucado reminds us that it's not about us, it's ALL about God. The world does not revolve around us nor are we the center of the universe. Misconceptions that we are taught by society throughout our lives. But the rest of the title " Rescue From The Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy" sets the premise for this non-fiction, once again wonderfully written book by Max Lucado. He has such a way with words and story telling with humor and wisdom combined. It's not hard to tell that he is one of my all time favorite authors, even if the last book I read of his was so long ago "He Chose the Nails"; I do receive his UpWords weekly and there is one available daily and MP3s of 1minute messages. So when the opportunity to select one of his books in e-book form came, it was a welcome and a blessing for me, which I read in one sitting. I have so many parts highlighted, I'm not sure where to best begin telling you what I like. Yet I will emphasize that this is a timely book for me and I boldly would say for YOU.

"It's Not about Me" is wisely divided into two parts: God Pondering and God Promoting. "We move through me-focus to God-focus by pondering Him. Witnessing Him. Following..." this centers us on a life that works: God centered and rescues us from the one that doesn't: self-centered, self-ish. Whatever "self" you want to add... works for us to leave this behind and behold God. 

I love how Max than distinguishes between "beholding" and "reflecting" God. This is even wisely carried over in the excellent, though provoking study guide included in the back, written by Steven Halliday. Each chapter is separated into two sections: Beholding and then Reflecting.

The reason these two words are important is because different translations accurately use this for "katoptrizo"... but you'll have to read his book to clearly understand.  Yet, I see that it is crucial
to know since it is our human job description to REFLECT GOD'S GLORY! This is summed up beautifully by Max in these words: "Beholding leads to becoming. Becoming leads to reflecting."
Then Max proceeds to show us that God's message we are to mirror through: our message, our salvation, our body, our struggles, our success - all proclaim God's glory. "God sends the message, we mirror it." This takes us through the God-promoting part with each of these mirrored parts toward upward thinking. We exist to give honor to God's Name and a cleverly written exchange of a discussion between him and a Jewish passenger with Max on a flight.

The ending brought a tear to my eyes and a sweet nod of HOPE preceded by this sound, BOLD statement that expresses the heart of many of us (I hope):


I strongly encourage you to get a hold of a copy of this book to BEHOLD HIM CHANGING US:
"Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, 
[we] are changed into the same image from glory to glory, 
even as by the Spirit of the Lord "
(2 Corinthians 3:18)

... and if at all possible, doing the study with a wonderful small group that will be blessed and changed in doing it together. I know that I'm considering it. Plus there is a bonus chapter of another one of Max's new books: "Outlive Your Life"... now I'm curious about that one, too... I can't get enough of Max Lucado's style of writing but you might of me reviewing his books. 

IT'S NOT ABOUT ME ~ It's ALL about HIM!!!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WFW ~ Psalm 27:1 "I'M FEARLESS"

On my WFW today, I have combined both the NIV and The Message on my photo taken here in MX:

Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation—
   whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
   of whom shall I be afraid?

Light, space, zest— that's God!
   So, with Him on my side I'm fearless,      
afraid of no one and nothing. 
(The Message)
FEARLESS = without fear
I will not be AFRAID
I will not fear
With the Lord as the stronghold of my life.
Hmmmm... stronghold? 

Many of us connote "stronghold" with satan and "pulling down strongholds".
But here are 2 of 7 uses in the OT, where this is used as a metaphor of God's defenses and protection
 WORD STUDY [Note the bold stuff]

Stronghold, high tower 
"High place, refuge," from the verb śāgab, "be inaccessibly high," and is used in the Piel stem in Psalm 91:14 with the connotation, "to set on high," and "to defend" or "protect."4
Miśgāb is also used as a descriptor of God in 2 Samuel 22:3 and Psalm 46:7, 11.
Refuge, stronghold
"Place of strength," hence, of safety. The verb carries the idea of taking shelter quickly. While the noun can be used of various types of places of security, it is most commonly used figuratively, designating God as the refuge of his people.
God our Strength
Shield appears along with Strength, Refuge, and Fortress as a metaphor of God as our Defender.
"Strength" is �ōz, "strength, power," used primarily of deity, particularly in the Psalms.  -- �ōz "strength" and mā�ōz "fortress" - taken  from Dr. Ralph Wilson's study on the Names of God  (#7)
Jesus said, 
"But if I drive out demons by the finger of God,                                  then the kingdom of God has come to you."
21 "When a strongman, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the strongman trusted and divides up the spoils."  Luke 11:20-22  
What is the armor of a strongman that Jesus will take away?  
The armor is made up of sinful reactions that we choose to indulge in.  Watch the progression. For instance, Christians don't start out to build a stronghold of bitterness. We put on this armor piece by piece until ....
unforgiveness - "until they realize how badly they hurt us and ask for forgiveness"

resentment we savor and rehearse our resentment of that hurt or trauma

judgment we judge them with condemning and judgmental attitudes

anger with sin - our anger involves sinful thinking and sinful behavior

wrath and hatred - we lash out in anger that is out of control 

self-hatred - we hate ourselves for our reactions and behavior yet tolerate it

violence - threatening behavior: throwing, slamming, hitting, punching, fighting etc.

elimination - hoping they disappear, resign, are fired, divorce, die, commit suicide 

passive aggression - aggressive behavior that is planned to look innocent 

murder - thinking about taking or actually taking their life 
Pretty drastic, huh?

"...Salvation is the first stage of God's plan for our lives, which is to conform us in character and power to the image of Jesus Christ. If we fail to see our relationship to God as such, we will allow too many areas within us to remain unchanged.Pulling down strongholds is the demolition and removal of these old ways of thinking so that the actual presence of Jesus Christ can be manifested through us." 

to FILL you up with the ammunition of God's Word

Yes, with Jesus as our Light and our salvation 
He will strongly HOLD us from strongholds taking over our lives
and keep us anchored strongly as 
Our Defender, Our Strength, Our Shield, Our Strong Tower,
Our Strong Hold of our lives, 
so we can be "FEARLESS"

What about YOU
Fear less or full of Fear ?

Why not check out what I shared in my
 Secret Garden about FEAR?
May God be your Strongman today!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


"Much-Afraid took the stone out of the ashes, scarcely looking at it and feeling that to her life's end she would never need a reminder of that altar, for how could she ever forget it or the anguish of that first surrender, but she dropped the pebble into a little purse or bag which the Shepherd gave her and put it away carefully. Then they began the descent into the desert, and at the first step Much-Afraid felt a thrill of the sweetest joy and comfort surge through her, for she found that the Shepherd Himself was going down with them. She would not have Sorrow and Suffering as her only companions, but He was there too. As she started down the path He began a song which Much-Afraid had not heard before, and it sounded so sweet and comforting that her pain began to melt away. It was as though the song suggested to her a part at least of the reason for this strange postponement of all her hopes." 

This is the song He sang: 

from the Canticles 4:12-16 
[known to us as Song of Solomon]
A garden closed art thou, my love,
Where none thy fruits can taste
A spring shut up,a fountain sealed,  
an orchard run to waste.

Awake,  north wind! and come, thou south!
 blow on my garden fair, 
that all the spices may flow out. 
as perfume on the air.
taken from "Hind's Feet on High Places"

A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
 13Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,
 14Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:
 15A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.
 16Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. 

Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruit (KJV)

Stone Wall with Garden Gate

It is with this precious song of the Shepherd that I close the gate to my Secret Garden for awhile again. I thought that I would be returning soon for I am only halfway through the many "paths" yet to journey. However, once again... I have another PURPOSE for the month of August... WAITING. Although I love my Secret Garden, it seems to be a place that only I go alone and not many come along... but I have HOPE, which is the next path in my journey, whenever I am able to continue.


but thinking about October for a harvest opening again
with more from this my favorite allegory.

Monday, July 25, 2011

JOY in the MORNING ~ 2

Last Monday I claimed Promise #285: Psalm 30:5

  This week I will continue to SEEK JOY in the MORNING through VERSADAY with
Isaiah 12:3 (5-30)

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (NIV)

The Message shares it like this:

Joyfully you'll pull up buckets of water from the wells of salvation.
And as you do it, you'll say,
"Give thanks to God.Call out his name. Ask him anything! Shout to the nations, tell them what he's done, spread the news of his great reputation!

A prophetic promise!
"Salvation is what we receive when we trust Jesus as our Savior! Salvation is the gift of God! Salvation is not a thing that we will receive some day, it is a present possession of every person who has received Jesus into their hearts. 
If you take the time to study the doctrine of salvation in the Bible, you will find that salvation is responsible for moving people from the place they are. Salvation always takes you somewhere!..."
When you lived in a city like Jerusalem where there was not a lot of water, you would basically have two different sources of water. 
"One way to get water was to cut large cisterns into the rock. Then when it rained, the water was channeled into these large cisterns and stored there for later use. The water would be drinkable, but you can imagine what it must have tasted like after sitting there for a couple of months. 
The second source of water was to find a spring like the Gihon spring. The water would come bubbling up out of the earth, all clean and fresh. Cool fresh mountain spring water. The word Isaiah uses here for "wells" (ma`yan) means "spring" or "fountain". He’s talking about this kind of water. It’s what’s called "living water"."
I think Texas and some other places blistering in the heat and drought can relate to this. 


I simply have to be upfront with you on this verse at first look and with no real depth. I frankly would not find much JOY in drawing water from wells.

Yet if I had been in a place of dryness, or lingering in grief, all cried out... I think that I would be a bit more willing and enthusiastic, especially if the water comes from the second source (as it seems scholars say) where water would spring forth clear, fresh and cool, overflowing... a BURST of much needed living water, the kind that Jesus gives/is. Now this I'd like. With  this, those buckets do not seem such a burden any longer. In fact, I can sense the JOY at having found a surplus to quench the dryness, put out any flames or smoldering ashes, or just to see the beauty of the outpouring of cool, fresh water. And most of us do realize that any pouring out, especially miraculously or in response to a plea to God, must come from the Holy Spirit. I'm so thankful that JOY is a gift from Him.

Truly there would be shouts of rejoicing in praise and reports of gladness if God poured forth His Spirit to quench the thirsty and areas of drought. But I suggest that we proclaim and claim it as done, giving thanks for wells of salvation and bucket fulls now! Then JOYFULLY, we will see JOY come in the morning. And our mourning will become the oil of gladness bestowed on us! Hallelujah!!!
Tuesdays - July 5, 12, 19, and 26
"Choose JOY"
(Session 1) Jesus, man of Joy 
  • (Session 2) Joy is A Conviction of my Mind
  •  (Session 3) Joy is An Attitude of my Heart
  •  (Session 4) Joy is A Choice of my Behavior TOMORROW NIGHT

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Vicki Yohe

I selected this beautiful song as a prayer and a prayerful reminder to me.

I could have fortune and fame
Go anywhere do anything
But oh God I just want you
I could search for earthly things
To satisfy my every need
But oh God I just want you

I just want you
I just want you
I just want to live
In your presence everyday
I lay down my will

And every selfish desire
Whatever it takes
Father that's what I'll do
Cause I just want you

Standing in this holy place
I'm only here to seek your face
Oh God I just want you
Can you feel the passion? 
In my heart
To be close to where you are
Oh God I just want you

I have been allowing the 'enemy' to get me discouraged and down about blogging and comments and I needed to remind myself once again "I'm an upside down blogger" and "It's Not about Me"... it is ALL about HIM. Even this, could lead me to be disappointed that hardly anyone is committed to encouraging through a kind word or comment for the Kingdom or for Jesus. Perhaps I am not writing what people need to hear about Jesus as my Lord or how their life can be changed by Him, although I sure hope so. Clearly this is not meant for anyone reading these words, because... you are the chosen few... who take the time to visit and bless me. Now you know how important you are to whether "aMazing Grace..." stays afloat or bites the dust. But if I'm not honoring God and stirring others to share Jesus and like Jesus would... than maybe it should cease...

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, 
I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."
Revelation 3:20


Yes, God, I could have comments or fame, go anywhere, do anything to satisfy 'me' but I just WANT YOU and to bring glory to Your Name. I could search Google for earthly praise or tips to attract the crowd... yet I will try to remember, it's not about me... so I'll say it aloud... It's ALL about You! So, I surrender and lay it all down. I just want You! and I will sing this song over & over!!!

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