"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, April 30, 2012

MAX ON MONDAY

Every other week, I have been alternating between Monday Manna Memory and MAX ON MONDAY (with max Lucado)


Outlive Your Life 
Part 4: Persecution: Expect It. Resist It.

Outlive Your Life #4 | 
Persecution: Expect It. Resist It.
from UpWords Ministries on Vimeo.

Acts 4:1-37

"The importance of leaving a church well is loving them deeply, hearing God's call and being sure you have spoken all God has given you to say to that body of Christ. The focus and intent of our lives is to live in the holy presence of the Almighty and to make communing with Him our consuming passion." ~ Francis Chan

“When Jesus was preparing to return to His father, He commissioned his friends to go—to astronomically expand the impact of their lives.  He called them to action in Acts 1:8;  to a mission that spanned the globe. “You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”

Our mission is the same today, though our individual areas of impact vary.  So I invite you to ponder your place in the mission:  Where is your Jerusalem? Your Judea? Your Samaria?  Are we reaching “the ends of the earth?”  Are we being witnesses of Jesus in our towns, our nations, and our world?

The world is waiting for the witness and presence of God’s people.  Billions of people live below the poverty line, millions of children go hungry around the globe, and preventable disease claims thousands of lives daily.  But we each have the opportunity to make a difference.  What would happen if we seized the moment?"
Max Lucado

Have you thought about this
in these last days?
Not just in other countries,
but where you are? for you?
Are you ready toSTAND
for
Jesus
no matter
what?

There is another "MAX" to check out... John C. Maxwell. He spoke at Lakewood Church this past Sunday (so you can view this as I have to later in the week anytime in their Message List at Watch Online) and he had spoken on this at LifeChurch Online before (here's a video of the main part, about the miracle of the boy's lunch feeding 5,000 with fish and loaves). Challenging us to trust Jesus with our "lunch"... trust Him... give it to Him... and see the problem become a MIRACLE! 
Dealing with a problem? 

Then you're a candidate for a miracle.



Sunday, April 29, 2012

LIGHT of HOPE

Glory of Evening

Revelation 22:3,5


by
Thomas Kinkade

No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. (NLT)

And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.
I really like what
Thomas Kinkade
wrote about
this painting

"I painted Glory of Morning and Glory of Evening as a pair. Both explore the subtleties of transitional light, when the sky flames with a special radiance, when colors are heightened and shadows dance on the ground. But Glory of Evening is as different from its companion-piece as sunset is from sunrise. The dust of a busy day, and its low-lying clouds, reflect the violet of sunset. That violet radiance colors the garden flowers, deepening their hues. Such glorious evenings as this lay a purple cloak upon the land... and every home becomes a castle." — Thomas Kinkade
it's almost as if he knew
that
when I would post this
"GLORY"
of
HOPE
he would be walking in the 
Glory of the Evening and Morning
in the
LIGHT
of
Jesus
as His purple cloak
covers the heavens
and
Jesus' home
welcomes us
into a
castle of
Glorious
Hope

... AND the choice of scripture from Revelation 22 is the "frosting on the cake"...it doesn't get any better or sweeter

Shining in the Light of Jesus
and
His reign of His castle
(homey and comfy just like this quaint cottage)

REIGN IN US
O Lord

because


GOD, YOU REIGN


Saturday, April 28, 2012

PASSION

Jesus Son of God



 Jesus, Son Of God (Feat. Chris Tomlin And Christy Nockels) 

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth.  Psalm 115:1

from 
"White Flag"

I'm raising my
White Flag
How 'bout you?


“We raise our white flag; we surrender all to you, all for you / 
We raise our white flag; the war is over / 
Love has come, Your love has won.”

HALLELUJAH!

(not sure about this for 'Passion 2012', but a "white flag" for me represents complete surrender and ONLY Our Lord Jesus Christ receives that kind of surrender from me. If you read my Weds. post, you'll have a better grasp of my perspective of why I have chosen these two songs and just had to post them! I love them! (and these videos done my Allan Santosh - don't know him at all, but these are a great job on these great songs, thanks! "Lay me Down" is another great one he's done of Chris Tomlin). That's what I intend to do soon! Love to you all in Jesus precious name, praying and believing for more blessings on each of you! Peggy

More of these songs
will be forthcoming!

I love so many of them
from Passion 2012 White Flag
but
Christy Nockels
has two
I plan on sharing soon
because
"You Revive Me"
and
"How I Love You"
speak my heart perfectly
after all this time away
with Him...intimately
I can't help but sing these from my heart!

Sing
Sing
SING
unto
our
K
I
N
G
of
every
thing
Love Him
Exalt Him
Surrender
Sweetly
BE
BLESSED

Join others singing
at
Then Sings My Soul
Saturday
with
Amy
(keep Amy's dad in your prayers-see her blog
and our dear Denise (((Shortybear)))

Friday, April 27, 2012

FAITH FOCUS FRIDAY



Every Friday I invite you to FOCUS our FAITH by claiming a Promise from 365 promises and PRAYing with others FEARLESSLYfor the needs of many including ourselves. There is nothing better than a day filled by His Holy Spirit, praying, interceding and building our faith through God's Word as we claim His Promises to us. I truly believe that turning His Word into prayer is the best way to do this.

This Week's FAITH PROMISES are from April 22nd to April 28th: Promises #112 -#118 from these verses:

James 1:5; Ephesians 3:17-19; Psalm 40:1; 2 Timothy 2:13; Luke 12:31; John 16:12-13; Revelation 21:4;

I'm so thankful for the website of 365 Promises that features a Bible Promise for each day of the year. Each promise has been paraphrased in the 'first person' (God's perspective) to help make each promise more personal to you and the photography with the devotion is a beautiful way to start our day with a FOCUS for building our FAITH in God's Word spoken and written to us...

I have chosen Promise #113 this week on April 23rd, my mom and dad's anniversary... although each day the Promises keep getting better until the wonderful one from
Revelation, which makes my parent's heavenly anniversary even better and more filled with everlasting love and joy... (I almost went with 2 Timothy 2:13)...

Ephesians 3:17-19 WEB



"Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 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. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God." (NLT)

What a beautiful Promise for my parents
and for each of us:

"My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask Him to strengthen you by His Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite Him in. And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you'll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God." - The Message

Happy Anniversary
Mom and Dad!
I love you!


Now it's your turn to choose one of this week's Promises of God *from the above choices; share here in the comments or on your blog if you'd like to share more to keep you focused. Please add your link here in the comments.

Let us know which one you choose and if you have it on your blog - your link. Visit 365promises site for their daily devotion and these Promises of God with beautiful photography and encouragement!

Which Promise of God do you choose this week?


James 1:5; Ephesians 3:17-19; Psalm 40:1; 2 Timothy 2:13; Luke 12:31; John 16:12-13; Revelation 21:4;

Promise #115
2 Timothy 2:13

I'm weak, but I'm trying Lord!
Help me with my unbelief or weakness 
(weak knees again)
You are so faithful!

praying for you today as always
turning your promise
into your prayer
with you
Love ya' and Miss ya'
Peggy

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WOW



* Warning: this is a long post... many thoughts stored up. I thought about dividing into two parts but could not find a good place to break it, so sorry... you certainly can begin and come back to finish

Wall-leaping
On/ or Over
Wednesday




My WOW has taken various turns here; going from Women Of Worth to Worship or Word On Weds. to Wendy On Weds. to a couple of weeks ago "WALLS" inspired by Karen's new blog, Leaping Over Walls (L.O.W.) because I have been dealing with physical WALLS being constructed around the house I rent in Mexico, God allowed this to speak to me about past "walls" in my life, spiritual and emotional ones to some I perhaps am still dealing with... and then I read Karen's recent posts since mine, "The Uncrossable Wall" and "False Imprisonment". (I love her chosen graphic images!)

It's as if God is answering me through Karen's words and messages that stir more on the inside of me. Then add Sharon's recent Bible Pick 'ems from Nehemiah(and probably some of her other posts on Sharon Sharing God like her beautifully written "Valley Poem") helped me to deal with parts of my deep reflections and ministered God's truths to me. My point is that God impressed upon others who really had no idea about my "walls" to share, encourage and inspire with their creative minds and writings.

God is speaking everywhere I turn, read or listen... I am in awe! from valleys to mountain tops to the "walls" around us; being built, torn down or reinforced, whether they seem impenetrable, false or very REAL ... "wallsdefinitely have a message that God seems to be directing to me. "I hear a sound coming from... 
WOW
Worship On Weds.



So I have been doing just that...

I'm still not clear on how much God wants me to share yet about my personal "walls" (because revealing my past involves other's lives also) but somehow I was thinking more about "valleys" today. Usually we think of valleys as those (L.O.W.) low places, places that God is bringing us through... and "mountains" as the high places that we desire to ascend to climb out of the depths of the valley to a higher place where we can stand more firmly. Clearly this reminds me of "Hinds Feet On High Places" by Hannah Hurrad (but that's an entirely different topic with extensive correlations to our spiritual lives through many analogies).



Chapter 13 In the Valley of Loss 
Hinds' Feet On High Places: The Original And Complete Allegory With A Devotional For Women

"The mist had cleared from the mountains and the sun was shining, and as a consequence the way seemed much more pleasant and easy than it had for a very long time. The path still led them along the side of the mountain rather than upward, but one day, on turning a corner, they found themselves looking down into a deep valley. To their surprise, their path actually plunged straight down the mountainside toward it, exactly as at the beginning of the journey when Much-Afraid had been led down into Egypt.

All three halted and looked first at one another, then down into the valley and across to the other side. There the ascent was as steep and even higher than the Precipice of Injury and they saw that to go down and then ascend again would not only require an immense amount of strength and effort, but also take a very long time.

Much-Afraid stood and stared, and at that moment experienced the sharpest and keenest test which she had yet encountered on the journey. Was she to be turned aside once again, but in an even more terrible way than ever before? By now they had ascended far higher than ever before. Indeed, if only the path they were following would begin to ascend, they could not doubt that they would soon be at the snowline and approaching the real High Places, where no enemies could follow and where the healing streams flowed.

Now instead of that the path was leading them down into the valley as low as the Valley of Humiliation itself. All the height which they had gained after their long and toilsome journey must now be lost and they would have to begin all over again, just as though they had never made a start so long ago and endured so many difficulties and tests."...

from "Hinds' Feet On High Places" by Hannah Hurnard; devotional by Darien Cooper.
"Much Afraid" and I
(maybe you, too)
have a few things in common
(starting with our initials - M.A.)
but I thought I was quite the opposite
most of my life
when it came to fear or being afraid
***

I'd like to present a new idea to consider when you're in a valley or think you're going through an endless nightmare, that helped me in one of my darkest valleys or the most difficult one that doesn't even come close to many of the valleys that some of you are walking through or have walked through in your lives like me, but I'm so thankful that my SOS focus has been on the LIGHT of HOPE or I would not dare to tread through those valleys again... however, looking back it is clear to see my Lord Jesus, our precious Shepherd, holding me, guiding me, leading me... (by the way, Cherie Hill, has a new book that goes with this: "Hope Being Gone"- check it out). Mine isn't but it could have been... 

I am much more comfortable in the valley than the curves and heights of a mountain. I enjoy the majestic look of mountains in the distance from either a valley or even a desert, as long as I am down along side them looking up at them... and after I've ascended a mountain, I also enjoy the awesome view looking out (not down) ... I guess psychologically this may say volumes also, not just spiritually. 

Anyways, I see my times in the valley, although they may have been difficult, dismal, despairing, dark, and/or  painful, as a precious time of growth. Sometimes it might have involved some necessary pruning and at the time, I certainly did not see the reason or benefits of discipline like this. Yet I find the comfort in the valley, to be a season of growth and I cannot deny that many have been the most intimate times with my Lord. Valleys are usually green and ripe with much planting and watering; Living Water. But valleys can also be times when your soul finds REST (maybe even dry times or parched times). 

Now the new series I shared this past SOS on "The Restful Soul" and Psalm 16:9,11 also stirred this reflection from the valley.

So how does this relate to WALLS?

Well, as the project of tearing down the 'old lean-to roof' I had as a garage with an open view of the area toward my neighborhood park which I so enjoy, I soon learned that this construction project was not just about tearing down or building physical WALLS. Walls which will support at some time an apartment above them. Yet as I watched these walls being built up surrounding me and blocking my view of the outside (being my delight of the park view)... I had all kinds of flashbacks to a time in my life where 'walls did imprison me' (like Karen's blog post). I left quite an extensive list of "walls" in one of my comments at L.O.W., ones that I have dealt with intermingled with others that came to mind.

The first two construction workers have also dealt with "walls" (oh and praise God that all of the main construction workers have been Christian - though somewhat new in this walk)... their walls were prison walls and other 'walls' that caused them to end up in such a place. 

The correlation of these new physical walls and my past walls that imprisoned me were very real, but it's because at that time in my early 20s, I walked through some deep valleys while I was a Christian,  but my relationship with Jesus was not that intimate or strong, although I was in His Word and in church. In fact, I believe it's because I read the Psalms that I understood the depth of my emotions that were overwhelming me and I was not coping well. The walls that imprisoned me came at a time when I thought my life was altogether and moving upward and forward as I faced them with great confidence but there was an underlying wall of rebellion and other foundation problems that indicated I was not walking on a steady, firm Rock-based faith and with an intentional Christian walk. The walls were a psychiatric unit: a locked ward (for one week) followed by another week in the open ward but these were the visible walls (that no one wanted to talk about after I was out, even to this day, until one very significant person in my life took a chance to discuss this with me recently) NOT the invisible ones that I refused to see or understand or even deal with because of the deception of lies and beliefs rooted in my rebellion; guilt and the other ones but because of this imprisonment, I was humbled, robbed, shakened, weakened and mostly shame overcame me, but I was willing to fight even if it was with my stubborn will and not with my Godly insights or strength to show (to prove) I could do it (another wall: pride). 

I stumbled through many walls because of this, built new walls and hid behind some walls. Yet from the valley, I learned to detest "walls"and being confined, or being controlled.They labeled this a "psychotic episode" and in my first session of counseling help after my release, I was told that I would have a breakdown if I did not continue the counseling and medications but I firmly resolved that I did not need them or this medication and I told them so, only by the power and grace of God would I find His healing, strength and resolve as soon as I was willing, ready and able to surrender my will to His, allowing Jesus Christ to reign as Lord and Savior, not just a heart issue or service of the lips but really accept my freedom in Christ and who He says I am and who God designed me to be with a purpose and plan in His Kingdom... He would continue to shake my walls and reveal His Truth as I learn to walk more closely in step with Him. Just like "Humpty Dumpty", I would fall but the Lord was always there to put me back together again and set my feet, mind and spirit aright.

When I began this BLOG (Amazing Grace ~ Mazes, Messes, Miracles), I was thinking that I would begin to set others free by sharing these "walls" with them... but I veered away from letting anyone know about the WALLS in my life. Perhaps the building of these new "walls" unleashed the recollection of my original purpose of how Jesus Christ is more than able to build or tear down "walls of ... " whatever... destruction or construction or even reconstruction ... God is the ultimate Liberator Over Walls that breaks through to take us through a "healing" journey of putting those bricks in place the way that He intended our lives to be and to be fortified, strengthened on the Only Firm Foundation we needJesus Christ!

It has been a difficult journey for me and reliving some of my "mazes" and "messes" since February as "walls" were being constructed and I was being "entombed", I truly saw the power of the Resurrection when Jesus rolled away the Stone, or stones that we allow to be built and my need for Him to chisel so much out of me still so that I can be a true witness and follower, living for Jesus as His reflection, His image, transformed and sanctified, as I await as He continues that "Miracle" in me and in you. 

I have many "walls" to deal with still and this was just the beginning ... but clearly this took the place of my WOW for now.  However Wendy's excellent study (which deals with an earlier 'wall' in my life that might be responsible in part for some other walls of mine) is still continuing, as well as the Women of the Bible with Bible Gateway... 

*Here is the progress from my cell phone photos of the WALLS of my rental home construction in MX that still is an unfinished work in process ... kinda like me. But knowing who I am and can be in Christ Jesus through His Word, is building a new, firm foundation that won't be shaken when the testing comes. [Here is my You Tube link (revised version) in case this does not show.]

Word OWeds.


Proverbs 25:28
Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. (NIV)

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. (NLT)

2 Chronicles 32:5 (NIV)
Then he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the supporting terraces of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons and shields.

Nehemiah 1:3 (NIV)
They said to me, "Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire."

Are your walls broken or breaking down or
are they being built, strengthened and reinforced?
What kind of WALLS are you dealing with?
Which Bible verses have helped you with your 'wall's?

Why not 
LEAP
OVER
WALLS
with 
Karen
and 
this verse?

With you I can charge into battle; 
with my God I can leap over a wall.

Become a WALL LEAPER today
No matter what you call
"them"
WALLS
Obstacles
Battles
Storms
Valleys
etc.
we all face
TRIALS,
TRIBULATIONS
and
hopefully
they become
TRIUMPHS
in Jesus
The Victory has already been won!
Don't let any old 'enemy'
tear you down!
Rise up!
Prepare!
LEAP!

*And as for my progress, that's yet to be determined!

So if I may not seem quite right at times, it could be because of the "walls" in my life; past ones that taught me some not too godly coping mechanisms ... or it may be because I have fallen off another wall, or even it's possible that I have put up walls for my defense... these walls are meant for my protection and safety. 

I learned long ago that my Protector is Our Lord God Almighty and the only place I am completely safe is in His arms, in His care, in His Word, under His wings and at REST. 

Some of my walls have come down, some others have been built up and strengthened, and still others prevent me or others from reaching one another with God's love and aMazing Grace! Guess I need to sharpen my Sword and stand firm, prepared for what the Lord chooses to reveal to me about how much or which walls I should share and which ones God has used for the purpose of development and growth in me and those who cross my journey in life. 


Monday, April 23, 2012

MONDAY MEMORY MANNA ~ I

2012
Memory Verses
A-Z
of


MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST JESUS 
which tells me that
I AM ...
A. Accepted in the Beloved
B. Blessed with all the spiritual blessings
C. Chosen in Him before the world's foundation
D. Delivered from the powers of darkness
E. Elevated to a heavenly position.
F. Forgiven from all my sins.
G. God's Masterpiece
H. Healed by Jesus' stripes


I. In Him


2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


2 Corinthians 5:21 (54 kb)
[source: Heartlight]


A. Ephesians 1:6
B. Ephesians 1:3
C. Ephesians 1:4 
D. Colossians 1:13
E. Ephesians 2:6
F. Colossians 1:14
G. Ephesians 2:10 NLT

H. 1 Peter 2:24
I. 2 Corinthians 5:21

RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD

* Beginning post

Sunday, April 22, 2012

LIGHT of HOPE

The Garden of Promise

by
Thomas Kinkade

Psalm 16:9,11
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
    My body rests in safety.
You will show me the way of life,
    granting me the joy of Your presence
    and the pleasures of living 

with You forever.

As I mentioned last week, our dear Painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade, has now entered his eternal rest in the "Garden of Promise" (no matter what the media or others paint of him or write now that he's no longer with us, which I find very distasteful, I will remember him and his works of Light). This is what Thomas Kinkade writes and shares along with this painting in his online gallery...

"When a close friend lost loved ones, I was amazed to see the serenity and peace that filled his heart. It was almost as if, despite the hardship of parting, he was already anticipating the joyful reunion that lay ahead. He reminded us that he would "see them again soon." 

I chose a garden with a rambling stone walkway climbing up through flower hedges to illustrate my tribute to the hope many of us share of the better times that lie ahead." Thomas Kinkade
And now he waits
for his loved ones and us
to join him
in this
LIGHT of HOPE


What an appropriate
painting and verse
in the wake of his passing
the walkway
the gateway
the Light of
 His Way

(a lively song of praise)



Song of Hope

Lord, Our hearts are glad!
We rejoice in Thomas Kinkade's homecoming
with the same HOPE for our own.
Our bodies rest safely in this reassurance
we have in You - Our Eternal Hope and Light!
Continue to show us 
the way of life
Open our eyes
let our light shine
Thank You
for granting us
the JOY in 
Your Presence
and
knowing this:
the pleasure 
of living with
You
forever!



sidenote: Life Church TV online's new series starting this week (repeated at many different times) is: THE RESTLESS SOUL ... another perfect plan by God to line up with this Psalm 16 verse.
SOUL DETOX (pdf link) by Pastor Craig Groeschel
What’s chipping away at your soul? 
What’s getting in the way of you becoming the person who God created you to be? 
Let’s explore how we can neutralize damaging influences and embrace clean living in 
Soul Detox.
Check it out!
Great questions for Talk It Over:

1) How restless is your soul? What do you think is causing your restlessness? 
2) What's keeping you from finding rest for your soul in God? 
3) What steps will you take to find rest for your soul in God?
  5 week Reading Plan with YouVersion

Friday, April 20, 2012

FAITH FOCUS FRIDAY



Every Friday I invite you to FOCUS our FAITH by claiming a Promise from 365 promises and PRAYing with others FEARLESSLY for the needs of many including ourselves.
There is nothing better than a day filled by His Holy Spirit, praying, interceding and building our faith through God's Word as we claim His Promises to us. I truly believe that turning His Word into prayer is the best way to do this.

Will you join me this week in lifting up the petitions at The Lighthouse of Prayer and Fearless Friday


I especially ask that you pray for our sister, Denise (Shortybear) ... who had a horrible headache again this past week the last I heard(if you recall she has an artery 100% blocked to her brain and its swelling, but we believe that God, her Great Physician can open this and also for her other related health issues from diabetes). Denise prays for so many, please keep her in your constant prayers.

Also Alleluiabelle (and many in her family but at this time her dear precious grandson). 

I'm asking for prayer for my husband as led, but he is having surgery on his eyes (82 y.o. diabetic as well). Many important prayer requests at the Lighthouse and around blog land, please be Jesus to these people and surround them in prayer, love and encouragement.

This Week's FAITH PROMISES are Promises #105 -#111
from these verses:



Psalm 1:1-3; Deuteronomy 33:12; James 4:8; Isaiah 12:2; 2 Samuel 22:36; Ephesians 6:9; James 2:5

I'm thankful for this website of 365 Promises that features a Bible Promise for each day of the year. Each promise has been paraphrased in the 'first person' (from the God's perspective) to help make each promise more personal to you and the photography with the devotion is a beautiful way to start your day with a FOCUS for building our FAITH in God's Word spoken and written to us...

  • April 15 - Promise #105 - Psalm 1:1-3

    If you delight in My Word, you will be fruitful and prosperous.
    April 16 - Promise #106 - Deuteronomy 33:12
    I will cover you all day long as you rest between My shoulders.
    Come close to Me and I will come close to you.
    April 18 - Promise #108 - Isaiah 12:2
    You can trust in Me, for I am your strength and your song.
    April 19 - Promise #109 - 2 Samuel 22:36
    My gentleness will enlarge your life. 
    April 20 - Promise #110 - Ephesians 6:9
    I do not show favoritism in My family. 
    April 21 - Promise #111 - James 2:5 
    I have chosen the poor to be rich in faith and heirs of My kingdom.


  • My CHOICE this week (a close toss up once again): Promise#108 from Isaiah 12:2. I trust Him daily but I love that this paraphrase says "He is my strength and my song!" Today I need His strength (as I do every day) as I soak in the song He sings to my heart, covers my soul with His sweet singing...


    Now it's your turn to choose one of this week's Promises of God *from the above choices; share here in the comments or on your blog if you'd like to share more to keep you focused. Please add your link here in the comments.



    Let us know which one you choose and if you have it on your blog - your link. Visit 365promises site for their daily devotion and these Promises of God with beautiful photography and encouragement!

    Which Promise of God do you choose this week?




    Psalm 1:1-3Deuteronomy 33:12James 4:8Isaiah 12:22 Samuel 22:36Ephesians 6:9James 2:5 

    Time to 
    FOCUS your FAITH 
    on one of
    these Promises of God,
    which will it be?


    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    WOW ~ Wendy On Weds.

    This week's WOW... Wendy On Weds. (even if you may not be doing her current study) what she shares in this video will help anyone of us with the WORD of God... just like the BREAD (Manna on Mon.) with Max Lucado.

    Wendy is already on Week Two of her "Hidden Joy" study, which is chapter 3 “God’s Story Unfolds”  and 4 “Treasures in the Darkness.” in her book.



    WORD Of the Week


    Memory Verse: 
    "I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name."  Isaiah 45:3



    I so love how Wendy prays God's Word and how she emphasizes this in this video and on her blog!

    Wendy's Prayer for Week Two:

    Heavenly Father, we cry out to You to meet us in every page of this book and in every Scripture we read.  Show us Your glory!! We invite You to invade our  hearts and minds with Your Truth.  Replace every lie with Truth.  Replace our darkness with the Light of the World.  Show us the treasures in the darkness…Your riches stored in secret places.  And thank You, Father, that You not only know each one of us by name but also summoned each one of us by name to meet you here.  Please knit us together, Lord, into a beautiful tapesty of sisterhood.  Remind us daily to pray for one another.  Burden our hearts with those for whom You would have us pray.  Thank You that You love us so much that You would orchestrate this amazing place to meet and study Your Word.  Do a mighty work in our lives through Your Living and Active Word.  Penetrate us, Lord, to the core of our being.  Bring change, Father, bring mighty transformational change.  We come boldly to Your throne of grace and ask all of this in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

    Woman Of Worth

    This week's 
    Bible Gateway
    Woman of the Bible
    is
    CHLOE
    from
    1 Corinthians 1:1011 

    Next week's Woman of Worth is well known.
    Clue:
    She's 
    "The Woman Honored Above All Women"

    Whereas, little was written about "Chloe" (this week's WOW), there is a great deal to read about this NT Woman for next week

    Bible Gateway
    shares about
    "the excellencies of her character"
    Her Super-eminence
    Her Selection
    Her Sanctity
    Her Submission
    Her Salutation
    Her Service
    Her Sorrow
    (you won't want to miss reading about this WOW)

    And here is something
    I consider to be
    "WOW"
    that
    I read in my 
    Joseph Prince's Devotional
    "Destined to Reign"
    (via my YouVersion Reading Plan)

    "Sometimes, when we don't receive our healing, breakthrough, restoration or miracle child, we can't help but think that something is wrong with us. We tell ourselves,"Nothing's wrong with God, nothing's wrong with the Word, so something must be wrong with me!‚" My friend, if you think that your miracle depends on you, then you are on shaky ground.

    In the old covenant, we see this ‚"it's all up to me‚" demand put on man. God's part was to bless His people, but only if they played their part by obeying all of His laws. If they didn't do their part, not only would they not be blessed, but the curse would also come on them.

    Most of the time, they ended up under the curse because they just could not keep all of God's laws. So God found fault with that covenant because though He wanted to bless man, man's sins made it difficult for Him to do so. Man himself was the weak link.

    In the new covenant, man has no part to play except to believe and receive. The new covenant of grace was cut between God the Father and God the Son - both infallible and more than able to keep the covenant.

    God the Son is man's representative. Jesus represents you and me. So in this covenant, how much we can receive from God depends on how good our representative is, how perfect His obedience is. Of course, Jesus is the perfect Man with perfect obedience. So in Him, we are qualified to receive all the blessings of God! We only need to believe and receive.

    Jesus' blood has been shed for the remission of all your sins. You are now the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21) By His one perfect sacrifice, He has perfected you forever. (Hebrews 10:14, KJV)

    [let this Truth SOAK deeply into you - my words - and then SHOUT these final words ]

    There is no spot in you! Today, the devil has no right to tell you that you cannot be blessed because there is something wrong with you. So as you are waiting for your miracle, say, ‚"Nothing's wrong with God, nothing's wrong with the Word and nothing's wrong with me! I am going to receive my miracle!‚" [can I get an "amen!"?]

    Hope that WOW'd you, like it did me!
    And blesses you with
    Your Miracle from God

    * Sidenote: I have not had time to put my video together of my cellphone photos and videos, on my "WALLS" of the 'construction project' happening on my rental home... but it seems to be nearing the end of this first phase, the firm foundation ... I mentioned this in last week's WOW how God has been speaking to me since the end of Feb. when this project began (seems like an eternity ago) and the "walls" went up which reminded me of some "walls" in my spiritual and real life from my past. The "walls" are finished ... yet I see much work still to be done. Less LIGHT comes in my home, no view of the park that I so enjoyed unless I ascend the stairway, but God's precious SON Lights my life from inside this place, I now sometimes refer to this as my "tomb" and I await the power of His Resurrection (soon to come in forthcoming posts as God directs).
    Trusting that you are alive and well in the Power and Love of His Holy Spirit! Sending blessings, hugs and many prayers with much love and hugs in appreciation for you!!! (Mwah!!!)---Peggy
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    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