"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, July 30, 2012

MANNA MEMORY MONDAY ~ Q

My 
2012
Memory Verses
A-Z
are centered on

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. Deliveredfrom the powers of darkness
E. Elevatedto a heavenly position.
F. Forgivenfrom all my sins.
G. God's Masterpiece
H. Healed by Jesus' stripes
I. In Him
J. Justified by faith
K. Kept by the power of God
L. Loved unconditionally
M. More Than A Conqueror
N. Not Condemned to guilt or hell
O. Overcoming the world thru Christ
P. Predestined to Sonship

Today's verse:
Q. Quickened together with Christ the Lifegiver


Ephesians 2:1
"...even when we were dead in trespasses and sins Christ quickened us together with Him."



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 

H. 1 Peter 2:24
I. 2 Corinthians 5:21

J. Romans 5:1
K. 1 Peter 1:5
L. John 3:16
M. Romans 8:37

N. Romans 8:1
O. 1 John 5:4-5
P. Ephesians 1:5
Q. Ephesians 2:1

* I was doing these "Manna Memory Monday" posts every other week, alternating "Moore on Monday" and other posts on the other Mon. I will now be doing these every week.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

LIGHT of GRACE

The next section in Thomas Kinkade's "Passages of Light" is LIGHT of GRACE. The words that he shares in the intro of this section are aimed toward springtime (and we most definitely are not in the season of spring but in the heat of summer, awaiting the freshness of fall that will soon be upon us) (I know, "don't rush it", this year is already flashing quickly by us, I certainly agree) but I must share what he writes because of its connection to the LIGHT of GRACE.

"I love the light of springtime. The way dew dances in the early morning sun. The brilliant hues at noon in the garden. And the gentle wash of amber warmth as the sun sinks low on the horizon.

For me, spring is the essence of hope. Of beginning anew and celebrating life in its most intense, yet simplest form.

I imagine that's how God sees us when we are born anew in Him. The dark winter of our souls is replaced with the light of new life in Him. And all of creation rejoices. -
by Thomas Kinkade

The painting on this intro page will be presented again later with a wonderful scripture. It was a closeup of this church, not the full scene like above...

However, since my blog has to do with God's aMazing Grace... this is an all important section for me and connecting this to MY WORD for 2012: LIGHT. And I got nothing!?! Hopefully after these 7 paintings, I'll have more or as I share each one.

Meanwhile, here are some things I found that may shed some light ...(pun intended, it's all I got) from a Google search of "Light of Grace";
Definitions of Light
1. The radiance or illumination from a particular source.
2. The state of being visible, exposed to view, or revealed to public notice or knowledge.
3. Mental insight; understanding.
4. Spiritual illumination or awareness; enlightenment.
Definitions of Grace
1. The freely given, unmerited favor and love of Creator and Creation.
2. The influence or Spirit of a power greater than yourself operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
3. Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.

Light of Grace Christian Japanese hymn

O, Light of Grace, shining above,
Lighting my dim shadowed way,
O, Light of Grace, easing my pain,
You have shown that God is love.
 
Chorus:
        I'll give my life, and my love, 
        unto the one God of love. 
... but sadly both of these were not from Christian sources.

So I thought to myself, "how can God's light and God's grace not be written about by Christians, when truly they belong together and are so significant to our Christian beliefs?" Surely someone must have done a sermon on this or a commentary... ???

It was this that persuaded me to change my blog header background to the current one (that I had hidden away) from the winter Magi one I had ... to bring LIGHT back to or on His AMAZING GRACE!

Mazes, Messes, Miracles

The ART SOURCE, Pastor Seth Polk (praise God) did have something to say about the grace of God... and since I got nothing profound... I highly recommend that you go read or hear his sermon because I so agree with his opening statement ..."GRACE is the heart of our faith ..." I especially like his questions on grace and the answers he shares.  

Now as we look at Thomas Kinkade's paintings for this next section, I am hoping that we can make the connection to the LIGHT of GRACE! His Grace...His Light!

I love that Thomas Kinkade opens this section on LIGHT of GRACE with the painting of a "hometown chapel", what I would call, "a quaint country church" scene, much like one I pass by when driving through the countryside back home.

I was hoping to have something much more illuminating and filled with God's abundant grace so I'm so thankful for Pastor Seth's sermon and this beautiful new header (I hope he does not object to me using it)(I  don't even know him personally)... but I'm

Praying
for God's 
Sustaining Grace
and
that I may show
the marks
of a
GRACIOUS
CHRISTIAN
and
in this
I will shine the
LIGHT of GRACE
and 
you will too!
AMAZING GRACE
in
50 Different Languages

This is 
GRACE
when
50
nations
sing
about
HIS
AMAZING
GRACE
it's
heavenly
(kinda like"Love in any language" by Sandi Patti)

Love you
(((hugs)))
Peace in Christ
~ Peggy ~

Friday, July 27, 2012

FAITH FOCUS FRIDAY FINALE




4th week - Promises 203-209 M-F 
Habakkuk 3:19; Isaiah 58:7-8; Hebrews 4:9-10; Deuteronomy 4:7; Psalm 86:7; Matthew 6:25-26; Revelation 3:12;
Final Promises of July 210-212
1 John 3:2; Revelation 22:4; Numbers 23:19.



I have immensely enjoyed FOCUSING my FAITH in God's Promises with you every Friday this past year as a feature here by looking at 365 promises. Of course, 365promises continues every day to post their 365 paraphrased Bible verses with a photo, devotion and God's Word, but as I've been sharing in my last few posts and asking you whether we should continue since they are repeating, I've had no one say "Yay or Nay" so I'm "NAY" ing it for now as I continue the ascent to Higher Places... "with the LORD as my strength, He will make our feet like hinds' feet and He will make us to walk upon High Places (from where the allegory book comes "Hind's Feet on High Places" which I am reading again, studying and seeking to secure my footing in troubled times as I breakthrough "walls" and past strongholds or whatever hindrance that might keep me from reaching Him... for this reason I have chosen Habukkak 3:19 for my final promise as I make the CLIMB

Although this is not a Christian song,
and I could not post the official video of
Miley Cyrus, because of some of the clips,
there still is a very good message in her song
"The Climb"
and
Hollie Cavanagh,
(I believe she's a Christian as others were 
in this last season of American Idol)
definitely had a "climb" throughout this competition
as we do daily

I can almost see it
That dream I'm dreaming but
There's a voice inside my head sayin,
You'll never reach it,
Every step I'm taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Got to keep trying
Got to keep my head held high

There's always going to be another mountain
I'm always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Ain't about how fast I get there,
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing,
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes they knock me down but
No I'm not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm going to remember most yeah
Just got to keep going
And I,
I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on, cause

There's always going to be another mountain
I'm always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I'm going to have to lose,
Ain't about how fast I get there,
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

There's always going to be another mountain
I'm always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Ain't about how fast I get there,
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

Keep on moving

Keep climbing

Keep the faith baby

It's all about

It's all about

The climb

Keep the faith

Keep your faith

Let's
KEEP THE
FAITH
and
FOCUS
our
FAITH
in 
Jesus
His Promises
filling
our walk
our climb
with
the power of
His Holy Spirit
living and breathing
through us
as
HIS
LIGHT

LORD, You are my strength! I make this CLIMB only by Your strength and the power of Your Holy Spirit! Make my feet like hinds' feet. Enable me to walk and stand firmly in Your Word living intentionally through me each day.(203)

As we share with those in need, may Your glory guard our back. May Your light break forth as the morning, and our health speedily spring forth as Your righteousness goes before us.(204)

As we enter into Your rest, we will find rest from all our striving.(205)

As we cry out to You, You will draw us near and hear and answer. Humble our great nation and save us from all harm whenever we come to You.(206)

As we call to You as problems and troubles arise, answer us with Your mercy and grace still in these times.(207)

As we depend on You, we will not worry for You care for us and will take care of us as You do the birds in the air.(208)

As we overcome, You will make us into pillars of Your temple forever. You write a new name upon us.(209)

As we walk as Your children, we will shine the image of Jesus and be like Him when He appears and we will see
Him as He is as Your Beloved.(210)

As we see Your face, place Your name upon our foreheads.(211)
For we know that You do not lie and every promise and every word written will come to pass, for You are so GOOD (212)

Thank You for taking our hand and helping us make the CLIMB... the final ascent to be with You!

For Thine is the power and the glory now and forever... may our FAITH continue to FOCUS on YOU and YOUR PROMISES in YOUR WORD each day until our FINAL DAY
when we will eternally be united with YOU through Christ Jesus... the FULFILLMENT of every season, every reason,

FINALE





*New Linky at the top to let me know you were here

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WOW and WFW

When I saw this, I really sensed that someone needed this Verse for today from 
Image001
VERSADAY 7-24-12


Deuteronomy 1:21
God says to you, “Rise up! Leave this desert of doubt, fear, procrastination, and failure. The promised land is before you, but you must enter it by faith, work, courage and prayer. God has given you the tools and the wherewithal to resolve these conflicts, and it is just a matter of obeying Him, and using the means he has provided. Victory and fulfillment are before you. “Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: GO UP AND POSSESS IT.” ~ Versaday



WOW!
this is one beautiful scene
and
reason to 
WORSHIP
ON
WEDS.
(or all week long)
Deuteronomio 1:21
Mira, Jehová tu Dios ha dado delante de ti la tierra: sube y posée la, como Jehová el Dios de tus padres te ha dicho; no temas ni desmayes. VERSADAY ~ Versiculo Diario


WFW
May this be a
WORD FILLED
WEDNESDAY

and
WEEK
for you

For more WFW
visit 


Song in Spanish but the music will move you
"No Temas"
Yo Soy Tu Esperanza 
CD by
Marco Barrientos

Fear Not
I AM
YOUR
HOPE

*comments closed


Monday, July 23, 2012

MANNA MEMORY MONDAY ~ P

My 
2012
Memory Verses
A-Z
are centered on

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
J. Justified by faith
K. Kept by the power of God
L. Loved unconditionally
M. More Than A Conqueror
N. Not Condemned to guilt or hell
O. Overcoming the world thru Christ

Today's verse:
P.Predestined to Sonship


(this PREcedes the verse)
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,


Ephesians 1:5
"...having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will..." (NKJV)
ending with
"...to the praise of the glory of His grace, 
by which He made us accepted in the Beloved."
Promise #5 from 365promises
...before creation = PREdestined...

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 
H. 1 Peter 2:24
I. 2 Corinthians 5:21

J. Romans 5:1
K. 1 Peter 1:5
L. John 3:16
M. Romans 8:37

N. Romans 8:1
O. 1 John 5:4-5
P. Ephesians 1:5

* I was doing these "Manna Memory Monday" posts every other week, alternating "Moore on Monday" and other posts on the other Mon. I will now be doing these every week until I finish to "Z"... oh, and I forgot to close comments (Thanks to the 2 of you who left comments but they are now hidden with me)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

LIGHT of CREATION ~ 7


Yosemite Valley


by
Thomas Kinkade

Job 37:14-16, 22


The Message:

"Whenever this happens, my heart stops— I'm stunned, I can't catch my breath. Listen to it! Listen to His thunder, the rolling, rumbling thunder of His voice. He lets loose His lightnings from horizon to horizon, lighting up the earth from pole to pole. In their wake, the thunder echoes his voice, powerful and majestic. He lets out all the stops, he holds nothing back. No one can mistake that voice— His word thundering so wondrously, his mighty acts staggering our understanding. He orders the snow, 'Blanket the earth!' and the rain, 'Soak the whole countryside!' No one can escape the weather—it's there. And no one can escape from God. Wild animals take shelter, crawling into their dens, When blizzards roar out of the north and freezing rain crusts the land. It's God's breath that forms the ice, it's God's breath that turns lakes and rivers solid. And yes, it's God who fills clouds with rainwater and hurls lightning from them every which way. He puts them through their paces—first this way, then that— commands them to do what He says all over the world. Whether for discipline or grace or extravagant love, He makes sure they make their mark.

A Terrible Beauty Streams from God

14-18 "Job, are you listening? Have you noticed all this? Stop in your tracks! Take in God's miracle-wonders! Do you have any idea how God does it all, how he makes bright lightning from dark storms, How he piles up the cumulus clouds— all these miracle-wonders of a perfect Mind? Why, you don't even know how to keep cool on a sweltering hot day, So how could you even dream of making a dent in that hot-tin-roof sky? 19-22 "If you're so smart, give us a lesson in how to address God. We're in the dark and can't figure it out. Do you think I'm dumb enough to challenge God? Wouldn't that just be asking for trouble? No one in his right mind stares straight at the sun on a clear and cloudless day. As gold comes from the northern mountains, so a terrible beauty streams from God. 23-24 "Mighty God! Far beyond our reach! Unsurpassable in power and justice! It's unthinkable that He'd treat anyone unfairly. So bow to Him in deep reverence, one and all! If you're wise, you'll most certainly worship Him."
Listen
Can you hear Him?
Do you hear
The Message?
Even the valleys
*especially*
He can make so
BEAUTIFUL!

* I could not decide on what version to share so I waited and read different ones before I chose the Message. And if the LORD told Job this, then He certainly wants us to hear this "as we walk through the valleys" Psalm 23 ... any valley W.H.A.T.S.O.E.V.E.R. and hold on the the Shepherd of Psalm 23.
(sorry Denise (see her linked blog post song and how she comes through the "valleys") and other readers that this was not complete when it posted at first)! Great song DENISE! AMEN!

Friday, July 20, 2012

FAITH FOCUS FRIDAY

Singing and dancing
to
Him 

Oh How He Loves Us
(it's in English even though the title is not and the dancers are 
from El Rey Min. Int'l, Miami, Florida)


Every Friday I have invited you to FOCUS our FAITH by claiming a Promise from 365 promises and PRAYing with others FEARLESSLY for the needs of many, including US.

However, last week, I pointed out that we have been doing this here for over a year and that the Promises, which never run out... are repeating over at 365 promises.

So I asked if you wanted to continue or not. No one replied to this yet the faithful ones chose their promises. Based on this I did not prepare any more posts then this video came up and stirred me to do this one this way.

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 do believe that turning His Word into prayer is the best way to do thisHere are the Scriptures for Promises this week:

Nehemiah 8:10; 1 John 4:18; Psalm 138:7; Psalm 5:11;Ephesians 6:11; Psalm 30:11; Jeremiah 30:17
GOD'S PROMISES
for 
this 
week
#196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202

As you can see from the video
I'm
FOCUSING
my 
FAITH
on
HIS
LOVE
but since I'm reading NEHEMIAH, I started the week
with His promise 
from there
and I 
prayed

O Most Holy Lord, You are my JOY! Your strength is my JOY! You are my strength. In You alone, do I seek my strength and joy. I run to You, into Your precious arms, open tenderly for me... for Your Comfort, Your Love, Your Strength. In Your Presence is fullness of joy. Come Holy Spirit, fill me with this joy. Jesus, You came so that our joy may be full. I love You with all that is in me. 

I love how Barry Adams devotional for Promise #196 says:
"... The joy of the Lord is our unshakeable strong hold in the midst of a world that is continually being shaken. No matter what comes your way in life, take refuge in Papa God's joy over you today. It is a safe place where you can live forever! "

Thank You, LORD, for keeping me strong and unshakeable, even when I don't feel strong and perhaps feel very shaken. I can trust in You! I trust in this promise and Word. I trust that any shaking I might feel is made steady in Your loving arms of strength and joy. I will rest in You! I will find my refuge in You. I will hold on to the Safe Refuge that You are for me in Jesus beloved name...

197- Yes, Lord banish all fear. Your perfect love casts all fear far from me.
198 - Thank You for saving me in the midst of my troubles. Stretch forth Your mighty hands against my enemies and save me with Your right hand.
199 - I rejoice in You as You protect me and I find refuge in You. I shout for joy as You defend me. I am joyful in You because I love You and Your name is so precious, powerful and pure... Jesus! Cover me, Lord.
200 - Praise You, O Lord for helping me stand fully clothed in Your armor against the plans of the enemy.
201 - You, O Lord have turned my mourning into dancing and only You could... thank You for taking off the sackcloth and bestowing Your gladness over me. (some of this gladness comes through you my sisters in Christ that encourage me, pray for me and send me (((hugs))) and much love) Lord, this video is my dance!
202 - I am ever so grateful, Father God, that You sent Your Son Jesus to heal all my hurts and restore my health because You are LORD and Healer! Thank You!

"I pray that whatever your circumstance is today, that faith would rise up in your heart and you would believe God for the healing you need for both your body and your soul." 
in Jesus precious Name... 



A little different this week. Take your scripture verse and make it your prayer... don't tell us which one, let us guess by the words of your prayer and may the meditation of your hearts be filled and answered by Him. Be sure to come back and read the others. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

MANNA MEMORY MONDAY ~ O

My 
2012
Memory Verses
A-Z
are centered on
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
J. Justified by faith
K. Kept by the power of God
L. Loved unconditionally
M. More Than A Conqueror
N. Not condemned to guilt or hell

Today's verse:
O. Overcoming the world through Christ


1 John 5:4-5

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?(NKJV)



[source]

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 

H. 1 Peter 2:24
I. 2 Corinthians 5:21

J. Romans 5:1
K. 1 Peter 1:5
L. John 3:16
M. Romans 8:37

N. Romans 8:1 
o. 1 John 5:4-5



* I was doing these "Manna Memory Monday" posts every other week, alternating "Moore on Monday" and other posts on the other Mon. However, since I have a few other plans plus something planned for Sept. daily,and probably Nov. giving Thanks, and Dec. Caroling, I would like to finish these by the end of Oct.With that in mind, I will be doing these every week.In fact, I have them done as I have to do, far in advance.

So this would have been "Moore on Monday"today and Beth Moore is continuing the NET series (kinda) with another series "The Calling". Oh, my and this is so good... so please listen to the teaching at LifeTodayor Lightsource Part 1.Beth demonstrates how the Holy Spirit urges us to use our gifts for kingdom purposes.

SEE YA' NEXT
MONDAY!

as we continue
with
MEMORIZING
A-Z
Who we are in
Christ?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

LIGHT of CREATION ~ 6


A New Day Dawning


by
Thomas Kinkade

Psalm 104:1-4
"O my soul, bless God! God, my God, how great you are! beautifully, gloriously robed, Dressed up in sunshine, and all heaven stretched out for your tent. You built your palace on the ocean deeps, made a chariot out of clouds and took off on wind-wings. You commandeered winds as messengers, appointed fire and flame as ambassadors. 

v. 5-14 You set earth on a firm foundation so that nothing can shake it, ever. You blanketed earth with ocean, covered the mountains with deep waters; Then you roared and the water ran away— your thunder crash put it to flight. Mountains pushed up, valleys spread out in the places you assigned them. You set boundaries between earth and sea; never again will earth be flooded. You started the springs and rivers, sent them flowing among the hills. All the wild animals now drink their fill, wild donkeys quench their thirst. Along the riverbanks the birds build nests, ravens make their voices heard. You water the mountains from your heavenly cisterns; earth is supplied with plenty of water. You make grass grow for the livestock, hay for the animals that plow the ground." ~ The Message

Can you see Him so gloriously in the clouds?
picture of jesus in the clouds
Click here to see enlarge photo and read story
[source]

My focus in this painting is not the path to the sweet cottage, nor the beautiful flowers decorating the landscape but to the rocks, the splash of the waves, and upwards to the Son... breaking forth above the mountain through the clouds as we HOPE for on each NEW DAY, that His mercies are new every morning... that His Light shines for us, breaking up the clouds, crashing through our storms... calling us to the glory of our newness in Him

DAWNING
to begin 
to become
LIGHT
to emerge
to appear
as
we perceived or understood
the first
LIGHT

JESUS is the LIGHT
in Him
we find
our dawning of a new day
a new way
a new 
LIFE

AWAKENING
(click here for English lyrics)
because this one's Spanish subtitled


Happy Birthday
"Pajaro"
(I love that this painting is for your day)
Did you meet Him there? as I pray

Where you may be
would make this a new day
So I pray
 that
His
"dawning"
did happen
really
for you
and
knowing that would make
this day happy for me
too
I will only know when I make it
to that place
meanwhile

...Awake my soul and sing...


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This blog is ALL about HIM, for HIM, not about me!
I hope that is what you see
this is why I am



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

Thank you for taking your time to visit!

Love, Sweet blessings & Hugs!

DIOS TE BENDIGA
GOD BLESS YOU

always

Peggy