"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Thursday, October 31, 2013

HIS TREASURE PREVIEW

*This is NOT an official book review of this yet ... this is a personal reason for me to add this book to my collection of "Treasures" from my own story and this historical date in my own life ... kinda like a preview for the review



HIS TREASURE
Gems of Love from Your King
by
Sheri Rose Shepherd

I requested or signed up with Tyndale Blog Network (because many of the books I love are published by them, Thomas P. Nelson and Bethany House Publishers). I never even considered signing up for another blogger book review program after BookSneeze accepted me, since I was so grateful that they did and loyal to them as they have been so good to me. But I LOVE TO READ and Christian Books are my favorite. So, I followed a Tyndale Blog button and found that this book was one of their choices. 

Well, if you know me, you know that I love Sheri Rose Shepherd and many of her books, her blog, her life coaching, etc. I have never been disappointed with anything I have read or heard by Sheri Rose! She is the BEST in my book! Yet I saw that her book was part of a "blog tour" (which I've seen but know nothing about them) so I applied anyways with the hope that I'd be accepted and be able to do whatever a "blog tour" is, just so I could have this new book. Meanwhile, I checked it out at Amazon (Kindle edition) as I often do, add to my wish list when I discovered that it did not cost too much so ...  this is an unsolicited (non blogger book) review  - a first for me (I'm sure I will be doing a real review at some time) just because I knew this one was meant for me ...  I had to get it (you ask why? I knew you would want to know-lol)! When I read this in the book description, I knew ...

"Our heavenly father’s deep desire is to be close to you. On the days when it feels like a struggle to connect your heart to His, turn to His Treasure—a beautiful collection of letters from your King, a pattern of precious gems reflecting His love.

Discover the riches you have in Christ, breathe in the Father’s never-ending love for you, and rejoice in His treasures of truth as you experience a whole new encounter with the One who cherishes you most."

HERE'S
WHY


Last year, in 2013, on this date, our home in MN had a catastrophic fire totaling it all ... it was considered a total loss. I received a long distance phone call telling me nothing more than "it's gone, it's all gone"! This has been our home since 1979. 

Many of my personal family "treasures" were in that house ... many were treasures from my childhood; my mom and dad and our home as children; my brother (all who have left this earth for their heavenly treasure) so these treasures were my memories of them, my past, my childhood, connections with them that I held dear and treasured. They were not "gems" or riches like the ones penned by my dear sister in Christ, Sheri Rose Shepherd.

Beyond my personal treasures, my spouse had enormous collections, as I also had of books! He also lost many cultural artifacts and an enormous collection of videos that were educational and priceless. All were being cataloged in our home computer, but that was gone too! So no record of 100s of items that he collected. I had what I considered my "treasures" in the attic, which was directly right above the main fire, and served only as kindle to feed this fire. Gone. Irreplaceable. Treasures.

Yes, I am beyond grateful that lives were saved and the fire was contained! I shared a MIRACLE of God protecting an entire closet of mine, yet the truth is (since I went home to help account for the losses for our insurance, enumerating the items) even what I consider valuable and salvageable just because they hold memories for me, much was tainted by soot that even crept into boxes, layering the top level with their black mark ... washable (maybe), but the fire smell is in much and we were told not to bring anything that smelled smokey back into our new refinished house. You see, it is no longer my home. It was a beautiful new house, but not the one I left as my home however.

Of course, I know what God's Word says about our "treasures", however, the heart (if it's truthful) still desires the 'stuff' that we cling to in our flesh ... and it hurts when we loose. The treasures we've spent years storing up ... treasures stored up on this earth have a great deal of meaning, yet God desires that we realign and refocus our thinking to what really matters. 

The hard part is ... that my dear spouse lost something more valuable than all our material and personal losses as a result of this (I believe) ... the impact was too great for someone (anyone) who has/had worked all of their life and even after retirement to improve and make our house, our home and all that he could personally add to make his mark on and in this place ... the end result and the greatest loss, is that he is now in the beginning stages of Alzheimer. His mind, one of God's greatest treasure that will slowly (I hope and pray slowly) be forgetting all the invaluable  knowledge and memories that he has stored there (including me). I can't think of anything more painful and tragic to loose in a fire or because of a fire. 

This is a TREASURE that I will never be able to restore, only by God's aMazing Grace, will we be able to redeem some of the collectibles but a person's mind, is almost as valuable as their heart, one that I will treasure far beyond today and tomorrow. Beyond this, I continue to pray that my spouse will acknowledge his need for Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. He believes in God yet we know that no one comes to the Father except through His Son, Jesus Christ. As I read the pages of "His Treasure", I could not help but think on this ... the "Gems of Love from My King" are even more irreplaceable ... yet even He knows the pain of a loss like this. I hope that I can hold on tightly to "each gem" in place of the lost "gems" with a new strength and constant reminder from Him that He loves me and He loves my dear husband even more than I do! So I believe He will complete His promises as regards the greatest treasure given ...His love!!! 

"How you feel about yourself 
will never change God’s unconditional love 
for you  . . . you are His Treasure."

How many times I have relied on this Truth!
Especially when I did not feel lovable.

Last year (Oct. 2012) before this occurred, I did a small series called "Taking Back My Treasures" from a teaching that Beth Moore was doing then ... little did I know how impactful and important her words and my own would be. Treasure your loved ones and make them your treasure then store up the right kind of treasures and learn to let go of the stuff. Ya' can't take any of it with ya'.

MORE COMING ON 
"HIS TREASURE"
but I'll have to squeeze it in between my 31 days and my
GIVING THANKS
for all of
NOVEMBER
I'd love you to join me!

The book review of
"His Treasure..."
by
Sheri Rose Shepherd
will be following
with a
surprise giveaway
11/11/13
official date

31 DAYS REVEALING JESUS as OUR PEACE ~ 31

PEACE ~
JESUS HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE.
HE BRINGS UNITY.

"When peace like a river attendeth my soul, when
sorrows like sea billows roll ... whatever my lot Thou has taught me to say, 
"It is well ...

DAY 31 "A PSALM OF THANKSGIVING"

Psalm 100 (The Message) 


1-2 On your feet now—applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.
Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.
4Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.
5For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.


from
REVEALING JESUS
by Darlene Zschech

No copyright violation intended. Words from devotional will always be colored coded "teal" like her book so you realize that they are quotes of Darlene Zschech or her devotional "Revealing Jesus"! It's so wonderful!


"God, it is so sweet to be in Your Presence, to know that You are with me at all times. I bring You my praise and worship. Thank You for Your faithfulness to me."

Today
I'm 
LETTING GO
of
so many
LOSSES
and
taking hold of
what I've
gained
sowing them as a seed
believing 
God
for something
FRUITFUL and BEAUTIFUL
from the painful losses of
people
treasures
memories
keepsakes
relationships
RESTORED and REDEEMED
BROKEN 
yet
BEAUTIFUL
still



*This is the 1 yr. anniversary since our MN house was totaled by fire. How appropriate that this last day of the month precedes the month of giving thanks, with this psalm of thanksgiving, as I give thanks to God for lives saved last year
and grieve the loss of so much yet know without a doubt that I believe in God and believe God is so good! What the enemy meant for harm, I pray God will restore for good! I have hope and faith in God so I will pursue this love of His to share as much as I can with those who need to believe in Him, know Him and love Him so that they too can give thanks in the good and in the bad, knowing that God works all things together for good. So He will. I believe it and receive it in the midst of the ashes, I will see His glory because I know My Redeemer lives, if He can rise from the dead and break forth from a tomb, there's nothing impossible that He cannot and will not resurrect and restore. He is God forever more! My home is not here anyways, I'm just passing through to eternity with Him! Glory Hallelujah! Our God reigns! He is in control! I give Him control over me and my household to complete His will in Jesus' name... Peace be still!

You, O LORD, are my Peace!




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

31 DAYS REVEALING JESUS as OUR PEACE ~ 30

PEACE ~
JESUS HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE.
HE BRINGS UNITY.

"When peace like a river attendeth my soul, when
sorrows like sea billows roll ... whatever my lot Thou has taught me to say, 
"It is well ...

DAY 30 "I WILL HEAL MY PEOPLE"

Isaiah 53:5 (NLT) 

But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.


from
REVEALING JESUS
by Darlene Zschech

No copyright violation intended. Words from devotional will always be colored coded "teal" like her book so you realize that they are quotes of Darlene Zschech or her devotional "Revealing Jesus"! It's so wonderful!

"Thank You for no longer holding my sins against me.Thank You for suffering the punishment for my rebellion in my place. May I never forget where I came from. Jesus, be revealed in my life more and more, I pray."~Darlene Zschech


***
Since I've already let go of rebellion (day 11) and so much else
I repented of my rebellion

Today
I am
LETTING GO
of
"letting go"
[and all lies, suffering and strongholds not covered]
so that
complete
HEALING
can flow to me and from me
to
YOU
from
Our LORD
Jesus Christ
for it's by
"His stripes we are healed"

I receive this
I believe this
I release this
I have seen this
and
I know this
to be
TRUE

but
we have one more
day to go




Tuesday, October 29, 2013

31 DAYS REVEALING JESUS as OUR PEACE ~ 29

PEACE ~
JESUS HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE.
HE BRINGS UNITY.

"When peace like a river attendeth my soul, when
sorrows like sea billows roll ... whatever my lot Thou has taught me to say, 
"It is well ...

DAY 29 "I WILL GATHER THEM"

Isaiah 61:1 (NLT) 

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.


from
REVEALING JESUS
by Darlene Zschech

No copyright violation intended. Words from devotional will always be colored coded "teal" like her book so you realize that they are quotes of Darlene Zschech or her devotional "Revealing Jesus"! It's so wonderful!

"Thank You for meeting me when I was lost, O God.Thank You for loving me when I was unlovable. I am poor of spirit and in need of You and Your grace all of my days."~Darlene Zschech

***
Today I'm
LETTING GO
of
any
self pity
broken heartedness
spirit of heaviness
and
captivity

[anything that has held me captive of "letting go"]

of
E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.
from this month
from the many years of my life

seen and unseen
spoken and unspoken
heard and unheard of
confessed and unconfessed
done and undone
understood and misunderstood 
or just not understood still

but
BELIEVED
as
BEING FREE
in
Jesus Christ
by His Name
and
under
His precious Blood
and
authority

So thankful that
we are
REDEEMED
which means
restored, refined, renewed
rebuilt, revived
and the
Spirit of the Lord
is
on us, in us, with us
upon us
anointing us
delivering us
completely 
freeing us
from all that hinders us
from walking closer to God
closely with Jesus

bringing the
GOOD NEWS

We are so loved
Jesus is Our Peace



Monday, October 28, 2013

31 DAYS REVEALING JESUS as OUR PEACE ~ 28

PEACE ~
JESUS HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE.
HE BRINGS UNITY.

"When peace like a river attendeth my soul, when
sorrows like sea billows roll ... whatever my lot Thou has taught me to say, 
"It is well ...

DAY 28 "I WILL SEND A CHILD"

Isaiah 9:6 (NLT) 

For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


from
REVEALING JESUS
by Darlene Zschech

No copyright violation intended. Words from devotional will always be colored coded "teal" like her book so you realize that they are quotes of Darlene Zschech or her devotional "Revealing Jesus"! It's so wonderful!

" Father, help me to let my light shine to people whose eyes are closed to You right now. Help my love and good deeds be a beacon that is irresistible to those living in darkness around me."~D.Z.

***
Today
I'm
LETTING GO
of
emptiness
barrenness
meaninglessness
futility

and
being filled to the brim
with meaning by God
His Fruitfulness
His Holy Spirit
His purpose

So I let go of any empty feeling of 
not having children of my own
but thankful for every child
[especially God's 2 blessings to our family]
that
God has allowed to pass
through my life
touch my life
bless my life
fill my life
with immense
JOY

such childlike faith and joy
that keep the
child
within me
young and alive
thankful
always
for
God's
supernatural
plan and purpose
for
He knew
 BEST

and
so grateful for the 
"CHILD BORN TO US"
that
we call
...
Prince of Peace
and that
I receive Him as mine!




Sunday, October 27, 2013

31 DAYS REVEALING JESUS as OUR PEACE ~ 27

PEACE ~
JESUS HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE.
HE BRINGS UNITY.

"When peace like a river attendeth my soul, when
sorrows like sea billows roll ... whatever my lot Thou has taught me to say, 
"It is well ...

DAY 27 "I WILL SEND A LIGHT"


Isaiah 9:2 (NLT) 
The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
a light will shine.

from
REVEALING JESUS
by Darlene Zschech

No copyright violation intended. Words from devotional will always be colored coded "teal" like her book so you realize that they are quotes of Darlene Zschech or her devotional "Revealing Jesus"! It's so wonderful!

"Thank You, Father, for bringing light to my dark world through Jesus Christ. Thank You for the promise of eternity without darkness." ~D.Z.

***

Today
I'm
LETTING GO
of any
path of destruction
depression
darkness
or
sense of being
lost
for
I am chosen and found
on the path of light

I choose
LIGHT
and
LIFE
in
JESUS
John 1:4-5

[no more MAZES for me]
straight forward

I am
Jesus' 
Light

John 8:12
Ephesians 5:8
2 Corinthians 4:6

to others that are lost
in darkness and searching
I must shine
not flicker or hide under a bushel
wander off course or in circles

Truly
His Light
will lead us
to
His Peace


Saturday, October 26, 2013

31 DAYS REVEALING JESUS as OUR PEACE ~ 26

PEACE ~
JESUS HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE.
HE BRINGS UNITY.

"When peace like a river attendeth my soul, when
sorrows like sea billows roll ... whatever my lot Thou has taught me to say, 
"It is well ...

DAY 26 "I WILL GIVE YOU THE SIGN"


Isaiah 7:14 (NLT) 

"All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). "

from
REVEALING JESUS
by Darlene Zschech

No copyright violation intended. Words from devotional will always be colored coded "teal" like her book so you realize that they are quotes of Darlene Zschech or her devotional "Revealing Jesus"! It's so wonderful!


"Immanuel, O God who is with us, thank You for the promise of a deliverer from our sins. Thank You for the precious signs pointing to Jesus."~Darlene Zschech

***

Today
I'm
LETTING GO
of
rejection
pain and hurt
resulting in low esteem

and
receiving and releasing
acceptance
esteem in God
value and worth
being wanted
and loved
fully

God
accepts
me
as
I
am

Who am I
to
not
accept
another
in the same
way?

Words
that were
spoken to me
or
from me ever 
that showed any kind of rejection
I forgive and ask for forgiveness
I cut off any curse of rejection
I ask that the Grace of God
give us restoration of
our acceptance
in Christ Jesus
and with one another
by the power of the Holy Spirit

Isaiah 53:3

God
gets this

God is
FOR US

God is
WITH US

God's love and peace
is
OURS


"Worship God with all your heart today, and you will begin to see
Jesus more clearly."~Darlene Zschech


Friday, October 25, 2013

31 DAYS REVEALING JESUS as OUR PEACE ~ 25

PEACE ~
JESUS HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE.
HE BRINGS UNITY.

"When peace like a river attendeth my soul, when
sorrows like sea billows roll ... whatever my lot Thou has taught me to say, 
"It is well ...

DAY 25 "God will meet me"


Psalm 59:10 (NKJV)  

10 My God of mercy shall come to meet me;
God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.

from
REVEALING JESUS
by Darlene Zschech

No copyright violation intended. Words from devotional will always be colored coded "teal" like her book so you realize that they are quotes of Darlene Zschech or her devotional "Revealing Jesus"! It's so wonderful!


"Thank You for loving me so much that I can call You Daddy. You are the Creator, You are all powerful, You are all knowing, and yet You invite me - yes, me - to come into Your Presence as Your Child. Thank You for loving me more than I can fully comprehend."

***
Today
I'm 
LETTING GO
of any
"what could have been"
and
accepting
ALL
as it is

accepting
what I cannot
change

accepting
what I'm willing
and able to change
in me only

accepting
God's wisdom and grace
to accomplish this
and
get through
"what will be"


"Your God of mercy shall come to meet you"
~Darlene Zschech~

RIGHT
where
YOU ARE

as you are

and

FILL YOU UP
overflowing


"Flowery words won't get God's attention ...
It's not your style, it's your heart."
"The best way to approach the Lord in prayer
is through honest, heartfelt conversation."
~Darlene Zschech~


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Love, Sweet blessings & Hugs!

DIOS TE BENDIGA
GOD BLESS YOU

always

Peggy