"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, February 28, 2015

40 Days "Recovering GRACE"~ DAY 11

40 Day Journey 
of
"Recovering Grace"
with another book by
Pauline Creeden

"Found Adrift: 40 Days of Recovering Grace"

Day 11


Bible Readings
Luke 11
Luke 11:29 
John 20
(The Message)
Matthew 21:22 
(NKJV)
2 Corinthians 5:7
(NKJV)
Hebrews 11:1
(NKJV)
Romans 4:1-5
(NKJV)


Lots of Scripture to read
Prayer Thought

"What stands in the way of your belief? Have you asked God to help you with your unbelief? Think on where you struggle, and ask for Jesus’ help.Pauline Creeden


"How often do we look for proof that God is who He says He is ...
before we're ready to believe?"Pauline Creeden

"Believing is seeing. The act of believing is an interior motive." ...

... "We cannot earn God's good opinion of us. ...
Grace is given to us because We Believe."



"When You Believe..."


{I chose this version from the "Prince of Egypt" rather than Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, due to the controversy with Whitney's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who needs our prayers. However, it is their version that I am most familiar with hearing for encouragement when I feel this way.}

 I'm not looking for

PROOF

I believe who God says HE IS
I am not waiting for a sign

but often

I wait for confirmation

to feel secure.

However

I do appreciate

all that Pauline shared on this one

especially when she started out with this:


"Seeing is believing.

We've all heard the saying.

But as with most

twisting of truth that Satan plays on us,

this is another lie. 

Our eyes often play tricks on us,

so that we believe

to be true

based on what we've seen

could be false." ...



Yes, Lord

help us with any

UNBELIEF

or

wherever we may struggle

stumble

or

"drift"

from

YOU!



Friday, February 27, 2015

40 Days "Recovering GRACE"~ DAY 10

40 Day Journey 
of
"Recovering Grace"
with another book by
Pauline Creeden

"Found Adrift: 40 Days of Recovering Grace"

Day 10


Bible Reading
Numbers 20:7-12
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
(NKJV)
Matthew 22:37-39
(NKJV)


Prayer Thought

"God gives gifts to those who don’t deserve them, and allows us to have the blessing of being the deliveryman for His grace. Let us not lose sight of our position or God’s generosity. Let us not worry about rewards or gratitude except what flows from God. Pray on it."Pauline Creeden


Pauline starts out this devotional asking (after reading the 1st passage linked to The Message):
"What did Moses do that was so wrong?"
I think that same thing for me, when I think all is going well and I believe God and I are close, but then something happens and I don't hear God, so then I wonder "what did I do so wrong?" to deserve this, has to be something from my past so then I go digging through the past garbage {supposedly confessed, forgiven and forgotten, dealt with long ago, stirring up the ashes and all those lies and insecurities once again} ... here's where my "drifting" goes ...

Then Pauline answers that about Moses briefly and continues with:

"God has provided us all with gifts."...

 Further explaining with the 2nd scripture that ...
"The Love in this is two-fold: ..."
... adding the last scripture as she expounds on this one.


"... Your gifts are given to you for His glory and they need to be used for those purposes." ...

... " Do not let your situation affect your love for God. "

"When people are not grateful for our time and energy, we cannot let their indifference stop our love."

"...We must remember who the Giver of the gift is 
and to whom the gift is intended ..."


This should be enough of this "drift" to pray for today

and

listen to the

HEARTBEAT of GOD

and

deliver more of

HIS 
GRACE

to

others



Hoping that this end of February finds you
making headway getting out of the
"drifts"
{especially if you've been hit hard this winter
and have had to shovel "snow drifts" and unbearable cold}


May the heart of God
securely and warmly
embrace you
through
to the
SON


Grace be with you,
Peggy


Thursday, February 26, 2015

40 Days "Recovering GRACE"~ DAY 9

40 Day Journey 
of
"Recovering Grace"
with another book by
Pauline Creeden

"Found Adrift: 40 Days of Recovering Grace"

Day 9


Bible Reading
Matthew 10:29-31
(NKJV)


Prayer Thought

"What are you worried about? Do you believe that God cares for you? Take your heart’s struggle and fears to Him right now and voice them.Pauline Creeden

After being awakened and refreshed in my "walk" yesterday carrying the burden of "offended" or offense; drifting a bit off the path for me ... not having shared too much in this past week, I chose today's WORRY ... one to stop once again and share some of what Pauline writes about on this verse very briefly and concisely in 3 points:

1st: that Jesus calls the Father, your Father, so He's our Father not just His!

2nd: about the number of hairs on our heads, pointing out that each day, we loose hair so that means that each day our Father God cares about us, to notice the different amount from day to day ... (lol) with the loss

Which brings us to her final point (3rd) telling us not to fear {I noticed that I have to change to green instead of teal so you can better notice Pauline's quoted part}:
"... Jesus wants us to understand that worry is fear. It is fear that God doesn't care, and that we are responsible for our own lives. If we are not to worry or fear, than Jesus is telling us that God does care and that we are not responsible for our lives, but are not to take the responsibilities of our lives to God." Pauline Creeden "... God is not some distant, far away, absentee father. No, He is present and He cares and He doesn't want you to worry."


"HE IS HERE, HE IS NEAR US"
Brian Doerksen
captured this so beautifully
in this song with
Christine Dente



If we really believe and listen to these words, we know we must come to that place of TRUST; not fear, not worry ... easier said than done. However, this is where we must kick our faith into action, not just words that we know, but words that show we are confident in what we believe and say we believe as we not only believe in God, and His Word or promises to us, but that we BELIEVE Him, beyond a shadow of a doubt, when the rubber hits the road, we must be found to trust Him at His Word and lay down our cares, our fears, our insecurities and yes, even our worries {founded or unfounded}, we must give them ALL to Him and trust Him completely with the outcome and even through our weakness ... our trial and tribulation, which indeed is when we need to NOT worry or allow the enemy to get us or trip us up again but remain constant in our pact with Jesus, this new covenant given to us, to guarantee and take us through the "drifts" right into placing it in His arms, our hearts, our lives, our faith, our thoughts, those fears and doubts and lies and worries, every insecurity laid at His feet, at that Cross, where we have come many times and now we must leave it there {not sneak it back or hang on by this last thread} lay it down, confess our struggle, but leave that place and care with Him. Stronger and ready to face our foe with Jesus' strength and the Holy Spirit's power because of that solid relationship we have invested our time and lives into saying we believe, now we must confidently show we believe and what we believe and IN WHOM we pledge that love bond that holds out His hand in our storm and walks with us in the calm intimately knowing we can trust Him, no matter what! I know I do and I have seen the glory of His care and love for me {and I know He gives and offers YOU the same, so let's just TRUST Him! He is ever so worthy! He is ever so trustworthy! Let us thank Him and praise Him even in our weakness that He is more than enough and His GRACE is sufficient!}


Enjoy a
Fabulous Friday
and
a wonderful weekend
in the Grace and Peace
of Jesus Christ,
Peggy


Whew! Just in time ... 5  minutes to publishing, good thing I did not type my prayer that followed this ... know that I prayed for you as you receive this.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

40 Days "Recovering GRACE"~ DAY 8

40 Day Journey 
of
"Recovering Grace"
with another book by
Pauline Creeden

"Found Adrift: 40 Days of Recovering Grace"

Day 8


Bible Reading
Psalm 119:165
(AMP)
Matthew 24:11
(AMP)
1 Corinthians 13:7


Prayer Thought

"As Christians, are we willing to take on the offense of another and bear them up? Our first calling is to love, to endure, and to believe the best. God knows we cannot do this on our own. Think about what you need help for in this regard." Pauline Creeden

[image credit:Pauline Creeden]

A new path in the Garden today

Stumbling along my "Garden of Grace" path for my "Walk this Weds." with Pauline's thoughts on these verses and "offense" especially in the church. However, when she mentions dandelions (not an important detail, except in a garden), my thoughts drifted off her topic at hand, to walking in the garden and wishing that's where I was ... picking dandelions ... reciting "He loves me, He loves me not" ... sidetracked, because I did not want to face how church people can be (in)sensitive (both) or offended; and I just wanted to avoid about church break ups occurring until she spoke about how "... one person can become easily offended ..." leave the church and turn their back on Jesus then my turning point was when Pauline took the time to define "offended" (which goes with these Bible verses but somehow I was overlooking that word) and asked "how do we get offended?"

Too often when I take my walks in the "Garden of Grace" (especially GRACE), I overlook applying some words to me, like "offend" or "repell" and I tend to look at other words like "peace", "trust and obey", "love", "believe the best" ... etc. as if to say, I don't have any problem with "offended" or offense ... then I read the definition and really reflect on those irritations that get the best of me, or sets off my explosive reaction ... of others, of course ... like weeds in the garden or gnats, and other insects that bother us on our walk, realizing that yes, this is how I end up "offended" by other's actions or lack, and stumble off the path of GRACE, His Grace toward them just as God gives to me every time I trip up and need to confess. As I examine myself and those irritations more closely in the light of the definition and synonyms Pauline shares:
"Synonyms for "offended" are: insulted, snubbed, affronted." ...
"OK, Lord, I don't have problems with those, with others, yet I recall memories of feeling that way from others toward me, but I think I've gotten over that..."
..."One definition of "offend" is" to break a commonly accepted rule or principle, causing insult, annoyance or resent. And there we have the problem. When we come to God, we are to dispel all our pre-conceived notions of what is commonly accepted and believe the best of everyone."
"Alright, Lord, you're right, I want that for me, but I forget way too often to extend that same Grace to others along my daily walk, whether they're strangers or loved ones ... [turning now to 1 Corinthians 13:7 and hearing The Voice ... then Pauline]


"Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what." The Voice (VOICE)
"... If we I truly believe the best and endure without weakening in all circumstances then we I would become hard to offend. ... not let Satan have this foothold in our my life. ... Today we live in a society where being offended punishes the offender with an accusation of intolerance. ... makes no difference if they had malicious intent or not or whether the offended had the right to feel that way. This is a backward way of thinking."~Pauline Creeden*

" That is so true, Lord. Way too much in our world is "backward" and You know it does apply to me in the small ways because eventually those little things add up and something perhaps totally unrelated or inconsequential may set me off. Forgive me Lord. I certainly don't like it when I see it in the world, in the headlines of the news, like the recent "road rages" etc. so it must stop with me. In my life, in my ways, in my lack of love and understanding of others but mostly in not extending the same GRACE to others that You have given me. I don't deserve Your Grace, I've done nothing to earn or merit Your great mercy and amazing Grace, the way You accept and tolerate my offenses, and hold back Your anger or wrath or even Your irritation of me still not getting it right; but You open Your arms of love and invite me to take a break, rest, recover in Your GRACE. Thank You so much that I can enter into the "Gardens of Grace" and lay this all at Your feet: Taking no offense, forgiving other's offenses, and never holding an offense against someone with looking toward the Cross and giving, releasing them to You. Help me to love others as You love me and according to the principles of 1 Corinthians 13. I love having this Agape love from You but steer me to realize that I am called to show that same kind of love to others that I want for myself especially when the battle rages or times are tough or strenuous or difficult to see beyond the moment. Hold back my tongue and my thoughts (wrong or right) from judging or expecting more of others or even me, knowing that we all fall short of Your glory. Show me how to accept this and restore brokenness or people from turning away from You, Your Truth and Your Way and run to You and the Cross. Thank You Jesus!

I needed this "walk" along the path of "offended" in the "Garden of Grace" today so that I might understand and apply as much as I can as I recover Grace and no longer allow myself to withhold God's aMazing GRACE from others and so easily getting offended and responding not with God's gracious love and mercy. I am learning to surrender this control or lack of control to God little by little and also want to see how in our church family this may inhibit or drive away many before God has a chance to get a hold of them. We cannot hold God responsible for a church or the people's failings, yet often others will and leave ... so what should we do? How should we respond? How can we better respond especially to unbelievers that most likely may not realize this or others that may be immature? As a church body, we need to embrace people not drive a wedge between them and God. We need to give God a chance to reach or touch them, not set up road blocks or detours that prevent them from seeking, and coming to know Him as we do. We must not drive people away. I must not drive loved ones away, but bring reconciliation and restoration through God's love and GRACE! These are the last days and God does not want any to perish, but they will...

"The love that they had for one another will grow cold because few will obey the law. False prophets will appear, many will be taken in by them, and the only thing that will grow is wickedness. There will be no end to the increase of wickedness." The Voice, Matthew 24:11
Those who love Your law have an abundance of peace, and nothing along their paths can cause them to stumble." The Voice, Psalm 119:165



*I needed to personalize this and share most of this last paragraph from today's devotional so that you, as a reader, would better understand what I had written in my conversation.




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

40 Days "Recovering GRACE"~ DAY 7

40 Day Journey 
of
"Recovering Grace"
with another book by
Pauline Creeden

"Found Adrift: 40 Days of Recovering Grace"

Day 7
Bible Reading
Mark 8:22-25
(NKJV)

Prayer Thought

"I am humbled by the knowledge that God proved His love even through partial healing and partial faith - are you ? Where have you been inconvenienced today? What was your reaction? If you need help overcoming your pride and seek humility, God will answer that prayer."Pauline Creeden

Monday, February 23, 2015

40 Days "Recovering GRACE"~ DAY 6

40 Day Journey 
of
"Recovering Grace"
with another book by
Pauline Creeden

"Found Adrift: 40 Days of Recovering Grace"

Day 6
Bible Reading
Malachi 2:16
(NKJV)
Romans 8:5
(NKJV)

Prayer Thought

"Which are you? Are you humble or are you proud? Ask the Lord to help you relinquish control and change your attitude when things go wrong. Remember, we are not strong enough to solve all our own problems much less everyone else’s. Let’s concentrate on our own drifting problem."Pauline Creeden



Sunday, February 22, 2015

40 Days "Recovering GRACE"~ DAY 5

40 Day Journey 
of
"Recovering Grace"
with another book by
Pauline Creeden

"Found Adrift: 40 Days of Recovering Grace"

Day 5
Bible Reading
Matthew 7:7-8
(NKJV)


Prayer Thought

"Do you need help seeing where you are needed? Ask God to make you sensitive to the needs of others. Stay in the scriptures, and listen for God to speak. God has called you friend - ask Him for help in becoming exactly what you have been called to be."Pauline Creeden

Since this is
SONday

here's a little worship of
HIS GRACE

"COVERED"



I so appreciate how Pauline writes about 
HOW 
we should
ASK
SEEK
and
KNOCK
asking great questions


Jesus tells us in the NKJV to be persistant
with the word
KEEP
asking,  seeking and knocking

but 
does God want us to be beggars
grovel, nag, repeat
or 
pray over and over
for the same old thing
or
treat Him like a vending machine

"... that we need to put the "right" amount of prayer into and 
out comes the change we need ..."
or
exactly what "we" want but not necessarily what God wants for us

"If it's something we desperately need,
won't we pray more earnestly?
Do we really want to stop our drift?"

She made so many good, relevant points
for
A.S.K.
and
how to pray
asking more in tune
with God's will

"It's about balance and relationship. It's about keeping ourselves
in the right place (and right attitudes and heart) to do great things and be 
what we were meant to be. It's about being in harmony and yes, 
friendship with our Savior."Pauline Creeden

Look through (seek/search) the scriptures for God to speak 
and God's promises
concerning our needs and desires
then 
knock as we would on someone's door
to fellowship and enter in
with
Him

[the image we have of Him since we were little]

When HE knocks
we should let Him in

ASK

what He would like

offer our whole heart and serve Him
with our whole heart and all of us

hear Him speak
listen
to
His
VOICE

Jesus: Why is it that you see the dust in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but you can’t see what is in your own eye? Don’t ignore the wooden plank in your eye, while you criticize the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eyelashes.That type of criticism and judgment is a sham! Remove the plank from your own eye, and then perhaps you will be able to see clearly how to help your brother flush out his sawdust.
Don’t give precious things to dogs. Don’t cast your pearls before swine. If you do, the pigs will trample the pearls with their little pigs’ feet, and then they will turn back and attack you.
Now Jesus returns to prayer, an important and sometimes difficult topic. Here He gives the very essence of prayer.
Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find. Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you. All who ask receive. Those who seek, find what they seek. And he who knocks, will have the door opened.
Think of it this way: if your son asked you for bread, would you give him a stone? Of course not—you would give him a loaf of bread. 10 If your son asked for a fish, would you give him a snake? No, to be sure, you would give him a fish—the best fish you could find. 11 So if you, who are sinful, know how to give your children good gifts, how much more so does your Father in heaven, who is perfect, know how to give great gifts to His children!
12 This is what our Scriptures come to teach: in everything, in every circumstance, do to others as you would have them do to you.
13 There are two paths before you; you may take only one path. One doorway is narrow. And one door is wide. Go through the narrow door. For the wide door leads to a wide path, and the wide path is broad; the wide, broad path is easy, and the wide, broad, easy path has many, many people on it; but the wide, broad, easy, crowded path leads to death. 14 Now then that narrow door leads to a narrow road that in turn leads to life. It is hard to find that road. Not many people manage it.
15 Along the way, watch out for false prophets. They will come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath that quaint and innocent wool, they are hungry wolves. 16 But you will recognize them by their fruits. You don’t find sweet, delicious grapes growing on thorny bushes, do you? You don’t find delectable figs growing in the midst of prickly thistles. 17 People and their lives are like trees. Good trees bear beautiful, tasty fruit, but bad trees bear ugly, bitter fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear ugly, bitter fruit; nor can a bad tree bear fruit that is beautiful and tasty. 19 And what happens to the rotten trees? They are cut down. They are used for firewood. 20 When a prophet comes to you and preaches this or that, look for his fruits: sweet or sour? rotten or ripe?
21 Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven. Simply calling Me “Lord” will not be enough. Only those who do the will of My Father who is in heaven will join Me in heaven. 22 At the end of time, on that day of judgment, many will say to Me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name? Did we not drive demons out of the possessed in Your name? Did we not perform miracles in Your name?” 23 But I will say to them, “I never knew you. And now, you must get away from Me, you evildoers!”
24 Those people who are listening to Me, those people who hear what I say and live according to My teachings—you are like a wise man who built his house on a rock, on a firm foundation25 When storms hit, rain pounded down and waters rose, levies broke and winds beat all the walls of that house. But the house did not fall because it was built upon rock. 26 Those of you who are listening and do not hear—you are like a fool who builds a house on sand. 27 When a storm comes to his house, what will happen? The rain will fall, the waters will rise, the wind will blow, and his house will collapse with a great crash.
28 With that Jesus finished His teaching, and the crowds were amazed by all He had said. 29 But Jesus taught in His own name, on His own authority, not like the scribes.
from The Voice (VOICE)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

40 Days "Recovering GRACE"~ DAY 4

40 Day Journey 
of
"Recovering Grace"
with another book by
Pauline Creeden

"Found Adrift: 40 Days of Recovering Grace"

Day 4
Bible Reading
Ephesians 6:10-11
from yesterday

Today's devotional is a wonderful continuation of

"Full Armor Of God"
with Prayer
{verse by verse}
for each part

" 1. Take your position in the heavenlies. ...
  2. Put on the belt of truth. ...
  3. Put on the breastplate of righteousness. ...
  4. Put on the shoes of peace. ...
  5. Take of the shield of faith. ...
  6. Take up the helmet of salvation. ...
  7. Now take the sword of the spirit. ...
  8. Draw near to God in praise and thanksgiving."                                     ~Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden
shares a prayer for each one
{the 3rd one is the longest}

She starts out with ...
(1)
"I thank You
that I am seated in heavenly places ...

and ends with
(8)
"... Thank You Lord for Your freedom
for Your Truth has set me free.
Thank You for Your mercy
in Jesus' name.
Amen"

Now you can do your best 
with filling in the rest
to complete this
PRAYER 
then 
make it part of your
daily prayers
because
it is ever so necessary
to be fully equipped
in
His Armor
each day
of
each battle
with
each part

"The armor of God is a necessary part of the Christian life."

{I'd insert SUCH before "a necessary part"}

When we are in the thick of a battle 
if we have not been accustomed to securing each part of our
ARMOR of GOD
we will not be disciplined enough
trained in the warfare
and
ready to battle
knowing
the benefits of
each armor piece
and
we might loose our heads
literally and figuratively
or
just forget 
being unfamiliar with
how to best gird ourselves
because we have not practiced
putting it on daily to be ready to defend
with
Jesus Christ
Our Defender
and the
Sword of the Spirit



I'm continuing to enjoy listening to 
"The Voice"
with the NT reading plan 
and
"Discovering the Heart of God"
on my Fridays away
along with the daily devotional that
FaithGateway
provides
"Blessings of the Cross" pdf
{the 1st two were from Billy Graham}
plus briefly catching some of
SRT's "Near the Cross"
Days 1-4
Staying close to the heart of God in His Word
drawing my Sword daily as I put on His
Armor
for me


Peace and Grace
in Jesus Christ,
Peggy



*Happy Chinese new year of the SHEEP (Feb. 19th, 2015) 
We are all HIS sheep whether we know Him or follow Him, He is Our Shepherd waiting to embrace and care for His Sheep so that we know and hear His VOICE alone!
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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