"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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"DEEPER"

{This is late and I apologize but I just found out and Blogger was really messing this up for me so much that I removed all the format (scratch) and had to redo (again and again) ... and I'm done}

Here's  another option for the summer --- for the month of July anyways --- taken directly from Debbie Alsdorf's site "Design 4 Living Ministries" for her wonderful book "Deeper" on Psalm 139 truths. I loved the "Faith Dare" that I read and shared here, so I felt I needed to promote going "Deeper" ... or growing deeper in God's Love by Debbie also.




July 1 - July 30 , 2015

30 Days of Focus

Growing Deeper in God's Love

with

Debbie Alsdorf



" Do you ever struggle with insecurity and fear?

"What about worrying you will never measure up or be enough? Truth be told, we all believe things about ourselves and our lives that do not line up with the truth in God's Word. We can be Christian women for years and never take the time to replace our old beliefs (known as the lies) with the truths in God's Word. It's time to discover the truth about yourself! Sign up today




Deeper: Living in the Reality of God's Love 
by Debbie Alsdorf

For a limited time only by the publisher -- only $1.99 for the Kindle version! 
Offer good through June 30, 2015




This is why I just hurried and copied Debbie's stuff here so you could take advantage of this great offer like I did!!!


I still have not committed by registering yet since you already know ALL I got going on but if not this "Walk On Weds." will make this ever so clear ... but I was thinking when this popped up in my email today, how much I enjoy(ed) Debbie before and so I followed the link and read:


"Do you ever struggle with insecurity and fear?"

{well, as my "Walk" tomorrow will show}


I DO

definitely

with

INSECURITY

and

I am sure that

FEAR

is in there somewhere

lurking

{as if I don't have enough, geesh}


So, here I am thinking ... maybe God directed this last minute notice from Debbie to me ... to divert me ... or distract me ... from ME and all my stuff ...


{ends today}


And 

it's time for me to go

DEEPER

Living in the Reality of God's Love

not just believing in God's love

not just saying I do

but

really, really

LIVING

in this

REALITY

and

allowing myself to go

DEEPER

and

receive

all God's Truth

for me

in Psalm 139

A TUNE for TUESDAY
to get you thinking

"Deeper"

Product Details


Whoa Debbie,
Do you think or did you ask
Planetshakers
to record this just for you?

WOW!!!
I'm impressed!



Yeah, I can't make up my mind nor am I sure what God's speaking to me 
as so many good options are placed before me
and I've already started some  BUT
yeah- I'm too indecisive
and then there's my feelings too as you'll see tomorrow
OK, not just feelings, maybe it's the lies that this study is meant to deal with so ...


Sunday, June 28, 2015

SOS ~ {WEEK 6} GRACE ... Day 36

DAY 36
Buy The Grace Immersion book at Amazon.com
GRACE IMMERSION

Week 6

"Ripple Effects of Grace"

DAYS 36-42


  • Day 36: Grace Fuel
  • Day 37: Giving Grace
  • Day 38: Freedom Fighter
  • Day 39: Group Grace
  • Day 40: Grace Frees Me To Be Honest
  • Day 41: Grace To Disagree
  • Day 42: Saying Grace
{sorry but these devotions are no longer available online so I removed the links}

from the book
"GRACE IMMERSION"
and
God's Word

" So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,  
continue to live your lives in Him,..."
Colossians 2:6

Day 36

"Grace Fuel"

Read
Colossians 2:6-12

"This is a great time in our Grace Immersion for a reminder: You don’t learn about grace and then move on to other, deeper doctrines in order to really mature as a believer. You mature only by remaining focused on the infinite riches of God’s grace to you, even as you study other facets of the faith."~Rene Schlaepfer~"...Sadly, most Christians think the doctrine of grace applies only to salvation. It’s for spiritual newbies to get started. The reality is, grace is for every moment of your Christian life. You need grace to face trials, grace to know how to treat others, an appreciation of the riches of grace to deal with discouragement, a grace focus to change your sinful behavior…. So start on grace, and keep living that way! As you’ll see this week, the ripple effects of this kind of life will touch everything and everyone around you."~Rene Schlaepfer

Discussion Questions

"What distractions or substitutes are there for simple faith today?

What do you think it means to continue in Christ just as you received Christ?

Ask God to help you begin today to live in Jesus just as you received Jesus."


TLC Sermons:
6. Grace-Inspired Change
7. How Grace Changes Me
8. The Panorama of Grace


I need me some GRACE FUEL and I love all the ripple effects of GRACE that I have been afforded throughout my life. Looking forward to this section of GRACE IMMERSION. I can never get me enough of GRACE or any ripple effects!


*somehow --- someone special has a wonderful blog post that so correlates and answers that first question perfectly at least for her ... and asks the same of us with other great insights and questions interspersed on this trap of *distractions*... shared the perfect book too that shows this from our enemies' perspective. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

FRIDAY FOCUS

[credit]


" ... GROWTH is INTENTIONAL! You must choose to continue growing ..." Rick Warren, Saddleback Church

LIFE'S  HEALING CHOICES

The Growth Choice Part 5 (pdf)

Complete DVD series
  1. Message 1- The Reality Choice (3 parts on the radio:1, 2, 3)
  2. Message 2- The Hope You Need for Change 
  3. Message 3- Letting Go and Letting God (part 1, 2, 3)
  4. Message 4- The Housecleaning Choice 
  5. Message 5- The Transformation Choice (part 1, 2, 3)
  6. Message 6- The Relationship Choice  
  7. Message 7- The Growth Choice (part 1, 2, 3, 4)
  8. Message 8- The Sharing Choice (part 1, 2, 3)
[Warning: links are from the current series starting in June 2015, so when it's over the links may not work any longer, you'll have to check the Archives for "Life's Healing Choices" then. PDF Download for ALL Messages in this series altogether in one.] 


I realize that I have been promoting the "ANYTHING PROJECT" with Jennie Allen and Faith Gateway's Laurie McClure {and this was Week 2 an important one for me}, but truthfully this study from Daily Hope with Rick Warren via his daily radio program is the one I really need and am doing via my email and listening daily. Both these studies actually work well together. I started this in my home church in our small group years ago but had to return to Mexico before we finished {believe me, it's worth doing it ALL and finishing} ... I believe the "Archives" have all of the parts that look like they were done in previous years. 

LIFE'S HEALING CHOICES walks us through "The Beatitudes" from Matthew 5 {as the eight steps to physical, emotional, social, financial, and personal health; similar to the  12 Steps for AA Recovery but with a Biblical connection and spiritual truths we all need to follow}.

"Letting Go and Letting God" goes perfectly with Jennie Allen's "Surrender"

The acrostic that Pastor Rick Warren uses to show us how to "let go and let God" is M.E.E.K. ("Meekness is the third step to getting healthy again.") Most of us confuse "meek" with "weak" but they are at complete opposites of the spectrum. Meekness is one of the keys to stress reduction in your life and the solution for many with benefits.  The essence of Meekness is "letting go and letting God" which is SURRENDER. You're under stress or anxious, because you're fighting God. "Who's gonna be in charge of my life?"

  • Make Jesus the Manager of My Life [Job 22:21(NLT); Matthew 16:24 (MES); Psalm 37:5 (GN)]
  • Establish God's Word as the Authority for My Life. [James 4:7a; 2 Timothy 3:16; Ps. 119: 112; Ps. 119:93] 
  • Embrace God's Spirit ... [Ez. 36:27; Gal. 3:10; Gal. 3:3; Phil. 4:13] ... for My Life.
  • Keep Jesus ... [Heb.12:2; Ps. 25:15; Prov. 3:6

I Consciously choose to Commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
[STEP 3: COMMITMENT CHOICE]

I Earnestly believe that God exists; that I matter to Him,
and that He has the power to help me recover.
[STEP 2: HOPE CHOICE]

I ADMIT I need help; that I’m powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. 
[STEP 1:REALITY CHOICE]
******************
I'm working on these:

Openly examine & confess my faults to myself, to God, & to someone I trust.
[STEP 4: HOUSECLEANING CHOICE]

Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
[STEP 5: TRANSFORMING CHOICE]
I choose to yield myself to God to be used to bring the Good News to others, by both my example and by my words.
[SHARING CHOICE]
also the point of the
"ANYTHING PROJECT"


The fact is that each of these steps is a daily process and renewal 
to live out each choice every day as we grow in Christ's image
MY FOCUS THIS FRIDAY
comes from the
TRANSFORMATION
choice part

1) Focus on changing one defect at a time.
2) Focus on VICTORY one day at a time.
3) Focus on God's power not my will power.
4) Focus on the good things not the bad things.
5) Focus on doing good not just feeling good.
6) Focus on people who help me not hinder me.
7) Focus on progress not perfection.


THESE are an awful lot to FOCUS on

but

it's a continual choice

I need to make and work on in my life

IF

I'm SURRENDERED truly

to Only God

and

believe

He is in control; and I am not

***

IF:EQUIP

also happens to be in


for their 



IF:EQUIP is just one of the many results of Jennie Allen's ANYTHING prayer
along with other parts of IF like the IF:Gathering



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WALK On WEDS. (WOW) ~ PROJECT ANYTHING

As I kinda mentioned in last FRIDAY FOCUS that I should change my PROJECT H.O.P.E. to my 'new' Project "ANYTHING" {since HOPE was My One Word in 2014, not 2015, I named it that last Lent} but it certainly is "ANYTHING" and ties up so well all my "anythings" here in Mexico. since coming here in 1996 to step out in faith and my calling since 6th grade {I waited} ... this one "Project" among so many others of a different nature ... is one that more or less puts all of my HOPE and all of my ANYTHINGS together ... so let's take a different kind of WALK On {thisWEDS. looking at the partial completion (which means - so far, but not yet finished) of my PROJECT ANYTHING


Unlisted Video

{PREFACE: I can't believe that I came back and am adding to this already "way too long" blog post but I just had to preface all of what is written here with I am not sharing this to say what I've done because it's not what I have done at all or alone, it takes many ... and this is just one of ever so many in need of much: HOPE or an ANYTHING project in this vast needy world in which we live ... this is what God laid on my heart, but it took more than me to accomplish this, to God be the Glory. I am not submitting this story to the ANYTHING PROJECT although this is exactly what it is. And it can be duplicated many times over and over to reach others and make a difference in His Story for His Glory and theirs in the Kingdom of God. I submit this here humbly as ...

"My Long "ANYTHING" Story: Testimony to God for His Glory"


When I came to Mexico in 1996 finally, I wanted to work with the kids (after all I'm a double major in Elementary  Ed. (K-6) and Spanish, so that only makes sense, right?) and have been waiting and preparing for this mission adventure since 6th grade with all my educational goals headed south of the border in this direction. So, of course, I was meant to seek out the "orphans" and ministries of this nature with kids because this is exactly what moves my heart. And that's exactly what I did do when I first came. After God spoke to me on the beach the year before I first came through Susana (my 108 year old inspiration), God altered my heart just a little to include "women" with the "children" --- those that may not have as many opportunities for education and learning about Jesus. Soon I readjusted once again to include teaching "English" through God's Word and Christian songs and began putting together lessons in English to go with this, which soon became just teaching English. (sigh) Little did I know that God had something totally different in mind for me. Something that I knew very little about but He spoke with an almost audible voice in one of my trips back to Mexico from Minnesota in 2007. I was certain I had heard Him wrong, after all, I knew absolutely nothing about "trafficked victims" of tourism or worldwide exploitation, but He was sure to confirm and show me. For many reasons, I will not go into the details of this course, but God began to open my eyes to so much more as I began to learn about this, the ministries and all that is involved; calling this my "Project A" ... {who knows, some day I may be able to share more on this "A" of Anything and who would have known when I labeled it Project "A" that the Anything Project would come along, starting with 'A'}.

God began putting together pieces of my own life, pieces of my life here since 1996-2007 and then 'outta the blue' something new showed up with the construction project on the house that I was renting ... or actually someone new. The workers that came to do the construction for the "Architect" were from an "albergue" {sorry, I realize that this a Spanish word and the closest that comes to that is a "Shelter for the Homeless"- the forgotten}. God had yet another plan that He would reveal through these workers, many of whom were new Christians, because their "shelter" was administered through one of the first churches I knew from here, "Espiritu y Verdad" which I had lost touch with because they had moved and moved and finally acquired land and began building a church in the "colonia" known as Villa Verde. {colonia/ colony is another word for just a specific section of the city; it is broken into many}. 

All of this previous explanation, is in part to show you when you step out in obedience, thinking you are ready for God's ANYTHING, He may have something entirely different from what you thought or had planned as meeting His will and following His way - your way, He will definitely pull out all stops to show you HIS way and then go about putting the pieces altogether, or running a silver thread from the beginning to the finale, for you to see how HE really was in this from the beginning and kept trying to get you to see it from His perspective. In the meanwhile, He allows you to "mess" up but He'll keep bringing you back to the ANYTHING He had planned. 

Introduce one of the workers that stands out from the others and faithfully stays with the construction project from the beginning to the end. The short of this individual's complicated life story up to the age of almost 50 ... is he is one of those "forgotten" (abandoned child, left in the care of his grandma until she dies; parents never took care of him as they parted ways and moved on with others starting over with new families, which become his "step" family, half brothers and sisters; yet (until recently by some) he is never acknowledged as family ... in fact, his life went clearly off the deep end in the wrong direction and he was thought dead, so all that was his from his "abuelita" was sold by his mother and sister. He had nothing and no one and really no reason to live, until Christ came into his life on Dec. 20th, 2011 changing everything) ... he was one of those sent to work on this construction project. 

The significance in all this, is I was ready to go home to MN, call it quits (for now) when God showed me that this precious new Christian needed a 'Shelter' of his own that indeed God is Our Shelter and Our Refuge but He does have a plan for each one of His children. This individual needed to get away from other individuals in the "albergue"- the influence that could have pulled him back to his former old self (like me or you) and given a chance to grow in Jesus Christ with his own place to live. God tugged on my heart last year to begin in Lent, a Project to give him this H.O.P.E. thus began Project H.O.P.E. ... land was finally acquired, construction of his own house began in 2015. And the above video (a documentation of God's work) is where and what he has accomplished with God on his own (mostly) through the blessings of a few donations and months of saving and looking [for another version of this story, you can go to the original blog when I got this in my spirit HERE]

He and another Christian friend (brother in Christ) found this land and divided it to have their own place to live ... so already the HOPE was spread to more. His home is built in the colony of "San Antonio"  here ... {"San Antonio"/St. Anthony is the Catholic patron saint of "lost things" ... or lost causes, or patron of the poor} ... I don't believe it was just a coincidence that they found their land here, it was most definitely a GOD-incidence, and God put all of what I had hoped together in this one person, this one soul, who needed His Heavenly Father to provide and care for him, and I pray that God still will, because he will and has many needs yet to come. He is one child among many that somehow in society (whether it's in Mexico or right in our own community) slips through the crack ... never finishes their education, lives on the street, never is able to find acceptance in a family, never draws near to God or a church, for fear and lack of knowing that there is one God, who cares and is willing to go that extra mile to WALK with us to show us His Love ... His ANYTHING -  to make us SOMETHING outta NOTHING. After all, He's God of the Miracles and this one is just getting started. 
We have excellent programs to sponsor many children throughout the world, by supporting them each month, which I totally recommend and am all for ... it's easy to love a "child"; however, on the other spectrum of life, those of us that have reached beyond mid-life ... have been forgotten and quite often need support also. Many, even if they wanted to continue working to go on living, can no longer find employment and in third world countries, economics just don't take care of the aging ones without families to care for them. More and more, families cannot take care of their own, much less their aging parents and sadly too many have forgotten them. Much of what I admired in the Mexican culture of extended families, caring for sometimes 3 generations under one roof is fading and not much of a reality any longer, at least not for the poorest among them. {well, this is another dilemma and topic for another time and journey but meanwhile there are many that are being left "forgotten"  living on the streets, homeless} God forgive us. So many needs ... so much to do ... so many left by the road side

Luke 12:48b

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Matthew 7:24-27

Matthew 9:35-38; Luke 10:2

"We instinctively tend to limit for whom we exert ourselves. We do it for people like us, and for people whom we like. Jesus will have none of that. By depicting a Samaritan helping a Jew, Jesus could not have found a more forceful way to say that anyone at all in need - regardless of race, politics, class, and religion - is your neighbor. Not everyone is your brother or sister in faith, but everyone is your neighbor, and you must love your neighbor."― Timothy KellerGenerous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just "


Some more quotes to think about


"I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. ~Mother Teresa

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~Mother Teresa

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. ~Mother Teresa


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

GOD

will use

ANYONE

to do

ANYTHING

if we are open and begin

our

ANYTHING

by handing God our

EVERYTHING

and

making

SOMETHING

from

NOTHING

for

SOMEONE

who has

NO ONE

but

YOU

as their first

BIBLE

to show

JESUS

to them


TO BE JESUS 

ALIVE

THROUGH HIS SPIRIT

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

REACHING ONE MORE FOR

JESUS CHRIST

in Jesus' Name


Thank you for giving your ANYTHING!

In His Grace

Peggy


*additional part to "This is My Story" 7 part series +
giving testimony to the many tests of my mission
a message from my messes; a triumph from my trials



"God Cares About Every Detail" should be the title of this WALK on WEDS. and was my intent until God moved me to "detail" this part or this much of my "ANYTHING". As you can see, I had much bottled up to share and pour out as I put together this video of our progress update to God's Glory that I just had to show how very much God cares, I care and we should care for others - one by one, WON by One ... please take the time to pop over to "Meet Me in the Meadow" to read the "Someone Cares" #4 for this week ... I'm sure it will bless you as it motivated me! 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

SOS ~ GRACE ... DAY 35

DAY 35
Buy The Grace Immersion book at Amazon.com
GRACE IMMERSION

Week 5  
DAYS 29-35

"Grace-Inspired Change"
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, 
just as in Christ God forgave you."
Ephesians 4:32
{sorry but the devotions seem to no longer be available online by following these links; see my note}



Day 35
"Free to Forgive"

Read
Ephesians 4:32-5:9

Discussion Questions

"Have you found it easy or difficult to forgive others?

Is there someone you need to forgive? (you don't have to answer this here)

Bring to God any grievances you hold. Ask Him to help you show grace as you have received grace. Ask God to help you not receive His grace in vain. Ask Him to help you know how to show radical grace to others in a way that is wise and godly."


Friday, June 19, 2015

FRIDAY FOCUS ~ ANYTHING

Today my FRIDAY FOCUS is "ANYTHING..." as "...The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul"

If you missed the LIVE EVENT KICK OFF of the #ANYTHING PROJECT with Jennie Allen this past Monday, June 15th ... and you just happen to be a "visitor" that does not actually come to my blog, then you might have also missed that my schedule for the next 8 weeks (offline) will be like the one below with this Faith Gateway Online Bible Study 

"ANYTHING" 8 WEEK STUDY ~ Starts LIVE with JENNIE ALLEN on June 15th, 6-7 pm(PT) 8-9(CT) 9-10(ET)
Join Jennie Allen, Faith Gateway (click here to learn more) with me (kinda) for the next 8 weeks
HERE’S THE SCHEDULE: #ANYTHING PROJECT with Jennie Allen

Here’s the schedule (linked): June 15: Live Kickoff Event @ 9 pm EST / 6 pm PST
Week 1: June 15-20 Read Chap.1-3; Study p. 178- 
Week 2: June 21-27 Read Chap.4-5; Study p. 182-
Week 3: June 28-July 4 Read Chap.6-7; Study p189- 
Week 4: July 5-11 Read Chap.8-10; Study p. 195-
Week 5: July 12-18 Read Chap.11-13; Study p. 201 
Week 6: July 19-25 Read Chap.14-15; Study p. 207-
Week 7: July 26-Aug 1 Read Chap. 16-18; Study p. 213
 Week 8: Aug 2-Aug 8 Read Chap. 19-20; Study p.219-
*Each Week Book chapters and Scripture passages; plus 2 Projects, Conversation Cards and Videos (I have different pages in my ADE-Adobe Digital Edition)


MY BOOK REVIEW
of
"ANYTHING"

had many links and sums up the
PRAYER


"... in praying ANYTHING, we were handing God EVERYTHING ..."

I'm actually considering handing over my

PROJECT HOPE
to be

my
PROJECT ANYTHING


and

although it is getting closer to completion

ANYTHING

can still happen

and

ANYTHING

requires much

 even after the first and second stage are complete

1) land acquisition and 2) building of the home

ANYTHING

already has happened a few times

Water and Electricity issues; Fees and more costs

(eventually paying the government for homesteading)

(???)
ANYTHING

for many people who basically have

 NOTHING




or 
very little


{working on a project update slideshow of the construction}


FOCUSING

on

LUKE 12:48


and

GETTING READY

with

"ANYTHING"

WEEK ONE and WEEK TWO
(next week)


What is your Anything?
stories and more
START HERE

So that's a glimpse of my summer plans


Leaving my

ANYTHING

in God's Hands



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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