"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, April 30, 2016

S.O.S. ~ "...Interceding..."


... Romans 8:34 ...

A very special sister in Christ, Karen from "Hallelujah Anyhow", shared the words to this following song and the image from Hebrews 7:25 (HCSB) over where we read the Bible together and follow various reading plans with You Version. Although I'm not sure why she chose this verse nor what reading plan ... I do know that it holds her chosen One Word for 2016 - ALWAYS - I listened carefully after reading the words to this song, which struck a chord in my heart and it's a good reminder for us all.



"And He's Ever Interceding"

Sometimes we just need a good ole
Gospel Song
to
whisper to our hearts


[image credit: Karen]

with
comfort and hope

... Hebrews 7:25 (HCSB)...
"Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them."

Karen
over and over
again
has been that
'someone that goes that extra mile'
tho' she's not old enough to be my mother
she's definitely a wonderful 'sister' and friend
as many of you have and are
we really are
'just like one great big family'
I don't know why these lyrics came to Karen
but I'm so glad that they did and I'm asking you
to lift Karen to the Father for whatever comes to you
{nothing in particular}
to bless her for the many times she blesses me!
Thank you!

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Father,

We thank You
for our great BIG family 
We thank You
that Jesus continues to intercede
for each of us
sticking with us through thick and thin.

Thank You
for defending us
whether we are weak or weary

Thank You
that You help us and often
carry our heavy burdens 

So very thankful
that
You
ALWAYS
love us and save us
when we come 
boldly or weakly
to Your throne

You are for us!

and
Jesus is
"ever interceding"

Thank You
for the
Peace
this brings
in Jesus' name

I lift up my sisters and brothers in Christ
knowing You know their needs and
You already are answering them 
and meeting them
right where they are
INTERCEDING

Be with each one
and
their precious loved ones
pouring out
Your everlasting
mercy, forgiveness
and
aMazing Grace



This is a perfect scene, song and scripture

Thank you Karen!



Friday, April 29, 2016

MORE "LONGING IN ME" ~ CONTROL

This week's
Online Bible Study
at
Faith Gateway
{and also via a You Version 6 day reading plan 
for each of the 6 sessions/weeks}
from
Sheila Walsh's
new book
"The Longing in Me"

{there's a Study Guide and there's the book, which is optional with Faith Gateway, but not really because it's so vital to what Sheila has to share. I, however, just have the Study Guide for now. In my opinion, if a book has a study guide, which is almost a necessity, then it should be included in the book.}


"THE LONGING for CONTROL"

{Day 3 of 6 with You Version Bible reading plan}

Once again, this week's meant for me; and Laurie McClure's "My Story" part of this week's study also was so real, raw and excellent. Well-written and such a great personal application to her own life. 

As for mine, well, it's way too much for here, so I will step aside and just make one assessment from me regarding control or lack; my life has been one where "control" is most definitely an issue for me and I have also lived under the control of others. I personally fight hard when it's a matter of control, because of a 20 year old experience I had of "loosing control" completely in so many ways, so it is extremely difficult for me to consider letting go of "control", thinking I might end up in a similar place, and I tend to never want to be in such a vulnerable place ever again. This makes it ever so hard to allow others control of their own lives and it becomes an extremely important way for me to defend myself by not surrendering or giving in, which spiritually speaking is really a necessity - to surrender to the Holy Spirit, which I need to consciously do daily or whenever this kind of situation rears its ugly head. I need Spirit control always, not fear of any kind of human control or mind/heart control or attempt to fix me or others only God can. {'nuff said} In some ways, I'm not too sure this is what Sheila's point is ...

in
Session 3
[You Version Day 3 or Faith Gateway's Week 3]
Longing in Me Week 3 Control

Philippians 4:6-7

... but this opening quote is so true 

"Control is a big issue for women." ...

You Version Devotion Day 3

"...Sometimes it is birthed in a healthy place. We want to fashion our homes into peaceful places. We want to protect our children. If we’re married, we want our husbands to succeed and feel fulfilled. We want our families and friends to love and serve God. These are all good things. But at times, our attempts to control fail or are misplaced.

When those around us don’t cooperate with our efforts, we can respond in a few ways. We can spiritualize the situation and say the reason we are upset is because we don’t believe this is what the Lord wants. Or we can punish the person and say,  “Well, that’s fine if that’s what you want to do, but I won’t be a part of it!” Or, worst of all, we can withdraw. We don’t yell and scream at that person. We just choose to not talk to them at all.

Actually, there is another choice. We can give up our attempts at control, let the person make their mistakes, and see what God will do. {easier to say than do}

In the Bible we see that David’s world changed the day he killed Goliath. He could not control his situation, and he wasn’t allowed to return to the life he knew. When King Saul saw the way the people loved David, he plotted to get rid of the threat by killing him. At this point, even though David knew he was the Lord’s chosen one, he did not retaliate. He didn’t try to sway others to his side. Instead, he left.

Unfortunately, at other times David did make bad choices when faced with an out-of-control situation. Instead of waiting on God for the next step, he came up with one himself. The consequences of not trusting God put David’s life—and the lives of those around him—in jeopardy. When David made these bad decisions, he couldn’t undo the damage he’d done. All he could do was live differently, and wiser.

It’s the same for us. When we’ve grabbed control of a situation that we should have left alone, or left something undone we should have done, we can’t go back. But by God’s grace we can move forward.

You may be in a devastating place today. It might be a word or an action that you can’t take back. It might be how your child is living right now and you have no control over that child’s behavior. It might be a marriage that is broken because of something you said, and you have no control over whether your spouse will forgive you. What do you do?

By God’s grace, you wait patiently for God’s guidance and work to redeem the situation. You give your heartache and pain to God and trust him with the outcome.

Can you do that? Can you bring what feels so out of control to God, knowing He is good and He loves you, and trust Him with the timing? Can you bring the thing you long to fix to God, give it to Him, and trust Him with the outcome? Can you do this with thanksgiving? If you can—if you can worship instead of worry—you will find the peace of Christ will flood your heart and mind.

Respond

Which of these three things is hardest for you to believe when you have to wait for God: that God is good, that He loves you, or that you can trust His timing?

Who recently has been on the receiving end of your controlling thoughts and behaviors? Where do you need to submit control to God?

How can God help you experience the freedom of letting go and trusting him with what matters most to you? How can you redeem the time while you are waiting for God to move in this situation?


Really tough questions for me
the one who really needs to surrender 
CONTROL
and
trust
every situation to God's hand
{which is more than BIG enough}


I have responded in such an unhealthy way
for most of my life,
I find this to be ingrained in me
right to my core
and
I'm working at surrender of this
and
another 'sin' habit
out of control
through
"Life's Healing Choices"
by John Baker
  {though I don't struggle with 'substance addictions' in any way, I believe that many of our sins become 'addictive' problems from our hurts, hang-ups and habits that we've allowed to run or ruin our lives and our relationships, and we are in need of restoration and taking inventory of how our actions affect others}

I do know, without a doubt, that I have been affected by actions of others and I do not react as I should. I also know that only God, in His timing, can heal or fix 'stuff' like this and each person according to God's timing and the Spirit at work, will come to realize their need for a personal Savior and Lord, to whom we must surrender. My control for His ... 


longing for control sheila walsh

Bringing 'IT'
Trusting Him

Longing to see 
'IT' CHANGE


{Good thing this is my day away with God
to work through my 'controlling issues'}

Prayer for the Week

"Father, YOU are in control. Not us. Help us to let go and let You lead us. We so want to grasp, and scrap, and fight for control. We cause ourselves and those around us so much harm when we do. Help us, Lord. Help us to learn from those who’ve been there before, like King David, that we can lean on You and Your Plan instead of trying to do manage on our own. We need You. We love You. We trust You.  Amen." from Faith Gateway

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BLOG Personal Note: before the dilemma with my laptop cord and not having a power source that I explained on Mon. (I think) blog post ... I was looking ahead and noticed that next Mon. is the last Book Club Session 6 with Holley Gerth (but I'm sure she was a wrap-up after that so my "aMazing Mondays..." of her book will end ... {ahhh - I know} ... yet I'm thinking about another Book Club idea I came upon besides or after finishing up with Sheila Walsh's "Longing" {we're only about half way through this one, but I did not intend to post on this on Fridays ...}.

I've been thinking about calling my Fri. blog posts "Fabulous Fridays"; but have not yet determined what we'll share or do, or what I will ... that's so FABULOUS ... freebies would be nice ... anyways, be thinking about this. I'd loved to do LINK-UPs however it's been too long for me and I believe that there's charges now for the one who hosts "link-ups" ... 

I'm wondering if I do another Book Club, which day would work best for you and how many of you have or read Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling? ..." {she's written many more and as I mentioned, she has a new one coming out this October  "Jesus Always"}. As far as I'm concerned I have not yet tired of her original one as you might have noticed with the video devotionals I'm sharing on W.O.W. ... so what are your thoughts? Do you think I need to start a new blog for my upcoming "book club" because more and more it looks like that's my new direction ... sharing or doing "book clubs" ... however this one, I'd like to do with YOU ... please share your feedback - maybe it should be 'Feedback Friday' ...huh? ... because you all are pretty "Fabulous" and your "Feedback" ... well, just as Fantastic ... 'Book Club Friday' however just doesn't have any pizzazz! and frankly neither does "Jesus Calling" Friday because I pray HE'S calling us every day ... so this is my direction some time in May or maybe I'll have to wait for the summertime ... to do this "Jesus Calling Book Club". More later. Keep watch! and if you don't have "Jesus Calling", consider getting a copy for Mother's Day (for yourself) ... or check out your public library or church library (there may even be some used copies for sale; if people are willing to part with them). I'm sure they'll be other Fabulous summer adventures available - I'm just thinking ahead since I'm without a power cord {just until I get my new month's funding and the universal one I found will work, I hope}. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W.O.W. ~ "God is Our Companion"

"God is Our Companion"

"Walk boldly along the path of Life..."

so starts this devotional video
by Sarah Young

Perfect for my
Walk On Weds.

"... relying on your ever-present Companion.
You have every reason to be confident,
because My Presence accompanies you
all the days of your life
- and onward into eternity."

Fix your eyes on Me
the Author and Perfecter of your faith.
Whenever you start to feel afraid,
remember that I am holding your right hand"
-words from the video devotional above-
by Sarah Young 

... Isaiah 41:13 ...

Sarah Young has a new devotional coming out in October 2016

Jesus Always: Embracing Joy in His Presence
"Jesus Always

{hmmm, goes with someone special's One Word for 2016}

and then a devotional showed up in my emails
from Devotional Daily/Faith Gateway
with one of the 
One Words
I'm still considering 

Do not fear change

but as you can see from the image it's from
"Jesus Calling for Graduates"
yet all of us can heed this advice in our lives 

" ...Do not fear change, for I am making you a new creation, with old things passing away and new things continually on the horizon. ... " 1 Corinthians 5:17 ... "Few people face change with excitement and full of faith automatically. We, in general, are fearful of what we’ve become used to and are comfortable with slipping away from us and having no idea what’s next. How do you respond to change? And what is Jesus calling you to today?


And then I receive a
Whisper
from
The Passion Translation

Let the Lord cast out our fears with His perfect love. His teaching and correction doesn't condemn us but conveys His deep desire to guide us to greater devotion, becoming beautiful in His sight. 

For anyone who longs to hear and feel the passion of our Bridegroom for his radiant and soon-to-be-perfected bride, the Song of Songs is perfect. For more information on The Passion Translation 

Song of Songs: Divine Romance click here

Brian Simmons and Your TPT team 



I HEAR HIS WHISPER... "My Words"

"Today, My words will mean more to you than the words of others. For it is in My words that you will find life and strength. When you are praised or when you are criticized, come back to Me and lay those words before Me. Only in My presence will you know truth. If I correct you, it is to transform you. And when I encourage you and display My love to you, receive it and rejoice in it, for it will become your strength. Those things in you that have yet to be perfected will only be changed when you commune with Me.

Men will correct you when you are wrong, but I will heal you when you fall. My words have a power to eliminate your fears. My words have grace to erase your flaws. Today, you will listen to My words and cherish all that I say to you.

When your heart condemns you, I will not, and I am greater than your heart. Do not seek the respect of others and forget My words. It is My love that you need. And soon you will begin to see what I visualized you to be when I gave you birth.

Come close to Me and I will come closer to you until you see My glory. I have walked very close with you through your childhood years, even when you did not recognize Me. And now, My words will become even sweeter to you as you grow older and more tender to Me. I am the Life Source for you and today I will be the Living Word within you, for I call you My own."

Song of Songs 4:7 The Passion Translation

"Every part of you is so beautiful, My darling!
Perfect your beauty, without flaw within!" 

Brian Simmons and Your TPT team 

Can't get much better!

His Words - His Heart

His Companionship

His Perfect Love!

{casting out fear}

whatever

needs to be cast out


Monday, April 25, 2016

"...aMazing" Monday ~ 5


LifeGrowth Book Club
aMazing Monday ~ Session 5

"God's Purpose for Our Lives"

 Holley's
LifeGrowth Book Club 

(Holley's)

IMPORTANT UPDATE 
from me
4/24/16

***[Currently without a power cable for my laptop, so have to publish this as is and will be able to read only at blogs or websites for awhile from my Smart TV - no emails, Kindle books, blog comments or writing - until further notice. It may be a while. I can type just a little on my TV by remote letter hen-pecking, very tedious, so be patient with me, but will not be able to access emails at all except if I find a cyber near by. Please continue with Holley Gerth at her blog. Thank you.]***

Discussion:
from Holley's blog for today

" What is your LIFE Statement?"

I am created and called to express my faith through love . . .

. . . especially by (verb ending in “ing”) + (what) + (who) + (how)






Previous blog posts here and at Holley's

Intro 
(Holley's)

aMazing Monday ~ 1 

(Holley's)

aMazing Monday ~ 2

(Holley's)

aMazing Monday ~ 3

(Holley's)

aMazing Monday ~ 4

(Holley's)




So thankful to Lori S. that I have both of Holley's books (real copies) from her to be able to continue reading and participating.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

"HEARING HIS VOICE" CHALLENGE ~ 24-30

To understand this please go back and read 
HERE
April 1 - 6

followed by
April 7April 8April 9;
then
April 10-16April 17- 23;

I've already changed my plan from the original posting daily to posting once a week for that week. So this one is for this last week -

April 24th - 30th

[image credit]

April 24 - 1 Corinthians 12:7*

... "Lord, help me to hear Your Voice in others - to see past their flaws and into the place where Your Spirit dwells, and to recognize what You are saying through them."...

Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

April 25 - Acts 11:23*

... "Father, let me hear Your encouragement often, and give me opportunities to share with others. Let me be an expression of the goodness, kindness, and gentleness of Your heart."
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

April 26 - Luke 7:40*

... "Jesus, feel free to challenge me like You challenged Simon. I'm opened to change. I invite You to reshape my perspective, even if it stretches me out of my comfort zone." ...
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

April 27 - Acts 4:13*

... "Lord, help me to recognize You in the least likely places. When You speak through someone who doesn't seem spiritual or who rubs me the wrong way, help me to look past the surface and into Your Spirit." ...

Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

April 28 - Joshua 21:45*

... "Lord, I can agree with Hudson Taylor: " There is a living God ... He means what He says and will do all He has promised." Give me faith to believe You will fulfill everything You've ever spoke to me."
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

April 29 - Isaiah 45:23*

... "Lord, You are the God of all truth. 

Your words aren't opinions, suggestions or speculations. They are fact. Rock solid certainties. Give me the faith to anchor myself to them and never be moved." ...              Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

April 30 - Daniel 2:28 and Daniel 2:47*

... "Lord, You are the revealer of mysteries, and You want Your people to be blessed. Show me Your secrets. Give me Your solutions to the problems around me. Bring glory to Your name by demonstrating Your goodness to those who do  not yet know You." Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 


Which prayer do you need or speaks to your heart from God's?


In which one (prayer or Scripture) are you
"HEARING HIS VOICE"
in your current season?


* FYO: if you slide your cursor over any Scripture verse on this blog anytime, it should appear for you to read without having to go look it up, but of course you can, in your own favorite version, too. If there are too many verses it will show you the first or link you to it elsewhere. There are times that I do link it to Bible Gateway to read in another version I choose specifically. 


Saturday, April 23, 2016

S.O.S. ~ "Something More"

Kristy Starling "Something More"

... " Where is the power to give what I gave?

Give back the strength, give back the faith I had yesterday
'Cause You are my God, You are my Great I Am
And I know I have fallen but I have landed in healing hands" ...

"...For I am Yours, I'm Yours
And in my frailty
You lead me to something more..."

"...On the days I feel like I've failed You
The days I feel I've been failed
I know that I need to praise You
For I am Yours, still Yours
'Cause I believe you lead me to something more
Something more, something more"



Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad, even in heaven!
{'cuz I'm thinking of you and just want you to know}
There's a rose bud blooming for you on my plant
just like the dozen dad would bring you on this day
so I'll have to think of something sweet like fudge 
to make like you would have made for dad and
imagine you dancing together in the
wings of God's love for you


Much love from me,
Peggy

*can't schedule April 23rd and not think of the two special people
that are responsible for my life and give thanks for them
and that their journey on earth tho' ended long ago
{my dad in 1998 and my mom in 1986-30 yrs. this Dec. wow}
yet their eternal one with God goes on and on


Friday, April 22, 2016

MORE "LONGING IN ME" ~ PROTECTION

This week's
Online Bible Study
at
Faith Gateway
{and also via a YouVersion 6 day reading plan for each of the 6 sessions/weeks}
of
Sheila Walsh's
new book
"The Longing in Me"
{there's a study guide and the book, which is optional with FaithGateway, but not really because it's so vital to what Sheila has to share}


"THE LONGING TO BE PROTECTED"

{Day 2 of 6 with You Version Bible reading plan}


The Eternal is my light amidst my darkness
    and my rescue in times of trouble.
    So whom shall I fear?
He surrounds me with a fortress of protection.
    So nothing should cause me alarm.
(The Voice)



[You need to create a free account with Study Gateway to have temporary access to view the 20 minute one]

Even though King David seriously messed up many times, he had an out-loud, honest, vibrant relationship with God. Even when as a young boy he tended sheep by himself, he was clearly never alone. He knew who his protector was, and he didn't hesitate to share his heart and emotions with God.
Some of David's psalms would never have made it into our twenty-first century church libraries. There's something about David's honesty that we need to press into, to dig deep to find. David never hid from God. He knew in the depths of his being that the only one he could run to for protection was the Lord.
David was completely convinced that the unseen God was the only one worth pursuing-the only one whose protection mattered. And because he had experienced firsthand God's constant care and presence, he could-and would-face giants. David, in fact, had already become a giant slayer long before he ever confronted Goliath. He had learned that no matter what life threw at him or how big the obstacles were in his life that was facing at the moment, God was always bigger.
The same is true for us. God is our protector. He is our hiding place. He is with those who turn to him in prison, and those who turn to him in the pews, and in parking spots, and in private bedrooms across the earth. He is there for everyone who turns to him in faith.
The Goliaths in your life may seem insurmountable, like great mountains. You wake up in the morning, and the first thing that hits you is the reality that the mountain is still there. When you finally fall in bed at night, worry creeps in with you, reminding you of the same insurmountable mountain. If you don't challenge it in the name of the Lord, fear will occupy more and more territory of your heart and mind.
For this reason, you need to confront every Goliath in your life and believe that God will be your protector. David sang out what he knew was true so it would be louder than any fear that tried to sneak in the back door of his heart. That's not a bad idea! Fear didn't stop David, and we mustn't let it stop us. Young David learned that when everyone else failed him, God would always protect him. Likewise, when our longing for a father's protection is directed toward God, we'll never be left empty and alone.
Whoever your Goliaths may be, God can give you all the courage and strength you need to face your fears. Remember, the battle is the Lord's. The ship is his to steer and bring safely home. Your job is to show up and be brave!
God is raising up for himself a ragtag band of followers who are tired of listening to the bellyaching of the Goliaths in their lives-and who are ready to come against those giants in the name of the Lord! "YouVersion

Sheila begins this session in the Study Guide with a quote from Eugene H. Peterson, "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction", which would do us well to "soak in" ...
"We are secure. God is running the show."

Respond
When you are faced with a Goliath-sized problem, in what ways is your response shaped by your fear? In what ways is it shaped by your faith?
How has God been there for you in the past-providing for you, protecting you, healing you, and giving you grace and forgiveness?
How can God's promises in Scripture to be with you, guide you, protect you, and strengthen you give you confidence in his continual presence and protection?


Laurie McClure's personal response of her story is quite moving and powerful at Faith Gateway Online Bible Study.

I will be working through this Session 2 in my study guide today alone with God, because of all of these 6 sessions, I ,like Laurie and Sheila, find this longing to be perhaps one of my deepest longings and needs. I completely rely on God, as my Protector, yet often this has been the place where I weaken and have been most vulnerable. 

Today I will be "writing a spiritual resume" - ["to follow David's example and engage in spiritual strength training - to develop my confidence in God as my Protector and Provider"] - even though I know full well HE IS and truly HAS BEEN (especially my life here in Mexico, but even before). This "spiritual resume is to summarize God-related experiences and education - my knowledge of God and God's ways". So I am to start out with 20-30 minutes set aside to reflect on my life with God. I think this is a perfect way to start out my Fri. as I set aside this day just for Him and I. {this is on p. 39-40 in Sheila's Study Guide}

The Study and Reflect part that follows this has some invaluable, practical exercises ... like this 1st one:


"... As you consider this season in your life, in which of the following area(s) would you say you are most aware of your need for safety and protection?
{choose your top 2 or 3}

I AM MOST AWARE OF MY NEED FOR:

-physiological safety
-physical wellness and security
- job security
-financial security
-emotional safety
-aspirational safety
-relational safety
-spiritual safety
-social safety
-civil safety
-"future" security
-Other
{the Study Guide defines each of these}


'Much adobut not 'about nothing'
for
this
LONGING
is about
'something more' 
that I still need 
to work out
regarding
"The Longing in Me"


Perhaps I need to come back and share more from
Session 2
after
my God-time
today



*... but as you can see this post is quite lengthy already, without me sorting through my "longing to be protected" publicly ... so just let me say that Sheila's story of her 1st marriage is one I totally can relate to because this is my life. Sheila never shared this part of her life before, until this book and after his passing ... so I too wait ... 


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

Thank you for taking your time to visit!

Love, Sweet blessings & Hugs!

DIOS TE BENDIGA
GOD BLESS YOU

always

Peggy