"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

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

THIS IS MY STORY... Part I.

Yep, today is the day that I take the first plunge with my...

STEPS of FAITH
 
[source] in Mazatlan

Blessed assurance...
words of this classic hymn by Fanny Crosby

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1eZvMsr7_Q
"THIS IS MY STORY... this is my song..."

I'm not sure that you, as a reader can see or follow this, but God seems to have been presenting "posts" or songs, or His Word to me in a certain thread and for a specific purpose of sharing my story, which in many "faiths" we label as a 'testimony'... a life testimony... a personal testimony... because without a doubt God does change my life daily...

Ever since I started my blog, various friends have asked me, if I've shared my testimony?...and then throughout this time, I've been noticing so many great ones in blog world. I determined that I was to pursue this endeavor in 2010 (thus part of the reason for my lack in proper blogging etiquette this year) though I just was not sure that I had a testimony to share or as my earlier post today sang

"WHERE DO I BEGIN..."

... though my life is not at all like "LOVE STORY", it is a love story when it comes to my walk with Jesus Christ... the good, the bad and the ugly. I truly believe that GOD ordains my steps. My entire life has been a series of Love stories ...

I set up these posts with that in mind and now have no idea where to start, which has been my reason for delaying writing or sharing this for all this time.

Where do you begin to share this story, when you've known God, the Father, Son & Holy Spirit all your life. The problem is that I was not in a church that speaks about 'testimonies', or at the time I grew up, even allowed "regular people" to read the Word of God. My...how I have grown and changed because I could not even live a day without a taste from His DAILY MANNA... I have no particular 'conversion experience' or a great elaborate story of a life changing moment but a lifetime of these.

Yet my foundational beliefs are basically the same, I have grown so much in the transitions through my life and the churches that I've attended that knowing Jesus Christ becomes more REAL every day since we began our journey of LOVE, a relationship that far outweighs every other and a life that would not be complete with knowing Jesus Christ as my Lord & Savior. The problem is allowing ALL you KNOW to transcend the knowing & go deep down and transform my heart and my life.I may have said all my life that "Jesus is Lord of my life" because He is my Lord & Savior, but it wasn't until an awareness hit me & a clear awakening that I have said this over and over, been in church all that I can, served, heard, ministered & was ministered to much, prayed with other's but I truly was not LIVING an abundant life in Jesus Christ, and really had not MADE or ALLOWED HIM to reign & rule as my LORD. This awakening makes me wonder when does my testimony begin.

I have prayed "the prayer"* millions of times! I was baptized as an infant; than chose to be baptized again as a believing adult, wanting to affirm my dedication & commitment to Christ; surrendering my life to following His, more than once... and each time that I MESSED up, I wanted to start over again, clean slate... surrendering again, but each sweet surrender was more each time; instead of one from complete brokenness in need, I was now ready & willing to be fresh; being filled with the Holy Spirit; on fire for Jesus... yet still NO moment of TESTIMONY, just many experiences which testify of His Redemptive Spirit in my life. 

[sidenote: I recently was absorbed in watching many of Francis Chan's videos, and he mentioned in a video that no where in the Bible, God's Word, does it guarantee entrance into our eternal life by just saying "the "PRAYER"*(cited to above). Now, because that's been my intent, many times, as I go out to witness/ evangelize, to lead each person in the "sinner's prayer", this really struck me and stayed with me.

[Since this is my first in my series of sharing my walk, I will try not to meander on his point here.]



I am a spirit filled BORN AGAIN Christian!

I am so thankful for my roots and also my wings in my faith walk. I am aMazed every day by God's AMAZING GRACE... I did not know the day I sat down to start a blog all the reasons for choosing as I chose; or better said as I was led to declare: my blog title, my name, my profile, my purpose, my mission, my verse of Isaiah 61... yet step by step, I was led by His Holy Spirit. I prayed before I began and the rest has been the history and my 'modus operandi' each time I posted, to PRAY, as many of you do... and allow His Spirit to lead me...


Maybe you may be thinking as you listened to this beautiful classic song & admired these young precious dancers, 'how presumptuous of me' to think this great song or even "aMazing Grace" could be songs used to describe my life in Jesus Christ and that the Holy Spirit would give them to me... but though I knew of these dancers and even this great song... I, myself, would not have chosen them or looked for them to begin to tell my story... yet I was led for a reason only known by God Himself, at this point... ya' have to laugh about the earlier ones today, however they are favorites of mine from the 70s... God does have such a sense of humor when He knew this was my intent in August to finally put this together... throughout the month of August, I'm hoping as He leads and lays the groundwork... or perhaps after I finish the upcoming study... we'll see...

aMazing Grace was added quickly to my blog name after I began... because I was amazed and continue being aMazed by His aMazing Grace. It just seemed to fit... and I heard the song at that time. First I chose the 3 words, MAZES, MESSES & MIRACLES to describe my life journey. God, in His infinite wisdom, instilled those words in my mind and He has been revealing so much to me of why those words and the significance they have to my 'testimony'. With the "name" I chose for myself, being "mazmagi", it was only natural to get MAZ from Mazatlan, and the word "más" in Spanish means "more"...so More of Him in me... is all I need, and from that came the "mazes" having HIS MAZE as my only path instead of many dead ends... (it's also the style in which I write sometimes, in a maze with a purpose maybe only I follow or can see, so forgive me)

Hopefully, He will continue to reveal and direct my words, lead my steps or how much I share because my life story is in the making... not a history or herstory maker, but HIS Story ALIVE in me!

So instead of being a well, put together or thought out TESTIMONY or LIFE STORY, I will be sharing portions as I go along and TRUST in HIM, to lead, direct and guide me (maybe for the first time ever as truly being my LORD) in this MAZE, through the many MESSES of my life, to shine glory on what Jesus has done in me, and is doing through His Holy Spirit even as I write, in what I see as His MIRACLE producing fruit hopefully and blessings on me through this journey of life, I call a FAITH WALK... yes, even the name of the dance group "STEPS of FAITH" had a part in laying out the groundwork... I hope you'll be blessed as you "walk" through this with me...

... end of PART I ...
... to be continued as led ...
marked by this
&
from my WFW now
personalized
2 Corinthians 3:3 (The Message)

"...Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ Himself wrote it, not with ink, but with God's living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives, and we publish it."


...Peggy, your very life is a letter...
that anyone should be able to read by just looking at you.
Christ Himself wrote it - not with ink,
but with God's Living Spirit;
not chiseled into stone,
but carved
into human lives
YOURS
and we publish it
right here
at
The beginning of this BLOG (in case you're new to me and never read):
Earlier posts that are leading towards my testimony:

and even some others ever since I returned from Minnesota, the Holy Spirit has been clearly directing my steps!!! These are Steps of Faith and I know all the books that I am reading added to His most Holy WORD are speaking and I'm really listening attentively.

The following link is a PROPHETIC MESSAGE I read today, from JULY 23rd, as given by Mary Liddow (The Messenger Blog) that seems to be one example of God speaking - and not just to me:

Thursday, April 3, 2008

What's in a NAME?


"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
Shakespeare ~ Romeo and Juliet


I'm
NEW TO BLOGGING
on
April 3rd, 2008
so
Why MazMagi.blogspot.com?
... and Mazes, Messes & Miracles?...
... aMazing Grace[added later]

Today is my first day of entering the BLOGGING world officially! Up until now, I have just been enjoying reading inspirational blogs of others, mostly Christian women. Today, I launch mine:

Mazes, Messes, Miracles ... aMazing Grace
now
aMazing Grace... Mazes, Messes, Miracles

But instead of giving a purpose for my blog,
or rationale of what I hope to accomplish or post,
I will explain the NAME.

First MazMagi and then aMazing Grace ... Mazes, Messes, Miracles!

MazMagi comes from
Maz for Mazatlan
the place I call home in Mexico
away from home in Minnesota
and
Magi a nickname for my real name.

In Spanish, my real name is a drink or a flower:margarita. I never used my real name in English, except for legal matters or when my father was upset with me, then I heard the whole name!!! Margaret Mary Teresa Anderson... but especially "Margaret Mary" from my dad. It was not a name of endearment but it came to be somewhat more precious when I studied the life of the saint, for which I was named
(a French nun devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Since I can remember, I have gone by "Peggy". Most people don't even understand how it derives from my real name, but it does. My dad would say that there is no "saint" Peggy, so I pray that I'm the first. (Although I believe when I was young, I read a pamphlet on Saint Peggy.) Anyways, my real name Margaret means "pearl" and from there, and other derivatives, comes Peggy.

In Mexico, many with my real name go by "Maggie" which in Spanish is pronounced and spelled Magui. I chose to go by that at first, but I wrote it "Magi" on purpose. The reason was because of Jesus and The Magi at Christmas! The Three Kings, who brought gifts to the baby Jesus were known as The Magi. I added the background from "The Cutest Blog on the Block" for Christmas in honor of this.

2010 and 2011

When I come to Mexico, each trip, I usually try to bring gifts, because the needs of the people are so many! I don't have enough financially, as I found out on my first trip here, to meet so many needs, but my heart just broke with wanting to leave something, whatever I had to those who had less. I quickly decided that the reason I would come back every year was because I had a gift to give: me. Whatever I am, I would give, in the name of Jesus. Be it teacher or friend, I must stir up whatever gift or gifts lie within me to serve the people here in Mexico.

Of course, having a teaching degree, I thought it would be with CHILDREN, because children have held such an important place in my heart and God's, but I was soon to learn that God would use me, mold me, and minister through me with whomever He chooses.

The spiritual gifts that He has enabled me with, He will stir up, exactly what I need in the moment He needs it. If we are open to His Holy Spirit and willing to be used, He will speak to you and through you. His Word will be made real in your daily living!

So I am Magi...His gift...and my gift to Him is wherever He calls me to serve. That is the reason I live! That is the reason for MazMagi...

I really wanted to have my Blog have an inspirational name that reflects God's work in me and my life. I have found such beautiful and meaningful names that others have chosen. Than there are others that are comical and creative! So I wanted one, that one day I would be able to use as a ministry with what I post. I don't know if and when that will happen, so I chose:

...aMazing Grace

Mazes, Messes and Miracles 
because I guess that pretty much capsulizes
MazMagi's life.

I have MESSED up many times. I have gone through many trials, tribulations and temptations that have led me through this MAZE, called life or journey and I am aMAZED how God has seen me through the good and the bad.

But, I must admit I want to see many MIRACLES still in my life! I feel that the greatest miracle is the one God does each day in my life...because JESUS, His Son, not only did miracles in His 3 years of ministry, He still CAN do miracles today, through you and me by the power of His Holy Spirit. He is the greatest MIRACLE that came into my life and has had His hand upon me daily still, even when I may not have acknowledged Him or have strayed, HE was THERE & HE IS HERE reaching out, forgiving me, holding me, carrying me, filling me, leading me, completing my journey through this life by and through His Holy Spirit alive in me. The greatest miracle is how Jesus gave His life in exchange for mine, and Rose from the dead, conquered death and sin for me, or YOU-or anyone & everyone who puts their faith in HIM.

"For God so loved YOU and me, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him, shall not perish but have LIFE EVERLASTING! "John 3:16

The additional phrase aMazing Grace was added soon after I began, because I am saved by
HIS AMAZING GRACE!
...but for the grace of God, go I...

I am who I am
because
HE is who HE IS!
and by
HIS GRACE
I am being changed
to reflect JESUS!

I added this as my THEME SONG: Amazing Grace: My Chains are Gone by Chris Tomlin and now His aMazing Grace is my main focus, not the mazes, messes or miracles. It is through His Grace that I am free.

I love the original *Amazing Grace but this one by Chris Tomlin tells more of the Freedom I have found in Christ Jesus, which is available through HIS GRACE! Not because I earned it, not because I fought the battle alone to gain this freedom, but because Jesus fights the battle along side me daily, as I put on the FULL ARMOR of CHRIST, HE goes before me and HE already won the victory so that I may have it: aMazing Grace! How sweet the sound!

Isaiah 61 is the one from which I have chosen parts as my Mission verse on top of my page
"...to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor!"

You need to click on Isaiah 61 to read the full 11 verses & have a context to understand better to whom I pray that I will minister or touch with some of God's Grace as He pours through me and my words on each post. I pray that they will be anointed!

..."I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. 
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, 
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, 
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations."
(verse 10-11)



* this version of Amazing Grace is beautifully sung by this 8 yr. old phenomena Rhema Marvanne





APOLOGY

On July 18, 2017, I drafted almost 3000 blog posts that I had published since 2008 when I began blogging rather than edit each one. So if you clicked from somewhere and ended up here and the post was unavailable, I am sorry. It would be too much work for me to go back through each one and fix. I guess I'm still learning. I apologize also to anyone who subscribes that perhaps received many old ones in your email. There's somewhat of an explanation on 7/19/17.
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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